$4.5 million meteor guns on sale at NRA convention
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Thousands of gun-owners gathered Saturday for the National Rifle Association's 145th annual meetings & exhibits at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. There visitors could enjoy displays of the latest guns and gear, as well as see the world's oldest gun and meet a man who makes them the old-fashioned way.
Larry Parker has a small booth set up for the 13th straight year, but he's been making rifles from a piece of wood and a barrel since 1958.
"What you see me do here is a dying art," he said.
Parker is a master engraver, one of only around 330 left in the United States.
"Everything today is done with machines and computers, and I'm pretty much old-school," he said." Your serious collector, he wants to see the erratic chisel marks, not something done smooth, and everything like that."
At the convention Parker said he's constantly asked to do work, however, his projects can take six months to finish.
"I will turn down a lifetime of work in this weekend at this show," he said. "I'll never get to them."
Right now, he has a backlog of around six years.
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A little walk away, there's Cabot Guns. While Parker is old school, Cabot Guns' claim is the world's oldest gun.
"We took a space rock that had no business becoming a set of guns and (are) transforming it into one," Rob Bianchin, the company's founder and CEO, said.
They made functioning guns from a meteorite.
"A knife has been made from meteorite, but never a mechanical object," Bianchin said.
The meteor is 4.5 billion years old, so the company decided to price the set at $4.5 million. If someone buys it it would be the most expensive handgun sale ever. The company has already received multiple million-dollar offers, according to Bianchin.
"We think this totally eclipses anything that's ever been done before," he said.
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