Ah, this is the type of news article that’s going to piss a lot of people off because of the dearth of specifics on when exactly the shoe will drop. So, my apologies in advance.
But yes, I know, I desperately want one too — we all want one before they’re all sold out. Anyways, here’s the skinny, which basically boils down to one unhelpful sentence.
“There are 86,000 or so M1s hopefully coming back to the Army. We hope to see them in the future,” Mark Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, told several gun blogs.
It was confirmed by Steve Cooper, CMP North General Manager & Marketing Manager, who told GunsAmerica via email, “We are patiently waiting! Obviously we would be very happy to receive more rifles!”
Great! What are we supposed to do with that information? Check the CMP website every day until the guns suddenly appear?
The CMP isn’t the holdup on releasing the 1911s for sale, it’s the Secretary of the Army. To quote Mark Johnson, CMP’s Chief Operating Officer as posted on their website, “The CMP is NOT authorized to receive or disburse the 1911s at this point. We have not yet received the approval required from the Secretary of the Army by the legislation.”
Because these pistols are authentic U.S. issue, their appeal will mostly be as collector items, not as bargain basement shooters, so CMP’s pricing will reflect that fact. It’s nothing more than the marketplace at work; consumer demand will drive the pricing.