As of today, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is now accepting orders for those 8,000 surplus 1911 pistols it received from the U.S. Army.
Surplus 1911 Ordering Procedure
To get a surplus 1911, one must fill out an order form packet—downloadable from the CMP website—then fill it out and send it to the CMP’s address in Anniston, Ala. All orders are required to be postmarked between Sept. 4 and Oct. 4. Any orders postmarked outside those dates won’t be accepted. In addition, hand-delivered, emailed and faxed orders are a non-starter. Only one CMP surplus 1911 order form packet is allowed per customer.
On Oct. 5, customer names from completed CMP order form packets will be fed into a “Random Number Generator.” That system will then spit out a list of names in sequential order. After that, customers will be hearing from the CMP in the sequence provided by the “Random Number Generator.”
The next step in the process is for surplus 1911 customers to pick their grade of pistol. Customers with higher numbers will have fewer grades to pick from. Here’s how the grading and pricing is broken down.
Surplus 1911 Pricing
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.
When a pistol grade is chosen, customers have five days to pay up.
Other Surplus 1911 Requirements
Other requirements include proof of U.S. citizenship; proof of CMP membership; proof of participation in a marksmanship activity; and a signed copy of the 01, or 02, or 07 FFL in which the 1911 will be transferred to. In addition, customers will be required to pass two separate NICS background checks before getting their hands on the gun.
For more on these surplus 1911 pistols and to get the order form, visit thecmp.org.