BEC/Meteorite Arms

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by lsbbigdog, May 12, 2019.

  1. lsbbigdog

    lsbbigdog Smiffin' ain't easy Sponsor

    Aug 21, 2011
    I was approached by Meteorite Arms (MA) a while back,after hearing about my 1911 work from a friend/vendor. They reached out and asked if I was interested in building a modern-style 1911, on their supplied frame & slides. They also supplied some raw material to fabricate sight sets. The material itself came from a meteorite that impacted the earth in Northern Scandinavia, around one million years BC. Now, I know right about jack-squat about meteorites other than they fall from the sky, but what the heck right? I’m game.

    The meteorite used for this project was Muonionalusta, and was definitely an experience, working with and machining this rare and unique material.

    One of the models created was a GI model that was started by another Smith, but MA felt it needed more work to reach its full potential, and it was sent my way for finishing and some more refinement. Each pistol was test fired when completed –which was nerve-racking to say the least, knowing what the cost of material was, but they performed flawlessly.Then they were disassembled , bead blasted and sent back to Meteorite Arms for etching & re-assembly.

    The completed handguns will be displayed at ‘Heritage Auctions, Neil Armstrong & Signature Nature and Science Auctions’. Shortly after that, they will be featured & auctioned at their Arms & Armor auction in July.

    Lou Biondo
    Business End Customs

    Photo's Supplied by (MA)
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    Last edited: May 13, 2019
  2. Bully

    Bully Is that so...

    May 12, 2016
    Those are absolutely gorgeous. That material is stunning. It looks like wound carbon fiber. Beautiful work. Just enough to be "modern" but not too over the top.

    Thank you for sharing.
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  3. pistolwretch

    pistolwretch Dremel jockey Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
    I'm speechless.
    I had some money, I'd spend a LOT of it on one or two of those!!!!!!!
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  4. pistolwretch

    pistolwretch Dremel jockey Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
    And ya know.......5000 years from now, they would still knock a bad guy's **** in the dirt.
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  5. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Jesus Lou! That is on another level. Mind blowing.
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  6. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    Great work! I know about nerve wracking. Did that cause some sleeplessness?
  7. Novak77

    Novak77 Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2019
    Sir, those are effin amazeballs.
  8. Sneaky One

    Sneaky One Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    I don't know what to say...........
  9. BBP

    BBP Enabler Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2014
    Completely amazing.

    Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  10. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    That had to me some nerve racking machine work.

    The results are stunning.
  11. deadguy

    deadguy Charlie Daniels Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    Great work, Lou. I noticed the funky looking metal in the posts you showed us the sight milling, but had no idea what it was.

    Is there any remarkable texture to it? Front strap, for example.
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  12. hks1911

    hks1911 Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2018
    Amazing, I shudder to think how much one would cost....
  13. JM44

    JM44 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 2, 2018
    Wow, amazing Lou!
  14. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Holy crap,......that work is outta this world!

    Well done Sir
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  15. khend1

    khend1 Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Mar 10, 2013
    Congrats on the project. Pretty dang cool!!
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  16. Guy Montag

    Guy Montag Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2014
    Amazing project Lou, huge congrats on the effort!
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  17. Coolsound

    Coolsound Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2018
    So cool... I will be interested to see how much these will fetch at the auction. The Cabot's meteorite pair is valued at $4.5 Millions.
  18. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    What do they weigh in comparison to a CS or SS pistol? Beautiful craftsmanship as always. Some guys get to have all the fun lol...
  19. SLAM37

    SLAM37 Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2016
    Just incredible. Well done sir.
  20. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    I'm hoping you got to put your BEC initials on the rear sight at least. I would have loved to see your logo in the grips. That would have been epic. Maybe a little morse code fluting on the barrel . . .
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