Latest 1911 Pistol Sales Update From the Civilian Marksmanship Program


Latest 1911 Pistol Sales Update From the Civilian Marksmanship Program

The Civilian Marksmanship Program just sent out an update on the 1911 pistol sales program through their e-mail list and Facebook page.

According to Mark Johnson, CMP Chief Operating Officer, the CMP has received the first 8,000 pistols authorized to be released to them by the U.S. Army. The CMP is authorized to receive a minimum of 8,000 pistols to a maximum of 10,000 pistols a year, for up to 10 years, with the authorization being reviewed every year. The CMP has previously indicated that buyers will be on a lottery system and only one CMP 1911 pistol can be purchased per person, per year. While the exact prices have not been the CMP has previously said prices will likely start at about $1,000 per pistol.

Here is the complete text of the CMP’s latest announcement today:

Status of the CMP 1911s, 1/29/2018:

The CMP has been authorized to receive 8,000 1911 type pistols from the United States Army.

The 1911s have been received by the CMP. A complete inventory will be conducted over the course of th is week. The pistols will then be securely stored until the Army-approved 1911 building and armory infrastructure is completed. That completion is anticipated to be approximately 60 days from now. Once the 1911 a rmory is completed, inspection, grading, repair, and ultimately test firing of the pistols will begin. (Please be aware that the CMP was led to believe that we were ready to move forward, but three weeks ago facility requirements were changed, and we are now fulfilling those requirements.)

The CMP 1911 order packet will be posted 90 days prior to the order acceptance date and opening sales date. No orders will be accepted prior to that date. Please visit, click on the Sales icon then 1911 Information, for the latest. CMP customer service has been inundated with calls and emails concerning the 1911s and no further information is available at this time.

The CMP will keep everyone posted as we move through this process.

Mark Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
Civilian Marksmanship Program

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Rob Reed is a firearms instructor, collector and all around "projectile launcher enthusiast" in the Metro Detroit area. He also writes as the Michigan Firearms Examiner.

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