3D Printed Metal 1911 – using laser sintering

“Solid Concepts is a world leader of 3D Printing services, and our ability to 3D Print the world’s first metal gun solidifies our standing. The gun is a classic 1911, a model that is at once timeless and public domain. It functions beautifully.”


Solid Concepts 1911

This is actually a manufacturing leap.  Not an at home type project, as my understanding is that laser sintering 3D printing machines are extremely expensive. But technology gets cheaper as it ages (unless it is a medical device under FDA regulation).  And the potential of this technology being affordable in 20-30 years is not an impossibility.

Metal production offers a lot of advantages over plastic, obviously. And this project appears more so to be used by a 3D laser sintering company to show how good the technology is; demonstrating the ability to produce a barrel that withstands high pressure, and the fine tolerances a 1911 pistol requires.

Either way, I find it rather exciting.

Published in: on November 8, 2013 at 11:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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#nraam Cabot Guns


Cabot Guns only builds one gun, modeled after John Moses Browning’s 1911.

So what makes different than the many other clones available out there?

Rich Wilson of Cabot Guns shared how Cabot uses sophisticated equipment used in aerospace engineering to manufacture their parts with tolerances so exacting; other manufacturers are unable to duplicate.

It’s quite clear they are very proud of their product. Every gun they manufacture receives a “birth certificate” booklet including photos of the firearm being made and a detailed report of the specific gun’s manufacturing tolerances.

Cabot Guns also makes a “Southpaw” (left handed) model. Mr. Wilson said they didn’t just place the ejector on the left side. They completely reversed the internals. Even the rifling is reversed; so the rotary forces press the gun into the left hand.


Cabot also offers a Teflon like coating which can be seen on the photo of the Southpaw model.

The top gun pictured is not chromed. That’s the polishing applied to the steel.

With an annual manufacturing rate of 400 pistols a year, a Cabot 1911 will run you a bit more than Remington’s $700 1911. The models I saw at Cabot’s booth ran $4,000-$5,000. Sadly a tad outside my budget, but if you we’re considering a high end Kimber for $2K-$3K perhaps it’d be worth your while to look at Cabot’s offerings.

Cabot Guns

Published in: on April 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Is the $1,000 Glock in the near future?

How about the Ruger SR-$900

There is an article on Yahoo regarding automobile prices. Essentially, it says “No, we’re not crazy. Automobiles prices are very high.”

In 2009 I lost my job, I had approx. 2 years left on a 5 year vehicle loan for my Dodge Durango. We sold it, it’s hard to pay for without a job.  In high site, I’d have done things differently. But hindsight is seldom available as foresight.

If you look in the graph of the article, you will see 2009 as a huge drop in vehicle price. Yup, that was when we had to sell.  2009 was a perfect storm for cheap cars: millions out of work selling their cars cheap, near bankrupt auto-makers, a glutt of cars from nearly all manufacturers, the Cash for Clunkers (also known as give money to the rich to buy cars and !@#$% over the poor by destroying the used car market).

Now we’re in a time of lower production, small inventory, and a used car market that is outrageously expensive.  This looks to be a very profitable window for automakers but a far more wallet busting one for the average Joe. Who’s buying power has dropped while expenditures have gone up in every way.

Frankly, I don’t expect it to change anytime soon. And us Americans probably need to face the music. Costs are going up. 

In the gun community, we often make references to the “tupperware” guns (Glock, XD, SR-9, numerous other mass produced polymer firearms) versus the more classical 1911 and other $1,000+ guns.

Interestingly, we’ve seen an decrease in price of those higher end guns recently as more larger manufacturers moved into production (S&W, Ruger, etc, all offering 1911 based models).  But that’s party economy of scale.  The “tupperware” guns have pretty much stayed around the $450-$550 price mark. I think over the next 5 years or so we are going to see that trend move up.
Just like ammo did a few years ago. The shortage ended, and prices fell slightly, but never back to the old levels.  A box that cost $20-$25 now costs $35.  A $10 brick of .22 is now $15. A $30 box of premium ammo is now $40-$50. The price of ammo will never return to the pre-jump prices.  The manufacturers learned what we were willing to pay. And they’re happy to have the extra profit margin.

How can we expect that not to happen with the average Joe firearms as well?

1. Costs are going up, even for manufacturers. Metals and non-plastic materials have increased in price.

2. There is a larger sales volume and lot more “new” gun owners who have no recollection of paying $300-$400 for a firearm. $600 seems reasonable, that’s what all the other models are priced at.

3. Newer designs often bring about a small premium.  Legislation for CA/MA models necessitates re-designs.  Increasing firearm costs.

And while inflation is always a continual cancer eating away at our buying power. I think the next 5 years is likely to see a shift up for the average Joe firearms. Ironically, I think the fancier ones might see reduced prices.  This is off course just speculation.  But I would be surprised to see a jump up to a $600 street price on “tupperware” guns.

