If you’re eager to get your hands on one of those surplus 1911 pistols you’ve been reading about, we have good news for you: the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) announced it has received 8,000 1911s from the United States Army. Read the full update from CMP COO Mark Johnson below:

The 1911s have been received by the CMP. A complete inventory will be conducted over the course of this week. The pistols will then be securely stored until the Army-approved 1911 building and armory infrastructure is completed. That completion is anticipated to be approximately 60 days from now. Once the 1911 armory is completed, inspection, grading, repair, and ultimately test firing of the pistols will begin. (Please be aware that the CMP was led to believe that we were ready to move forward, but three weeks ago facility requirements were changed, and we are now fulfilling those requirements.)

The CMP 1911 order packet will be posted 90 days prior to the order acceptance date and opening sales date.  No orders will be accepted prior to that date.  Please visit, click on the Sales icon then 1911 Information, for the latest. CMP customer service has been inundated with calls and emails concerning the 1911s and no further information is available at this time.

The CMP will keep everyone posted as we move through this process.

As previously reported, those interested in buying a surplus 1911 from the CMP will have to show proof of U.S. citizenship, proof of membership in a CMP-affiliated club and proof of participation in marksmanship activity. Purchasers will also have to successfully pass a NICS background check and provide a signed copy of your dealer’s FFL license where the gun will be transferred to. After that, you’ll have to fill out a 4473 in person and pass a second NICS check done by the FFL holder before the pistol is legally yours.

In case you need a refresher, here are the basic ground rules, as outlined by the CMP, for the sale of the surplus 1911 pistols.

  1. CMP will have an all-new 1911 order form, 1911 purchasing instructions, a 1911 page on our web site, a dedicated 1911 FFL fax number and email address for the FFL holder to send their FFL with customer’s name attached. The customer will have to send in a complete new order packet with all new qualifying criteria included. Everyone will be a new customer, everyone starts with no advantage or disadvantage. CMP 1911 is an FFL governed operation and is a separate entity from CMP and has to have its own record keeping operation with no ties to the old CMP records. 

  2. Decisions concerning the grade and pricing of the 1911s will not be made until inspection has occurred of a substantial quantity which will take an estimated 150 days post receipt.  CMP will price at fair market value in accordance with CMP’s enabling legislation.

  3. Potential purchasers will have to provide to CMP a new set of documents exhibiting:  1) proof of U.S. Citizenship, 2) proof of membership in a CMP affiliated club, 3) proof of participation in a marksmanship activity, 4) a new form 2A with notary, 5) a signed copy of the 01, or 02, or 07 Federal Firearms License in which the 1911 will be transferred to.

  4. A NICS background check will be performed by CMP on the customer to assure the customer is eligible to purchase prior to shipment to the FFL licensed dealer. The customer must receive a “proceed” from NICS prior to shipment of the pistol to the FFL licensed dealer.

  5. The CMP customer will be required to complete a form 4473 in person at the FFL dealers place of business, successfully passing a NICS check, in which the information is provided by the FFL holder to NICS, before the pistol can be transferred.  This is a second NICS check performed on the customer.

  6. Qualified CMP customer will only be allowed to purchase one 1911 per calendar year.

  7. No 1911s available in the CMP stores, or on line, only mail order sales.  All 1911 orders will come in via USPS, UPS, Fed EX, etc.

  8. CMP will set the date in which it will accept orders for the 1911s. The date will be posted to the world.

  9. Orders will only be accepted via mail order delivery, USPS, UPS, Fed Ex, etc.

  10. Orders will only be accepted post marked on the date or after, no early orders.

  11. Once CMP receives 10,000 orders, customer names will be loaded into the Random Number Generator.

  12. The Random Number Generator will provide a list of names in sequence order through a random picking process to CMP. 

  13. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator.

  14. When the customer is contacted a list of 1911 grades and pricing options that are available will be offered for selection of one 1911 type pistol.

  15. As CMP proceeds down the sequenced list less grades and pricing options will be available. 

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