Final Details Released on Surplus .45s Sale

NGAUS Washington Report
May 15, 2018

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has released the date, price and other details of the first sale of surplus Army M1911 .45-caliber pistols.

A much-heralded provision of the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act allows the Army to transfer thousands of surplus 1911s for sale to the public. The law provides Army Secretary Mark Esper with the authority to transfer up to 10,000 pistols to the CMP 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.

Esper is allowing the transfer of 8,000 pistols this fiscal year. The CMP has inspected them and set the “fair-market value” prices at $1,050 (Service Grade), $950 (Field Grade) and $850 (Rack Grade). Shipping costs are included in the price.

There are also some that are “unusual and worthy of being auctioned.”

The Service Grade 1911s, according to the CMP, “may exhibit minor pitting and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.” The Field Grade 1911s are also in “issuable condition.” Those in Rack Grade require “minor work to return to issuable condition.”

The CMP expects heavy demand for the pistols. As a result, those not auctioned will be sold based on a computerized “random-number generator.” An “order-form packet” will be posted at is external)June 4. The CMP will only accept orders postmarked between Sept. 4 and Oct. 4. Order are limited to one per customer.

Further details are available at is external). The CMP does not know what next year’s allotment might be.