shotgun barrel length?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by 94hunter88, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. 94hunter88

    94hunter88 New Member

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    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.
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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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.
     

  3. orangello

    orangello New Member

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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.
     
  4. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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

    orangello New Member

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    I'm pretty sure the home defense barrel I bought from Mossberg is 18.5" for that very reason.
     
  6. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Yes minimum overall length of 26 inches.
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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.
     
  8. Missouribound

    Missouribound Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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.
     
  10. Missouribound

    Missouribound Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my 44 magnum doesn't punish my wrist as much as the pistol gripped shotgun i had years ago!:eek:
     
  12. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Yup, I opted for the full buttstock WITH a pistol grip, not quite thumbhole ugly but no beauty queen.
     
  13. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    When I first bought my 870 it came with a pistol grip and a 20 inch barrel. After one trip to the range, my ex-FIL's 4 inch model 29 felt like a .22 by comparison. I thought about picking up a thumbhole or PG butt stock, but in the end, I found that a set of youth model 12 gauge furniture worked best for me.

    OP, the federal minimums are 18 inches for the barrel, and 26 inches overall. In the case of a side folder, the overall measurement is with the stock at fully extended. If you go for a cut down, measure twice, cut once, and set the length after it is cut at 18.5 to 19 inches. All it takes is a loose end on a mesuring tape to put someone away for a long time.

    Note: I am NOT a lawyer. Consult with one who is familiar with local, state, and federal laws before peoceeding with your project, or talk with a compotent gunsmith.