Commonly used during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, the historic M1911 pistols have been officially out of service since 1985. Since then, the military has been forced to store these firearms at a price of $2 per year. According to International Business Times, the military now possesses a surplus of roughly 100,000 of them!
According to Task & Purpose, there’s a lot of history intertwined with the M1911 pistol:
“For more than a hundred years, (it) has traveled with American troops into almost every crisis, hot spot, and war the United States has participated in.”
However, for military purposes, there isn’t much much use for it due to its very antiquated design:
“The new generation of polymer guns such as the Glock are also much easier to disassemble and incorporate new features such as striker-fired operating systems, trigger safeties, loaded chamber indicators and larger magazines capacities,” Task & Purpose notes.
Oh, but wait! Apparently there is a provision in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Trump is on the verge of signing, that would allow gun collectors among the general public to purchase them.
Per the 2018 NDAA, there’s an amendment included which authorizes the government-funded Civilian Marksmanship Program to sell these pistols.
Somewhat surprisingly, Congress – and even former President Barack Obama – deserve some credit for initially crafting and ultimately passing the amendment.
As explained in the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act passed by Obama “authorized the Secretary of Defense to transfer 1911s no longer in service to the CMP for public sale.” However, those transfers were capped at 10,000 per year at the time while NONE were actually made while Obama remained in office.
Nevertheless, the NDAA that Trump is set to sign would do two wonderful things: Remove the unnecessary cap on the transfers, and make the mandatory. A true gun collector’s dream!