New From Cabot Guns: ‘Big Bang’ 1911 Meteor Pistol Set

Cabot 1911 with Meteor Grips

Having trouble finding just the right Christmas gift for that gun lover who has everything? You know, the guy who doesn’t just keep his collection in a safe, but has a specially designed gun room to show it all off? Well we have you covered. How about a pair of identical mirror image 1911s made from a 4.5 billion-year-old meteor? No, these 1911s don’t just have meteor grips, they’re entirely made from a hunk of metal that landed on Earth in pre-historic times. Here’s the press release . . .

Founded in 2011, Cabot Guns has been producing premiere, state-of-the-art 1911 style pistols constructed to aerospace precision standards.  Now the company has commenced work on extra-terrestrial pistols.  Building on their success from setting a world record earlier this year for the highest price ever paid for a new pistol, Cabot is now set to shatter records with an offering of a mirror image set of pistols constructed from a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite.

“We wanted to raise the bar again,” says Cabot founder and President Rob Bianchin, “The pistol set will be a modern work of functional art and the ultimate set of luxury guns.”  The out-of-this-world pistol set consists of two precision manufactured guns.  The twin right and left handed 1911 style semi-automatic 45’s tentatively to be called The Big Bang Pistol Set. Cabot previously introduced pistol grips constructed from meteorite, but the idea of constructing a complete set of guns from meteor is unprecedented.

Earlier this year, Cabot acquired a 35 kg portion of the prized Gibeon meteor which met the size characteristics for the project from famed meteor hunter and expert Robert Haag.  The meteor, dated to an age of 4.5 billion years, was first discovered in the sub-Saharan part of Africa now known as Namibia in 1838. It is believed to have landed on Earth during pre-historic times. Not only is the age and metallurgical composition of the Gibeon meteor fantastical, it is considered the Cadillac of meteors in large part because of the aesthetic Widmanstattten pattern exhibited but the meteorites grain pattern once acid etched. Tiny portions of the valuable Gibeon meteor has been used by jewelers such as Rolex, but the scale and complexity of the pistols is ambitious.

Cabot Meteor

“It’s both romantic and fascinating to imagine that this meteor traveled across the heavens for four billion years before landing on Earth and is now being transformed into Cabot pistols,” states Bianchin.

Cabot will display a sampling of gun components made from meteorite at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the industry’s major trade show from Jan 19 to 22, 2016. The Big Bang Pistol Set will make their public debut during the NRA Annual Meeting and Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, in May.

The pistols will likely be sold at auction and without a doubt will be the crown jewel of any museum or private collector interested in either meteors or firearms.  Cabot has been offered $250,000 from a collector based on concept alone but estimates on the value have ranged from $500,000 to over $1,000,000.

Prized meteor such as the Gibeon is sought out by collectors and traded by the gram.  The scale and use of the material to this extent of making a high precision functional firearm has never been attempted before.

Meteorite is hardly an optimum material for firearms, so numerous technical matters have been overcome to construct the pistols using advanced aerospace techniques to make the pistols fully functional.

To merely cut the meteorite, a three-dimensional laser scan of the meteorite was created to plan the cuts required to make each component of the pistols in a process analogous to cutting a rare diamond. George Dante, a world renowned taxidermist and environmental artist who has been called Michelangelo of Taxidermy by National Geographic has been retained to create a special gun case and display for the pistols. Additional details about the pistols will be revealed by Cabot over coming months.

Cabot pistols have already garnered an elite following of owners who include royalty, prominent foreign heads of state, celebrities, rock stars, and 1911 enthusiasts alike. As a precision shooting instrument, Cabot 1911’s have been employed by Brian “Gunny” Zins to win two consecutive NRA National Pistol Championships and the Cabot NRA National Center Fire Championship in the shooting discipline of Bullseye.

Cabot Guns were first described as the “Rolls Royce of 1911’s,” by S.P. Fjestad, Author and Editor of the Blue Book of Gun Values, the “bible” of gun reference.  Fjestad has also taken the position that a set of Cabot mirror image pistols, The Presidentials (2014), were the finest non-engraved pistols ever built in the United States.

The Cabot Guns team takes pride in workmanship and obsessive perfection to the most extreme levels of the American can-do attitude.  “We’ve had a meteoric rise to the top of the luxury firearms industry, and it’s only appropriate that we now make pistols made from a meteor,” says Bianchin tongue in cheek.


  1. avatar General Zod says:

    Well, at least it’s not Kryptonite.

