I went to a gun show looking for steel targets this past weekend and came home with a Cabot. SMH... Talk about a curveball I wasn’t expecting, but as I was looking in a case of a seller that carries most of the semi-custom brands, this one caught my eye. I asked to handle it and thought to myself, “this is not like the Cabots I used to see on the internet.”. I gave it back to the gentleman and went home. Of course, I couldn’t get it off my mind. I had to try it, and form my own opinions of this brand. So, I opened up the safe, looked for what I don’t ever shoot, and went back to the show to trade for the Cabot. I got home, placed the insanely nice case it came with on a shelf to collect dust, took it apart to clean and oil, and went to the range. Slow fire at 15 yards I checked zero and it was dead nuts on. I continued shooting a mix of slow and fast fire that day with no hiccups, as well as twice the following day, and once the day after that. I did not shoot a lot, maybe 350 rounds, but it never malfunctioned, which somewhat surprised me. I’ll continue to put more rounds thru it before I will say it’s a reliable pistol, but it’s off to a great start. To my understanding, this pistol class from Cabot does not have their clone technology. Those are even more $. These are still made from stainless billet, but there are 2 or 3 smiths that fit and assemble them. Slide to frame fit, barrel, blending, and trigger components are done by the smiths and not “cloned”. A chance for some soul to come with the gat. ;-) I am a lefty and that’s why I chose to try out a lefty. Muscle memory, or whatever you want to call it, is a strong thing. You should have seen me trying to disassemble it using what I call the slide-stop-first method. lol. Monkey/football scene right there! Same with ejecting mags. I will leave the whole left/right thing out of my pros and cons for the Cabot. Positives of the Cabot so far... *The rhombus checkering on the front strap and msh is great. It grabs hold and doesn’t let go once you begin firing. It is hard to explain the feeling. It almost feels smooth until you put even a slight squeeze on. It is now one of my favorites. *The rear cocking serrations may look wrong to some, including myself, but they work. I went down the line of each 1911 I own, and compared racking the slide back to back. These gave me those most purchase. *Racking by hand is smooooth. No wiggle between frame and slide. Brand new, there was a hint of what I think some call a tight fit. Not new Springfield Pro tight, or new Les Baer tight, but still that initial “hold” before the slide breaks free. It is already diminishing a bit, and has that solid feel to it. I noticed it has the disco cut on the slide, which also aids in that perceived smooveness. *The blending is done very well, in my opinion. Rear of the slide, extractor, ejector, and rear sight are almost seamless and follow a very nice line to the grip safety. The grip safety fit isn’t to the level of top tier smiths, but I wouldn’t expect it to be either. When not engaged, it is blended on top with no hangups. When engaged, it is blended below where the web of my hands is in contact. No ridges or hangups here either. Cabot’s website says it has a “machined-in-place perfect fit ejector.” I’d like to know more about that. *I like how they did their front sight. Instead of a dovetail running side to side, it runs longitudinally and I believe is held on by the barrel bushing. Gives it a very clean look and don’t think it could ever fall out. Someone may be able to come up with how this is a negative function wise? Meh’s of the Cabot so far... *The finish. I don’t know how it was achieved or been a fan of pre-worn finishes before, but this has been growing on me since I first saw it. It could become a strong positive soon. I understand it is supposed to be durable, or what’s left of it is. haha *The trigger doesn’t rival the best I have felt, but is still pretty decent. There is a very slight creep before break, but take up is minimal and reset is firm. I measured 3 lb 10 oz multiple times at break. I tried to measure take-up and it’s about 1 lb 6 oz if I’m doing it correctly. This came with the 3 star trigger which was curved in every direction. I switched it with a flat trigger I had laying around, but will probably order a longer curved one soon. *I stripped the allen head of a grip screw and had to drill and extract it out. Most likely my fault using a shoddy allen wrench. You will see grip screws in the pics that it did not come with. Negatives so far... *The lower corners of the grips (near the msh) dig in my lower strong-hand palm. If the corner was filed down just a hair, it would be a non-issue. Beings these are wood grips with a beautiful finish, I won’t be doing it to them just yet. Being a lefty 1911, extra grips I have around don’t quite fit due to the mag release notch out and possibly the plunger tube. *The grip safety lower pad is sharp, and after several strings of fire I began to notice it. If the sharp edge at the bottom end was relieve just a bit, it would be another non-issue. I’ll stop here for now and just post a bunch of pics. There’s only so much reading a person can handle. I’ll just add that it rivals the other semi’s I’ve owned. Some were in the price range of this one. I understand my opinion isn’t worth squat, but there is not much out there on the more recent Cabot offerings. My preconceived thoughts on them has now changed, at least for this series of guns. I just thought I’d share since it appears Rob from @AlchemyCustomWeaponry is doing great things there.