Meet the Dragon Claw by Cabot Guns – SHOT Show 2017

The Dragon Claw by Cabot Guns.

The pistol features unique diamond checkering on the front- and backstraps.

The front sight is a reverse-dovetailed gold bead. The topstrap is also serrated to reduce glare.

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Cabot Guns is transforming the science of manufacturing into a form of art with their newest 1911 pistol, the Dragon Claw. Cabot’s designs are built using aerospace machinery do a degree of precision not seen anywhere else in the industry.

The Dragon Claw is a limited-edition wyrm-themed 1911 with claw-shaped components. Each pistol is cut from a solid block of 416 stainless steel with a full-length slide and 5-inch barrel. It will be offered in .45ACP and 9mm Luger. Even small components like the thumb safety, grip safety, magazine release and guide rod are all machined from billet steel.

Cabot is pioneering what they call “clone technology.” Clone technology allows them to build a frame and slide that fit more accurately than can be done by the human hand. They can produce parts that are identical to .001 inches of each other.

“Like dragons of old, the Dragon Claw itself is adorned with the sharpest of claws. In place of traditional forward and rear cocking serrations, instead, are found two sets of three parallel claw marks embracing the slide and carrying seamlessly onto the frame,” Cabot said.

“Cabot’s ground-breaking radiused, precision-fit trigger has been graced with an all-new electric discharge wire cut design of twin-claws, exactly scaled from their larger brethren found on the cocking serrations. The one of a kind Dragon Claw trigger is designed not only to fit perfectly to the natural curves of the human finger, but also to complement the design.”

The Dragon Claw is completed with contrasting piano-black ebony wood grips for a stark two-tone appearance. The pistol comes with a reverse-dovetailed gold dot front sight and user’s choice of low-mount rear sights.


  • Chamber: .45 ACP or 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • Magwell: bevel-cut
  • Magazines: 2
  • Finish: hand-polished stainless steel
  • Barrel: 5-inch hand-fit with polished feed ramp
  • Ejection port: lowered and flared
  • Frontstrap: 24 line-per-inch checkering
  • Mainspring housing: 24 line-per-inch checkering

Every steel part is machined from billet. The grips are ebony.

The serrations and trigger all continue the claw motif.

Plain black is standard for the rear sight but other options are available.

Every Cabot gun has a recessed target crown.


Cabot Guns seems to be everything that should not be. It is a beautiful work of art that is machined to precise tolerances. The gun combines classic touches like the gold bead front sight with the best modern materials. It is a functioning work of art that owes its existence to modern technology. This is not a custom gun, but a better-designed gun.

Pricing and Availability

Like all Cabot pistols, the Dragon Claw carries a price premium. The company priced the gun at $4,950, which is in-line with their other high-end 1911s. Although many people may be skeptical seeing these guns in person proves that they are both technically and aesthetically amazing. The Dragon Claw is currently shipping.

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  • Glenn February 20, 2017, 9:44 pm

    If you can afford it and it floats your boat go for it. A custom, aerospace tolerance, single block milled one of a kind Dragon themed Cabot? If i could, I would!

  • richard sharpe February 20, 2017, 6:26 pm

    exceptionally inexpensive cabot firearm. i think i will order a brace

  • Mike Watkins February 20, 2017, 12:53 pm

    It is our good fortune to live in a society where some folks actually have the means to indulge in what has to be viewed as a vanity purchase. Much like a Rolex or a Mercedes.

    And where some of us have the abilities to produce those items, and make a good living doing so.

    I know folks who really get hateful about the 500-800 thousand buck McMansions being built in my area–“So wasteful, so ostentatious, so selfish!” To which, I remind them there are a lot of carpenters, masons, plumbers, drywall finishers, landscapers, etc. making very good livings working for Mr. Ostentatious Big Bucks.

  • Max Hoyle February 20, 2017, 12:38 pm

    $5000!!?? Are you kidding? I would like to see figures on how many people buy these crazy priced guns an year!

    • Chained May 9, 2017, 8:36 am

      Wilson Combat is another such company that produces high quality arms for those that can afford them.

      Just because you can’t afford to pay for the best of the best doesn’t mean they are priced crazily.

