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President Trump: Americans Can Buy Surplus Military 1911s

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(Washington, DC) — An amendment attached to the 2018 National Defence Authorisation Act will allow for the ultimate sale and acquisition by the public of surplus military .45 ACP M1911A1.

According to the International Business Times,

“A cache of the guns, which are “no longer actively issued for military service” will be given to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. On top of the M1911A1, the M1911 pistol, the M–1 Garand, and .22 rimfire rifles will all be up for grabs when they are sold in 2018.”

Each year, weapons are evaluated. After some time, they are retired.

These retired weapons are often placed into storage, sold on or destroyed, but one batch of these weapons will soon be in the hands of civilians.

A scheme known as the Civilian Marksmanship Program is set to use the amendment to allow the sale of powerful pistols to the general public.

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The scheme, which was first set up in 1903, is aimed at promoting firearm safety, but one of the most popular aspects of it is sale of surplus weaponry.

The sale of the weapons at a discounted rate to civilians helps raise money for the military as well as saving cash for the government who spend $2 a year to store one pistol, and with a supply of around 100,000 currently in storage, the savings are significant.

According to Wikipedia, the U.S. military has used the M1911 in some form for decades:

The U.S. procured around 2.7 million M1911 and M1911A1 pistols in military contracts during its service life. The M1911 was replaced by the 9mm Beretta M9 pistol as the standard U.S. sidearm in October 1986, but due to its popularity among users, it has not been completely phased out. Modernized derivative variants of the M1911 are still in use by some units of the U.S. Army Special Forces, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

Here’s a video reviewing a broad range of 1911s:

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