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Shortest legal barrel length for shotguns?

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

  1. AllAmerican

    AllAmerican G&G Regular

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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?
     
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  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!
     
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  3. Lobo0311

    Lobo0311 G&G Addict

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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......
     
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  4. swedesrus

    swedesrus G&G Evangelist

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

    dothedrew57 G&G Evangelist

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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
     
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  6. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist 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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