These vintage handguns are from before 1945 and went into long-term storage when the Army switched to a 9mm Berretta in the 1980s. These handguns will be highly sought after by collectors and gun enthusiasts, with 100,000 to be released for sale.
Congressman Mike Rogers, a supporter of the National Defense Authorization Act and Second Amendment rights, said “As a gun owner and strong believer in the Second Amendment, my proposal is a common-sense approach to eliminating an unnecessary cost to the Federal government while allowing the very capable CMP to handle the sale of these vintage firearms that otherwise would just sit in storage. This amendment is a win – win for the taxpayer. I was pleased the amendment passed the committee and appreciate the support of my colleagues on this proposal.”
These surplus .45s are currently costing taxpayers an estimated $200,000 a year in storage and the planned release to the public will end this once they’re moved from a U.S. Army depot to the CMP storage facility to be sold off.