      If all you can afford to drive is a Chevy Cruze do you knock those whom are able to buy Mercedes, BMW’s, Audi’s, Ferrari’s or Porches?

      Until you have handled and shot one of these fantastic firearms don’t say that they are overpriced.

      By the way Cabot apparently can’t keep some in stock.

    • Thang Nguyen February 18, 2018, 4:24 pm

      That’s uniquely made for the Trump’s like, which is only a peanut dust for them, and who probably needs it only for show since he/they already had an army of AR 11 or AK 47 plus a dozen of GLOCK19 to finish the job. For us ordinary people, these guns are likely a trophy to impress some gals. Personally I just barely noticed the price, just bother more to observe the line beauty for 5’, don’t even want to read the specs, hell, for what since it will never get into my palm.

  • Ranger Rick February 20, 2017, 11:18 am

    Not to knock the fine folks at Cabot and their well made pistols, but if you have an interest in firearms, money to burn, good taste and some time to wait may I suggest the purchase of a bespoke shotgun? The fine folks at James Purdey and Sons, Watson Brothers, Holland and Holland, Boss, David McKay Brown, Beretta, Perazzi and William & Son can well accomodate the most serious of client for a truly unique firearm. The purchase will be a family heirloom that generations can enjoy with historical lineage that will be there long after Cabot has made their last pistol.

    For those with very deep pockets, there is nearly no top end in shotguns.

  • Charlie February 20, 2017, 10:28 am

    1 thousand dollars of gun 4 thousand dollars of vanity!

  • jplen February 20, 2017, 9:20 am

    Looks like a damn well built and nicely appointed $1,000.00 Range Handgun… Have no idea where the other $4 Grand has been justifiably built into it ??? It’s a great looking weapon and nice to see they are being shipped… but my address will be off the shipping list until the price drops W-aaaaa-yyyy D-ooo-www-nnn. Just bought a very nice Taurus PT1911 Stainless with Rail (Used but 99+% condition) at a local gun show for $500 with box and all papers and Lifetime Guarantee. It’s almost as pretty as that Dragon Claw but what even makes prettier is the $4,000 + @ another $300 in Tax that’s left over to use for whatever I choose… I’ve been doing Gunsmith Work and Machine Work for 50 years, built many custom 45’s and that Taurus 1911 is as well fitted as anything on the market… hand fitted slide to frame with match grade barrel and finely machined tolerances. It also shoots on par with my Colt Gold Cup National Match Series 70. I understand in order to survive a profit must be made… but it has gotten quite excessive with several Gun Manufacturers.

  • Allen Lawson February 20, 2017, 8:55 am

    Compelling value ?? My 1914 model colt 1911 hits just as hard every time.maybe not as accurate .if I’m shooting center mass I don’t thing 1 inch is going to be a big factor.hell I hope he sells a million of them . That will give the Californians something else to cry about .

  • Lance February 20, 2017, 7:41 am

    Oops, meant to say about $4000 saved, left a word out.

  • Lance February 20, 2017, 7:39 am

    Maybe it’s not as “pretty”, not as shiny, not as smooth and the trigger isn’t as nice but my Rock Island goes boom every single time I pull the trigger no matter the ammo and holds the exact same amount of rounds. About $4000. Not custom but it shoots fine just the same as my Colt and my Kimber super pro carry. Why in the hell would I ever want to spend almost 5grand on a handgun that’s does what my $400 does? Pass big time! Just cannot justify the cost no matter how hard I try, my opinion.

    • Lance February 20, 2017, 7:43 am

      Meant to say $4000 cheaper too.

    • Hugo February 20, 2017, 8:43 am

      People pay 20 grand for a gold Rolex when a $50 Timex is more accurate. If you have cash to burn you look for ways to spend it. Wish I had that problem!

  • RH February 17, 2017, 8:47 am

    Nice gun but at 5K when you can get a comparable Wilson Combat for $3,500… I’d go with a Wilson. Hard to see where the extra $1,500 in vale is when the Wilson performs as you’d expect a semi-custom gun with a $3,500 price tag to perform and is a lot better looking with more options. Not to mention operates flawlessly and the company’s customer service is second to none.

    Seems a lot of lesser known gun builders lately are racing to the top of the price chart but not really delivering compelling value for the price they are asking.

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