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Obama Signs Law That Allows Public Sale of Surplus U.S. Army 1911s


By Nick Leghorn via The Truth About Guns

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a system where the U.S. Government has been selling off their stock of aging firearms to the American public in an effort to promote the shooting sports and marksmanship training. They are best known as the prime source for M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines, but thanks to a bill signed today by President Obama the CMP may shortly begin to sell off the U.S. Government’s stock of 1911 handguns. These firearms saw combat from WWI through Desert Storm, and you can bet your butt I’ll be waiting in line to snap one up.

From the NRA press release:


Rounding out the list of pro-gun provisions is section 1087, which restores authorization to the Secretary of Defense to transfer to the Civilian Marksmanship Program surplus M1911 and M1911A1 .45 ACP pistols for sale to the public. The component of the CMP that dispenses the pistols would be required to obtain a federal firearms license and abide by all requirements of the Gun Control Act pertaining to licensed sales and transfers. Currently, the military has some 100,000 such pistols that it no longer needs and that are being stored as taxpayer expense. These historically-significant firearms can now be transferred to law-abiding owners at a net gain to the government’s heavily-indebted balance sheet.

This is the greatest thing. It’s like an early Christmas present from Barack Obama himself.

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  • Stephen Johnson

    I will take an officer sized or the commander size please.

  • Mike Vee

    Obama did something right ?!? I have to go sit down now……….

    • James

      turn off Fox and think for yourself you might realize the battles he has had to fight to reclaim control of the Office of the President from the Zionist Bush handed it over to . maybe watch one of General Weseley Clark’s Videos explaining the COUP in 2000 and take over of U.S. Foreign Policy

      • Jerry Holloway

        Laptop: $500
        Internet connection: $50/month
        Reading rebuttals of Obama critics using Zionist conspiracies: Priceless

        • Ken N Donna Kushman

          Libtards write funny stuff! Will get a cold drink and join ya with the fiction parade :-)

          • Jerry Holloway

            Conservatards are just as bad in my book. Clowns to the left, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle…

          • Chronos Z. Wonderpig

            Yes, liberals are stuck

          • Seán

            Ahhhhh …. it all makes sense … YOUR AMERICAN … sorry, if I had known you were retarded I wouldn’t have taken the mick hahahaha

          • Jerry Holloway

            *you’re. Don’t you mean take the dick? Yes you would’ve. You’ll ALWAYS take it. It’s in your nature.

    • GunTotingLib

      Obama has only signed pro gun laws so far. In addition to this one he signed a law that allows carry of firearms in national parks in compliance with the applicable state laws, something we couldn’t do before obama and and a bill that allows the transport of arms on amtrak trains.

    • Brendan Burger

      What’s his motive?

  • russell gray

    I will take any condition , I only need the frame and slide.

  • Chris Nielson

    I’ll take an m1 and 1911

  • Clifford M. Dearing

    I wood like a Smithfield Smithfield 45cal for that is what the trained me with !!

  • Florian Plaz Placzek

    Where can we get them???

  • Gwen Rothman-Roney

    I can’t find the link to even try to buy one.

    • Doctor Jelly

      You will be able to purchase them via the CMP as stated in the article. The government doesn’t move fast, so while you wait for the guns to be transferred into the program’s hands, you can Google what is required of you to purchase one.

  • Jerry Ballinger

    Okay, if this is not a hoax you’ve got to say “where, when, how”. Come on, links or something.

  • techiewayne

    hey are selling all kinds of guns on this site.

  • techiewayne

    they are selling through the Civilian Marksmanship Program they have both online and store sales.

  • joe

    I wonder how much they will be going for, They are good weapons.

    • Ken N Donna Kushman

      They will be beat to hell. If more than $200 hardly worth it unless for the Historic collectors value of A vintage Springfield 1911

  • D H

    For those of you wondering why you cant buy one today, the presidents pen is not a magic wand. It will be months before they can be sold, for logistic, cataloging, and all those other reasons it takes time to put a product up for sale, and because the law says so

    (c) LIMITATION ON TRANSFER OF SURPLUS CALIBER .45 M1911/M1911A1 PISTOLS.—The Secretary may not transfer firearms described in subsection (b)(2) under subchapter II of chapter 407 of title 36, United States Code, until the date that is 60 days after the date of the submittal of the final report required under subsection (b)(4)(B).

  • Hard to believe Oblunder didn’t have them melted down, but that might create Global Warming? Where do you sign up to buy one of these things? Would have been nice to provide a link.

    • Doctor Jelly

      No need for a link as everyone already knows about the CMP.

  • Timothy Dale Inwood

    It was a small part of a larger bill. Its not like he wanted to do this.

  • disqus_USCWAKrIWx

    Maybe he decided to carry Pelosi’s statement a little further, “You must sign the bill to see whats in it”

  • Wait! What? Is this April 1st? I thought it was Thanksgiving!

  • Darrow_for_the_Prosecution

    He keeps threatening to confiscate Americas guns, so I guess this is just part of a cynical plan to sell off surplus weapons to the public at inflated prices and then issue an executive order to grab the guns. I wonder if the revenue from this sale will go to pay down the National Debt, or go to increased spending. Oh well only 13 1/2 more months of this crap. Can we run out the clock on him or will he run the table on us?

