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the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms
Safety (aka the CMP). The Army transferred
remaining stocks of surplus firearms and
ammunition to CMP to sell to support itself,
leaving to the future the problem of CMP's
continuous income.
Now it's the future. The U.S. surplus ammo
ran out long ago, CMP's stock of M1 Carbines,
M1917 rifles, .22 cal. rifles and Springfields is
gone, and the supply of M1 rifles nearly so.
According to CMP Chief Operating Officer
Mark Johnson, the last of the milsurp M1
Garands may be gone before 2019, so income
from surplus rifle sales is nearing an end.
Enter the surplus M1911A1 and (maybe
someday) M9 pistols.

Where are the 1911s?
The March 1985 cover of NRA's American
Rifleman magazine featured a photo of the
U.S. military's just-adopted Beretta M9 pistol
that replaced the venerable Model 1911A1
for general issue. The changeover from the
powerful .45 ACP cartridge to the NATO
compliant 9 mm Luger was as controversial
as adopting a foreign pistol for America's
fighting forces.
The M1911A1 never fully disappeared from
service, most notably favored by Special
Forces operators, but with the bulk moving
into surplus status. This year the M9 suffered
the same fate as the M1911A1, replaced in
favor of the modularity of another foreigner,
the SIG Sauer P320. The M9s will presumably
move into surplus status to share armory
storehouses with the M1911A1s.
The National Defense Authorization Act
of 2016 (NDAA 2016) authorized, but did
not require, the Secretary of the Army to
transfer the surplus M1911A1 pistols to CMP.

Milsurp
Garand sales
are finite-what will
CMP do for income?

NDAA 2018 changed "authorized" to "shall,"
but as of this writing it appears the Senate
will not vote on NDAA 2018 until after the
August 2017 recess. The Secretary has yet to
actually transfer any of the surplus M1911A1
pistols, though Johnson told SSUSA in an
earlier interview that CMP has been working
actively with the Army to meet transfer
prerequisites, and that CMP is ready to
receive the milsurp pistols.

Buying back loaners
As for rifles, there is a possible additional
large but still limited resource. Several foreign
countries have stocks of surplus M1 Garands
acquired as loan from the U.S. under the
Military Assistance Program (MAP), and many
shooters and collectors are hopeful that those
may eventually come home. However, CMP is
not yet in that picture.
"CMP has no authority to pursue the
repatriation of M1 Garands on loan to a

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