These pistols, warehoused since the 1980s, are a great option if you are looking to buy a milsurp M1911/A1 pistol from the CMP. And, it might be a lot cheaper then you've heard! The sales of these WWII-era military arms will help support marksmanship programs
The M1 Garand is a piece of living history, a connection to WWII and Korean, and the men who carried the rifle in triumph against America’s enemies
The subsequent sale of milsurp rifles and pistols will support the mission of marksmanship training and competition for U.S. citizens, with an emphasis on youth
One pistol per year, and they won't be sold on a first come, first serve basis; instead purchasers will be selected at random. The last release of milsurp M1911 pistols was decades ago through NRA via the Director of Civilian Marksmanship.
CMP needs a new income source, because the supply of surplus military arms is almost dried up
The first U.S. military surplus firearms released by the government since the early decades following WWII is now a possibility. The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 allows the Secretary of the Army to annually transfer up to 10,000 surplus M1911/M1911A1 pistols to the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety (CMP) for subsequent sale to competitors and collectors.