WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- On Nov. 16, Congress sent the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 to President Donald Trump’s office, including an amendment that some weapons should be transferred to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
- These arms include the M1911 and M1911A1 pistols, the M–1 Garand, and .22 rimfire rifles.
- At least 80,000 1911 pistols are available for civilians to purchase and use at their own risk.
The 2018 act included an amendment that small weapons and ammunition that are “no longer actively issued for military service” should be transferred by the Secretary of the Army to the government-sponsored Civilian Marksmanship Program. Arms include the WWI 1911 pistol.
The 1911 semiautomatic pistol was created by renowned firearms inventor John Moses Browning. The 1911 pistol has proven its reliability during the beginning of World War I in the hands of American Expeditionary Forces.
According to the international affairs magazine, The National Interest, Army Sergeant Alvin C. York neutralized six German soldiers who attacked him with bayonets using his 1911 pistol. That earned York the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor and heroism.
The .45 ACP M1911A1 pistol has served the U.S. armed forces for more than 100 years. Because of this year’s federal defense budget, it will serve civilians in the future.
The 1911A1 pistol started serving the U.S. armed forces after WWI. In 1985, the Beretta 92 pistol (known as the M9) replaced the 1911A1 variant as the service pistol by the military. By 2014, The Marine Corps ordered 12,000 M45A1 Close Quarter Battle Pistols, a firearm modeled after 1911, from Colt Defense. The 1911A1 pistols went to MARSOC Raiders, and some went to special operations-capable Marine Expeditionary Units.
The 1911s were last transferred to the Civilian Marksmanship Program in 2015. It was the time when President Barack Obama signed a defense bill that included an action to transfer 10,000 pistols for sale to the CMP.
Legislators had noted that the Department of Defense spends $2 annually to store each of its 100,000 surplus 1911s. According to Guns.com, 10,000 pistols were already transferred and 8,300 additional 1911s were “sold or disposed of”. After calculations, it means that there are around 80,000 1911 pistols that a civilian can purchase and bring home.