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Old 04-02-2013, 01:49 AM   #1
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Default shotgun barrel length?

Does anybody know if I saw off a shotgun how long does it have to be. I live in Missouri if there is a law for a certain state.



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Federal law is 18 inch minimum barrel length on a shotgun. Pretty sure there is also a minimum total length, but I cannot quote it off hand.



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There are federal rules requiring a minimum barrel length of 18", but there is also an overall length requirement that I believe is 26".

Additional state rules may apply, but I am uncertain of them.

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when you cut it make it 18-1/2 or so just to be sure.

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when you cut it make it 18-1/2 or so just to be sure.
I'm pretty sure the home defense barrel I bought from Mossberg is 18.5" for that very reason.
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There are federal rules requiring a minimum barrel length of 18", but there is also an overall length requirement that I believe is 26".

Additional state rules may apply, but I am uncertain of them.
Yes minimum overall length of 26 inches.
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my winchester pump also has a 18.5" barrel.

i do think it's a minimum of 18" on the barrel and 26" OAL of the entire shotgun.

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There are federal rules requiring a minimum barrel length of 18", but there is also an overall length requirement that I believe is 26".

Additional state rules may apply, but I am uncertain of them.
18" for the barrell, 26" OAL. This allows pistol grips for just about every shotgun. You will find short barrells for Remington and Mossberg pumps just about everywhere.
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18" for the barrell, 26" OAL. This allows pistol grips for just about every shotgun. You will find short barrells for Remington and Mossberg pumps just about everywhere.
i measured mine from the grip to the end of the barrel and if it had a pistol grip instead, it comes to about 29". fully within the confines of the law.
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i measured mine from the grip to the end of the barrel and if it had a pistol grip instead, it comes to about 29". fully within the confines of the law.
I bought the pistol grip for my Mossberg when I bought the 18 1'2" barrel. It's fun to shoot but it reminds your hand and wrist real quick that a stock is the intended way to hold a shotgun. But it fits neatly in the truck.


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