Some preliminary decisions further clarified:
Note: 1911 type pistols purchased from CMP cannot be transferred to 03 FFL (curio and relic) license. BATF and the United States Army prefer the second background check be performed by a "store front" FFL dealer. Each customer purchasing a 1911 type pistol from CMP will be subjected to two NICS background checks, one performed by CMP and the other performed by the FFL dealer the pistol is being shipped to.
Chief Operating Officer
Civilian Marksmanship Program
Erik is a private gunsmith living in Boise and a retired veteran of the US Army (OIF 09-11). He maintains a firearms related blog at threegunguys.wordpress.com, where many of these articles can be found.
Your information is all correct and accurate. Thank you. I put in the paperwork for a CMP 1911 myself. It took CMP some time to get to my number (69xx) but it was worth the waiting and paperwork. Received a phone call in early July, called them back the next day and talked to a very nice and courteous CMP customer service rep. We had the transaction details completed in less than 10 minutes. After she said all three grades were still available, I knew I had made a good choice to apply! I selected the Service Grade, she said it wold ship the next day and arrive at my FFL the day after that. Anticipation was high. The 1911 I received met that anticipation well. Looks to be in great shape (I have not shot it yet), no rust, no pitting, good parkerizing - what's not to like? Mine is a Remington Rand (slide at least is). Was made in 1943. Was likely rebuilt at least one time, which is fine - CMP said most if not all were rebuilt at least one time. My FFL guy said it looks like mine was rebuilt and then went right into storage. Bottom line, I have no complaints. I paid $1050 for a Service Grade 1911, civilian market value appears to be about $1,500 - whats not to like? Additionally, I have a piece of history that I can shoot as much as I like (within reason) and not lose any value. I'm a satisfied and happy customer with my CMP 1911.