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Max pistol length

Discussion in 'Legal' started by jon8777, Jul 15, 2009.

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  1. jon8777

    jon8777 Member

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    At 16" a barrel becomes a rifle barel. Heres my question...

    If you take a stock 15" Encore pistol and have a gunsmith tap and thread a 2" break on the end of the barrel (OAL 17" for talking purposes), will it be clasified as a rifle barrel?
     
  2. Eightball

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    I don't think I've ever heard of a "maximum pistol length."
     
  3. jon8777

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    Well the length were a pistol grips are no longer leagal for a barrel length.

    I know under 16" rifle stocks are a no-no. I wanted to see if adding 2" of muzzle break is legal changing the barrel from "pistol" to "rifle"
     
  4. Avenger29

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    Don't forget about overall length- 26".

    The only thing I know is that for rifles, barrels below 16" often have a muzzle device permanently attached so they don't fall into SBR territory.
     
  5. jon8777

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    Correct on the 26" length.

    The frame is registered as a pistol.

    I have a 15" 30-06 that I was considering adding a 1 1/8" break to it. The barrel is fluted, so I dont want to cut into the flutes, just thread onto the "meat" of the gun.

    So a 16 1/8" barrel with pistol grips is legal?
     
  6. Rio Laxas

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    I've never heard of a maximum pistol barrel length. Are you sure there is one?


    From 18 USC:


    From http://www.arizonaresponsesystems.com/notes/akpistolbuild/pageakpistolbuild.htm

    Here is a current production Uberti Buntline revolver with an 18" barrel.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Did anyone else instantly think of this?
     

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    I used to own a Jager .357 that had a 18 inch barrel. looked just like the uuberti posted above.
     
  9. Rio Laxas

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    Yep. :D
     
  10. BMF500

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    :evil:That's just cool.....


    So....would I be commiting a crime if I took the aaction assembly and barrel out of my 10/22 and put it in my Charger? :eek:
     
  11. nalioth

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    There is no maximum pistol barrel length.

    If some nitwit designs a pistol with a 72" barrel, so be it - it's an extremely long barreled pistol.


    Legally, you can go from a pistol to a rifle, but not the reverse (at least, not without some expensive paperwork).
     
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    You think like I do. Yes, the first ting that came to mind.
     
  13. Mags

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    Well if the muzzle brake is threaded on and not pinned it is not considered in the barrel measurement
     
  14. glummer

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    Yes, if the overall length is less than the 26" (28"?) requirement. The rifle action is still a rifle, and must meet specs.
    Likewise, swapping the Charger into the rifle stock would be illegal, without paperwork for a pistol with a shoulder stock attached (it is still a pistol).
     
  15. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    There is no max pistol length. You can have a 1" barrel or a 50" barrel.

    There IS a minimum rifle length, absent an SBR stamp. 16" or longer.

    It's all about whether or not the gun was made with a buttstock. If it was, then it's a rifle, and is subject to certain constraints. If it was not, then it's a handgun, and there are no length constraints.
     
  16. Old Fuff

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    The answer to this question is based on, what was the firearm (in particular, the frame or receiver) was manufactured as - a handgun or a rifle or shotgun. If it was manufactured as a shotgun the minimum barrel length is 18 inches. If it was manufactured as a rifle the minimum length is 16 inches. In both cases there is no restriction on maximum length.

    A minimum or maximum length isn't specified for handguns. So if the receiver/frame of your firearm was originally manufactured as a handgun you can have any length of barrel you want.

    However, if you intend to fit a detachable or fixed rifle-style stock on a handgun designed to fire metallic cartridges, the barrel must be at least 16 inches long.
     
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    You can have as long a barrel as you can find on a handgun. Just don't make a SBR by adding a stock to it with a barrel length of less than 16".
     
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