Remember when the Civilian Marksmanship Program announced that it would sell off 10,000 surplus Army M1911 pistols to the American public as part of a provision in the 2018 defense budget? Well, mark your fucking calendars: After months of waiting, the federally-chartered CMP has issued an update to members with details about the upcoming 1911 sales.

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The Army has officially transferred the first of its surplus M1911 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program for commercial sale — and if all goes according to plan, the trusty sidearms may start flowing into civilian hands as soon as August.

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In light of the extreme interest in the Army surplus .45 ACP M1911 pistols authorized for public sale as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s board of directors has spent the last few weeks examining how to reconcile the organization’s existing rules for firearms sales with the “limited number and the exceedingly high demand” of handguns up for grabs.

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After writing about the potential mass sale of the Army’s surplus .45 ACP M1911 pistols through the government-chartered Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), I received a fuck-ton of emails over the course of my Thanksgiving travel that broke down into two main categories:

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The .45 ACP M1911A1 pistol has served the U.S. armed forces for more than a century in every war zone and hotspot on the planet — and thanks to this year’s federal defense budget, it will serve civilians for the foreseeable future.

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