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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hpe1979, Feb 3, 2012.

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  1. hpe1979

    hpe1979 Member

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    hi all,

    new to the site and gunning in general,


    if i had a ruger 22/45 with a threaded barrel, could i add a screw on barrel extension to essentially turn it into a rifle/carbine with better accuracy?

    my gut instinct is that this would violate a BATF law of be mechanically unfeasible,

    thanks in advance
     
  2. NavyLCDR

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    I would think the rifling would have to match up exactly...

    A longer barrel, by itself, does not affect accuracy.
     
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  3. rcmodel

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    Nope.

    As NavyLCDR said, getting the two sets of rifling to match up would be nearly impossible unless it was assembled & rifled in a unit to begin with.

    Then as soon as the joint threads wore in, it would be off again.

    Besides that.

    A longer barrel would be no more accurate then a short barrel, unless you extended the iron sight radius to the end of the barrel extension.

    With an optic sight there would be no difference.

    Adding a stock to a handgun is against the law unless you register it with the ATF and pay the tax.

    rc
     
  4. Chopdoktor

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    Also- Accuracy is not a function of barrel length, velocity is. To echo NavyLCDR and rcmodel above me, you can't really do a barrel extension because of the rifling... Plus, all you'd end up with is a nose-heavy handgun, unless you managed to rig up a stock. Then, as you suspected, you're in NFA territory...creating a short-barreled rifle out of a handgun (unless you welded on a barrel extension and had a 16" overall barrel length, and 26" from back of buttstock to barrel tip.) Pick up a used Ruger 10/22 for under $200. That'll satisfy your want for a .22 carbine :-]
     
  5. Ramone

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    to clarify:

    you can put as long a barrel as you like on a pistol (legally) but if you put a stock on it, you are in violation.
     
  6. 12gaugeTim

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    Correct.
    Making it less concealable is in fact, illegal without the paperwork, believe it or not.
     
  7. hpe1979

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    thanks

    didnt think bout the rifling.. :) totally answered my question

    the stock addition/BATF rules seem a little weird.

    thanks
     
  8. del4

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    To add to what has already been said, a longer barrel is actually less accurate because it will flex more than a shorter barrel. All that you gain is velocity, but velocity will give you a flatter trajectory.

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  9. Flopsweat

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    A lot of firearms regulations are a little weird. Look up 922r - it'll make your head spin. Or check out this thread: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=620014 A lady is writing about trying to get a gun in D.C. The process will blow your mind. Plus she's a good writer. And kind of cute.

    Welcome to THR. Stay safe.
     
  10. hpe1979

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    wow.

    thanks everyone!

    i feel like i just "leveled up" (me thinks im gonna like this site)
     
  11. Rich_S

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    You should buy a target pistol if you want a longer barrel....
     
  12. Dr T

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    BTW, the reason that the 22/45 has a threaded barrel is to prepare it to accept a suppressor.

    tds
     
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