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Tucked away in a corner of the ground floor of the SHOT show was a small but visually impressive display by Cabot Guns. I thought I had struck gun blogger gold and immediately took some photos of the some of the most beautiful 1911s I had ever laid eyes on. Of course, when I mentioned my achievement to Nick Leghorn a few hours later, he rolled his eyes and informed me that our very own Robert ‘Tex” Farago had blogged the latest Cabot ballistic eye candy a few days earlier. Undaunted, I am posting these pics anyway, because I hate to see perfectly good images go to waste . . .

I would have never guessed that fossilized Mammoth teeth would make such stylish 1911 grips. I asked how much the above pistol retails for, but the reply was that it’s not for sale. Cabot president Robert Bianchin did mention, however, that if it were for sale, it would fetch somewhere north of 35K. At that price I’m sure the Department of Homeland Security will order 1000 of them next week. The sequester is over, after all.

And for a mere 10K, here’s another pretty gun from the Cabot collection:

Cabot 3

And another:

Courtesy Joe Grine

Finally, this very nice young lady named Britt volunteered to hold another 1911 in the light for me. Sigh. What a pretty handgun.

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  1. Oh goodness a model with trigger finger in the right place! Love those grips, would look nice on almost any pistol.

  2. With nothing but respect for the obviously high level of skill and craftsmanship that produced them, I have to say those are the ugliest fu*king Texas pimptasic guns I’ve ever seen.

    • No kidding. Spiderwebs, flames, bars and stars, mirror polish, and Die Hard font on one gun? Criminy- it’s like something Kid Rock doodled in the margins of his trapper keeper!

    • So I’m not the only one who thinks they look tackey as hell? Something about all the things money can buy and its inability to purchase taste…

    • There is a GUN in that picture?
      Fossilized mammoth tooth and tusk is really difficult to work with. There was a lot of hours put into those.

  3. First one is ugly, knife aesthetics do not transfer well to guns most of the time.
    Second one is nice.
    Third one looks like one of those terrible “custom” 1911s SIG makes.

    • This isn’t really a knife-exclusive aesthetic. There was a time when most guns had Damascus patterned barrels- it was a product of production methods as much as it was an adornment. It’s become associated with knives because we stopped making guns that way in favor of stronger, cheaper methods. Knives don’t have to withstand high chamber pressures, so some are still made that way to show ‘old world quality.’

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