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Government Army Surplus Firearms; Own a 1911 Pistol Via the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)

The Browning designed M1911 served our armed forces from 1911 to 1986 and is still used by some special operations personnel even today. Nearly every handgun manufacturer makes a version of the 1911 pistol. Springfield, Kimber, S&W even Sig has a version. Multiple manufacturers pay homage to this great gun. Over the years the gun has been produced by many companies. Colt, the governments Springfield Armory, Remington-UMC, North American Arms Co. of Quebec, National Cash Register Co., Savage Arms, Caron Bros. of Montreal, and the Burroughs Adding Machine Co. pumped out 1911’s during World War I. The appeal to collectors is obvious.


The War brought changes, giving us the M1911A1 in the 1920s. The Norwegians produced some 1911’s as the Pistole M/1914 at their Kongsberg Vasspenfabrikk informally called the Kongsberg Colt. 920 even bear markings of German Army Inspectors. The Argentines and Brazilians produced some 1911’s as did the Mexicans and Spain. During the interwar years the 1911 was spreading. World War II found additional manufacturers, Remington Rand, Colt, Ithaca Gun Company, Union Switch & Signal and Singer (sewing machine Co.) US forces and the British commandos favored the 1911A1, Britain’s Special Operations Executive and the South African Commonwealth Forces where enthusiastic users. Over 2.7 million Colts where built. Popular with law enforcement, it can still be found with Marine Special Operations, LA PD Swat, S.I.S. and the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, FBI SWAT and Delta Force operators. The 1911 from a plethora of companies is highly popular with the US civilian market.

1911 Cavalry Weapon

The 1911 is available in .45 and 9mm in the US, Brazilian companies offer .45 ACP, 40 S&W and 9mm. At one time to satisfy the Mexican market .38 Super was also available from Colt. At the time civilian ownership of anything in a military caliber was prohibited, hence the .38 Super chambering. The 1911 was originally designed as cavalry weapon. The rapid reloading via magazines allowed the cavalryman to get back in action quickly. Pistols have always been associated with cavalry operations. Of course, the pistol also became the primary sidearm of the armed forces replacing numerous revolvers in different calibers. Designed by John Browning, the 1911 influenced numerous weapons design around the world, one of Browning’s design that was very prolific was FN P-35 Browning in 9mm. Nearly as significant as the 1911. Most weapons on the market are nothing more than modified and modernized Browning’s.

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) 1911 Army Surplus Pistols

Your chance to own a military issue 1911 has been realized. Through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), 100,000 former military issue 1911 are being sold as surplus. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of history. Who knows, maybe a rare Singer is in that pile of shooters. You must be a US citizen and a member of an affiliated CMP club. Trump has already signed off on the sale, so start your paperwork. Find a CMP affiliated club near you. You must be 18 with no criminal record, but most states require you to be 21 to own a sidearm. Rare Singer or US&S manufactured weapons will be pulled and sold at a special auction. It is unknown what the weapon makers are, what shape they’re in and length or intensity of service. All weapons are formerly US Army issue, as CMP can only sell army issue weapons. The CMP is also selling M1 Garands and are limited to 8 per year per customer, that is the calendar year. For more information see the CMP site at: http://thecmp.org/. Both the 1911 and M1 Garands mark milestones of US Military History and innovation and you can own a piece of history!

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