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Shortest legal barrel for rifle???

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:48 AM
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Re: Shortest legal barrel for rifle???

An old brain cell thinks it remembers, you can "customize" a handgun action to a rifle barrel length, but you can't take an action that was originally a rifle and "customize" it to pistol length. I don't know who might take you to court, but where they send you they won't let you play with a hacksaw anymore. Best to check with the folks who write stuff down, and say things in alphabet. Stuff like Hello ATF were only here to help.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:55 AM
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Re: Shortest legal barrel for rifle???

It is illegal to use an action that was registered as a pistol to build a rifle and it is also illegal to do it the other way around!
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:16 AM
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Re: Shortest legal barrel for rifle???

Something else is that a removable break does not constitute part of the barrel length for minimum length. But will it be counted as over length on a pistol?
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:30 AM
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Re: Shortest legal barrel for rifle???

If you pay $200 and register it then it doesn't matter to the ATF, but your local State laws probably apply!

Rulings on pistol/rifle conversions 2011.

http://www.atf.gov/regulations-rulin...ing-2011-4.pdf

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Old 01-05-2012, 10:05 AM
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Re: Shortest legal barrel for rifle???

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Originally Posted by ken snyder View Post
It is illegal to use an action that was registered as a pistol to build a rifle and it is also illegal to do it the other way around!

Absolutely NOT true.

You can use a handgun action to make a rifle........if you want to use a rifle action to make a handgun, you must first submit a Form 1 to the batf and pay a $200 tax......after the form 1 is approved, you may build the firearm......the resulting firearm is classified as a "short barreled rifle".


To answer the original question, the federal minimum length for a rifle barrel is 16", there is no federal maximum length for a handgun barrel, some state laws do restrict the maximum length of a handgun barrel.

Minimum overall length for a rifle is 26"
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:34 AM
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Re: Shortest legal barrel for rifle???

I just might be wrong and hope that I am. 2011-4 applies only to firearms that were originally designed and manufactured to be convertible.
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:14 PM
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Re: Shortest legal barrel for rifle???

Here's what I think I want to end up with but most probably single shot.

I have the Rem short action already, and would really like to use it. Think cheap here. Heck the 200 Form 1 would even fit in the scenario. But what happens when I kick the bucket and its still in the safe?

Here’s a view of Kevin's Indiana deer legal pistol in 243. For more info check out the prototype page. (Mak)


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