A long long time ago in a galaxy not so far away a piece of space rock came hurtling towards planet Earth and crashed into sub-Saharan Africa.
The Gibeon Meteorite crashed into Earth roughly 4.5 billion years ago and was discovered in 1836 by English Captain J.E Alexander in Nambia.
Fast forward almost two hundred years and we find the Cabot Gun company in possession of some of the meteorite with plans to make a set of extraterrestrial guns. Namely a matching set of left and right handed 1911 .45’s, dubbed “The Big Bang Pistol Set.” True…not the most clever or original name but the notion of having guns forged from material out of this world is rather fascinating.
What makes it even more so is that they are doing this with a piece of the Gibeon as Gibeon meteorites are composed of an iron-nickel alloy containing significant amounts of cobalt and phosphorus. The crystal structure of this meteorite provides a classic example of fine octahedrite and the Widmanstatten pattern is appreciated for its beauty both by collectors and designers of jewelry.
While my firearm collection is mostly for practical purposes, I still appreciate that firearms can be artistic and beautiful in both form and function. Being made of space metal just adds to that.
Of course, all this adding to drives up the price. Cabot Guns has stated that a collector had offered them $250,000 for the set based on concept alone, though the owners of the company think that the rarity and uniqueness of the set may approach the $1 million mark.
The President of Cabot Guns, Rob Bianchin, had this to say in a statement released by the company:
“We wanted to raise the bar again. The pistol set will be a modern work of functional art and the ultimate set of luxury guns.”
“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.”
“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.”
The guns will be revealed for the first time to the public in May at the annual NRA convention May 20-22nd in Louisville Kentucky.