President Trump recently signed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA) into law. Included in the law is a provision that would require military surplus M1911 and M1911A1 pistols (1911s) to be made available for sale to the public. The military has nearly 100,000 1911s in storage, at the expense of American taxpayers.
In 2015, President Obama authorized the Secretary of Defense to transfer up to 10,000 1911s per year to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) for public sale. However, no transfers were made while Obama was in the White House.
The 2018 NDAA establishes a mandatory pilot program where 8,000-10,000 1911s be transferred to CMP for public sale in 2018. Dependent on the outcome of the 2018 program, the Secretary of Defense may then be authorized to continue transferring up to 10,000 1911s per year.
Although a positive result for gun collectors, CMP will utilize a variety of safeguards that exceed normal procedures to distribute the firearms. For example, two background checks will be conducted for each sale, one by CMP prior to shipping the firearm to a federally licensed dealer, and again by the dealer before releasing the pistol to the customer.
There is currently no timeline for release or pricing information.