In the immortal words of Peter Boyle, "Holy Crap!"
As technicians we modify our tools and that process results in improvements to our tools. (How many different kinds of hammers are out there?)
So, sawing off the saddle ring rail must be viewed as an effort to improve the tool (the rifle) as interpretted by the guy who sawed it off.
Maybe he didn't have a saddle.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson