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Premium custom 1911 maker Cabot Guns bought Alchemy Custom Weaponry in 2016. Now they’re re-launching the brand in advance of SHOT, featuring three hand-tuned and fitted 1911 pistols in the mid to upper $2000 range…about half the starting price of a Cabot. Here’s their press release . . .

Cabot Guns Launches Legendary Alchemy Custom Weaponry
Commences production of reliable precision pistols, returning to a tradition started by 1911 gunsmith Rob Schauland

PITTSBURGH — December 4, 2017 — Alchemy Custom Weaponry (ACW), acquired by Cabot Guns in 2016, is relaunching the brand of custom 1911 pistols, the company announced today. Founded by the acclaimed gunsmith, Rob Schauland, ACW has long been known for handcrafted pistols featuring elite fit elements, classic styling cues and precisely fit match-grade barrels.

“We acquired Alchemy Custom Weaponry in 2016 for the purpose of bringing legendary 1911 gunsmith Rob Schauland into the Cabot family, said Robert Bianchin, President of Cabot Guns. “The construction approach of the ACW pistols is quite distinct from Cabot Guns. It uses the time-honored method of traditional hand fitting and artisan gunsmithing techniques. The pistols are hand crafted at our facility by elite gunsmiths and each model is designed by Rob Schauland himself.”

The revitalized ACW is now producing three 1911 models: The “government length” (5”) ACW Prime, the commander size ACW Anomaly and the “Officers concealed carry” size ACW Brimstone. All three are priced in the mid to upper-$2,000 range. They are tuned for total reliability and dehorned for carry. Each model features a tuned and polished extractor, high grip modification and drill steel pin sets. A lower and flared ejection port smooths the firing process. Other features include a polished feed ramp, throated barrel and hand-polished ignition components. ACW 1911s offer an accuracy guarantee of 1 inch at 25 yards.

ACW Brimstone Compact 1911

ACW 1911s will be on display at SHOT Show in Las Vegas at the Sands Convention Center from January 23 to 28, 2018, at the Cabot Guns exhibit at Booth 508.

Cabot is known world-wide for producing elite, luxury 1911 pistols, the venerated .45 caliber handgun holstered by all branches of the military through two world wars and up until its military retirement in 1986.  The 1911 has become the quintessential semi-automatic handgun and highly revered enthusiast, collectors, and historians. The company is renowned for its attitude and pedigree, refusing to settle for anything less than the best of performance and provenance.  Cabot started by challenging America’s top engineers, machinists and master craftsmen to build the perfect precision 1911 from scratch, without compromise. What has resulted is a superior collection of investment grade 1911 pistols made from only the finest of materials, technology, and minds that this great country has to offer.  The launch of ACW serves to broaden its offerings to the firearms community.

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  1. So…not really competing with their own products…
    like the car companies Ford/Mercury/Lincoln…Toyota/Lexus…Honda/Acura

  2. Nice. Good that there’s good people making good new guns out there, and nice you don’t need to be able to afford meteorite to get in range of ~ possibly owning one.

    I doo fear having one firearm that’s good enough to make me hate the way the others shoot, but I think everyone is kinda hoping all of their guns are a little like that.

  3. Who buys these? I know of exactly one guy with a $2k+ 1911 (a Nighthawk) and about 100 guys with cheaper ones (self included).

      • Ditto. These are double what I might be willing to pay, and four times as much as I’ve paid in the past for a 1911.

    • I like Schauland’s desire to recreate the historic traditional styling and sex appeal of John Browning’s original creation. And these ACW 1911’s are priced well below many other custom builders offerings (especially Cabot, which seem like a freak-show gun to me). I have never shot, or even seen, one these ACW’s before, so I can’t comment on fit/finish/accuracy, etc. but if they are custom built, hand-fitted 1911’s made with the attention to detail they claim, the price is much lower than many other Gucci builders. And the minimalist styling really appeals to me a lot. I think I may have just talked myself into buying one…

  4. Isn’t this the same company whose six thousand dollar 1911 TTAG reviewed had to be sent back THREE FREAKING TIMES before it could even get through a single magazine? Yeah, hard pass

    • Nononono, if you read all four of the articles they had to write about the gun before they got it functioning, they explain VERY clearly how its the best 1911 ever made and spending a few month’s mortgage on a gun that doesn’t actually even work means that its of the UTMOST quality. That whole debacle is when I stopped paying attention to the reviews here. They used to be honest and well-done. Their whole obsession with Cabot and the constant dick-riding of such a demonstrably shitty company really drove it home to me that they’re just as willing to sell out their user-base in the name of shilling for a manufacturer as the paper magazines, they just have a different clientele. Now I just come here for entertainment reading the comments.

  5. How much is Cabot Guns paying or what did they do for TTAG to get these constant updates about a $6,000 1911 that most readers can’t afford while also doing abysmally on the reliability front being good for nothing else but a glorified doorstop?

    • Read the article about the s103 commander. Spectacular reliability. As a matter of fact only one model ever did not score well and that was the black diamond. Since that time Cabot has changed their manufacturing process as well as their physical location. And since then every one of their guns reviewed has scored extremely well on the reliability index.

  6. I’ve owned a number of 1911s, including Colts and both foreign and US made variants. I cannot conceive of what can be done to a pistol to warrant a price tag in the multiple thousands of dollars, but then my criteria are simple, reliability and reasonable combat accuracy.

  7. So they are bringing out 1911s to compete with Les Baer, Wilson, Nighthawk, etc., with a worse accuracy guarantee?


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