15 Most Expensive Handguns: Pure GunPorn

Cabot Guns 1911, a custom gun

Crazy Expensive Handguns We’d Love To Own


We all know it’s basically insane to spend the price of a used car on a handgun. Yet here we are, drooling over gunporn for sale and trying to justify buying a gun online right now….


It’s a guilty pleasure to hit the gunbroker sites like Rainier Arms, Brownells, and even Cabela’s and sort the best guns in descending price order.


So we’re not talking crazy auction prices for Hitler’s golden gun here, or one off guns in the millions of dollars that you see from the likes of luxury gunmaker Cabot. We will give the Big Bang Pistol set a special mention at the end, but that’s not what this is about.


We’re talking expensive guns you can order right now.


There are some spectacular feats of engineering out there. None of them can truly be worth it, objectively speaking, but expensive luxuries are never objective.


They speak to the heart and there’s just something about the craftsmanship, the design and the love that goes into these guns that makes them special.


It’s gunporn, pure and simple. And if you buy one, make sure you buy a gun safe too. Not because an intruder might use it on you, but because they might steal it.


Here are some of the best guns that you can order right now, and the mind-blowing price tag that goes with them.



Cabot Guns Jones Deluxe 1911 for sale

1. Cabot 1911 Jones Deluxe


  • Price: $9,995
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.5lb
  • Capacity: 8+1


The Rolls-Royce of guns is the way one owner described the Cabot 1911 Jones Deluxe, and they’re the ones you really have to pay attention to.


The 1% want the absolute best of everything more than they want 10K in the bank. So when it comes to guns, they’re inevitably prepared to spend big. Surprisingly, the Cabot 1911 Jones Deluxe is repeatedly described as ‘good value’.


Of course value is a very subjective term. But just take a closer look…


Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image


Cabot Guns’ customers generally have more than one high-end handgun lying around and the Cabot Guns 1911 gets heavy praise in comparison to the likes of Wilson Combat, Nighthawk and the high-end Colts. That’s some pretty decent company and some very expensive guns…


So Cabot Guns might make some of the most expensive handguns in the world, but it also makes some of the best 1911s you can buy.


This particular model was inspired by Hollywood mogul Joe Mantegna, probably more by his character in The Godfather III than The Three Amigos.


The finish is called Black Mirror, for obvious reasons, and pictures really do struggle to do justice to this heinously expensive gun. It is machined from American-made 4140 billet steel and the attention to detail is kind of scary, but it’s the depth to that sheen and the buttery smooth action that will really blow you away.


Even the ironwood grips can be traced back to the best suppliers in Sonora. It’s just symptomatic of the quest for perfection that goes on at Cabot Guns. Inside, every component is built, polished, machined and polished again for pure, unadulterated gunporn.


You can spend less, too, and our partner has them ranging from 3.5K-10K, for the basic consumer line. You can see some of them here and they are all works of art.


Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image

You can also spend a lot more. The luxury gunsmith makes some insane creations from billion year old meteorites and gold. The Big Bang Pistol Set will get an honorary mention at the bottom, but you can read more about the latest, the $3 million Cabot Guns Stellar Fusion, here.


Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image


2. Nighthawk Tactical Custom Agent2 1911

  • Price: $5,595
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.59 inch
  • Weight: 2.5lb
  • Capacity: 10+1


What happens when Nighthawk, Agency Arms, Railscales and Hillbilly 223 get together to produce the best 1911 in the world? You’re looking at it…


It’s a hell of a thing to take in and the interesting thing is that some of the best custom gun manufacturers in the world took a good look at the 1911 and decided to make it 9mm.


Well, there are lots of interesting things here. That’s kind of the point. But think about that simple thing the next time you’re telling everybody about your .45 ACP’s stopping power…


The best luxury gunmakers in the world think the best 1911 for sale right now is a 9mm and that is good enough for me.


As for the spec on this tactical pistol, yeah it’s insane. A forged Government frame forms the spine of the gun. Agency Arms supplied the slide, both Agency and Nighthawk worked together to produce a bespoke trigger set.


The mainspring housing and magwell are all one piece, the 9mm, semi-crowned bushing barrel is so far beyond match grade it isn’t funny and the whole gun has been modelled to be basically perfect.


Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image

The manufacturers left their ego to one side and simply chose the best parts. So the Nighthawk front night sights join forces with a Heinie Ledge Black rear sight.


The 10+1 capacity seems a little lightweight and they could have gone for a double stack magazine. But this gun is stupid slim and that was clearly the priority.


