Today, Sept. 4, 2018, is the day folks! Ordering for the surplus 1911s from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has begun and will continue until Oct. 4, 2018. You have precisely one month to get your ducks in a row and submit your order form to CMP for the chance to purchase one of the 8,000 available pistols.
How this works is that each submission will be fed into a “computerized Random Number Generator on 5 October 2018,” says CMP. That generator will spit out a list of names in a sequential order and those at the top of the list or with the lowest number will be contacted first to select their grade of pistol. Remember there are three grades of pistols available: Service Grade, Field Grade and Rack Grade.
- Service Grade $1050. Pistol may exhibit minor pitting and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.
- Field Grade $950. Pistol may exhibit minor rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.
- Rack Grade $850. Pistol will exhibit rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips may be incomplete and exhibit cracks. Pistol requires minor work to return to issuable condition.
CMP also has “Auction Grade” 1911s, but those will not be part of the raffle. Those will be up for auction and the market will dictate the price. As CMP says, “Note: If you have already purchased a 1911 from CMP you will not be allowed to purchase an auction 1911. If you purchase an auction 1911, your name will be pulled from the sequenced list. No repeat purchasers are allowed until all orders received have been filled.”
It’s important to fill out the order packet over the next 30 days because even if you’re not chosen, you’ll be in line already for the next go-around.
“Customers with higher numbers may have fewer grades from which to choose. When this year’s allotment of 1911s is exhausted, the remaining orders will be held in the existing sequence for all future allotments of 1911s. The CMP does not know what future allotments might be,” says CMP.
CMP requires that you fill out all the relevant paperwork, including FFL information, while also providing proof that you are a U.S. Citizen, a member of a CMP-affiliated club and a participant in marksmanship or other firearm-related activity (e.g. a competitive shooter or a licensed concealed carrier). Not a member of a CMP-affiliated club? CMP provides a searchable database of clubs in your area that you can potentially join, some for as cheap as $25.
Here is a link to the complete “fillable” (meaning you can type in your info as opposed to printing it and filling it out by hand) order form along with instructions. Good luck! And remember, the deadline is Oct. 4th, 2018. Don’t dawdle!
For questions or additional information visit TheCMP.org.