If you’re excited about the possibility of the U.S. Army transferring its surplus M1911 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program for sale to the general public but find yourself wondering exactly how this is all going to go down, a clearer picture is starting to emerge thanks to a recent CMP email update.
The message starts off by stating that decisions regarding grade and pricing of the milsurp pistols won’t be made until after the CMP has inspected a substantial quantity of them, a process the organization says will take around 150 days after initial receipt.
The CMP then says that the laws pertaining to the sale of the guns will be “strictly obeyed,” meaning potential buyers will have to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, proof that he or she is a member of a CMP-affiliated club and proof of marksmanship activity. Purchasers will also have to successfully pass a NICS background check and provide a signed copy of your dealer’s FFL license where the gun will be transferred to. After that, you’ll have to fill out a 4473 in person and pass a second NICS check done by the FFL holder before you can get your hands on the pistol.
Continuing on, a qualified customer will be allowed to purchase only one surplus M1911 pistol per calendar year, and it’ll be mail-order only. No 1911s will be available in CMP stores or online. The CMP says the date at which it’ll start accepting mail orders will be “posted to the world.”
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