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Round 4 M1911 Pistol orders closed on October 31, 2023. Sign up for CMP Sales Email updates to learn more and receive updates.

CMP 1911 is an FFL governed operation and is a separate entity from CMP and has its own record keeping operation with no ties to the existing CMP records.

All ordering information is included in the CMP 1911 order packet. The information contained in the packet should answer ALL QUESTIONS regarding the ordering process.

Every applicant will be treated as a new customer to CMP 1911. Previous purchases or relationships with CMP create no advantage or disadvantage to the customer. 

In September 2023, the CMP increased the lifetime purchase limit of 1911 pistols to two (2). The yearly limit is one per calendar year until you have met your lifetime limit.


CMP 1911 customer service number is 256-770-4744

CMP 1911 customer service email address cmp1911@thecmp.org 


CMP 1911 order form packet must be mailed to the following address. This includes USPS, UPS, Fed Ex, etc. Hand delivered, emailed and faxed orders will not be accepted. Only orders sent to the following CMP 1911 address will be accepted:     

CMP 1911
1800 Roberts Drive
Anniston, AL 36207

The Random Number Generator will provide a list of names in sequential order through the random picking process. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator. The CMP 1911 customers will select their grade of pistol (Service, Field, Rack or Range) from available inventory at the time of order notification. Customers with higher numbers may have fewer grades from which to choose. When the allotment of 1911s is exhausted, the remaining orders will be held in the existing sequence for all future allotments of 1911s. The CMP does not know what future allotments might be.


At the time a customer is contacted they will be asked to submit a current FFL where their pistol will be sent. All 1911’s will be shipped to a 01, 02 or 07 Federal Firearms License and MUST have normal business hours. Customers will have 5 business days from when contacted to provided CMP 1911 a signed FFL.

Only FFLs with normal business hours may be used. Due to COVID 19, CMP 1911 can only ship to an FFL that is opened during normal business hours in order to lessen the possibility of the pistol  being stolen. Pistols cannot be “held” at a Fed Ex location and if not delivered will be returned to CMP 1911.  If a pistol is returned to CMP 1911 due to non-delivery, there will be a $25.00 reshipment fee. 

CMP 1911 dedicated fax number 256-831-2354 for FFL dealers to fax their FFLs with the customer’s name attached.

CMP 1911 dedicated email address cmp1911FFL@thecmp.org to send their FFLs with customer’s name attached.


CMP has priced the 1911 type pistols at fair market value in accordance with CMP’s enabling legislation.
Of the pistols received from the army, , 98% of these pistols are “mix-masters”, this could includes the slides and frames.

Service Grade $1250. Pistol may exhibit minor pitting and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition. Pistols may contain commercial parts.

Field Grade $1150. Pistol may exhibit minor rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition. Pistols may contain commercial parts.

Rack Grade $1050. Pistol will exhibit rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips may be incomplete and exhibit cracks. Pistol requires minor work to return to issuable condition but is functional. Pistols may contain commercial parts.

Range Grade $1100. These are 1911 pistols for those that want a part of history and a shooter, not a collectable. These are 1911s that have been modified in some way, and may have some commercial parts.  No two (2) pistols are alike, the modifications / parts could be any of the following: Night Sights, extended Beaver Tail, Rubber Grips, Barrels, Oversized Slide Release, Target Triggers, Adjustable Rear Sights, Tactical Match Hammer, Competition Grip Safety, Sight Rib, Slides, Checkered Front Strap, Ambidextrous Safety, Different Finishes. Some of the manufactures of these parts are: Bar-Sto, Wilson, Ed Brown, Pachmayer, Hogue, Caspian and Bomar.  

Auction Grade (Sales will to be determined by auctioning the pistol). The condition of the auction pistol will be described when posted for auction.

Note: Pistols may contain commercial parts.

All pistols are inspected and test fired by the CMP. The shipping cost is included in the price.


Potential purchasers will have to provide CMP 1911 with a set of CMP 1911 documents exhibiting: 1) proof of U.S. Citizenship, 2) proof of membership in a CMP affiliated club, 3) proof of participation in a marksmanship activity, 4) a completed 1911 order form, including a new form 2A with notary, 5) a copy of current driver’s license .  All qualifying documents must be included in your order packet. 

A NICS background check on each customer will be performed by the FBI to assure the customer is eligible to purchase prior to shipment to the FFL licensed dealer. The customer must receive a “proceed” from NICS prior to shipment of the pistol to the FFL licensed dealer.

The CMP 1911 customer will be required to complete a Form 4473 in person at the FFL dealer’s place of business and successfully pass a NICS check, in which the information is provided by the FFL holder to NICS, before the pistol can be transferred. This is a second NICS check performed on the customer. Note: The FFL licensed dealer in which the pistol is retrieved from will have to follow all federal, state, and local laws.

No 1911s will be available in the CMP stores, or on-line. Only mail order sales will be accepted.  All 1911 orders must be delivered via USPS, UPS, Fed EX, etc. to the CMP 1911 address listed above.  No in store or at the door drop off orders will be accepted.

Customer’s names will be loaded into the Random Number Generator. The sequenced order for customers will be established and each time CMP 1911 receives 1911s, customer orders will be filled in the originally established sequence. 

The customer’s sequence number will be sent to the individual via email once such sequence number is established.

Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator.

Pistol grade and payment arrangement will be established when the customer is contacted by CMP sales staff at time of purchase. Customers will be offered what is available at the time they are contacted. Customers can only select from what is available at that time. If customer declines the selection available, they will be removed from the list. DO NOT send payment with your 1911 order. Customers will have 5 days to submit payment & a copy of their FFL once notified.

1911s from CMP 1911, will be allowed in California because they meet the California definition of Curio and Relic. They will ship to 01, or 02, or 07 FFLs in California. At of the time of this release, only the state of Massachusetts will not allow the sale of the 1911/1911A1 pistol.  We will not sell or ship to Massachusetts and due to shipping cannot ship to U.S. Territories.All required information is included in this release. If you have questions, please email the address listed above. If you choose to call the number listed, please be prepared for a long wait time.


First Reason:  The first NICS conducted by the FBI for the CMP 1911 makes sure the customer can legally possess the 1911 type pistol prior to shipping it to the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL dealer. The CMP, Congress, and the United States Army do not want the 1911 to have to be returned to CMP 1911 if the purchaser is not legal to possess. The more time the pistol is in transit, the more likely it is that it could be lost or stolen. The second NICS check is performed by the FBI for the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL in accordance with their standard transfer procedures and all federal, state, and local laws.   

Second Reason:  CMP’s enabling legislation mandated by Congress specifies that the purchaser “successfully pass a thorough and complete background check”, i.e. NICS.  CMP 1911 cannot turn any firearm over to the purchaser until it receives a “proceed” from NICS; the local FFL can turn the pistol over after 72 business hours have elapsed if they have not heard back from NICS. Turning the pistol over after 72 hours and not getting a “proceed” does not satisfy CMP’s enabling legislation mandated by Congress. This leaves CMP no choice but to have a NICS check performed by the FBI and to get a “proceed” to satisfy its enabling legislation, before shipping to the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL dealer.

Note: 1911 type pistols purchased from CMP 1911 cannot be transferred to 03 FFL (curio and relic) license holders. CMP’s legislation contained in the 2018 NDAA specifies FFL licensed dealers. BATF and the United States Army prefer the second background check be performed by the FBI on an FFL licensed dealer’s premises.