Let’s face it there are a lot of cool looking guns that are pure pieces of art. This perhaps the coolest one I have come across in a long time. Not only does it look absolutely gorgeous, but being covered in Alligator leather brings the cool factor up to 11.
Southern Trapper has created a limited edition alligator-covered rifle that is absolutely stunning. The bad news is they only made 10 of them and they like a real alligator will cost you an arm and a leg.
They dubbed the rifle Alligator R8 by Blaser, and according to the website:
“This incredible masterpiece is made entirely from genuine American alligator skin. This ultra-exclusive collection consists of only 10 pieces, which have taken over two years to painstakingly craft entirely by hand by Blaser’s Custom Shop in Germany. Each alligator skin was sustainably harvested and hand-selected after tanning by Captain Bligh, the Grand Imaginator at Southern Trapper.”
They brand the rifle as a generational tool that will be a family heirloom passed down from generation to generation.
“This magnificent piece is more than a weapon, it’s a one-of-a-kind tool that will be cherished and passed down for generations. The story of the alligator R8 started in 2018 and took over two years to mature into this prestigious state. The memories created while hunting are some of the most unforgettable and are often passed down as family legends. When developing the idea of the alligator rifle, I wanted to build something extraordinary that families would carry with pride for generations. Blaser’s Custom Shop, home to the most talented bespoke craftsmen in the world, transformed this generational concept into the most lavish functional piece of art in the history of weaponry. Each detail was carefully planned, you will notice that every thread is perfectly in line, like soldiers marching into battle. This is truly an heirloom piece and the ultimate status symbol.” – Capt Bligh
The rifle comes with lots of options and available in over 45 different calibers. Barrels are interchangeable barrels, so you can hunt anything from squirrels to elephants with it.
The price will be the only drawback for this gun. While I could not find a specific price for the Alligator R8. I did find one covered in Crocodile leather for $8000 on Gun Broker.
As you can see this one does not have the amount of leather that the Southern Trapper has, so you know that will up the price. Right now it is not in the budget, but it sure is nice to dream.