How much will CMP 1911 Pistols Cost?

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Gun nuts throughout the USA are desperate to know how much the CMP 1911 pistols will cost once they go on sale. There is a lot we do not yet know about the CMP 1911 pistols. In fact, there is a lot the CMP does not yet know about the program. We contacted them but have not yet heard back.

Before making a guesstimate on how much the pistols will cost let us first look at what we do know for sure:

  1. We know the US Army has about 100,000 pistols in storage. The cost of storing these guns is upwards of $200,000 each year. Less than 10,000 of these 1911 pistols were given away by the Army to law enforcement or to equip allied military forces.
  2. These pistols were manufactured during or before WWII. The last of these to be manufactured is thought to be an Ithaca M1911 in 1945.
  3. New legislation instructs the Army to release 10,000 of these 1911s each year to the Civilian Marksmanship Program over the next ten years.

Now more importantly, what do we know about how the CMP prices its current inventory of rifles.

  1. The cheapest grade of CMP M1 Garand is the “Rack Grade”. Rifles in this grade are sold as-is with no returns allowed. Rack Grade rifles are a mixture of parts and sold infrequently in very limited quantities.
  2. Field Grade is the next grade up. In 2015 a CMP Field Grade M1 Garand costs $630. The price seem to rise at a rate of about 1% each year.
  3. CMP Physical Store prices are about $100 less than the online / mail order prices. Online prices include shipping and a hard case.
  4. The next grade up is Service Grade ($730 online)
  5. Lastly there is Special Grade ($1030 online) which are completely rebuilt rifles with new barrels.
  6. Ultra rare rifles are sold at an online auction. You can expect ultra-rare 1911s to also be sold at auction.

How do the CMP prices compare to the free market? A Field Grade M1 Garand sells for about $800 – $1000 plus $40-$80 shipping on GunBroker.com about a 30% premium over the CMP price.

cmp auction

This auction is up at $730 with a $900 reserve, $45 shipping and 6 days of bidding left.

I would expect CMP 1911 pistols to be about 30-50% less than the current market price. The market price for WWII M1911 pistols is about $1000 – $4000+. $2000 seems to be the going price for Service Grade pistols.

Based on the market prices, the CMP’s pricing history and the the increase of supply that these pistols will bring to the market, my guesstimate pricing for CMP 1911 pistols are:

Grade Price
CMP Rack Grade 1911 Price – *
CMP Field Grade 1911 Price $750
CMP Service Grade 1911 Price $850
CMP Special Grade 1911 Price $1100
Other ** $1800 +

* I do not expect there to be rack grade pistols for sale initially.
** Depending on what is in the Army inventory, there could be a range of rare pistols in their own categories, but not rare enough to go to auction.

I hope the prices will be lower than my estimates. I know many of you are hoping for $500 1911 pistols but I do not realistically expect this to happen. Modern 1911 pistols are popular enough in their own right without the added attraction of being military surplus.

What do you think of my guesstimates? Let me and other readers know in the comments below.

For more information about the CMP buying process, take a look at these articles below …

How to Buy a Firearm From The CMP? Part 1: Becoming Eligible

How to Buy a Firearm From The CMP? Part 2: Ordering Your Weapon

Mile’s Buys a M1 Garand from the CMP

…. and watch Alex’s video on the subject …



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • P161911

    I would expect 1911 frame pistols to sell for more than 1911A1 frame ones. That will probably be your Other category, if they don’t go to auction.

    • Realist

      Pre-A1 1911s will command a much higher premium, though this depends on original parts and era-matching accouterments; ex., wide hammer spur and ”diamond” walnut grips respectively.

      • P161911

        I have a feeling that the majority of these are going to be mix masters. How much is a 1911 frame with a Remington Rand slide and plastic grips worth? Another thing to keep in mind, the oldest US Army Garands were in US service for only 28 years. Some of these pistols were in service for 74 years. The newest Garands were in US service for only 10 years. The newest 1911s were in service for 40 years. Excellent condition pistols are going to be few and far between.

