Cabot Guns’ latest custom 1911 pistol is a real stunner. The new Cabot Moonshot is adorned with a certified lunar meteorite, along with small diamonds, rubies, sapphires and gold inlay. The Moonshot 1911’s centerpiece is a dynamic view of our solar system from the perspective of the lunar surface.
As you might expect, the Moonshot 1911 boasts an out-of-this-world price to match the name. The press release shows a price of $250,000.
Cabot Guns’ new Moonshot 1911 is a stunning blend of engineering and art that represents a unique connection between the most iconic firearm on the planet—the 1911 pistol—and the pinnacle of engineering and scientific achievement: the lunar landing.
Says Cabot Founder and CEO, Rob Bianchin:
“With the Moonshot, we have pushed the boundaries as to the idea of mechanical art in the form of a pistol. The unique use of rare lunar meteorites and extra-terrestrial materials has never been employed in such a manner. It’s a symbol of both an enduring American design and the accomplishments of America on a galactic scale.”
The precious materials and engraving fire the imagination as they portray planets and stars racing along their celestial paths.
The space-black slide provides the perfect backdrop for planetary orbits, shooting stars and meteorites, as rendered by FEGA Master Engraver Lee Griffiths. The astronauts and Apollo lunar module included on the grips are cut out of steel plates, sculpted and then carefully welded into place. “From an engraver’s perspective it was an absolutely delightful mind-bending challenge to unite heaven and earth. The creation process was a personal and unique way to experience a moon landing vicariously,” says Griffiths.
The Cabot Guns Moonshot is built on the long-serving 1911 platform, designed and engineered by John Moses Browning and adopted by the U.S. Army on March 29, 1911.
As for the case that to house such a grand 1911 pistol, Cabot Guns turned to Benoît Miniou, CEO of Les Ateliers Victor. Miniou described the hundreds of hours design, testing and creation during the next two years.
“It is a unique masterpiece shaped out of a massive block of space grade aluminum, with screws redesigned and reshaped to look like SpaceX capsules, a titanium solar system grid that features moving planets, which lock and unlock access to the pistol through a secret astronomical code, and a laser engraved hieroglyphic formula enchanting the case and protecting the Moonshot 1911. I had fun imagining every detail that my master craftsmen would then create.”
Benoît Miniou, CEO of Les Ateliers Victor, the Parisian design house, recalls the first time Bianchin approached him regarding the Moonshot and its case, “I loved it! I immediately envisioned the unique space trunk we would imagine in order to sublimate this great pistol.”
In addition, Cabot Guns has plans to mint an NFT of the Moonshot 1911, as the company launches into the metaverse to initiate a digital collection of Cabot 1911 pistols on the blockchain.