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Old June 17, 2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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Gun barrel length accuracy

I have a .32 simiauto "LLAMA" that I am trying to fill out the paperwork on and one of the questions is "barrel length". I measured the barrel length by the ATF Standard Method and it is 3 3/4" (95mm).
Would this be a 3-1/2" barrel, a 3-3/4" barrel, or a 4" barrel?
How nitpicky are the "Powers that be"?
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Old June 17, 2011, 08:33 PM   #2
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I know this is going to sound sarcastic, but it is intended as a serious question:

Why would you even think that a barrel which measures 3-3/4" by the official BATFE method even might be listed as a 3-1/2" barrel?

It is what it is.
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Old June 20, 2011, 05:00 PM   #3
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It might be rounded DOWN to the closest 1/2". Who knows?
That's why I'm asking.
I have not seen any advertisements that list "barrel length" in 1/4" increments.
I guess I'll round it up to 4" which seems to be a more standard configuration.
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Old June 20, 2011, 06:30 PM   #4
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Ruger lists several of it's barrel lengths as 4.2 inches on it's website - that's the minimum length required for a handgun up in Canada.
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Old June 20, 2011, 06:49 PM   #5
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do not round. just list it as it is (in this case 3 3/4 inches). yes, they do use fractions.
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Old June 20, 2011, 06:53 PM   #6
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take a stiff wire (coat hanger) and insert into the bore untill it hits the bolt face (action closed) meassure wire leangth. That is the barrel leangth.
OR Google the specs and use them!
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Old June 20, 2011, 07:23 PM   #7
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I guess that 3 3/4" is the way to go.
Thanks for the feedback.
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Old June 20, 2011, 07:25 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GRickPer
It might be rounded DOWN to the closest 1/2". Who knows?
Looked at any ads for 1911s lately?

Commander: 4-1/4"

Officer: 3-1/2"

How about Colt cowboy guns (or Italian clones)? The short "gunslinger" models have 4-5/8" barrels. Ditto for the Ruger single action six guns.
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