You can buy a double stack Nighthawk Tactical pistol for less money. You can also get a revolver, which we’ll get to in a moment, or a 45 ACP Nighthawk Tactical for sale.


Check out some of the options for yourself and choose from a range of Nighthawk Tactical handguns for sale here.


The width is just 1.29 inches wide and the slide width is just 0.92 inches. The RMR Trijicon reflex sight up top accounts for some of the final sticker price, but yeah this gun was never going to come cheap.


Some of the finest gunsmiths in the world have come together on one project and the end result is one of the most expensive handguns for sale in 2018.


It isn’t that pretty, but it is sexy. You want to own this gun, admit it. I do, too, and if it was about $3,000 cheaper then this would be a done deal…


If you’re richer than me, then there’s a badass one-off gun right here with your name on it. Enjoy it, and tell me how it feels. I bet it’s kinda sexual shooting this gun. I hope it is for this money.


The best 9mm handgun in the world? STI International DVC Open Pistol

3. STI International DVC Open Pistol


  • Price: $3,999
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 5.4 inch
  • Total Length: 9 inches
  • Weight: 1.62lb
  • Capacity:


I feel like I have seen this gun before, in 1000 low budget Sci-Fi movies that killed an hour or so of my life and didn’t stick too hard in the memory. It’s both alien and instantly familiar. It’s brilliant…


You and I both want an STI. Digest that thought for a moment…


The gun itself is epic though. It’s clearly targeted, so to speak, at the competitive shooting crowd.


If you have the money and just want a super cool gun, though, then this can work at the range, for home defense and just seeing how far you can send a 9mm Luger.


STI International does have some options and offers specialist EDC handguns and full-sized pistols from what it calls its 2011 range. See what they did there?


Yup they reckon this is the next gen 1911 and the STI International DVC Open 9mm is perhaps the complete evolution of the 1911 into the sci-fi handgun we all wanted.


Your gun can come completely coated in Diamon Like Carbon, a patented finish that leaves the likes of Nitride in the dirt by the side of the road where it apparently now belongs. You can also spec a hard chrome finish that is, frankly, badass.


Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image

The whole gun is so far beyond home defense that it would be absurd for a normal person to own one. But then you can, so screw what other people think. You can punch paper or keep it on your nightstand.


If you have the $3,999 required to buy the STI International DVC Open for sale, then ain’t nobody telling you what to do with it.



Ed Brown Signature 1911

4. Ed Brown 1911 Signature Edition


  • Price: $7,500+
  • Caliber: 9mm/45 ACP/38 Super
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.5lb


Honestly it isn’t my personal favorite here, the metalwork that justifies the price tag  is just too much for  me. It’s like Liberace’s gun, but then there’s something for everyone and that’s part of the appeal in this rarefied sector.


You get expert engraving, a perfect mirror-finished slide with 50-lpi serrations, the engraving covers the flat surfaces of the frame, the slides, the grip screws, the slide stop, the mag release and the mag itself.


The slide gets a flattened, serrated custom rib that is then relieved to give the appearance of a raised rib. The rear sight is contained deep within the slide and the front sight is a dovetail.


It’s perfect at every step, apart from the overdone metalwork, and we’d have the basic gun in a heartbeat.



Wilson Combat EDC X9 - An expensive handgun and a great EDC

5. Wilson Combat EDC X9


  • Price: $2,895
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 4 inch
  • Total Length: 7.6
  • Weight: 2.38lb
  • Capacity: 15+1


It is billed as the ultimate defensive handgun, which we’re not sure about. But the Wilson Combat EDCX9 is a special  gun when it comes to the aesthetics and the engineering.


This is the compact handgun that you could easily use as your EDC. At 2.38lb it’s no featherweight, but if you concealed carry a 1911 of any flavor then this will probably be an improvement.


The 4 inch barrel and 7.6 inch overall length make this gun super easy to conceal and it’s a near perfect EDC handgun if you have this kind of money to spend.


Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image

All Wilson Combat’s offerings are expensive guns, but owner reviews rave about them.


The Wilson Combat EDC X9 is built on the company’s respected aluminum X-frame and is just a tiny bit bigger than a sub-compact 1911. The stainless steel 1911 slide features Wilson Combat’s Enhanced Reliability System and the single-lug match-grade barrel is a work of art.


Wilson Combat guarantees accuracy to within 1 inch at 25 yards and the gun is full of neat touches. It has a four-inch barrel, a beautifully ornate G10 starburst grip and beavertail that houses the grip safety.


The trigger is drilled for weight savings, as well as the appearance of weight savings, and you get 30 LPI Slide top serrations and a 40LPI checkered rear of the slide.


