Inspection of Unserviceable .45 Caliber Pistols in Storage

PLRD-82-60: Published: Mar 12, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1982.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO inspected a sample of .45 caliber pistols in storage, classified as unserviceable, and determined the number of pistols rehabilitated over the past 5 fiscal years.

GAO found that Department of Defense (DOD) inventories contain about 109,900 unserviceable pistols, most of which could be rebuilt. About 53,700 unserviceable pistols in the DOD inventory were in basically good condition and could be rebuilt at the service's normal rebuild cost. Because of shortages, about 41,000 unserviceable pistols have been stripped of barrels and slides but could still be repaired economically. Finally, there are 15,200 pistols that have been stripped of all parts and classified as condemned. It would not be economical to repair these pistols and their only value would be as spare parts.

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