  • hking

    Not a big fan of using the term “gun nuts” to refer to people inside our hobby. The left has really adopted that term in a derogatory way.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Caleb Giddings and Field and Stream might beg to differ.

      • Ron Swanson

        Caleb Giddings is an idiot, so that reinforces the point.

        • T.V. Fan

          Spoken like the real Ron Swanson!

      • Brian Kane

        Field and stream? AKA Dick’s sporting goods? The same company that cancel orders or evil black rifles & refused to deliver rifles that had already been paid for! Yea, if you buy stuff from them, you are an idiot.

    • Cal S.

      The term “Yankee” was also derogatory at one point. I guess it still is to some Southerners.

      • RocketScientist

        Can confirm, Southerner here, who was not aware yankee was apparently no longer a pejorative term, and has only ever heard it used as such (except by britts/aussies/kiwis using “yank” as a term for all Americans, but they’re a little simple-minded and don’t know how insulting they’re being so we give them a pass).

        • Paul Epstein

          Yank IS a term for all Americans, has been since before the war for independence.

          Southerners didn’t start using the term perjoratively until the Civil War.

          Y’know, back when the south tried to STOP being part of the US of A. You may want to consider the irony in using the term now if you consider yourself a proud and patriotic citizen of our shared country.

          • RocketScientist
          • Landon Meyer

            Wow we’re still fired up about that? On a blog about pistols made at least 50 years after the end of the event and between 70 to 100 years ago in their own right, because someone who is a fellow gun nut called us all gun nuts? There has GOT to be a better way to spend your time than that.

          • MR

            Call me anything you want, as long as it isn’t “Late for Dinner”.

          • nicholsda

            Can we call you Hillary? Didn’t think so. 😀
            And yes, we Yanks accept the Limeys calling us that.
            Scot-Irish-English-Norman born on a Pacific Island but thank goodness, no Welsh.

        • Cal S.

          Hahaha! Yep, knew it. Us ‘Yanks’ don’t mind. 😉

          • RocketScientist

            Thanks God, somebody in here has a sense of humor and can identify a little friendly joking when they encounter it. Some people are wound too tight.

          • Cal S.

            Indeed, thank you! Sometimes I am, but I’m trying to loosen up.

          • Henry Rollins

            Don’t worry Rocket. Most of us that aren’t stuck in an urban core have a good sense of humor. We just take any frustration out at the LGR, smile and pop a cold one.

          • mike

            Are you from Huntsville?

        • Rasq’uire’laskar

          “Can confirm, Southerner here, who was not aware yankee was apparently no longer a pejorative term, and has only ever heard it used as such, usually prefaced by “damn” or followed by “carpetbaggers”.”

          Bless your heart.

        • The Forty ‘Twa

          As a Scot who lived in the southern US for a while (Texas and Florida mainly, about the only good thing that came out of that marriage…), I would apologise for my compatriots referring to all Americans as “yanks” but because of the amount of times I was called English I shall not do so!

          Some of those simple minded yanks obviously didn’t realise how insulting they were being. There is no greater insult for a Scot!

          • Cotter

            And there is no greater insult to an Irishman as well!

          • bmrtoyo

            hey im a scottish ,welsh ,pacific islander ,, try being called beaner lol ,

          • ravenshrike

            Really? Even if they called you Welsh?

          • The Forty ‘Twa

            I’ve got nothing against the Welsh even if I find some of their proclivities for fornicating with livestock are a little strange.

          • Cotter

            Yes, after having lived in GB for a few years, I too found that that particular Welsh “hobby” to be most disturbing.

