CMP to use lottery to determine who gets the first 10,000 surplus 1911 pistols

Lee’s note: This just in from the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s board of directors:

CMP 1911 Information

To all CMP constituents:

The CMP Board of Directors has discussed at length how the sales of 1911s would be handled, if the CMP were to ever receive them from the United States Army.

Some preliminary decisions:

Decisions concerning the grade and pricing of the 1911s will not be made until inspection has occurred of a substantial quantity which will take an estimated 150 days post receipt.

All laws pertaining to the sale of 1911s by CMP will be strictly obeyed.

Potential purchasers will have to provide to CMP a new set of documents exhibiting:  1) proof of U.S. Citizenship, 2) proof of membership in a CMP affiliated club, 3) proof of participation in a marksmanship activity, 4) a new form 2A with notary, 5) successful completion of a NICS background check, 6) a signed copy of the 01 Federal Firearms License in which the 1911 will be transferred to.

The CMP customer will be required to complete a form 4473 in person and successfully complete another NICS check by the recipient FFL holder before the pistol can be transferred.

Qualified CMP customer will only be allowed to purchase one 1911 per calendar year.

No 1911s available in the CMP stores, or on line, only mail order sales.

CMP will set the date in which it will accept orders for the 1911s. The date will be posted to the world.

Orders will only be accepted via mail order delivery.

Orders will only be accepted post marked on the date or after, no early orders.

Once CMP receives 10,000 orders, customer names will be loaded into the Random Number Generator.
The Random Number Generator will provide a list of names in sequence order through a random picking process to CMP.

Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator.

When the customer is contacted a list of 1911 grades and pricing options that are available will be offered for selection of one.

As CMP proceeds down the sequenced list less grade and pricing options will be available. Again, this done completely random.

Mark Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
Civilian Marksmanship Program

Click here for a story about CMP’s pricing of 1911s.

Click here for the requirements to purchase a 1911, or other surplus weapons, through the CMP.

Click here to listen to our “Think, Aim, Fire” podcast about the CMP 1911s.



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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. I hope they go to a good owner, but “PROPERTY OF US GOVERNMENT” just turned me off to the whole idea. I am not much of a collector, but the 1903 Springfield I had for drill in boot camp would be worth my interest.

  2. Sounds like it’s going to be a very long and slow process for anyone interested in buying one. Given that Garands are long out of production, I was glad to get one, but 1911’s are made and sold everywhere this is no big draw to me personally. Still, for anyone interested in getting one of these, CMP has certainly going beyond the call of duty to turn the whole process into an overpriced government bureaucratic debacle.

  3. Tried to send them an email, Johnson, tried. Anyway, I am retired military, E-7. Why not them men who shot them to qualify to carry FIRST??!!

    Paul L. Stewart
    Chief Retired

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