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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.

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  1. 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?

    • 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.

      • 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

        • 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?

        • 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. 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.

      • 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.

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Excalibur
    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

  9. 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.

    • “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!”

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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’.

  22. So…is this fugly monstrosity made of pewter?

    I’m ashamed I even posted here…nm…


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