      • DB

        I believe, from what I’ve seen, is that a Yankee (Damn or otherwise) is a mythical creature that is supposedly in the Buick in front of you with northern state tags (mythical in the sense that they are too short to be seen as their heads don’t stick up above the seat….which is why you can’t give them whiplash) that is traveling 17 MPH on a 2 lane State Highway with a speed limit of 70 MPH, no passing zone, and a minimum of one mile of ticked off people on the way to work stacked up behind them! You may see a pair of knuckles on the top of the steering wheel, but not always. I believe there are these creatures in the Buick, because if you are unfortunate enough to have to go the opposite direction, same road, about two or three hours later, after they have visited Norman and Ethel, you will encounter the same vehicle at the same BLAZING SPEED of 17 MPH, prior to the Buick pulling into a grocery store. The grocery store is why I figure these “Yankee” creatures exist as they have to stop to get sustenance at said grocery store. They will generally be off the road by 1-2 PM, as they’ve already had their full day since they’ve been awake since 4:30 AM! I know because when they are down South during “Yankee Season” my phone rings at 5:20 AM and the decrepit voice on the other end asks for Norman or Ethel, then goes “huh….what’d you say? upon my answering the phone, followed by the inevitable rude hang-up you shall receive. Don’t worry though, before a day or two goes by, they’ll call again, same time, and you can tell them to put their glasses on before “blind dialing” you. Just my theory, but it happens every year during “Yankee Season!” I always wonder why they can’t be hunted…..we have “Deer Season!”

        • Cal S.

          Boy, and they said old wounds would heal… 😉

          • DB

            Hey Cal S., We’re just sore losers, can’t let it go…..actually we just grin and bear it, I got thick skin and like to poke around and test how thick others skin is sometimes, it’s all good! (Actually the Yankees that wander down South for the winter give us more fits than we give them!) I just wish they would mash the gas pedal once in a while!!!! A lot of them actually do drive like that!! 🙂

          • Cal S.

            Haha! Well, as a Coloradan most of my life and having originated in Virginia, I sort of take “Yankee” in the classical synonymous with “American” way. Since, yano, I’m really neither.

          • nicholsda

            That’s okay, I go north in the winter to get even. Traffic is better then.

      • Robert Lester

        I grew up in South Georgia, the state not the islands. I have heard it depends on your perspective; to a Brit all Americans are Yanks, to someone from the Southern US everyone North of Nashville is a Yank. If you are from the Midwest a Yank is someone from New England. If you are from New England it is someone from Vermont. If you are from Vermont a Yank is someone who eats pie for breakfast.

      • Core

        My forefathers won the American Revolution, and the Britt’s called us Yankee’s, you heard that silly song.. They weren’t laughing when they left Boston. Then later my forefather’s won the Civil War, the Rebels called us Yankee’s. When my G-G-grandfather fought in WWI, and his son in WWII, they called them Yankee’s too. My grandfather fought in Korea, and my father in Vietnam, also called Yankees. I spent my time in the Middle East, and several other unsavory locations. I’m proud to be a Yankee. Got no problem with our cousins who bear the rebel flag, just please show respect to Old Glory first and foremost.

    • vpats

      Yep, and I notice that the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine has a section called the “Dope Bag” and they are using a disclaimer to clarify it’s meaning. Heck, when I was 10 I knew what the dope bag meant. Many, many years ago you used the term “What’s the dope” .. meaning what’s new .. now all you get in reply is “do you wanna dime bag or what?”

    • dltaylor51

      And we respond in kind by referring to them as libtards.

  • PeterK

    You contacted them!? STOP CONTACTING THEM. They already asked for that. They’ll release info when they have it. Sheesh.

    • BryanS

      There is a difference between an industry news outlet contacting them for info, than 5000 guys hoping for old school surplus prices caling them every hour.

      • PeteRK

        True. 🙂

  • evan in alabama

    A buddy is very friendly with one of the guys that works at the CMP in Anniston that is in the know. He says they have crates and crates of 1911 in storage there at have been there for many years. no word on price yet from them tho.

