Details Updated on Army Surplus 1911 .45 Sales

Washington Report

(December 28, 2017) The Civilian Marksmanship Program has updated its website with the requirements to purchase a surplus Army(link is external) 1911 .45 pistol. A much-heralded provision in the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act allows the Army to transfer thousands of surplus M1911/1911A1 .45s for sale to the public.

The law provides Army Secretary Mark Esper with the authority to transfer 8,000 or more .45-caliber M1911/M1911A1 pistols to the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety as part of a two-year pilot program.

The .45 served as the standard-issue sidearm for the U.S. military from 1911 to 1986. It was widely used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Decisions on the grade and pricing of the 1911s will not be made until “a substantial number have been inspected, estimated to take 150 days post receipt,” according to the website.

Only mail order sales are authorized. All 1911 orders will be shipped via the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx or other commercial carriers.

CMP will have an all-new 1911 order form, 1911 purchasing instructions, a 1911 page on its website ( is external)), and a dedicated 1911 Federal Firearms License fax number and email address for the FFL holder to send their license with the customer’s name attached.

“The customer will have to send in a complete new order packet with all new qualifying criteria included,” the website states. “Everyone will be a new customer, everyone starts with no advantage or disadvantage.”

Potential purchasers must provide CMP with a new set of documents exhibiting: proof of U.S. citizenship, proof of membership in a CMP-affiliated club, proof of participation in a marksmanship activity, a new form 2A with notary, and a signed copy of the 01, 02, 07 Federal Firearms License to which the 1911 will be transferred.

The CMP-affiliated club requirement does not apply to those currently serving in the military or military retirees. A National Instant Criminal Background check will be performed by CMP to ensure the customer is eligible to purchase prior to shipment to the “storefront” FFL licensed dealer.