A SIG SAUER Masterpiece: The Excalibur


SIG SAUER has been around for a while. Long enough, in fact, for their master gunsmiths to get a little…bored. And instead of doing what everyone else does when they’re bored (Reddit), SIG gave them a nearly unlimited budget and asked them to make something amazing. And man, they didn’t disappoint . . .


The Excalibur is one of the firearms in SIG’s “Masterpiece” line of firearms, guns specifically intended to show off the mastery of their in-house gunsmiths and how beautiful their iconic X-Five handgun can get. It’s kind of the same reason airlines have extravagant first class offerings: if the top-of-the-line stuff is this good, then just imagine how well they do the normal stuff. They can make one for you as well… if you have the cash to pay for it. This one handgun would retail for about $92,000, making it one of the most expensive handguns you can buy. The reason for the price comes not only from the remarkable craftsmanship of the gun, but also from the fact that the handle is made out of 100% real and legal ivory.


The sword along the top of the gun, made to look like a Damascus steel blade, is removable — and extremely sharp. Not your average letter opener.

The Excalibur is an absolutely beautiful piece of art, and that’s the problem: I could never fire it. I’d be scared that I’d scratch it.


  1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I’d shoot it in a heartbeat!

  2. avatar bluefivespot says:

    Never really liked the lines of Sigs. Still don’t. I can understand that it takes a really talented and experienced person to make this gun, so I can admire it for that reason. But does it have to be so ugly?

    1. avatar Kyle in CT says:

      I like Sigs, but this thing looks like a cartoon drawing. Just weird. Given the option between this and 92 Mk. 25s, I think I’d rather the latter. Or, you know, just the one Mk. 25 and do something more useful with the other 91k. Like buy a car. Or take a chunk out of a mortgage. Or burn it for heating.

  3. avatar Allen says:

    “New from the franklin mint!”

    1. avatar Culpeper Kid says:

      yours for just four easy payments of $23,000

      1. avatar dakiwi13 says:

        but wait!!! call within the next 10 minutes and we’ll throw in compatible night sights for free. just pay for separate processing and handling

        1. avatar James R says:

          But wait there’s MORE! Call now and we’ll throw in a SHAM-WOW to keep your gun sparkly clean! You getting this camera guy?

        2. avatar BDub says:

          And, as a special bonus, if you call and order in the next 20 minutes, we will give you a second one, absolutely free! That’s right, you 2 for the price of one! You can give one to a friend. Call now while supplies last.

      2. avatar Gunr says:

        Don’t forget the Balloon payment of $100,000 at the end!

  4. avatar Peter says:

    And some people say the S&W R8 is an unattractive handgun? This thing looks like it was chipped out of a solid ingot of uglonium.

    I do like the grips, though.

    1. avatar Alpo says:

      The R8 is awesome.

      This Sig however…. man that thing is ooglee

      1. avatar Peter says:

        Agreed about the R8. Scientists from the local university will occasionally borrow my R8 to verify the calibration on their finely-tuned baddass-o-tron.

    2. avatar Tom from Georgia says:

      Uglonium…..learn something new every day, but this takes the cake 🙂


  5. avatar Hannibal says:

    Does that… thing… even fire?

    I like beautiful guns… but this kind of ornateness just doesn’t have a place in a semi-auto as far as I’m concerned.

  6. avatar Pudd says:

    Yeah but what does it look like on the inside?

  7. avatar Jon in NC says:

    This is what we call “Gun Porn”

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      It’s only porn if you have a fetish for comically ugly guns…

      There’s no doubt that a lot of mechanical skill went into this thing, but artistically? Woof.

      1. avatar Paelorian says:

        This monstrosity belongs on a heavy-metal album cover.

        1. avatar Stinkeye says:

          Ha! It does look like it’s Nathan Explosion’s personal sidearm.

  8. avatar Conway Redding says:

    I, personally, do not care for the rococo, so even if I had so much money that I considered $92,000 to be chump change, I wouldn’t be likely to buy this firearm.

  9. avatar fuque says:

    meh… Give it to some third world leader…

  10. avatar DP.Science says:

    So what, you shoot it once, the slide reciprocates, and the sharp blade on top goes flying into your eye? I appreciate the craftsmanship but it’s ugly and no thanks.

  11. avatar Jeff says:

    Their gunsmiths must be medieval comic book collectors. That thing is FUGLY.

  12. avatar muddywaters says:

    Is that from world of warcraft?

  13. avatar Wiregrass says:

    A little too baroque for me.

    1. avatar Brian in WI says:

      That’s what you would be after buying it…

    2. avatar ThomasR says:

      Baroque -dictionary, definition

      3- Extravagant, complex or bizarre. Yep, I would agree.

      Either traditional scroll work or the Damascus steel model 1911 that was on this site a while back would have been better.

  14. avatar ropingdown says:

    Any gunsmith possessed of the artistic imagination evidenced by this gun should be in the retro Mediterranean-style lighting fixture design industry, not in firearms finishing.

  15. avatar don says:

    Ugly on steroids.

