H.R. 2810: Here Come the Military Surplus 1911s to the Public!

By Dave Dolbee published on in Firearms, Military Surplus, News

On Tuesday, President Trump signed into law H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA)—yada, yada, yada… The military currently has about 100,000 1911s just sitting in storage and costing the taxpayers money to store them. H.R. 2810 requires military surplus M1911/M1911A1 pistols (1911s) to be made available for sale to the American public!

Colt 1911 pistol left side

The Colt 1911 was the greatest gun of its day and it still is.

To be fair, President Obama signed a similar order. However, Obama’s order left the transfer to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) optional. However, neither Ash Carter nor Eric Fanning decided to commit political suicide by making it happen under President Obama.

H.R. 2810, on the hand, solves that problem by making the transfer mandatory.

H.R. 2810 starts with a pilot program that will transfer between 8,000 and 10,000 1911s to the CMP for sale to the public. The Secretary of Defense, currently Gen. Jim Mattis, will then report the outcome of the program to Congress. The Secretary of Defense is then authorized to continue transferring up to 10,000 1911s per year for sale to the public through the CMP.

The Process

All pistol sales will occur through a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL) in the purchaser’s state of residence, who will have to obey all state and local laws of the point of sale. Sales records allowing for the tracing of the firearms—should they later be found at a crime scene—will be kept both by the CMP and by the transferring FFL.

Furthermore, the buyer must receive the pistol from the FFL in a face-to-face transaction at the FFL’s business premises. Pistols will not be provided directly to the buyers by the CMP. This is different than the way M1s were distributed, but conforms to current firearm conventions. However, the process will go beyond current regulation due to certain enhancements.

The CMP has further indicated two background checks will be conducted in connection with each sale. The first will be conducted through the CMP prior to shipping the pistol to the specified FFL. The second will be conducted through FFL before releasing the pistol to the customer at the FFL’s place of business. Another variance from the process we are used is demonstrated by the fact that while federal law allows an FFL to transfer a firearm three days after a “delay” response by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the CMP will only transfer the firearm to the FFL if NICS provides a “proceed” response to the first background check.

.45 ACP at Work

.45 ACP at Work

Additional Requirements

Those wishing to acquire one of the surplus 1911s must be U.S. citizens, eligible to receive firearms under federal law and the laws of their places of residence, members of a CMP-affiliated club, and able to provide proof of participation in a marksmanship activity. Only one 1911 will be available to each customer per calendar year.

Once 10,000 orders are received, the CMP will assign a random number to each customer. These customers will be contacted in sequence with the grading and pricing options that are then available. No timeline for release or pricing information is currently available.

This is another major victory for gun owners under the Trump administration. The NRA released a statement stating its thanks and appreciation to thank Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) for their leadership in this historic effort.

As soon as further details or release dates become available, The Shooter’s Log will pass them along.

Are you interested in buying a 1911 through the CMP? Share your answer in the comment section.

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Comments (1411)

  • Gordon Waggoner

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    I am interested in purchasing one

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  • Walter F. Cartwright Jr.

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    As a Navy petty officer stationed on the USS Midway CVA41, and in boot cramp we had to have training shooting the 1911 and field stripping the weapon. I would be proud to have one of these pistols.

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  • Gary Gomer

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    Interested in purchasing.

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  • Terry Curran CSM (ret)

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    Would like one maybe two

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  • Michael Hamilton

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    I’m not sure,Would these 1911’s qualify as C&R? If so I’m in

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    • Dave Dolbee

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      Given the background checks, I would say no. ~Dave Dolbee

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    • TomC

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      The vast majority of those M1911A1s would legally qualify as C&R (how many do you suppose were manufactured after 1967) but CMP has officially announced that they will not process any of them as C&R. All must be shipped to a storefront FFL to run the second NICS check.

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  • Fred Gasparyan

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    Hope California is on the list

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  • Chris Marshall

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    Very interested for historical reasons if the price isn’t jacked skyhigh. I already own a RIA 1911 anyway.

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  • Glockman

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    The associates ,their relatives and friends will get the pick of the choice ones at deep discount prices and the rest will be over priced boat anchors..
    Your better off buying a Glock or some other handgun or put together a AR kit from PSA.

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    • KN

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      Ugh!..You Glock snobs are all the same. Yes, Glock makes a good, reliable weapon, but it’s not the gun that all others are measured by.

      Who cares if you get a rashed out 1911 boat anchor from this?!? Just like the Garands, there will be different grades sold. In ANY case, it’s a piece of American history, that should be looked at as an honor to own.

      Please, please, please do us a favor and go buy yourself a new Glock G5 and save a spot on the list for someone who’ll appreciate one of these 1911’s for what it is.

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    • Charlie

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      I agree

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  • David C Crocker

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    As a Combat Infantryman in Vietnam I carried and fired a number of weapons including this pistol. A person shouldn’t have to belong to any group in order to be able to purchase.

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    • Charlie Stone

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      Sign me up.
      Hey I said that once before and ended up at sea.

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    • Andrew Crump

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      Totally agree!

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    • Charles Dawsey

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      I totally agree David….

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