"..made from..." clearly means the rifle (or shotgun) was originally 26".....and was altered to be less than that, and OAL is not measured when dissassembled.
Well crap, I went 0 for 2 on L&CR posts for Monday apparently.
"Smokey, this is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules... MARK IT ZERO!!" - Walter Sobchak