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This seems like a big deal

Jared Keller:

The $700 billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that Congress sent to President Donald Trumps desk on Nov. 16 included an amendment that required the Secretary of the Army to transfer a cache of small arms and ammo no longer actively issued for military service to the government-sponsored Civilian Marksmanship Program, including the M1911 and M1911A1 pistols, the M1 Garand, and .22 rimfire rifles.

I’m not a 1911 guy but I think owning one of those would be pretty cool.

15 Responses to “This seems like a big deal”

  1. rickn8or Says:

    Stand by for the standard “Weapons of war on the streets!” from The Usual Suspects.

  2. Robert Says:

    Wonder how much one of those 1911’s will go for.

  3. BDubya Says:

    All I want is an M1 Garand re-barreled in 7.62 X 51, like the one I shot in Navy Boot Camp in the summer of 1970.

    Do you think the CMP might get a few of those this trip?

  4. Ravenwood Says:

    BDubya,

    CMP already sells those. Look under M1 Garand Special

    http://thecmp.org/cmp_sales/rifle_sales/m1-garand/

  5. Daniel Schwartz Says:

    About bloody time!

  6. Angus McThag Says:

    I’m looking for: M1911A1 Cal .45 Pistol, 1005-00-726-5655, Serial # 1164935

    That was MY gun I was issued. Wanna bet I never find it?

  7. Lyle Says:

    They’re old designs, but still formidable. And fun. I got another Garand recently, and a box of clips for it. It’s a lot of weight to schlep around, but it’s a heap big pack of wollop. If you want to be all practical and stuff, an AR-10 type, or Vepr 308, would make more sense, but the Garand is just plain cool, with an UltiMAK forward mount and a Leupold scout scope of course (not that I would use the opportunity to shamelessly promote my own company).

  8. Roger Says:

    The CMP will probably have them categorized nicely by condition.
    Loosey goosey shooters, Rattling clattering, plinkers, Well worn keepsakes and hopefully a few fairly tight treasures.
    Gotta wait n see what the prices are for them to see if its worth investing in a piece of American history.

  9. Flight-ER-Doc Says:

    Good start. Now, release the semi-only M14’s

  10. Michael Quinn Says:

    I history is any guide the pricing will be excellent and the condition will be accurately described. I feel really good about my $500 investment in a CMP M1 back in 2004.

  11. Michael Says:

    Wasn’t there a move to sell these a few years back? I thought this was already underway, did Obama stop them? The CMP had gone so far as to announce pricing:

    http://www.alloutdoor.com/2016/01/19/a-cmp-1911-update-from-cmp-chief-operating-officer-mark-johnson/

  12. Ravenwood Says:

    They better not be starting at $1000.

  13. Tim Says:

    That was MY gun I was issued.

    You & 20+ other dudes.

  14. H Says:

    “that was my gun I was issued”

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained. But you can always get in touch with CMP and see is that serial number in their system, after they get them of course. They’ve been known to reunite vets with their M1’s, and might be willing to work with you.

  15. Critter Says:

    the latest:

    11/22/17 – Latest update on the 1911s..

    Because of the limited number and the exceedingly high demand for the pistol, and the great level of Congressional scrutiny, the Board of Directors will make a decision regarding how sales will be handled. We have no further information at this time. Mrs. Judith Legerski, Chairman, CMP Board of Directors

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