Trump signs defense bill into law that includes 1911 CMP language
By Chris Eger
A Remington-Rand M1911A1 pistol made during WWII for military contract. The company made over 850,000 guns for the War Department during WWII, more than any other contractor. (Photo: Rock Island Auctions)
The bipartisan 2018 National Defense Authorization Act signed Tuesday includes a plan to transfer the U.S. Army’s remaining stock of .45 ACP M1911A1 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
Added as an amendment from U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., while the NDAA was in debate in the House Armed Service Committee, it would speed up the transfer of potentially the largest remaining stock of military surplus World War II-era handguns in government hands to the public. The mammoth legislation, which outlines $700 billion in overall defense spending, passed the Senate by voice vote — not a single Democrat opposed it — and was signed by the President in a ceremony at the White House this week.
“I was proud to see the National Defense Authorization Act for FY18 become law today with President Trump’s signature,” Rogers said in a statement. “This critical piece of legislation funds the Pentagon, takes care of our brave men and women in uniform and helps the Anniston Army Depot. This legislation also includes the transfer of 1911s