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Old 04-28-2010, 10:45 PM
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does anyone know what the shortest length barrel you can have on a shotgun and it be legal is.. I am looking for one to keep in my truck and I heard that they can be illegal if too short..

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Old 04-28-2010, 10:49 PM
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18" as measured from the bolt face with the bolt in the closed position.
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:04 PM
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18" bbl and 24" or 26" overall lenght/ I'm almost positive it's 26" OAL.

With a shorter then a 18" barrel it's considered a short barrel shotgun and is against federal law. That can get serious getting caught with it.
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What about this short (and I am talking real short) shotgun?
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Nah, that is a pistol. Just like a Judge is a pistol. not a short barrel shotgun. By the way i believe you can own a shorter shotgun you just have to have a license from the feds for it. Just like you can own a full auto rifle just have to have a license for it.
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Nah, that is a pistol. Just like a Judge is a pistol. not a short barrel shotgun. By the way i believe you can own a shorter shotgun you just have to have a license from the feds for it. Just like you can own a full auto rifle just have to have a license for it.
No license,just pay the tax stamp.I believe.
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:36 AM
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Shortest legal limit for a normal shotgun is an 18 inch barrel and 26 inch overall length. If it has a folding or telescoping stock, you measure the overall length with the stock fully extended.

You can go as short as you want as long as you register it as a Short Barrel Shotgun (SBS) or Any Other Weapon (AOW) before you go to cutting the barrel. An AOW shotgun can only have a pistol grip and can never have a stock on it. A SBS can either have a pistol grip or stock. I would not recommend leaving either in a car since they are regulated by the National Firearm Act.

Clydes Armory carries some short barrel shotguns and can handle the paperwork for you. You can also manufacture your own.
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:43 AM
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What about this short (and I am talking real short) shotgun?
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Nah, that is a pistol. Just like a Judge is a pistol. not a short barrel shotgun. By the way i believe you can own a shorter shotgun you just have to have a license from the feds for it. Just like you can own a full auto rifle just have to have a license for it.
Wrong answer.

If the bore of the pictured gun is smooth, it is a short barreled shotgun, and subject to registration. Being as it is already in the state that it is (short barrel) it cannot be registered (again if it is a smooth bore).

The Judge is a "pistol" because the bore is rifled.
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What about this short (and I am talking real short) shotgun?
That is the Ducktown/Cobray double derringer. It is chambered in .45 Long Colt and has rifling in the barrel. It just happens to have a 3" chamber that will also shoot .410 shotshells. I used to have one, but didn't like the firing system.
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Shortest legal limit for a normal shotgun is an 18 inch barrel and 26 inch overall length. If it has a folding or telescoping stock, you measure the overall length with the stock fully extended.
I agree with everything except that last line. George usually knows his stuff, but I believe that a shotgun with a folding/retracting stock is measured with the stock in the collapsed/retracted position. Otherwise, concealment would be too easy.
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:09 PM
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I agree with everything except that last line. George usually knows his stuff, but I believe that a shotgun with a folding/retracting stock is measured with the stock in the collapsed/retracted position. Otherwise, concealment would be too easy.
I have found most references online to say overall length with the stock extended but some say collapsed. Now I have to go check my Form 4 for my SBR to verify.
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