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Gun Of The Week by S.P. Fjestad

Gun of the Week image   The Gun of the Week is an exclusive editorial article that highlights a different gun each week. The guns featured represent some of the finest and most desirable collectible firearms available in today’s marketplace as well as many common guns that are encountered on a regular basis by many shooters and collectors. Carefully written captions provide interesting and comprehensive information, and up-to-date values are included for an in-depth article you won’t find anywhere else! Check back each Monday for a new Gun of the Week.
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If he was alive today, John Browning might be more surprised than anyone else that during this centennial year of his revolutionary 1911 pistol design, it’s more popular now than when the U.S. military adopted it in March of 1911. This design alone has helped keep a lot of American gun companies in business over the decades, and even though there have been variations in size, length, and materials, the original design remains virtually unchanged. There isn’t another pistol that has been as widely copied, and literally millions have seen service in combat all over the world, in addition to civilian applications.

Recently while at the Gunsmoke gun shop in Denver, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Robert Bianchin, president of the recently formed Cabot Gun Co., LLC. It was immediately apparent that this gentleman didn’t think or act like a CEO of a custom gun manufacturer. While at the conference table in the back of the store, he pulled out a very interesting clear display case, and inside there was an exquisitely finished Jones 1911 model named after the company’s founder – it was a full size M1911 style pistol. I examined the outside of the gun very carefully, and the fit and finish of the exterior metal parts and wood grips were the best I’ve ever seen. Then Robert told me to rack the action and dry fire it. The only thing that I have ever felt comparable is my well-worn, pre-war 1936 Walther “Jägerschafts” hunting pistol in .22 LR caliber, whose action and trigger pull make butter seem like an abrasive. While hard to imagine, this Cabot pistol felt a lot tighter and more precise than the legendary Swiss SIG P-210.

After that, I started paying attention to what Robert was telling me about this new gun trademark, launched earlier this year on April 26, 2011. Cabot guns are manufactured by Penn United Technologies, Inc. (PUT), located north of Pittsburgh in the rolling hills of rural western Pennsylvania. PUT’s claim to fame is 40 years of extensive experience servicing the most sophisticated precision needs of the defense, nuclear, aerospace, electronics, oil and gas, and medical industries. You simply can’t establish this type of long-term track record unless you have the most up-to-date high tech equipment and highly skilled work force necessary to produce these precision parts and components. Because of this, PUT makes the machines that make the guns. Parker Majestic, a division of Penn United, is renowned for its extreme precision and technology. It also has an accredited school, the Carl Jones Learning Institute for the Growth of Higher Technology (LIGHT), a 17,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. PUT currently has 570 employees and over half a million square feet of manufacturing space.

When the company decided to build a 1911, no expense was spared to make it the highest quality M1911 design pistol ever manufactured – which is a big statement. Cabot Guns uses 100% American materials, technology, and craftsmanship. The production process required to build Cabot 1911 pistols takes four months and the work of 75 highly skilled individuals. They routinely work on tolerances of 20 to 50 millionths of an inch – keep in mind that the human hair is .003 inches. This type of production accuracy allows for the frame and slides not varying by more than .0005 of an inch, without hand fitting or lapping. A Zeiss Prismo Super Accurate CMM (computer coordinate measuring machine) has confirmed Cabot pistols have tolerance variances of no more than 2/10,000th of an inch per side. Processes necessary to attain such a high level of quality include: CNC machining, CNC grinding, Synch EDM, Wire EDM, and hand polishing and finishing. I certainly would have liked to have spent more time with both the gun and Robert on that snowy morning in Denver’s outskirts, but I needed to catch a flight back in the early afternoon and frankly, I had seen enough accumulation of snow over the past 15 hours. One of my last questions for Robert was “What kind of accuracy do you get out of this pistol?” The answer was “A one inch grouping at 25 yards on a machine rest is normal.”

Because of Cabot’s almost fanatical outlook on the quality and accuracy of its machined parts, almost no hand fitting is required. The polishing I examined on the Jones 1911 was like looking at finely polished marble, and the bluing was rich and deep. It is the finest .45 I have ever had in my hands, and my last words to Robert on the way to the car were “This Mr. Jones model is the Rolls Royce of 1911s.” Up to that point, I had always considered Korth from Germany the reigning champion for producing the world’s finest revolvers and pistols, so it was nice for me leaving Denver knowing that a U.S. company had dethroned the Germans fair and square.

Cabot Guns currently makes four M1911/M1911A1 style models in .45 ACP cal. with different features. They include: the top-of-the-line Jones 1911 ($4,950 MSR), RangeMaster ($4,495), and two variations of the Contemporary Government Issue (CGI) Classic ($4,450). This initial production run totaled only 45 units, and they are almost sold out. This will be followed by another production run with slightly higher quantities. Cabot has no intention however, of being a high volume pistol manufacturer. The reason is simple – it takes an extraordinary amount of time in manufacturing before each Cabot pistol is ready to be test fired, and no shortcuts are ever considered.

So if you want the best, are well-heeled enough to be able to afford one, and enjoy knowing this pistol is 100% made in America by the best equipment and personnel, this is the pistol for you. Besides the Cartier wine opener, what’s in the glove box of your Rolls Royce?

Images and some information courtesy of Cabot Gun Co. LLC.

For more information on Cabot Gun Co. LLC, please visit,, or call 855-THE-1911.

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