Order period for surplus M1911s through CMP approaching
By Chris Eger
U.S. martial M1911s were in production from 1912-1945 from companies as diverse as Ithaca, Remington-UMC, Singer, and US&S. (Photo: National Archives)
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is ready to offer to the public 8,000 vintage M1911 pistols transferred from the Army this year.
The government-chartered non-profit will begin accepting orders in a one-month window spanning between Sept. 4 and Oct. 4 only. Packets postmarked outside those dates will not be accepted. The day after the window closes, all of the qualifying names will be fed into a Random Number Generator and CMP staffers will start making calls. A similar random draw was used in part to sell a small quantity of M1 Carbines the group put up for grabs in 2016.
The seven-page packet, split between forms and instructions, requires a signed copy of an FFL for where the gun will be shipped. Other requirements include showing proof that the individual is an adult U.S. citizen legally able to possess firearms. There is also a mandate to prove membership in a CMP-affiliated organization and, for those under 60, proof of marksmanship-related activity. The latter can be satisfied with items such as a copy of a concealed carry permit, military service records or proof of