The Civilian Marksmanship Program, or CMP, has announced a second batch of U.S. military surplus M1911 pistols for sale in 2021. These highly anticipated pistols will no doubt all sell, so the CMP will use a lottery system to lucky collectors.
“In 2018, the National Defense Authorization Act granted the first transfer of 1911s to the CMP for sale and distribution,” the program said in the announcement. “Arguably one of the most iconic handguns ever produced, the M1911 served as the standard issue handgun for the U.S. Armed Forces from 1911 to 1985. The single-action, semi-automatic pistol uses .45 ACP rounds and is comprised of a comfortable, basic design.”
The CMP will accept submissions from potential buyers between January 4 and March 4, 2021 via mail only. Any submissions postmarked prior to or after the ordering window will be discarded.
All of the information on how to apply for a chance to buy one of these Model 1911 pistols is available on the CMP 1911 Round 2 Order Form page.
There are some catches. Anyone who has already purchased an M1911 through the CMP along with anyone who has already drawn a number to purchase a pistol will not be eligible to buy another handgun during Round 2. And only one submission per customer, per envelope may be submitted.
The CMP will organize the pistols into four grades, Service Grade, Field Grade, Rack Grade and Auction Grade. Buyers will be able to choose from the first three grades; the CMP will hold on to the Auction Grade pistols for special auction separate from the Round 2 sales.
Service Grade is the best grade, although the pistol may show signs of use and maintenance including minor pitting and rust, and may have some commercial repair parts. Field Grade pistols may show more use but both Service and Field Grade pistols remain in “issuable condition.”
Rack Grade pistols have the most wear and may need minor repairs to function as reliably as Service and Field Grade handguns.
The CMP is reserving specific handguns for their Auction Grade. These pistols may be in any condition but typically are either in excellent shape or have historically significant provenance based on who it was issued to, when and where it was used and any other important findings the CMP can link to these select handguns. And as mentioned, they will be auctioned separately.
Pricing starts at $850 for the Rack Grade and go up $100 to $950 for Field Grade and $1,050 for Service Grade. When all is said and done those are very reasonable prices for some of the most iconic and collectible handguns in American history.