It comes with a 15+1 capacity, too, which is basically Glock territory, sort of. It’s close enough that we’re going to give the Wilson Combat EDCX9 a pass and there are so many other cool things about this gun that we think we’d take it over a custom Glock any day of the week.


The Wilson Combat is one of our favorite handguns for sale on this list and if you’re thinking of a luxury 9mm handgun, try this one.



The ultimate nightstand pistol? This is the Nighthawk Custom Super Sport revolver in .357 Magnum

6. Nighthawk Mongoose Custom Super Sport Revolver

  • Price: $4,799
  • Caliber: .357 Magnum
  • Barrel Length: 6 inch
  • Total Length: 11 inch
  • Weight: 3.64lb
  • Capacity: 6 rounds


The Nighthawk Tactical Korth Mongoose Custom Super Sport is built for competition, but just look at this thing. It’s a hunting handgun, a competitive shooter and the ultimate nightstand pistol.


If you want it to be, this is a home defense juggernaut and the kind of gun that takes Mike Tyson levels of intimidation into a gunfight. In truth, though, this could just turn into your favorite handgun thanks to the roller trigger that has become legend.


This Nighthawk Mongoose is out of stock right now, but we couldn’t leave it out due to a small detail like that. Because, again, just look at this thing.


Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image

Handgun hunting revolvers are getting increasingly popular, especially with regulations favoring guns like this with a longer season. Some people just like to have a rock solid sidearm if they’re in bear country too.


A .357 Magnum is the bare minimum for bear defense, but this gun can hunt deer, punch paper and do just about everything.


It’s crazy expensive, but it’s also crazy versatile and I can see this being a shooting gun rather than a safe queen.


A Lothar Walther Polygon barrel is about as accurate as accurate gets and that is matched to a frame milled from billet AISI 4140 steel.


This is not a lightweight gun, but you can mount it on a tripod or bench if that’s the way you want to go and the weight helps soak up the recoil of the .357 Magnum rounds.


The front half of the gun is basically Picatinny rail central, too, so you could dress this gun up with another five pounds of handgun accessories if you want.


You shouldn’t though. There’s a fine line between an epic stunning gun like this and, say, a Harley Quinn Chiappa. Keep your Nighthawk clean and love it dearly. It will serve you well…


Springfield Armory 1911

7. Springfield Armory 1911-A1 Custom Professional


  • Price: $3,154
  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.5lb
  • Capacity: 7+1

Back in 1996, the FBI was looking for a new 1911, a gun that has been with us for basically 105 years. It devised a test so tough, based on accuracy and durability, that every single gun failed, except this one.


This is the flagship, the smoking gun, the advert for Springfield Armory’s custom gunsmithing services. So yeah, it kind of has to be perfect. That FBI test, though, turned a great gun into an icon.


Read the user reviews of this seriously expensive handgun and you’ll see the owners talk about a love affair rather than simply owning a gun. This is perfect engineering at work and shooting this gun is like dropping the gas in a high-end Ferrari.


This gun is built on a full national match frame and slide and you get a bead-blasted matte finish.


You get a 7 + 1 round, .45 ACP, single action pistol that weighs in at 2.3lb. It comes with a super accurate 5” barrel that is match-grade and then some.


The gun features walnut grips and this is a beautiful looking 1911, which is actually different to a few on this list. You’d think it would be a given at this price point, but it really isn’t.


It comes with a front night sight, a drilled trigger and hammer and it’s perfectly balanced.


That’s what you get with Springfield Armory. It’s engineering over style and purists will love that.



 

8. Agency Arms Urban Combat G17


  • Price: $2,299
  • Barrel Length: 4.5 inch
  • Total Length: 7.95 inch
  • Weight: 1.5lb
  • Capacity: 17+1


A modified Glock 17, fourth gen, for more than $2,000? They must be high, right?


Wrong. The only people you’ll really find ragging on Agency Arms’ prices are the ones who don’t own one. Yes they are expensive guns, but they are properly re-engineered.


Now at its heart this is still a Glock 17, with mostly Glock internals, so what do Agency Arms do to justify this massive price tag? Sprinkle it with pixie dust?


Well you get the lightweight, cut urban slide that reduces recoil. You get the finger grooves on the grip removed. You get a recontoured trigger guard. You get accelerator cuts that reduce muzzle rise, a flared mag well, a full body stipple and a reprofiled grip.


The inconvenient truth is that Glock borrowed a lot of these mods for the Gen 5 G17, which can be yours for just $650. But a stock Glock will never be an Agency Arms weapon.