The one good side, is we’re very unlikely to see a “cash $$$ for clunkers” program from the Federal government for firearms.  Don’t expect Uncle Sam to exclaim “Bring in your old broken firearm, your revolver with timing off, your misfiring rifle – and receive $100 off your purchase of a new firearm.”

So at least the firearm prices will be affected merely by market pressure, economy, and manufacturing costs.

However, if you’re (un)lucky enough to live near a big city like Philadelphia. You might be able to trade that broken pot metal gun in your drawer for a gift card to put toward a new quality firearm thanks to their gun buyback programs.

Published in: on February 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm  Comments (2)  
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Coonan Firearms

I passed by one booth that caused me to be taken aback. Coonan Firearms and their .357 1911.   So my first thought was, this must be a 1911 chambered in .357 Sig or something. Nope…it’s actually .357 Magnum.

A 1911 chambered with one of my favorite rounds.

I WANT!!!!

So I got to talking with Mr. Coonan himself about his firearms and a little bit about the history of his company.  It’s actually quite the serendipitous story.

Apparently, he made these a while back. Then sold off the company and it was eventually shuttered. He later bought it back. But the fun part is how he became active again in the manufacture of the Coonan .357

Basically, two young women attending college become friends. One’s dad goes out shooting with his in-laws, only to be teased that what he really needs to buy is a Coonan .357 1911.  Good luck trying to find one, right.

Well lo and behold it gets discovered that his daughter’s friend is a Coonan. Yes, that Coonan. He gets in contact, and the ball gets started rolling. The result…new Coonan 1911’s.

This firearm will probably be on my “list of guns I’ll buy if I win the lotto.” But I think if I could pick any firearm for a BBQ gun. It’d be one of these Coonan 1911’s chambered in the good ol’ .357 magnum.

Mr. Dan Coonan


Published in: on May 21, 2011 at 4:49 am  Comments (2)  
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Ruger finally announces the SR-1911

Ruger SR-1911



It looks decent for the price. $799 MSRP means we should hopefully see these around the $650 mark. Nothing revolutionary here…

I would have really loved to see this released along with an SR2011 in polymer frame.  Or even an announcement of a 9mm version that actually worked reliably.

Published in: on April 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm  Comments (2)  
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Ruger SR-2011 … ???

Ruger has another announcement splash page. No word yet, so I guess we await later this morning.

I think I’m putting my money on a Ruger 2011. Perhaps a polymer framed 1911 even. Next bet would be an SR-45 but that does not seem to me revolutionary or “must buy”.

Now where Ruger could really take the cake is releasing the Ruger SR-2011 polymer 1911 platform. And releasing it in 9mm, 40S&W in addition to 45ACP.

Many will point to a gap in the .45ACP line for Ruger. I have a P-345, but many are looking for a striker fired DAO (double-action only) polymer gun.

But I’d wager if Ruger dropped the P-345 for a polymer based 1911 few would be disappointed. I do want to state that I very much like my P-345. I think it has one of the most comfortable grips. Guess we’ll find out in a dew hours.


UPDATE:  Interesting to note that the email campaign has “R20”, which would seem to fit quite well with my prediction of an “SR-2011”


Published in: on January 2, 2011 at 7:22 am  Comments (4)  
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A Klunker Program We Can Believe In…

I received the following email from Sig Sauer. If you’ve been considering one of the listed firearms. Than now is the time to buy. Best of all, this “stimulus package” does not use tax payer dollars, and furthers the 2nd Amendment by upgrading the weaponry of U.S. citizens.



SIG SAUER – Gives you $200 “CASH For your KLUNKER* Handgun”

Purchase a new SIG SAUER® P220®, P226®, P229®, 1911, SIG556 pistol, or SIG556 rifle from your dealer’s inventory from September 7th through November 30th, 2009, and SIG SAUER will give you $200.00 for your old KLUNKER* pistol or revolver.

To receive your $200.00 payment, simply send your old KLUNKER* with a copy of your form 4473 and proof of purchase of your new Classic pistol (no later than Friday, December 4, 2009) to:

SIG SAUER, Inc., 18 Industrial Drive, Exeter, NH 03833, ATTN: CK-1

*KLUNKER refers to a handgun from any manufacturer that you wish to trade in for the $200.00 payment. Gun must be operational and free from cracks in frame or other key components. KLUNKER must be a semi-auto pistol 9mm or larger, or revolver of .38 caliber or larger. SIG SAUER reserves the right to reject any firearm submitted as a KLUNKER that does not meet our criteria. Rejected firearms will be returned to sender. Please allow six (6) to eight (8) weeks for delivery of your check. This offer cannot be combined with any other program or offer.

Klunkers will not be accepted for payment after Friday, December 4, 2009. NO EXCEPTIONS.

All transactions subject to federal, state and local firearms regulations.

Click HERE for more information.


Published in: on September 3, 2009 at 10:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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