15 October 2019

The M1911 And CMP

"As of September 2018, the Department of Army retained 90,016 surplus M1911/M1911A1s, not including the 8,000 already transferred to CMP or a prior cache of firearms that had been disposed of through the 1033 Program of the Law Enforcement Support Office within the DLA.7 The conditions and histories of the individual items vary considerably, as shown in Table 6.1. The DLA, which is tasked with storing the surplus items, defines supply condition codes, ranging from A to H, to describe that status of the items. In January 2018, the 8,000 M1911/M1911A1s were transferred to CMP. A large majority of the transferred items had the best condition codes, A (29.6 percent) or B (54.6 percent), while the remainder of the transfers were directly from the Army

Museum and TACOM and did not have documented DLA supply condition codes.

Most of the pistols remaining in possession by DLA/TACOM are in Condition F (84.2 percent) and require repair, overhaul, or reconditioning. About a tenth of the remaining inventory is condemned (Condition H, 9.5 percent). If future transfers are authorized and no new inventory is found, CMP will receive Condition B pistols or worse, and mostly Condition F pistols. This will have implications for the profitability of CMP sales of M1911/M1911A1s in the future and for whether 2018 is a representative year for the analysis."
1,242 guns from the museum system were shipped to CMP.

22 guns from TACOM were shipped to CMP

2,367 condition A were shipped to CMP, 0 remain in inventory.

4,369 condition B were shipped to CMP, 3,240 remain in inventory.

0 condition C were shipped to CMP, 0 remain in inventory.

0 condition D were shipped to CMP, 12 remain in inventory.

0 condition E were shipped to CMP, 2,407 remain in inventory.

0 condition F were shipped to CMP, 75,755 remain in inventory.

0 condition G were shipped to CMP, 14 remain in inventory.

0 condition H were shipped to CMP, 8,588 remain in inventory.

Condition A = New, used, repaired, or reconditioned material that is serviceable and issuable to all customers without limitation or restrictions. Includes material with more than six months of shelf life remaining.

Condition B = New, used, repaired, or reconditioned material that is serviceable and issuable for its intended purpose but is restricted from issue to specific units, activities, or geographical areas by reason of its limited usefulness or short service life expectancy. Includes material with three to six months’ shelf life.

Condition C = Items that are serviceable and issuable to selected customers but that must be issued before Condition A and B material to avoid loss as a usable asset. Includes material with less than three months’ shelf life.

Condition D = Serviceable material that requires test, alteration, modification, conversion, or disassembly.  This does not include items that must be inspected or tested immediately prior to issue.

Condition E = Material that involves only limited expense or effort to restore to serviceable condition and that is accomplished in the storage activity where the stock is located.

Condition F = Economically reparable material that requires repair, overhaul, or reconditioning. Includes reparable items that are radioactivity-contaminated.

Condition G = Material requiring additional parts or components to complete the end item prior to issue.

Condition H = Material that has been determined to be unserviceable and that does not meet repair criteria; includes condemned items that are radioactively-contaminated, Type I shelf life material that has passed the expiration date, and Type II shelf life material that has passed the expiration date and cannot be extended.

Taken from "An Evaluation of the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety."

In a nutshell, if you didn't get yours in the first batch, you're very unlikely to get one at all.

They make an analysis of the cost to get those condition F's ready for sale and conclude that it's not viable at the rack grade price, which those pistols will most certainly be.


  1. So you're saying that I still have a chance to get a class F that is "radioactivity-contaminated"?


  2. How does a pistol get "radioactivity-contaminated?"

    1. You really didn't know?



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