    • nova3930

      I’m so glad Anniston is only a couple hours south of me 🙂

  • BryanS

    I would love to see these things be sold for much less, but if they were, we would see them bought by the dozens and sold for a premium at gun shows the next weekend.

    • Cal S.

      That’s true. Like Star Wars opening day tickets…

    • bmrtoyo

      the scalpers are chomping at the bit right now

  • Pedenzo

    Well….there goes the value of my 1943 Colt that I have had for 40 years……

  • nobody

    Considering what I’ve heard about the condition of the 1911s when they were being replaced with the M9s, in particular about how the guns were noticably less accurate and rattled quite a bit, I’ll pass at that price. Might consider one if they’re under $500.

  • Jonah Marlow

    A special grade 1911 sounds awesome

  • RGH

    These are surplus handguns…if anything, with the quantity of them, they should be 650 for 90% or better, down to the neighborhood of 300 for ones that may need refinishing, or even a few new parts…The CMP, at it again…And not to mention, you’ll have to be a member of the CMP, or know someone who can buy the pistol, then transfer it over, via FFL….they dont just sell to anyone who has the cash, and can pass a background check.

    • Landon Meyer

      Do you realize why and how easy it is to become a member? Go get you CCW and shoot an IDPA match or six, enjoy yourself while doing so, and buy all the garands and stuff your little heart desires.

    • Don Ward

      $300 to $600 for these? Yeah, clearly someone has not seen the current gun market for “bring back” Army 1911s.

    • fmike15

      I used to work on these POS back in the 80’s. They were in horrible condition then. I really can’t imagine them being sold for anything more than their parts value unless there was some secret arsenal refurb program that occured in the early 2000’s. Seriously though, if they ask more than $200 for one of these then shame on them.

  • ShootCommEverywhere

    Perhaps we’ll see MEU(SOC) .45s going to auction with this new legislation? They’re fine pistols, much better than the Colt Rail Gun that’s already been trashed.

    • P161911

      US Army guns only, no USMC, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard stuff.

      • nicholsda

        At the present time. All firearms from the military have to go thru the Army to get to the CMP so yes, there some time in the future could be Navy or AF ones. One of my CMP M1 Garands is a documented USAF firearm and it is like new although made in 1943.

  • Jeremie Edwards

    I know that there were crates of these at Ft Polk when I was there. just sitting there all sad and lonely, they need a good home folks!

  • Landon Meyer

    That sounds legal.

    • Boogur T. Wang

      see above reply to “Ron Swanson”

  • R H

    At these prices I guess I’ll just go buy a Garand. From what I understand these pistols aren’t exactly in the best of condition, and if there’s going to be so many for sale I’d assume the added collector value would be minimal. I really hope you’re wrong about those prices, but then again I’m sure the demand for these pistols will be fairly high (at least at first).

  • Ron Swanson

    Trolling: not everyone’s cut out for it.

    • Boogur T. Wang

      hyperbole – it’s your word of the day.

  • Don Ward

    The initial prices quoted sound about right when I just watched a gently beat-to-hades 1911 go at a James G Murphy auction for $3,500. Plus buyers premium. Plus sales tax and transfer fee.

  • Vizzini

    You can get a brand new Ruger SR1911 for the field grade price you estimate there. Just not seeing it.

