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Latest on the NDAA (as of 11/17/2017)...a lot of if, ands, and buts in there --- better than nothing!!

The changes the House made to H.R. 2810 were officially signed off on by the Senate. The bill is now headed to the POTUS to be signed into law.

Brief summary:

- Minimum of 8,000, maximum of 10,000 M1911s (including A1s) shall be transferred to the CMP in 2018 (2019 TBD, but not more than 10,000).

- Report to be compiled related to finances of the project and crimes committed with the guns.

I'm a little let down that they reinstated the "max" (if I'm not mistaken, one version had removed it). So I can only assume there will be very low and very strict purchase limits put in place. Hopefully the program will go well and be expanded in subsequent years. Unfortunately I doubt the next congress (I'm assuming a party flip) will be as willing to pass gun-related sections of bills...

Assuming no line-item veto from POTUS, this is what we have to look forward to:

(Direct quote from the finalized bill)

"Sect. 1091.Transfer of surplus firearms to Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety
(a)Transfer requirement
(1)In general
During fiscal years 2018 and 2019, the Secretary of the Army shall transfer surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols described in paragraph (2) to the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety in accordance with this section.

(2)Pistols described
The pistols described in this paragraph are surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols and spare parts and related accessories for those pistols that, on the date of the enactment of this section, are under the control of the Secretary and are surplus to the requirements of the Department of the Army.

(3)Number to be transferred
(A)Total number
For any fiscal year, a total of not more than 10,000 surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols may be transferred to the Corporation under this section and section 40728 of title 36, United States Code.

(B)Fiscal year 2018
For fiscal year 2018, not less than 8,000 surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols shall be transferred to the Corporation pursuant to this section.

(4)Terms of transfers
Subsections (b), (c), (d), (e), and (g) of section 40728 of title 36, United States Code, shall apply to a transfer under this section in the same manner such subsections apply to transfers of firearms under such section 40728.

(5)Other requirements
Except as provided in subsection (b)(1), subchapter II of chapter 407 of title 36, United States Code, shall apply with respect to firearms transferred under this section.

(b)Suspension of discretionary transfer authority
(1)In general
During the period described in paragraph (2), the Secretary of the Army may only transfer surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols to the Corporation under the authority of this section and may not transfer such pistols to such Corporation under section 40728 of title 36, United States Code.

(2)Period described
The period described in this paragraph is the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

(A)The date that is 60 days after the date of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.
(B)June 1, 2020.
(c)Conforming repeal of pilot program for transfer of pistols
Section 1087 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114–92; 129 Stat. 1012) is amended by striking subsections (b) and (c).

(d)Reports on transfers
(1)In general
For each fiscal year during which the Secretary transfers surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report detailing the transfer and sale of such pistols during such fiscal year. A report under this paragraph for a fiscal year shall be submitted not later than 5 days after the budget of the President for the subsequent fiscal year is submitted to Congress under section 1105 of title 31, United States Code.

(2)Contents of report
Each report submitted under paragraph (1) shall include, for the fiscal year covered by the report—

(A)the number of surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols transferred to the Corporation under subsection (a);
(B)the number of such pistols sold by the Corporation; and
(C)to the extent feasible based on the information available to the Secretary, information on any crimes committed using any such pistols transferred to or sold by the Corporation.
(e)Evaluation of corporation
(1)In general
Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Army shall enter into an agreement with a Federally funded research and development center with relevant expertise to conduct an evaluation of the Corporation for the Promotion for Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety for the purpose of assessing future transfers of excess firearms to the Corporation.

(2)Elements
The evaluation required under paragraph (1) shall include the following elements:

(A)An assessment of the effectiveness of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, including an examination of the functions and activities of the Program, as described in section 40722 of title 36, United States Code, that support the mission of the Program.
(B)A comparison the Civilian Marksmanship Program to similar organizations that offer instruction in marksmanship, firearm practice and safety, and opportunities for marksmanship competitions.
(C) An evaluation of benefits the Army receives from the Civilian Marksmanship Program relative to the resources the Army provides to the Program.
(D)An assessment of present and prospective funding models to support a transition to self-sustainment, including opportunities for non-Federal resources.
(E)An assessment of the costs and profits associated with the transfer of excess firearms from the Army to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (including the costs associated with the storage, inspection, and, refurbishment of such firearms), which shall be determined with respect to surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A pistols using data from a minimum of 8,000 sales transactions.
(F)Any other matters the Secretary determines appropriate.
(3)Report to Congress
The Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the results of the evaluation by not later than January 1, 2019, and shall provide interim briefings upon request.

(f)Comptroller general reviews
(1)Concurrent review of Corportion
(A)In general
At the same time as the Federally funded research and development center conducts the evaluation under subsection (d), the Comptroller General shall conduct a review of the Corporation for the Promotion for Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety.

(B)Elements
The review required under paragraph (1) shall include the following elements:

(i)A review of whether the procedures relating to sales of surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A pistols covered by the evaluation were conducted in accordance with applicable Federal laws.
(ii)A review of the business operations of the Civilian Marksmanship Program in comparison to the business operations of other Federally chartered organizations.
(iii)An evaluation of any authorities or agreements governing the relationship between the Army and the Program.
(iv)An assessment of the financial operations of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, including how the Program’s endowment is funded by the proceeds from sales of excess weapons transferred to the Program from the Army.
(v)An assessment of the costs and profits associated with the transfer of excess firearms from the Army to the Civilian Marksmanship Program, which shall be determined with respect to surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols using data from a minimum of 8,000 sales transactions.
(vi)Any other matters the Comptroller General determines are relevant.
(C)Report to Congress
The Comptroller General shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the review required by subparagraph (A) by not later than January 1, 2019.

(2)Review of FFRDC report
(A)In general
The Comptroller General shall conduct a review of the report submitted under subsection (d)(3).

(B)Briefing
Not later than 60 days after the Secretary of the Army submits the report required under subsection (d)(3), the Comptroller General shall provide to the congressional defense committees a briefing on the preliminary results of the review required by paragraph (1).

(C)Report
Not later than 120 days after the Secretary submits such report, the Comptroller General shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report containing the findings and recommendations of the Comptroller General pursuant to the review required by paragraph (1)."

Reference: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 2810)
 

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Allegedly, the Beretta M9 pistol was adopted because (in part) all of the existing inventory of M1911 pistols were "old and wore out"... at least that was an often cited justification for the military replacing the venerable M1911. o_O

Now, it's gonna be real interesting to see what actually turns up in the hands of CMP to sell. :cool:
 

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Allegedly, the Beretta M9 pistol was adopted because (in part) all of the existing inventory of M1911 pistols were "old and wore out"... at least that was an often cited justification for the military replacing the venerable M1911. o_O

Now, it's gonna be real interesting to see what actually turns up in the hands of CMP to sell. :cool:
The 1911's that I had access to (mid '80s) were indeed quite worn. In order to make them realistically usable, they would at least need new bushings and springs - probably new barrels as well.
 

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It will take a while for the transfer to be arranged, and the CMP to gear up to inspect and grade all the pistols, so they may appear next summer. 10,000 pistols is only 200 per state, so I expect all 10,000 will sell out on the first day they are listed, whether at $500 or 1000 each.
 

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Interested to see, being pistols, if they have to set it up so they to go to a FFL...

I can image the CMP dreads having to deal with these pistols.
 

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Latest update email from CMP...preliminary but apparently to be sold only via mail (no in store) sadly. Also no shipping to us FFL03 holders apparently.

 

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Well, that kinda takes the goody out of it. Maybe the price will be ok.
 
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