FWIW, the license takes 2-3 months average. Your mileage may vary. Re: 1911A1's- there is the LIST from BATFE- such as all Winchester 88s, all Colt Woodsman pistols, etc, and there is AGE- all firearms where THAT GUN is 50 yrs or older. A 50 yr old Marlin 39A IS a C&R, a 49 yr old Marlin 39A is NOT. So, if you can show that YOUR 1911A1 is 50 or older, it is a C&R arm. Enjoy- the C&R FDFL is the most fun you can have for $30.