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Old January 3, 2010, 09:00 PM   #1
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Why are 14" barrel shotguns so common?

It seems most manufactures make a 14" barrel shotgun for police/

Why 14"?

A remington could easily be done at 12" and I think a Benelli could go to 12" a mossberg could go to 13" all of these can be done with a standard magazine tube.

So why 14"? I looked up vellocities and the velocity difference between a 14" barrel and a 12 barrel is less than 20 fps.
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Old January 3, 2010, 09:07 PM   #2
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Capacity is likely the reason...
They ain't just for police, you can own one too.

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standard magazine tube
Not the 500... I am looking at my 18.5 inch barrel 500 and it appears to be 4 inches from muzzle to tube. So 14 may go but 12 or 13 wouldn't.
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Old January 3, 2010, 09:13 PM   #3
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I've seen the Mossberg 590A1 14 inchers and they're 14 inches because that's how long the 5rd mag tube is.

There's a tradeoff between capacity and maneuverability. Seems 14 inch barrel and flush mag tube is a decent compromise.

There's always the Serbu Super Shorty.
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Old January 3, 2010, 09:18 PM   #4
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IIRC, 14 is legal in Canada - seems ironic to me
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Old January 4, 2010, 11:20 AM   #5
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So in yalls opinion there is nothing special about the 14" barrel? More than likely the manufacturers make a 14" barrel gun so they can sell it in canada and this is the only reason for the majic 14" barrel gun?
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Old January 4, 2010, 06:07 PM   #6
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NO... The 14 is the barrel length minimum to maintain a factory mag tube...
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Old January 4, 2010, 07:02 PM   #7
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And the age old question rears its ugly head once again: If you put a 16" rifled barrel on your shotgun, is it illegal?
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Old January 4, 2010, 08:31 PM   #8
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gyvel And the age old question rears its ugly head once again: If you put a 16" rifled barrel on your shotgun, is it illegal?
It's not an age old question.
It's also not illegal.

Putting a rifled barrel on a SHOTGUN does not change the fact it is a shotgun.
The NFA of 1934 says any SHOTGUN with a barrel length of less than 18" requires a tax stamp for a short barrelled shotgun.

Short barrelled shotguns are perfectly legal.........with a tax stamp.
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Old January 4, 2010, 10:58 PM   #9
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Rem 870 can go 12" with the 4+1 capacity Mossberg goes 14"
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Old January 4, 2010, 11:09 PM   #10
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The mossberg 14" inch shotguns are 5+1.
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