View Full Version : Maximum length of Barrel?

October 14, 2012, 03:27 PM
Was wondering if it is legal to own if it is only 10.5 inches long. I already have an AR15 but this short version would make it ideal for home defense, especially since I have long hallways. I am apologizing in adavance if this has been covered but am too lazy to look it up. BTW I leave in TEXAS.


October 14, 2012, 03:40 PM
That would be short barelled rifle and NFA rules would apply, I don't know all the flaming hoops that have to be jumped through to legally own one.

Well unless it's a pistol, but a stock would surely make it an SBR. I would take this to the NFA section of the forum.

October 14, 2012, 08:58 PM
Yeah it would be a sbr and would cost you a tax stamp and about a 6 month wait.

Art Eatman
October 14, 2012, 09:48 PM
Federal law says 16" minimum length for over-the-counter rifles. Shorter = Red Tape City. :)

October 14, 2012, 11:03 PM
On top of the legal issues 5.56 out of that short of a barrell only pushes a 55grain bullet around 2650fps and 850ft lbs.

October 15, 2012, 12:18 AM
You cartel related or do you plan to have a bunch of vest toten goons come through your doors:p

... Other wise isn't a .357 or a .44magnum handy enough.

I believe anything classified as rifle has to have a barrel with a minimum of 16.5 inches.

October 15, 2012, 12:28 AM
It took them six days to cash my check and just over six months to approve my Serbu Super Shorty.

hardhat harry
October 15, 2012, 11:34 AM
This raises a question in my mind. What about long barreled pistols? If a 10.5 inch AR platform had ONLY a pistol grip wouldn't that then be a LBP? I'm asking because I don't know. Don't they make AK pistols?

(edited to add this) I am even more confused. I just read this: http://www.quarterbore.com/nfa/sbr-aow-pistol.html

October 15, 2012, 11:43 AM
NFA Rules Apply..... $200 some paperwork and a wait.

October 15, 2012, 07:46 PM
Yes they make ak and ar pistols that dont fall under nfa. The minute you put a forward grip or shoulder stock on it then falls under nfa as either a sbr or aow wich requires a tax stamp.

October 15, 2012, 08:03 PM
The Magpul Angled Foregrip, however, does NOT make a pistol into an SBR...

October 15, 2012, 08:41 PM
Thanks for the replies guys. I am not CARTEL or related just wanted something I really don't need just in case Hollywood comes banging on my door.