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Canada: Minimum rifle barrel length 18"s?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by usmarine0352_2005, Jun 24, 2010.

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  1. usmarine0352_2005

    usmarine0352_2005 Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    (I am putting this thread here because I started one in Rifle Country with no response and I need an answer relatively quickly. I ordered this rifle today and the barrel should be getting cut and crowned tomorrow or Monday.)

    I have called the RCMP and the Canadian Border Association and neither were able to give me solid answers. An official website link would be nice if possible.

    I just ordered a Browning X-Bolt .30-06 Synthetic from Ahlman's and am having them cut and crown the barrel at 18.5" because I believe that the minimum rifle barrel length in Canada is 18".

    Am I correct, is the minimum rifle barrel length in Canada 18"?

    I searched the internet and couldn't find the answer on an official Canadian Website either.
  2. Snow Dog

    Snow Dog Member

    Mar 6, 2008
    Too close to Toronto!
    From the RCMP Firearms Program web site (http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/index-eng.htm)

    The Criminal Code states that a prohibited firearm is:

    •a handgun with a barrel length of 105 mm (4.1 inches) or less;
    •a handgun designed or adapted to discharge 25 or 32 calibre ammunition;
    •a rifle or shotgun that has been altered to make it less than 660 mm (26 inches) in overall length;
    •a rifle or shotgun that has been altered to make the barrel length less than 457 mm (18 inches) where the overall firearm length is 660 mm (26 inches) or more;
    •an automatic firearm and a converted automatic firearm;
    •any firearm prescribed as prohibited.

    So, if you are having your rifle modified then 18 inches is the minimum length. If the rifle is manufactured with a shorter barrel then it is fine. Check the RCMP site for more info. Hope this helps!
  3. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    Californicated Colorado
    Not sure if this would be considered an 'official' link.

    edit: Snow Dog beat me to it.
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