Guns.com reports that “The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act was approved recently to include a plan to transfer the U.S. Army’s remaining stock of .45 ACP M1911A1 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
On the handguns headed to the CMP, the bill instructs the Secretary of the Army to conduct a two-year pilot program that will transfer “not less than 8,000 surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols” in 2018 with a cap of no more than 10,000 transferred per fiscal year. The program would then be reviewed to ensure the guns were sold by CMP in accordance with applicable federal laws and evaluate its cost to the Army.”
This deal has been in the works for a long time. It means that, subject to paying a fee and passing a federal background check, civilians would be able to own a GI issue 1911 that was actually used in military service. What a great way to own and shoot a piece of U.S. history!