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    Meteorite Pistols

    Model 1911 Meteorite Pistol Set
    Iron, IVA
    Northern Sweden - (67° 48'N, 23° 6'E)
    Found: 1906











    This offering is literally a true 'one-of-a-kind' and represents an incredible combination of meteorite and firearms. Presented here is a set of two Model 1911 type pistols made from the Muonionalusta Meteorite which fell in Sweden. Both right-handed guns, one is a GI Model, and the other is a Custom Model. Both pistols were made by noted gunsmith Lou Biondo of Business End Customs, and each gun has test fired 35 rounds. It is not recommended that these incomparable pistols be an everyday sidearm or be used regularly as the metallic content was not designed for such a use, but these are working guns that fire .45 caliber bullets. The Muonionalusta Meteorite was first discovered in Sweden in 1906 but likely fell about 1 million years ago and is thought to be one of the oldest meteorites dating to some 4.5 billion years. The world famous Iron features an amazing Widmanstätten pattern when etched that makes the pistols so visually striking. Obviously, a significant amount of meteorite was required as the "raw material" for this cool enterprise. Modeled after the famous Colt 1911 Pistol, originally designed by the legend John Browning, the M1911 became the standard issue sidearm of the United States Military from 1911 until 1968. The world's most respected handgun is considered by many to be the finest service pistol of all time. The history of its role as a combat pistol in conflicts throughout the decades is unparalleled. This is a gun for the ages, and this set made of meteorite is ageless. The pistols are presented in Blaze Display Cases for security and safety. The GI version has a standard slide grip safety, and the Custom version features a beaver-tail grip safety. The guns are both in very good - to excellent - condition, showing just a few scattered scuffs with a light handling wear. The actions are crisp and bores are mirror-bright. The carrying cases accompanying both handguns evidence normal storage wear. In, or out, of their storage cases, the pistols make a statement. These Meteorite Pistols represent the first time such an item has been offered at auction or will be sold.

    NOTE: Shipment of any firearm may be restricted or prohibited to your U.S. state of residence or foreign country (internationally). Please read Additional Terms & Conditions MEMORABILIA & HISTORICAL AUCTIONS TERM F in the back of this catalog.

    Note: Meteorite in 3rd picture does not accompany the Lot.

    In the event Lot 72083 does not sell (as a set), the individual pistols will be offered separately immediately following the closing of this Lot.
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    Estimate: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000.

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
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    20th Saturday 11:50 am CT
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    20th Saturday
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