Remember when the Civilian Marksmanship Program announced that it would sell off 10,000 surplus Army M1911 pistols to the American public as part of a provision in the 2018 defense budget? Well, mark your fucking calendars: After months of waiting, the federally-chartered CMP has issued an update to members with details about the upcoming 1911 sales.
The good news: The fire sale for an iconic sidearm that’s accompanied U.S. troops into battle for the last 100 years is almost a reality. The bad news: Some of you are bound to come away empty-handed. The CMP reports that Secretary of the Army Mark Esper only authorized 8,000 1911s for sale and distribution this fiscal year, some of which “are anticipated to be unusual and worthy of being auctioned.”
Translation: You need to *really* be on your game to grab one of these bad boys. Here’s what you need to know: