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gunsmithy 05-22-2007 03:42 PM

Just a quick question here. What exactly makes a shotgun an AOW and not an SBS or vice versa? All I know is one is a $5 tax and the other is a $200. Is there a real answer or is it just a way for the BATF to get extra money?

Dgunsmith 05-22-2007 10:35 PM

Aow / Sbs
To be an AOW, it MUST have been shipped from the factoy, with a pistol grip and no stock = shorten below 18" and it is an AOW.

If the shotgun was shipped with a standard stock, when you shorten it below 18", it becomes a SBS = $ 200 Tax.

Pen guns such as the PENFIRE, are an AOW.

Hope that helps !

BrassMonkey 05-23-2007 12:15 PM

A firearm registered as a pistol becomes an AOW when a verticle foregrip is attached as well. I saw a guy at the range with a AR type pistol, and a foregrip attached (this is in Illinois where no NFA items are allowed). I gave him a quick heads up, and he had no idea what he was doing was a felony. Another example of gun laws that make no sense.

LEO 06-16-2007 03:44 AM

I see that AOW are OK for IL

No - Machine Gun
No - Sound Suppressor
No - Short Rifle
No - Short Shotgun
Yes - AOW
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