Update: The Alchemy Custom Weaponry website is now live! Place your pre-orders here.
Apex manufacturer Cabot Guns has acquired Alchemy Custom Weaponry, an Illinois-based custom gun shop. Quietly announced in 2015, Cabot is on the verge of re-opening Alchemy and is set to start taking pre-orders soon.
“The acquisition was an opportunity to acquire key talent,” said Cabot President, Robert Bianchin. “Cabot Guns sees excellent potential for expansion in diversification with our state-of-the-art dedicated center for firearms excellence in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“Alchemy Custom Weaponry founder Robert Schauland was our target in acquiring ACW. Schauland is one of the top 1911 experts in the field, and we wanted to bolster our team as part of our continuous efforts to raise the bar in firearm construction and to add another great talent to the team.”
Alchemy Custom is a premium 1911 manufacturer and will focus on handmade, hand-fit 1911s. Unlike Cabot which uses leading-edge aerospace manufacturing to fabricate their pistols, Alchemy will use time-honored techniques to produce true custom firearms.
“The components will be largely industry sourced but fit to a very high gunsmith standard,” Bianchin told GunsAmerica via email. “I have no doubt the Alchemy 1911s will be best-in-class at the retail price point of just under, $2,500.”
“The release of the first units will likely be by year end,” he said. “The first production will total 100 units. Folks can pre-order with a deposit of $100. The guns will be smithed under the watchful eye of Rob Schauland.”
The company is launching with three traditionally-styled packages each with a set of to-order options. The three guns include a full-size 1911 and mid-size and compact models for concealed-carry. All three are made to the same exacting demands. They come with an accuracy guarantee of 1-inch groups at 25 yards.
And while they’re built to be accurate, they’re built to be just as reliable with modern features for real-world use. All of the guns are machined from carbon steel slides billets and come standard with polished and throated match-grade barrel and bushing assemblies, lowered, flared ejection ports and tuned and polished internal extractors.
The frames are dehorned for everyday carry and are contoured for a high-up grip including undercut trigger guards. They all use hardened pins and all the ignition components are polished by hand to maximize reliability.
All three are chambered for .45 ACP and are available in a variety of finishes including traditional blued and modern coated finishes as well as hard chrome. Alchemy also provides different sight options including fixed black, white dot and tritium sights.
Other custom offerings include adjustable target sights and optional ambidextrous safeties. Grips are offered in checkered wood and G-10 laminate.
The ACW Prime is the full-size offering with a full-length 5-inch barrel and multiple trigger length options. It feeds from standard 8-round magazines. The ACW Cardinal is a Concealed Carry Officer-size with a 4.25-inch barrel and compact frame. It has a 7+1-round capacity.
In the middle is the ACW Anomaly. It combines a compact 4.25-inch barrel and a full-size frame with a bobbed hammer and short beavertail safety for optimum concealment without a reduction in capacity.
All three are priced at $2,495 which puts them in-line with other premium custom and semi-custom shops. With Cabot’s blessing and Alchemy’s experience, these promise to be worth every penny.
Expect more from Alchemy and Cabot in the coming weeks. They have a lot in the works.