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Cabot Guns press release (with TTAG pics):

Certified Master Engraver Otto Carter’s second piece for Cabot Guns, entitled Sacromonte, shows what a true artist can do with a blank canvas of stainless steel. Its intricate, flowing embellishments take their inspiration from Moorish design, especially the artwork adorning the Alhambra palace in Grenada, the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain.

Creating Sacromonte required a steady hand, a practiced eye and four-months of dedicated labor.

“Hand engraving is a painstaking process,” Carter says. “Using a single-point chisel, I cut thousands of lines into every available surface of the Cabot 1911: the slide, slide stop, trigger guard, frame, mainspring housing, safety, grip safety, barrel bushing, magazine release and trigger. I inlaid over seven feet of 24-gauge 24-carat gold wire, and set it against a prismatic background of triangular shapes.”

The finished piece is more than the sum of its parts. Working from freehand drawings, Carter strived to make each element blend into and enhance the whole, creating an engraved gun that’s a journey of aesthetic discovery.

“I wanted to create a piece that embodies my respect and admiration for the traditions of Moorish design,” Carter reveals, “a gun that captures the romantic intricacy of its endlessly alluring blend of geometric and organic shapes.”

Sacromonte is Carter’s second piece commissioned by Cabot Guns. His previous work, Pandemonium, was hailed as an artistic triumph. Carter says Pandemonium was a breakthrough that enabled Sacromonte’s carefully positioned artwork, avoiding the visual crowding art critics call horror vacui.

Pandemonium opened my eyes to the artistic possibilities inherent in John Moses Browning’s original design for the 1911. The surfaces connect with lyrical efficiency, making it the perfect canvas for my creativity.”

“It’s a piece that begs you to pick it up and turn it over and explore every surface; there’s a surprise around every corner.”

“We’re honored to continue our collaboration with Mr. Carter,” Cabot Guns Founder and President Rob Bianchin asserts. “Sacromonte is a one-of-a-kind piece that demonstrates what a superb craftsman with a clear vision can create. It not only preserves the storied tradition of gun engraving, it creates new possibilities for the future.”

List Price: $50,000

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    • Just like the first gun, Pandemonium, it looks like a sampler with different styles of engraving all over it. If the slide was removed from the frame, you would think they belong to different guns.

      • Who gives a rat’s ass? Seriously, doing any work on a 1911 is like painting a DaVinci or a Jackson Pollok on the side of a covered wagon.

        The substrate was a snore-fest 70+ years ago.

    • If it were in my safe the odds would be 1-in-1. Pretty guns shoot better, fairly certain

  1. Personally, the grips and butt could be better. It looks like a Ferrari body with a 3-cylinder engine. I do like the engravings though.

    • Yeah… funny to say but it actually looks a little unfinished with those grips and butt. I can really see where they were coming from on this piece though; I rarely like purely decorative things but this is a very very nice safe queen.

    • The grips and the screws are an embarrassment.

      Using Allen-head screws on a 1911 (or a double gun, or a fine rifle) shows a lack of breeding, class and sophistication.

    • Yup, just looks out of place. I get that more slab-like grip shows off the engraving, but better wood, some polish, and at the very least better screws (engraved) would have been more appropriate. I removed the original grips and screws myself, and I was surprised to see these put on in the photos.

  2. Meh. For 50000bucks I’d prefer something less classical muslim. You know like animals or pretty girls. Or at leastCircassian walnut grips. I do appreciate the artisrty involved.

  3. Shoehorning those stars in there really clashes with the rest of the design. At least he tried to hide them on the underside.

  4. You could spend a lifetime embellishing a 1911….and at the end of the day you’d still have a 1911. I yawn in your general direction.

    • Madcapp please don’t yawn in my general direction, I might have to look at all your missing teeth. ?

    • I kind of agree. I really like this pistol, but the engraving would look better on a SIG P210 or maybe a Cavalry-model SAA.

    • No kidding. A 1911 is even more boring than having a ’57 Chebby as your ‘hot rod’. Please wake me when you get something resembling taste….

      • douchey liberal arts purpose is to launder money, at least I hope so.
        Guns like this are antiques in the making. Although it does need to be an authentic expression of a value or period in time. I don’t think this really qualifies, as has been said it is too heavily muslim influenced and is a 1911, far divorced from spanish culture. It’s engraving needs to be English in origin or at least what would be termed traditional american art.
        An engraved glock including the plastic makes more sense, but as it is much more contemporary, the suitable artform is more difficult to choose, i would say something like this linux desktop×960-419746623
        Since the glock was created by computer 3d modeling.

  5. Wow, $50k! I admire and respect the talent and dedication it takes to learn and accomplish this feat even if the design isn’t my favorite.

  6. Art in stainless does not compute, for me. Royal Blue background with actual gold and silver, or you can keep it whatever the price.

    • Depends on the stainless. If it’s Smith & Wesson’s stainless, then it can be nice, but if it’s Ruger’s stainless it will likely come out looking like crap unless you highly polish the factory finish completely off.

    • You can blue some stainless steels used on guns, esp. the 400-series stainless steels.

      It takes effort, tho.


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