The 2015 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) that passed committee includes a plan to transfer the U.S. Army’s remaining stock of .45 ACP 1911a1 pistols to the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) Added as an amendment by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)...while the NDAA was still being debated by the House Armed Service Committee, it has potential to be the largest stock of military surplus World War II-era handguns sold to the public.
Rogers, in a Statement, said:
“As a gun owner and strong believer in the Second Amendment, my proposal is a common-sense approach to eliminating an unnecessary cost to the Federal government while allowing the very capable CMP to handle the sale of these vintage firearms that otherwise would just sit in storage”
He disclosed that the military currently spends about $2 per year just to store 100,000 1911’s that are surplus to the current needs of the Army. While 8,300 have been sold or disposed of in recent years, the guns still on hand have, in many cases, been stored since the 1980’s when they were withdrawn from service and replaced with the M9 from Beretta.
This would also authorize the CMP, currently just limited to selling .30-caliber and .22-caliber rifles, to receive and sell any surplus military firearm. It would not cover any surplus 1911’s held by other branches (such as the Air Force or Navy, or those from a federal law enforcement service) The Army guns are stored at the Anniston Army Depot, in a district Roger’s represents and is additionally co-located tot he CMP’s regional warehouse…a fact that would drastically minimize the logistics of a transfer.
“This amendment is a win – win for the taxpayer. I was pleased the amendment passed the committee and appreciate the support my colleagues on this proposal,” Rogers said.
By law, the CMP can sell surplus military firearms, ammunition, parts and other items only to members of CMP affiliated clubs who are also U.S. citizens, over 18 years of age and who are legally eligible to purchase a firearm.
If you’re interested in buying from the Civilian Marksmanship Program, you can click here to view the requirements. I, for one, can’t wait to get my hands on another one. 1911’s are the Lay’s potato chip of the gun world – bet ya can’t own just one.
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