View Full Version : How short is legal?????

RS Coyote
October 12, 2002, 01:36 AM
Hello I'm new to your web site, heck I'm new to the WWW.

But could some one that knows the law tell me whats the shortest legal overall length of a shot gun can be, with out a license?
I know the barrel has to be 18" long.

Thank You

October 12, 2002, 01:50 AM
18" barrel, overall length of 26".

Al Thompson
October 12, 2002, 06:13 AM
Welcome to TFL!

HKmp5sd has it.......

October 16, 2002, 09:10 AM

18" unless you own one of these, which are banned in California as they consider them to be a sawed off shotgun.


Click onto the specifications when you're there and look.


October 16, 2002, 07:10 PM
The Thunder 5s in .410 look pretty useless, given the marginal ballistics of .410 rounds in a pistol length barrel. That said, I wouldn't want to get hit by one. They used to offer conversion cylinders for .45-70. If I could find one so equipped, it might make a novel back up piece for my Marlin 1895SS.

Dave McC
October 16, 2002, 07:18 PM
45-70 in that!!??

Invented by a Carpal Tunnel Surgeon drumming up a little business no doubt...

I recall shooting a TC Contender with a 300 gr. 45-70 cartridge inside.Despite ergonomic grips, ports,a wrist brace and good form, my hand went numb for a while after the first shot.

October 16, 2002, 08:57 PM

Wow, I've got a Marlin lever action too in .45-70 except it's an 1895C.