    1. avatar Sock Monkey says:

      What I don’t understand is why people pay so much money for guns that are not perfectly reliable, and also look like ghetto bling.

      1. avatar Fernando says:

        As oppose to what?

  2. avatar jwtaylor says:

    Well that is gorgeous.

  3. avatar Johannes Paulsen says:

    If you buy these, do you actually fire them? Or do they just sit in a glass cabinet next to your collection of Faberge eggs?

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      I think Cabot is learning from its past mistakes. The problem with the Black Diamond isn’t that it’s way too expensive for a gun that barely works. The problem is, it’s not so expensive that nobody would ever fire it. If you make the gun costly enough, it will never be fired, so nobody will ever discover that it doesn’t work. Brilliant!

      Hopefully the meteor guns won’t have that trashy-looking star-cutout trigger, though. I mean, if you’re not going to shoot it, it should at least look nice.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “Hopefully the meteor guns won’t have that trashy-looking star-cutout trigger, though.”

        I really don’t get the thing about those stars on the trigger.

        It’s kinda like a lower back tattoo on “a bottle blonde with a couple of priors”, as JWT would say…

      2. avatar CentralIL says:

        Yep, I hate those star-cutouts too. Tacky. They cheapen the overall look.

    2. avatar Jeff says:

      You must be new to this. If you can afford a Cabot 1911, you use the Faberge eggs as targets, and clear the eventual jams with ivory rod.

    3. avatar Wade Garret says:

      You would take these pistols to the range and use them to shoot you Fabrage eggs. If you can afford these guns, you can afford more eggs.

  4. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    The first steel swords were made from meteoric iron. Evolution of the sword.

  5. avatar Heretical Politik says:

    Will the Meteorite metal make these actually work?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      I doubt it will stop it.

      Most iron-nickel meteorites make for a durable alloy.

      A very expensive, but durable alloy.

  6. avatar dph says:

    And still has the ugly stripper tattoo trigger.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      You say that like stripper tatoos are a bad thing.

      1. avatar dph says:

        I like stripper tattoos, just not on a pistol.

    2. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

      The look of the trigger would ruin it for me too, even if it ran perfectly and cost much less. This means, I’d replace the trigger if the other two issues were resolved.

  7. avatar SteveInCO says:

    Would they actually work or is Cabot displaying their ability to iridium-plate a turd?

  8. avatar FortWorthColtGuy says:


    1. avatar styrgwillidar says:

      yeah, that sums it up nicely.

  9. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

    When is the TTAG contest for this?

  10. avatar Kevin says:

    These will never be called unreliable, frivolous maybe, due to they will never be shot.

  11. avatar DRF says:

    But will it feed hollow points?

    1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      Will it feed my stockpile of Tula?

      1. avatar SpeleoFool says:

        Only if the steel cases are meteorite steel…

        1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

          Dude, this whole big rock we’re floating around on is really just a big meteor.

  12. avatar Ralph says:

    The 1911 platform is almost as old as that meteor.

  13. avatar Jared says:

    As a huge 1911 fan, this “premium” market is a scam. Cabot arms are made by machine, so all that “highly skilled, hand crafted” nonsense goes out the window.

    They are way overpriced. No matter how many TTAG writers Cabot invites, it’s a scam.

    They may be nice guns, but 7,000+!!!!! For a machine made gun.

  14. avatar David B says:

    Me: These will be called Big Bang guns? So, they are theoretical and completely unproven?

    Oh no! They have been made and are fully functional.

    Me: Really? You mean someone designed these complex mechanisms and then created them? They didn’t drop from space fully formed after 4 billion years? Maybe they just needed more time? Still sticking with the name?

    Don’t be absurd.

    1. avatar Jared says:

      Your pistol is an extra 2,000 dollars because an alien wipe his ass on the meteorite 500 billion years ago….. Collectors item.

      1. avatar SteveInCO says:

        Actually, no… it’s not alien toilet paper, it’s an actual alien turd.

        Or becomes one, once Cabot finishes making a non-functional pistol out of it.

  15. avatar Removed_californian says:

    I’m not a 1911 guy, but damn. Do want. That’s literally the coolest thing I’ve heard of as of late.

    Like how many guns are made from space debris? Very unique.

  16. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Make you a deal! You give them to me, and I will shoot them.

  17. avatar Myrealname says:

    Why don’t they “raise the bar” by making a reliable gun instead?

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      That’s much, much more difficult than finding a dumbfuck with money.

    1. avatar Lotek says:

      Of the two the sword is less likely to jam.

