Back in 2015, Barack Obama launched the pilot program for the first time. Now, with Trump’s decision to release military-grade pistols to the public, which is set to cause a massive backlash in liberals.
The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act is based on an amendment that allows U.S. Army to relocate its .45 ACP M1911A1 pistols arsenal to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
The defense project bill is expected to cost around $700 billion, and is now in its final stages, awaiting the President’s signature only.
According to reports, the World War II handguns will cost the military roughly $2 per gun to store each yer.
Here is the official report as provided by Guns.com:
‘On the handguns headed to the CMP, the bill instructs the Secretary of the Army to conduct a two-year pilot program that will transfer “not less than 8,000 surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols” in 2018 with a cap of no more than 10,000 transferred per fiscal year. The program would then be reviewed to ensure the guns were sold by CMP in accordance with applicable federal laws and evaluate its cost to the Army.’
Back in 2015, President Obama passed the FY16 spending bill into law, giving the U.S. Army permission to send around 10,000 of 100,000 1911s to the CMP in one year alone, even though no transfer took place.
Bearing Arms’s Tom Knighton released a statement, expressing his thrill about having these guns on the market once more:
“I can’t speak for the gun community as a whole, but I’ve noticed a great deal of excitement for these pistols from my social circle, and I don’t actually associate with that many who consider themselves collectors,” Knighton wrote.
“They want these pistols as shooters, and I’m right there with them,” he added. “I’m not even a particular 1911 fan, but one that’s potentially seen service with this country, keeping our beloved nation free? Yes, please!”