View Full Version : Customizing Shotguns--Legal Barrel Lengths?

Johnny Got His Gun.1
October 31, 1999, 08:05 PM
Can anyone here tell me or direct me where I might find legal information about shotgun barrel lengths? What are the minimum required lengths on shotgun barrels? I've notice various sizes on double-barreled shotguns.

November 1, 1999, 12:00 AM
if it is non nfa its 18in. i beleave any shorter it becomes a sawedoff nfa 200 dollar tax let me know if im wrong people


November 1, 1999, 05:23 AM
18 OR MORE ONLY, or it is nfa.

Dave McC
November 1, 1999, 07:33 AM
More than 18", or it might get your %^&*( locked up. The term "Sawed Off Shotgun" packs lots of semantic weight in court.

Johnny Got His Gun.1
November 1, 1999, 07:02 PM
Thanks for responding, everyone. My memory had served me correctly on the 18" issue. I find it interesting, though, that anything under 18" is illegal, yet the little .45/.410's aren't? What's the logic behind the .45/.410 as a legal pistol; they're just as deadly as any other short shotgun would be.

Just curious.

November 2, 1999, 08:58 AM
The legality is not just the barrel length but also has to do with the oal. and whether the weapon was designed to be fired from the shoulder. The .45/.410 pistol was not designed to be fired from the shoulder thus it is legal as it was designed to be fired as a handgun and not a longarm.

November 3, 1999, 07:29 AM
One thing about the .45/410 is to make sure that it is legal in your state, in Kali the Contender and Encores with the .45/410 barrel are considered short barrel shotguns.


November 3, 1999, 07:29 AM
Sorry double post

[This message has been edited by Woody (edited November 03, 1999).]