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Remaining Government Stock of WWII M1911's Handguns to Be Sold Off to The Public.....August 17, 2015
The upcoming National Defense Authorization Act that passed committee includes a plan to transfer the U.S. Army's remaining stock of .45 ACP 1911A1 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
Added as an amendment by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, while the NDAA was in debate in the House Armed Service Committee, it could see potentially the largest remaining stock of military surplus World War II-era handguns in government hands sold to the public.
"As a gun owner and strong believer in the Second Amendment, my proposal is a common-sense approach to eliminating an unnecessary cost to the Federal government while allowing the very capable CMP to handle the sale of these vintage firearms that otherwise would just sit in storage," Rogers said in a statement.
The lawmaker disclosed that the military currently spends about $2 per year to store 100,000 Model 1911s that are surplus to the Army's needs. While 8,300 have been sold or disposed of in recent years - largely through the controversial Department of Defense's 1033 Program, which offers eligible law enforcement agencies up to one pistol per full-time officer - the guns still on hand have in many cases been stored since the 1980s when they were withdrawn from service in favor of the then-new Beretta 92F (M9).