It looks the tits. If you only carry one gun and keep it with you at all times then you can just about use the Agency Arms weapon as a concealed carry, range gun and home defense all wrapped up into one.


Some people don’t do collections. They do the best. You could make a case that the Agency Arms Urban Combat is that weapon, although the Agency Arms NOC is coming soon and that promises another step.



Les Baer Premier II Custom 1911 For sale

9. Les Baer Custom Premier II


  • Price: $2,1999
  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 6 inch
  • Total Length: 8 inch
  • Weight: 2.3lb
  • Capacity: 8+1


Les Baer is one of the great names in 1911 handgun design and has a range of high-end semi-automatic pistols. This is the flagship firearm in a prestigious luxury line-up.


What’s different? That 6 inch barrel is a big part of the equation as it gives a 45 ACP round even more velocity and consistency.


This is a hand-built and hand-finished designer 1911 with real substance at its core. You get a National Match grade barrel and double serrated slide, which together with the longer barrel is enough to attract competition handgun shooters.


Those substantial adjustable rear sights are also aimed at the competition crowd. You won’t have time to set them up in a home defense situation.


You will know you have a supremely reliable and accurate home defense handgun though. And in this company, it’s almost a bargain.


Dan Wesson Elite Series

10. Dan Wesson Elite Series Havoc 9mm


  • Price: $4, 874.37
  • Barrel Length: 5.05 inch
  • Total Length: 10.75 inch
  • Weight: 3.24lb
  • Capacity: 23+1

The Wesson Firearms Co has been with us since 1968 and has always focused on pure quality, off the shelf match grade guns that don’t need modification. Inevitably then, these are expensive guns.


The Elite Series Havoc was built for 3-gun competition and starts out with a 1911 frame that is then handbuilt to the company’s own exacting spec.


To be honest, this could be a great home defense gun, as you can get a 23-round mag and a single action, flat, K-spec trigger. There’s a low profile integrated red dot screwed to the gun, together with an extravagant compensator to keep you shooting flat and true.


So, if you miss with this gun then it’s probably your fault.


It’s light, made from cast carbon steel, the hammer is drilled to within a fraction of an inch of total disintegration and the unfinished metallic parts are polished to a brilliant luster.


Now it isn’t a pretty gun and it was built for a purpose. It’s a thoroughbred competition shooter, but it’s also an epic firearm and I can see the perverse appeal in just having one of these crazy expensive guns for fun.



B&T USW 9mm

11. B&T USA Universal Service Weapon USW-A1

  • Price: $2,299
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 4.3 inch
  • Total Length: 10.1 inch
  • Weight: 2.16lb
  • Capacity: 17+1


Bro, do you even tactical pistol? This is about as tactical, or tacti-cool, as handguns get.


The Universal Service Weapon is aimed purely at law enforcement and military, so don’t expect art. This is functional engineering at its best and the Swiss company clearly didn’t care about the aesthetics.


It comes with a folding stock, for increased accuracy at longer ranges. The Aimpoint NANO reflex sight up top will help there too. The end result is a 9mm that could hit a squirrel in the eye at 100 yards.


We have a soft spot for B&T weapons in these parts and we have a real thing for their 9mm pistols. Both the Universal Service Weapon and the B&T TP9 offer handgun practicality with mini AR-15 capability.


It’s a unique niche and you have to own one to truly understand this pistol’s features. Does that make them the best handguns in the world? You could certainly make a case for it, which means the price falls by the wayside.


It’s a CCW assault weapon, if you have really big pockets, with a 100-150m effective range, that has become a firm favorite with specialist security teams.


Flexibility is a huge USP and the B&T USW-A1 pistol for sale has that in spades.


Folded up, it’s small enough to use just like a standard pistol and weighs just 2.16lb and in any kind of SHTF situation this would be an awesome sidearm for open carry badassery.


Without an end of the world type Apocalypse to ride through, though, you would admittedly look a bit of a tool.

Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image

Obviously it needs its own holster and you get a Level 3 retention holster in with the package.


It comes with a 200 lumen pistol light under the barrel, a custom Aimpoint NANO red dot sight and a thread for a suppressor.


You can also get mags up to 30 rounds and a striker fire action, although it’s supplied with a 17-round magazine.


The guts of the pistol apparently owe a great deal to the Sig P320 and you can buy a separate chassis for $400 to turn your Sig Sauer P320 into something approaching a B&T Universal Service Weapon.


You’ve got to be a specific kind of person to need a gun like this. But it’s different, it’s special and you know you kind of want it. Sometimes that’s enough to hit the buy button…



Colt 38 Special

12. Colt Special Combat Government


  • Price: $2,098.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.41lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The basic Colt M1911 has been with us for 100 years, but Colt has worked tirelessly on the design and the Special Combat Government Series is still an icon.

