Shortest legal barrel length for shotguns?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by AllAmerican, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. AllAmerican

    AllAmerican G&G Newbie

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    I notice like on my Mossberg 590 the magazine tube is 3-3.5 inches shorter than the barrel.

    What is the official length without getting into Short Barrel Shotgun or Any Other Weapon?

    What's the best way to measure as well?
  2. Tober

    Tober Firearm Aficionado Forum Contributor

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    The standard of shotguns is 18.5 inches.

    Giving yourself the extra .5 inch can save you from visiting the federal pen!
  3. Lobo0311

    Lobo0311 G&G Newbie

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    Rifles must have 16 inch barrels, shotguns the shortest barrel you can have without the tax stamp is 18 inches, 18.5 is a lot more common though. If ya wanna spend the $200 for the stamp though and jump thru hoops you can have a scattergun with a 14 inch barrel, but I think you'll get more use out of the 18.5......
  4. swedesrus

    swedesrus G&G Enthusiast

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    Shotgun barrel must be over 18 inches long, rifle barrel can`t be under 16 inches................
  5. dothedrew57

    dothedrew57 G&G Enthusiast

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    close the bolt/action and stick a dowel or other stick down the barrel. Measure it from where it stopped after pulling it out
  6. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Enthusiast Forum Contributor

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    does that thar way require much cypherin'? i weren't much good a triggernometry either:dunce:
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