  • tirod

    Let’s factor in how those high prices might affect sales. First, Garands weren’t much available on the market when the CMP started selling them off – but 1911’s have been and many are now imported with all the bells and whistles for $650. While the collector value is currently high – how long has it been since they were available? What will 100,000 do to price when you sell them on the open market? A lot of these 1911’s will show up on Brokeauction and that will act as a drag on demand, not help it. If a twice rebuilt Remington sits at $750 in a market where Kimber Pro’s sell for $100 less, so much for whatever the CMP asks. And I could just bypass that for an American Classic for $450. In fact, I have to ask why I bought the SIG P938 for $700 – oh yeah, it’s a CCW, not a range pistol.
    I don’t doubt there will be an initial rush but if the CMP doesn’t sell $500 guns they may shoot themselves in the foot – there has to be surviving WWII/Korea era vets to boost the demand, but they are passing by rapidly. If you waded ashore anywhere during WWII, you are now at least 90 years old. It’s their children buying these now, and that is the age group I see interesting on line.
    And we aren’t dumb shoppers. Even if the current new guns do come from Turkey, the Czech Republic, or the Philippines, they are new – with all the high speed low drag parts, not a commodity GI gun from a maker currently held in ill repute – Remington.
    $750? I would walk away – I can get better for the money. And the CMP needs to consider it. These guns aren’t all that looking at the current market offerings, and having some portion of 10,000 a year is going to help depress prices even more.
    Or, so I would like to believe.

    • Cymond

      I don’t think Remington made 1911s. If your thinking of Remington Rand, that was a typewriter company.
      I know a guy who has a Union Switch and Signal, and he claims that he gave a Singer to one of his sons.

  • Broz

    Good time for folks to seriously consider getting you C&R license (O3 FFL) $30 for three years and good in just about every state with the possible exceptions of the usual Communistical suspects…NJ, NY, CA, IL, MA, HI, MD, CT, etc… Luckily I left NJ in ’79 and moved to the fFree state ( for the time being) of FL!!!

    • Cotter

      Hell, my family and I left NJ in 1959. Unfortunately, we made the extremely grave mistake of moving to Kalifornia. (I now live in MS, which is the state for those who love freedom…)

  • Phillip McGregor

    The current CMP charter commands them to sell arms at current market prices.

    An LEO friend’s department received about 30 1911’s from the program and they were fresh from arsenal rebuild, not worn out junk as some have opined.

    Don’t go to a CMP store to get a discount over mail order. They charge 9% sales tax in Alabama if you take possession of the rifle at the store, so it’s cheaper to pick out your rifle there and let them FedEx it overnight to your home, unless you live in Alabama or Ohio where you get the sales tax and the shipping charge. The store’s main benefits are a few guns not available mail order, a smattering of turned in ceremonial rifles like Krags, 03’s, and 1917’s, and the occasional oddity. For instance, the last time I went they had a Winchester service grade on the rack, a truckload of rusty 15 round carbine mags for 5 bucks each, and M1 barreled receivers with headspaced bolt for $350. (kicking myself over that last one)

  • r neville

    Maybe I’ll get the one my Dad carried over Europe for 25 missions.

  • Deuceman

    If your price projections are correct they can keep the pistols. Every 1911 that I used while serving was well worn and rattled like a box of spare parts. I might part wit 200 or 300 bucks for nostalgia sake, otherwise for your projected price I will take a new 1911 that is much better made and 30 years newer.

  • James Madison

    Pull the panty wedgy out of your cracks and get back on task: CMP 1911s.

    I’m guessing $750-800 for service grade which would be marginally shootable in respect to a modern 1911.

    Collectability and lore aside one could buy a, for example, Ruger SR1911 for the same price and get a gun that shoots and operates infinitely better than an usgi pistol. Trigger, feeding, sights, slide fit, barrel fit, ejection, etc. But I guess the point is paying for a piece of history that will collect dust in the safe? I’ll probably buy one anyway for the historical value but I’m going to shoot it quite often (for fun, not SD).

    Anyone else planning on actually using one of these aside from drunken dry fire drills during a Band of Brothers marathon?

  • Phil Hsueh

    Any word on if these will be available to us poor souls living in CA where new 1911s will become unavailable to us next year? Right now these CMP 1911s are looking like the only way I’ll eventually be able to get a 1911 since I wasn’t able to save up enough in time.

  • Core

    I would like to see $200 field, and $500 for service grade if not all matching parts. And no more than $1000 for original matching service grade and above. Sounds like a reasonable amount for the respective grades.

  • General Dindu

    This is awesome.