  18. avatar PeterW says:

    “Fantastical”.. yep.

  19. avatar John L. says:

    Dear TTAG:

    I am a 1911 fan, as is my wife.

    I really appreciate the occasional review or announcement about the high-end or “super premium” 1911 market, and also enjoy your posts about the more entry-level manufacturers’ offerings.

    But what I’d really love to see is a series of reviews from the mid- to upper-market 1911 makers – Kimber, Wilson Combat, Les Baer, Ed Brown, Nighthawk, and so forth. These more or less define a price range of $1k-$3k which I would call “aspirational but feasible someday,” whereas Cabot’s offerings are more in the “probably not” category.

    Or how about an article talking about which 1911 you would get if you had $500, $750, $1000, $2000, etc. to spend on it, and why you’d choose that over others in the price range.

    Thanks for your consideration.

  20. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    FWIW, meteorite can have some gorgeous crystalline like structure when slabbed.
    I get to work with it now and again.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Oh, yes…

      Those crystals grow biggest when they cool the slowest… drifting in space…

  21. avatar SteveInCO says:

    All snark aside, this is actually a cool idea…I just wish it were a company other than Cabot Turdworks doing it.

    It’d be interesting to know if they work with the meteorite as a meteorite or whether they melt it and pour stock. (Iron nickel makes an interesting alloy.)

  22. avatar 7.62x54r says:

    Are they going to drop test them for Californiastan?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Yes. From outer space.

      1. avatar jwtaylor says:

        Wait, hasn’t that already been done?

  23. avatar CRF says:

    I would shoot them until they were shot out just to watch the world burn. If I was filthy rich, that is. Make them my EDC.

  24. avatar Trey says:

    For those that will get it…

    This would be Saka’s pistol of choice. 🙂

    (*last air bender)

    1. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

      I wonder how many Nickelodean watchers there are here. I imagine that the average age is above the having ever watched it age. You know – dust farters:-)

  25. avatar LJohn says:

    So, do ya think Cabot is feeling the love?

  26. avatar nynemillameetuh says:

    How much for just the case? I really, really, want to futuristically present some pistols.

  27. avatar RetroG says:

    What a waste of a perfectly good meteorite.

  28. avatar Another Robert says:

    Do they make special ammo to go with it? Come to think of it, would anyone actually contemplate using it to, you know, shoot with…

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I would shoot it until my hands bled. And then wipe the gun off and shoot it with the other hand.

      1. avatar SteveInCO says:

        You need to practice jam clearance drills that badly? There are cheaper ways to do it, you know.

      2. avatar Lotek says:

        It’s a left and right hand set. Sooooo…… Wouldn’t both hands begin to bleed at the same time? Also how would you clear the jams? With your teeth?

  29. avatar shootboot says:

    these are cool to look at. dont kno why anyone would pay that (even if theyre rich)plus they probably dont run worth a damn

  30. avatar tsbhoA.P.jr says:

    they should make a pair of these from the titanic’s anchor.

  31. avatar Smoke Jensen says:

    They can keep the pistols. But I’d love to have the case to display my Sig Gold Texas edition.

  32. avatar Jeff says:

    Guys, I think you’re not noticing that people are giggling at the Cabot sponsored ads. We know that these guns are overpriced duds. Maybe move on to something else.

  33. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Well it looks nice. I’d be interested to see if anyone actually buys one. I’d rather have a Lamborghini…

  34. avatar Right to arm Bears says:

    Meh, don’t get me wrong, I love my bottom-end 1911s- my favorites being a Ruger SR1911 (smooth as silk) and a basic Colt bought new a few years ago. I pull the trigger, they go boom. The platform is timeless and I enjoy every aspect of them. I just can’t get excited about something I’ll never experience firsthand.

  35. avatar jwm says:

    So, once again proving Barnum was right.

  36. avatar thx855 says:

    Mmm, all metal came from space you know, super nova and all that. Oh wait, Jesus done it.

  37. avatar Ian says:

    Does it come with Andromeda Strain laced hollow points?

  38. avatar marco says:

    How much does it cost to send them to Wilson or Les Baer for work to then actually get them functioning?

  39. avatar jwm says:

    For the price they’re asking the guns need to be able to shoot down meteors. Wait, they’re .45 acp……….

  40. avatar PeterK says:

    Space gun! 😀 Not as cool as space sword. But still really dang cool.

  41. avatar G says:

    This has just about everything in a 1911 that i don’t want. Maybe they actually are marketing to idiot drug dealers who are non-ironic james bond fans.

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