Language added to Defense spending bill to speed up 1911 transfers to CMP
By Chris Eger
The measure is designed to speed up the now two-year saga of transferring surplus M1911 .45ACP handguns from Anniston Army Depot to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. (Photo: Department of Defense)
An Alabama Congressman has managed to pass an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act out of committee aimed at moving surplus Army pistols to the public.
In a statement from his office, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican that represents the Anniston area in Congress, announced his amendment to the NDAA has moved out of the House Armed Services Committee and is headed to the floor. The measure is designed to speed up the now two-year saga of transferring a stockpile of surplus M1911 .45ACP handguns from Anniston Army Depot to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
“Similar language has been in the last two NDAAs, but the previous Obama Administration would not allow the Army to deliver the pistols to the CMP for political reasons,” Rogers said in the statement.
In 2015, President Obama signed the FY16 spending bill into law, which authorized the Army to transfer no more than 10,000 of their estimated 100,000 surplus 1911s per year to the CMP during a one-year pilot program.
As part of the starter program, the Pentagon