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)

  • Thomas Caldwell

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    I would love to have one of these. But, like all guns, buying it would depend on the price and the condition. If I bought one I would use it at the range and probably regularly. Not just gaze at it on the wall behind glass.

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  • Steve

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    I wish my dad was alive, he’d enjoy having one of these.
    While I appreciate this effort I have to ask, can we get the M1’s back now from S. Korea?

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  • Gunadvocate

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    I would love to add one of these pistol to my collection. The concern I have with this program is the requirements the CMP is making to buy one. Not everybody has access to be able to join the club, shoot at their competitions and meet all of the requirements. Even if you are qualified to buy a gun. This program says the sale of the guns is to the American public. So why is it only open to CMP members when not everybody in the general public has the time or the ability be a qualified member of CMP. THIS SEEMS ONLY A SELECT FEW PEOPLE WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE BEST PISTOLS.

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    • Brandon

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      What you’re saying is very true, I work 40+ hours a week and on top of that I’m a volunteer firefighter. So I don’t have the time or money for the activities

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    • TomC

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      Actually most can meet the ‘affiliated club’ and participation requirements rather easily no matter where you are as several affiliated clubs can be joined online.

      One amazing thing about this entire discussion is that so many of the people commenting here have clearly never visited the CMP website to learn about the requirements. Apparently they are waiting for Cheaper Than Dirt to deliver the information to their in box.

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    • Charlie

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      of course and the left overs will be way over priced

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  • Kent Natho

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    I would like the opportunity to purchase a part of American history, please.

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  • John gebhart

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    I’d love to own a piece of WWII hisrory.

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  • Nicholas J Donovan

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    I would love to have one. Classic piece of American history.

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  • Hervy Hodges

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    I would be interested in purchasing one of these fine pieces of American history.

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  • Ronald Deming

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    I most definitely want one !

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  • E. Hardrict

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    I can see now they ade trying to make this into a big deal b4 they sell to the public, just so they can jack the price, to purchase should be no difference to buy than any other gun, just remember its not the only old gun on the market

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    • TomC

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      Hopefully you do realize that most of these guns are not Colts.

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    • Charles Dawsey

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      The pic and statement, THE COLT 1911 was the greatest……………
      is misleading……..

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