Here’s How You Can Finally Get a U.S. Military Surplus 1911

The wait is almost over to get your hands on an Army surplus M1911 .45 caliber pistol. It was officially announced last year that a limited number would be sold to the public.

Last year the Civilian Marksmanship Program announced that 10,000 M1911 service pistols would be sold to the public. The CMP has now dropped the number down to 8,000 pistols.

The service pistols which have been in Army storage for many decades will be sold for a set price depending on condition and some will be sold at auction.

Some of these pistols saw action in combat, some might have been duty or range pistols and some have never been used. You won’t know for sure, but the CMP has provided a price guide which can help give you a good idea of what exactly it is you will be purchasing.

Price Guide (includes shipping)

Service Grade $1,050

  • Pistol may exhibit minor pitting and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces.
  • Grips are complete with no cracks.
  • Pistol is in issuable condition.

 

Field Grade $950

  • Pistol may exhibit minor rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces.
  • Grips are complete with no cracks.
  • Pistol is in issuable condition.

 

Rack Grade $850

  • Pistol will exhibit rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces.
  • Grips may be incomplete and exhibit cracks.
  • Pistol requires minor work to return to issuable condition.

 

Auction Grade

The condition of the auction pistol will be described when posted for auction.

Here’s how you get one

  • Order documents will be posted on the CMP website on June 4. Simply fill out the documents. For any questions you might have, you can call 256-835-8455 ext. 461 starting June 4. You can also email cmp1911@thecmp.org.
  • You must have the forms postmarked between September 4 and October 4. They are allowing one form per person. You must be a member of a CMP affiliated club and be a U.S. citizen.
  • Your 1911 will need to be transferred through a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer with a completed purchaser background check.
  • The CMP will begin picking names randomly on October 5. If you are lucky enough to have your name drawn, you will be contacted and you will be able to pick which grade of pistol you would like to purchase.

Side note about the auction grade pistols

You will not be allowed to purchase an auction pistol if you have already purchased one through the random drawing. Once the CMP has fulfilled all orders, you may purchase another if any are still available.

Good luck and hopefully you are successful in purchasing your very own M1911!

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