Functioning Pistols, Made From 4.5 Billion-Year-Old Meteorite, Could Be Yours At A Great Price
Two pistols will be auctioned off later this month, and they’re made from something that’s pretty rare here on earth; a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite.
As far as the title of this article is concerned, a ‘great price’ is estimated to be in the ballpark of $1.5 Million. If we can get each of our Facebook followers to chip in less than $2, we can get them. Then all we’d need are two holsters.
Constructed from part of the Muonionalusta Meteorite, which was discovered in Sweden in 1906, the working .45 caliber pistols offer an unusual take on the classic 1911 handgun design. Experts believe that the meteorite slammed into Earth about 1 million years ago, although the meteorite itself is thought to date back some 4.5 billion years.via foxnews.com
Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, will be holding the auction on July 20th.
Creating these two pistols was no easy feat, as it has never been done before. The medium, an actual meteorite, was intriguing to the man who was chosen to create them.
Constructing a gun out of meteorite was a new experience for gunsmith Lou Biondo of Business End Customs, who was commissioned to build the unusual weapons. “The client was referred to me by somebody else – I have never worked with this material before, so it was something that intrigued me,” he told Fox News. “I was supplied with the raw material that looked like a rock – it was something very, very cool.”
Biondo explained that he had to be extremely careful when he was cutting through the chunk of meteorite. “It was definitely one of those jobs where you had to go by feel and sound,” he said. “If you mix carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel and throw in some diamonds, that’s what it felt like.”
Each pistol has been test-fired to ensure they work properly and safely. Both are said to have been fired 35 times.
“I test-fired both pistols and they were fun to shoot, but knowing the price tag, I stopped!”, said Biondo.
The auction can be viewed here.