1911s at the CMP-- at last!

 Erik Nelson      Dec 4, 2017 @ 7:28 pm MST      Dec 5, 2017 @ 8:11 pm MST      1 Comment

Some preliminary decisions further clarified:

  1. 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.
  2. All laws pertaining to the sale of 1911s by CMP will be strictly obeyed.
  3. 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) a signed copy of the 01 Federal Firearms License in which the 1911 will be transferred to. 
  4. A NICS background check will be performed by CMP on the customer to assure the customer is eligible to purchase prior to shipment to the FFL licensed dealer. The customer must receive a "proceed" from NICS prior to shipment of the pistol to the FFL licensed dealer.
  5. The CMP customer will be required to complete a form 4473 in person at the FFL dealers place of business, successfully passing a NICS check performed by the FFL holder, before the pistol can be transferred.  This is a second NICS check performed on the customer.
  6. Qualified CMP customer will only be allowed to purchase one 1911 per calendar year.
  7. No 1911s available in the CMP stores, or on line, only mail order sales.
  8. CMP will set the date in which it will accept orders for the 1911s. The date will be posted to the world.
  9. Orders will only be accepted via mail order delivery.
  10. Orders will only be accepted post marked on the date or after, no early orders.
  11. Once CMP receives 10,000 orders, customer names will be loaded into the Random Number Generator.
  12. The Random Number Generator will provide a list of names in sequence order through a random picking process to CMP. 
  13. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator.
  14. When the customer is contacted a list of 1911 grades and pricing options that are available will be offered for selection of one.
  15. As CMP proceeds down the sequenced list less grade and pricing options will be available. Again, this done completely random.


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.



Mark Johnson

Chief Operating Officer

Civilian Marksmanship Program


Erik Nelson
(aka  Erik Nelson)

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.

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  Varmint hunter10      Aug 2, 2019 @ 4:38 pm MDT

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.

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