    • desert

      The proceeds will pay for another exorbitant golf vacation for the worthlesss turd!

    • Chrissums

      I can promise you……he will never confiscate guns.

    • Eric Clark-Sanchez

      When has he threatened to confiscate guns?

    • GunTotingLib

      When Did Obama threaten to confiscate any lawfully owned guns?

      • Darrow_for_the_Prosecution

        Gun confiscation, when it comes, will arrive JUST like these mass shooting episodes, no one will EVER see it coming.

        In fact, given the stupidity of SOME of these American citizens, the government COULD just put up large recycling cans outside of government buildings and post offices, offering free gun inspection and cleaning. Drop your gun off within the next three days and receive back a 100 round ct of ammo. Thanks for participating in gun safety.

        • GunTotingLib

          Wow, not only do you have a low opinion of our fellow americans in general, but in gun owners in particular.

          First as far as voluntary gun “recycling” If folks have guns they don’t want or are uncomfortable with, maybe they were given to them of left to them, then they should have a means of safely disposing of them. But your regular gun owner would never drop off their guns for a “cleaning”. And if you can’t clean your gun, you should not have a gun.

          And secondly, Gun confiscation is a fringe idea supported by about 5% of the country, it is never going to happen. Better background checks, mental health checks,magazine limits are all possible and supported by a large amount of people and would have zero real effect of legitimate gun ownership by lawful folks. Stop being paranoid, be diligent but go about a happy life and stop worry about a giant fascist government putting their jack boot to your door and coming in to take away all of your guns. It just isn’t going to happen.

          • Darrow_for_the_Prosecution

            Ha Ha. You are funny. READ MY FIRST PARAGRAPH! Therein lies the secret to the problem, stealth confiscation. The rest is just sarcasm. BUT, a true gun nut has NO comprehension of sarcasm when the subject matter turns to gun control…in any form.

            FYI, I support the 2nd Amendment and I do NOT own a gun.

  • Michael Bane

    But what condition will they be in? I thought one of the purposes of the military going with the Beretta was that all of the 1911 pistols were worn out.

    • gun_nut

      The condition will probably be comparable with the M1s and M1 Carbines. CMP sells by grades, so you generally know what you are getting before it shows up.

  • Paul Boore

    How does one contact the CMP?

    • Chrissums

      Google CMP

  • Saber707

    They won’t look like the one in the picture

    • GunTotingLib

      The one in the picture is a modern 1911 from springfield, The ones that will be available will be well used ( and abused)

  • Capt.Jim

    Reading the comments just proves if the man could shit gold bricks and give them away some nitwit would bitch because it took him too long, you fucking people amaze me maybe you would rather have him go ahead and melt the damn things down like past administrations or better yet give them to law enforcement to steal.I know this does not fit your agenda that he is coming for your boom boom machines and now you look foolish for pissing your pants for the last 6 years but dont be any bigger a dumbass than you already have been

    • Frank Hickman

      The ONLY reason this got by was because it was a rider. Which I hate by the way, riders should be illegal.

    • Robert Parker

      The Prez of the US does not have ‘line item veto’ …. and if you don’t know what that is, then you shouldn’t really be making any comments such as you did.

  • heteroxalstalker

    Does anybody know who they will be selling them? Will us regular folks be able top buy them/

    • Doctor Jelly

      Yes, with minor caveats. Read up on the CMP…

  • Lee Majors

    He only did it because someone told him that selling this junk would get $$ from suckers and hurt gun manufacturers.

  • Conrarian

    Unless Congress rewrites the CMP charter, they won’t be able to sell handguns.

  • Daniel Nimrod Harder

    Okay so I can’t get excited about this at all. The reason? While station in Berlin Brigade this was my primary weapon and when I went to the range I had to aim extreme right to hit a target to my front. You may call, “Bullshit” but my barrel was so smooth it had no rifling in it whatsoever. It was so loose it rattled and I had to constantly pull the spring to get it to snap the slide back in place. When we were called to go to Desert Storm the command knew how defunct these pistols were so they told us we could buy our own person Weapons but had to leave them in an amnesty box upon departureI agree that Obama is breaking from the norm and for that I’m pretty excited but I wouldn’t buy any of these from the armorers of our great military. I’m sure there’s going to be some jewels in the Arsenal but I’m equally sure there’s going to be a whole lot more turds as well.

    • Robert Parker

      … sorry to be the one to say this, but …. uh, the reason you ‘had to aim to the extreme right’ has nothing to do with the firearm, it has everything to do with who taught you how to shoot. For a right handed shooter, who jerks the trigger, the natural movement of the trigger finger/hand/wrist is to the left, or inward. The opposite is true for the left handed… Now what causes you to ‘jump on the trigger with both feet’ (as it is said) can be several different reasons… but I will save those for another day. Sincerely: MSgt, Robert Parker, USMC Pistol Team, Instructor and competitor, if you doubt who I am, look me up.

  • Chronos Z. Wonderpig

    where do I line up?

  • Hmmm, I thought he was taking all the guns…

  • John

    No I don’t think so this is his way of getting arms into the hands of his muslim buddies are you so foolish to believe that Obama would ever do this for any other reason People are so blind to the Backdrop they only see the immediate prize