Time to break out the piggy bank.
American gun-maker Cabot has finally unveiled a much-anticipated set of two pistols created out of the same hunk of meteorite. Military.com featured the mirror-image .45s at Shot Show in January while they were still being created:
Called the Big Bang pistol set, Cabot says they were made from a 77-pound chunk of the Gibeon meteorite, discovered in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the company, early men used pieces of the same meteorite to create some of mankind's first weapons.
As it turns out, working with ancient metals requires some pretty high-end technology.
In a news release, Cabot said technicians had used 3-D modeling, X-ray photography, electron-beam technology and artisan craftsmanship to create the guns. And believe it or not, they work.
"“We test-fired both guns at our Indiana facility,” Cabot Founder and President Rob Bianchin said in a statement. “It was even more nerve-racking than the first time we cut through the meteor. But they shot. Everything worked exactly as it should.”
The $4.5 million price tag is set to match the current record for the most expensive firearms ever sold, according to the release.
If that's a little rich for your blood, perhaps you can afford a "Big Bang Knife" made out of tungsten carbide that Cabot is rolling out in coordination with the pistols' release. The knife, made by Sandrin will have a meteorite handle. Sandrin-made tungsten carbide knives will be available to the general public from Cabot starting in June, according to the release.