  16. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

    Hey wait a second, I thought there was some executive order or some BS about ivory??
    God I hate that Obummer guy! Every day it get’s worse. Even his fellow Dems are distancing themselves to help prevent a republican landslide in the coming elections.

  17. avatar Bigred2989 says:

    From the United King
    I’m looking for him
    I’m going to California
    From the United King
    I’m looking for him
    I’m going to California

    1. avatar Cianan says:

      Why. Would you do that?

  18. avatar middleagedmama says:

    Very baroque and beautiful. It’s art. I like it!

  19. avatar Accur81 says:

    Yes, Sig can make a gun far uglier than Glock. Plus, it’s ridiculously expensive. No amount of booze could make that gun pretty, even in a dark night club.

  20. avatar ShaunL. says:

    $92,000 LARP gear?

    Did some watery tart start distributin’ guns about the place?

    1. avatar IIIPercenter says:

      “You’re foolin’ yourself, mate! We’re living in a dictatorship! Come see the violence inherent in the system! Help! Help! I’m being repressed!”

  21. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    This sort of deep metal carving is unique to the German/Austrian gunmaking industry. I can’t tell you why they like it, just that it exists over more years (going back easily 150+ years) and more gunmakers than most people in the US know about.

    Some of these pieces look downright painful to shoot. I’ve seen large game rifles with gargoyles coming out of the back of the receiver and other utterly outlandish adornments.

  22. avatar Another Robert says:

    wow, I thought I was the only one–That is just crazy…

  23. avatar BDub says:

    I like can appreciate and art piece as much as the next guy, but this is just gaudy and lacks taste. I’ve seen better guns confiscated in Mexican drug raids.

    1. avatar Ardent says:

      This^. I was trying to articulate pretty much what you just said. I love the concept; hate the theme and execution, it’s tacky.

  24. avatar C says:

    I don’t think my opinion on these sorts of show pieces is welcome here.

  25. avatar rammerjammer says:

    Nice cartel gun

  26. avatar g says:

    It’d be more fun if the “EXCALIBUR” / sword was mounted under the barrel… you know, slaying rogue knights might require more than just bullets. Gotta have that stab-stabbity action.

  27. avatar Ralph says:

    Somebody should have told the SIG gunsmiths: just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do something.

  28. avatar Anonymous says:

    It’s pretty ugly. Ugly fugly.

  29. avatar S_J says:

    So $92,000 buys a Sig that looks like an anime otaku’s wet dream plus a pseudo-bayonet that will slide your hand wide open if you try to rack the slide. Okay.

    I wonder how many P210’s (and I mean the original Swiss examples, not the modern Legend P210) and cases of 9mm one could have for 92K.

  30. Simply fantastic work. Thanks for making it possible for us to see the high res version of these photos.

  31. avatar Zachary marrs says:


    1. avatar Not So 1337 says:

      This was a triumph….

  32. avatar Iman Fasil says:

    It ain’t no Toledo Salamanca!

  33. avatar LC Judas says:

    With that sword on the top of the slide…The sights have to be even higher. I love my 229 Elite Dark with raised sights but the bore axis just climbed above Cessna operating altitudes for the price of an actual aircraft.

    No. Just no.

  34. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    That’s awesome. Very ornate, heirloom type firearms aren’t my cup of tea, but, man, it’s cool to see someone who’s among the best in the world at what he/she does, do their thing. You don’t get to be among the best in the world at anything without massive commitment to it. Usually, you don’t devote that kind of energy to something less than your life’s passion.

    I think it’s great that these people are doing their thing with this level of precision. I’m impressed and envious.

  35. avatar Fred says:

    They sure have a lot of space to work with seeing as the bore on Sigs is on a different floor than the grip.

  36. avatar Jack in MT says:

    I don’t understand why they left the cocking serrations intact. They unnecessarily break up the medieval motif, and look like they would provide less friction than grabbing any other part of the slide.

  37. avatar Bo says:

    I like Sig’s, but this thing is hideous. Looks like something designed for Dungeons & Dragons. Maybe this is a sidearm for a modern-day Beowulf?

  38. avatar Gunr says:

    Way overdone! I mean, you can only put so many layers on a cake. This thing looks like three dozen cake bakers all trying at the same time to make it look pretty.

  39. I think there will always be an Arabian prince or sultan who would want something like this. Ditto for oligarchs and dictators wearing uniforms and having self-given ranks. So, the gunmakers are only too happy to oblige. Personally, I think it is hideous. A taint on the gunmakers’ art. It looks like something out of a Cthulhu story or David Cronenberg’s ‘eXistenZ’.

  40. avatar Stephen M. says:

    Of all the fancy Sigs, I say the Tyr looks the best. This is just absurd.

  41. avatar /k/ommando says:

    Hilariously bad. CZ, Glock and FN need to stage an intervention.

  42. avatar Tominator says:

    So…is this fugly monstrosity made of pewter?

    I’m ashamed I even posted here…nm…


  43. avatar Mike the Limey says:


    No other words needed.

  44. avatar Jared says:

    SHUT UP!!!!!

    And take my money!

  45. avatar griffin says:

    nick you post some good and cool guns

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