The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) just published an update regarding the surplus 1911 pistols it plans on selling under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).


First, the CMP confirmed that, while the NDAA allowed a maximum of 10,000 1911s to be transferred to the CMP annually, the Secretary of the Army only gave them 8,000 pistols. Some of those pistols will be auctioned. The rest will be sold through a random number generator. The CMP says it doesn’t know how many pistols it’ll receive next year.


The 1911 order form packet for will appear on its website starting on June 4. Only one order form packet per customer may be submitted. In addition, the order form packet must be postmarked between Sept. 4 and Oct. 4. Anything received postmarked prior to Sept. 4 won’t be accepted. Anything hand delivered, emailed or faxed will be rejected.

Names from the completed surplus 1911 order form packets will then be fed into the random number generator on Oct. 5, 2018. More on said generator below:

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.

Surplus 1911 Pricing

The CMP then lays out the pricing for these 1911s. Here’s the breakdown:

CMP has priced the 1911 type pistols at fair market value in accordance with CMP’s enabling legislation. 

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 (Sales will to be determined by auctioning the pistol). The condition of the auction pistol will be described when posted for auction. Note: If you have already purchased a 1911 from CMP you will not be allowed to purchase an auction 1911. If you purchase an auction 1911, your name will be pulled from the sequenced list. No repeat purchasers are allowed until all orders received have been filled.

The shipping cost is included in the price.

Additional Paperwork

Potential buyers will need to supply the CMP with the following: proof of U.S. citizenship; proof of CMP membership; proof of “participation in a marksmanship activity; a completed 1911 order form (with a new form 2A with notary); and a signed copy of the 01, or 02, or 07 FFL in which the 1911 will be transferred to.

Background Checks

Here’s what’s required in terms of background checks:

A NICS background check on each customer will be performed by the FBI 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.

The CMP customer will be required to complete a Form 4473 in person at the FFL dealer’s place of business and successfully pass 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. Note: The FFL licensed dealer in which the pistol is retrieved from will have to follow all federal, state, and local laws.

To read the full update on these surplus 1911 pistols, go to


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