In the annals of American military memorabilia, there are certain items that stand alone in their scope of use, quality of build, and overall nostalgia.
The 1911 sidearm is just such a piece.
This iconic pistol has been at the side of hundreds of thousands of American soldiers from all matter of military outposts, beginning all the way back in World War I. (Yes, that the first one). The pistol itself is more than a century old, however, having passed its first rounds through its distinctly blocky body just over 100 years ago.
Given the enormous scope of its use, the American military has utilized its fair share of the incredible weapon, leading to a massive stockpile of used firearms. Until recently, these weapons of varying condition were squirreled away in sealed crates in a military warehouse. Now, however, all that stands between you and owning a piece of American military history is a signature from President Donald Trump.
“President Trump is expected to soon sign off on a bill greenlighting the Army to make available for sale a limited number of these M1911s to American civilians.
“For several decades, these surplus U.S. military handgun stockpiles have been hidden away in storage out of the public eye.
“Which 1911s are in the crates? It’s an exciting mystery. The exact pistols will not be revealed until the crates are soon opened.”
The 1911’s enormously lengthy history of use has lent itself to a number of manufacturers sharing the distinct honor of producing pieces for the American military. Which manufacturers, models, and ages are in the crates is anyone’s guess, lending even more excitement to the possibilities.
Given that the demand for these weapons will be extraordinary, the government will be conducting a lottery of sorts for the opportunity to purchase one of these historic pieces. Here’s what you need to know to get in on the fun:
“Active-duty service member, reservist, National Guardsman, veterans and CMP’s ‘special affiliates’ members are all eligible to purchase one.
“You’ll need a copy of a U.S. birth certificate, passport or any other official proof of citizenship. For military IDs, E5 and above can be used.
“You also need to provide proof you know how to safely handle firearms and are familiar with shooting range safe conduct.
“If your state has any other documents required to purchase a handgun then that paperwork needs to be included as well.
“There is also a specific 1911 form that needs to be filled in. You can find a complete list of all the requirements, the mail order process, CMP organizations and all other relevant details on the CMP website.”
Once those crates are finally opened, and their treasures can be graded by authorities, prices will become available to the general public.