You can now order a surplus 1911 from the Civilian Marksmanship Program as the first batch of iconic pistols becomes available. Way back in November 2017, we reported that the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) would be receiving up to 10,000 surplus 1911A1 pistols. Since then we have closely followed the CMP’s progress in bringing the guns to market.
The CMP received the first guns in February 2018, a batch of 8,000 pistols from the US Army, to their purpose built 1911 armoury. After months of sorting and inventorying the guns they announced their prices for the iconic sidearms in May. The pistols were graded as ‘Service Grade’ costing $1,050, ‘Field Grade’ priced at $950 and ‘Rack Grade’ costing $850. The CMP also announced that they’d be auctioning a number of the pistols.
It was also announced that they would open a short, month long, window for interested persons to order pistols running between the 4th September and the 4th of October – that window is now open. The CMP expect high demand and hove set a limit on orders to one per person with those who order having their names placed in a computer program which will randomise and select names. The CMP’s website explains the process:
order form packets will be fed into a computerized Random Number Generator on 5 October 2018. The Random Number Generator will provide a list of names in sequential order through the random picking process. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator. The CMP 1911 customers will select their grade of pistol (Service, Field or Rack) from available inventory at the time of order notification. Customers with higher numbers may have fewer grades from which to choose. When this year’s allotment of 1911s is exhausted, the remaining orders will be held in the existing sequence for all future allotments of 1911s. The CMP does not know what future allotments might be.
Once selected customers will have to pass two NICS background checks and also provide proof of citizenship, of CMP membership; of participation in a marksmanship activity and signed forms from the which the 1911 will be transferred to.
You can find out more and download the 1911 order forms from the CMP’s website here.