Cabot Guns, a high-end gun-maker based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, says it plans to sell a pair of 1911-style pistols made from a nearly 5 billion-year-old meteorite.
The "extra-terrestrial pistols" may fetch as much as $1 million at auction and will likely end up in the hands of a private collector or museum, according to the company.
The Big Bang Pistol Set, as it's tentatively known, will feature twin right- and left-handed 1911-style semi-automatic 45s. Cabot has already developed pistol grips constructed from meteorite (see photo above), but described the idea of building a complete set of guns from the material as "unprecedented" in part because of its diamond-like strength.
"We wanted to raise the bar again," Cabot founder and President Rob Bianchin said in a statement. "The pistol set will be a modern work of functional art and the ultimate set of luxury guns."
The company plans to display components made from the meteorite next month at Shot Show, the world's largest gun show, in Las Vegas. It plans to unveil the pistols in May during the NRA Annual Meeting and Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
Cabot acquired a 35-kilogram piece of the Gibeon meteor, which crashed to Earth an estimated 4.5 billion years ago and was discovered in the sub-Saharan part of Africa now known as Namibia in 1838, according to the company.
"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," Bianchin said.
The company, which specializes in making luxury 1911-style pistols, said a collector has already offered a quarter-million dollars for the set, but estimates the actual value may range from $500,000 to $1 million.