It’s an 8+1-round weapon filled with menacing 45 ACP.It’s polished to perfection, balanced, the trigger is drilled and you get a five-inch barrel and a polymer stock.

This is a straightforward gun that is also the best of its kind. Again, it’s engineering over fashion and that’s the way we like it. You could even call it a good value gun compared to some of the others here.


The Colt Special Combat Government is built on a forged receiver, rather than being milled from billet steel. You do get high end Novak sights, an upswept beavertail that contains the grip safety and a number of other subtle engineering touches aimed at the combat simulation competition shooter.



Desert Eagle stripes

 

13. Desert Eagle Tiger Stripes


  • Price: $2069.99
  • Barrel Length: 6 inch
  • Total Length: 10.75 inch
  • Weight: 4.5lb
  • Capacity: 7+1


Now we’re into the realm of the weird. You’ve got to be a unique kind of person to want a pimped out Desert Eagle.

I’d be embarrassed to pull it out, but then I guess that’s not an issue for the person that buys it.

We’re not saying it’s a pimp’s gun, but, well….

It’s a 7+1 .50 Desert Eagle, the rest of the gun is pretty standard practice. You can get a stainless steel version for about $500 less. But sometimes you just want gold tiger stripes…

It weighs 4.5lb, every shot could rip a hole in a truck and it’s a beast of a gun. I would love one of these expensive guns, but probably not in these colors.



HK Mark 23

14. Heckler & Koch Mk23 .45 ACP


  • Price: $1,799
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 5.87 inch
  • Total Length: 9.65 inch
  • Weight: 2.6lb
  • Capacity: 12+1


This is a match grade shooter’s weapon and it’s purely for the sport, but 12+1 rounds of 45 ACP would make for a pretty sweet nightstand pistol or home defense gun.


HK has gone above and beyond and claim that this goes beyond any combat handgun, in terms of durability and precision. It supplied the Navy SEALS for a while, with the first .45 ACP handgun that went into active service with American special forces.


It also says that you won’t need to fit custom parts to take this gun into competition and has put this expensive gun through 30,000 rounds of endurance testing without a loss of accuracy.


You get 12+1 rounds in a 2.46lb gun, so you should be able to hit the range all day and you can go full tactical if you want true laser accuracy. This is probably the purest of the expensive guns, because it’s all about accuracy and capacity. This is not a designer handgun.


15. Kimber K6S

  • Price: $1,599
  • Caliber: 357 Magnum/38 Special
  • Barrel Length: 2 inch
  • Total Length: 6.62 inch
  • Weight: 1.44lb
  • Capacity: 6 Rounds

In the grand scheme of things, $1,599 actually isn’t an expensive gun, not compared to some of them here. But this is a snub-nose CCW tribute to the Colt Detective Special. They normally don’t cost this much.


To be fair to Kimber, you can get a cheaper version of the K6S in stainless steel. That costs less than $800 and that isn’t nearly as painful as the price of the Kimber K6S First Edition.


Check out a full range of Kimber K6S pistols for sale here.


This was Kimber’s first revolver and the stalwart of the semi-automatic handgun scene launched its first ever wheel-gun in 2017. It had to be special.


The polished Nickel finish is a work of art, you have to be honest, and the whole gun just reeks of quality. You know it’s going to work, the tolerances feel tight and it’s a gun you would just trust to fire each and every time.


The hammer is enclosed so there’s nothing to snag and the whole gun has been carefully contoured to draw and fire. It’s chambered for .357 Mag, too, although that means you can load up with 38 Special too, just like those old detectives.


Cabot Guns' Big Bang Pistol Set is the most expensive 1911 handgun in the world

16. Big Bang Pistol Set


  • Price: $4.5 million
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Capacity: 7+1

OK, $4.5 million sounds like a lot. But the important thing to remember is that you get two pistols for that money…

Well, someone else did. A hedge fund billionaire or someone else bid the $4.5 million required to buy the Big Bang Pistol Set when it sold at auction. That made The Big Bang Pistol Set the most expensive guns ever sold.

They was described as the Holy Grail of guns at the time. Nothing like a bit of drama to jack up the price.

To be fair the details are absolutely insane, though. This pair of guns has been machined almost entirely from a $4.5 billion year old meteorite.


Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image
Slider image

They are really functional art and they’re not really meant to be fired. I mean you could, but that would be a hell of a way to find a flaw in that age-old iron rich stone.

No Responses

Add Comment