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idonutn0
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Posted: 4/20/2011 9:42:07 AM
I was in a gun shop that will remain unnamed and was talking to the guy behind the counter about the pistol I was building. I got to the part about the barrel I was using which is a 7.5 inch. I then said that I want to add a 6 inch fake can to it with a mid length round hand guard. At this he stated that the length of the barrel with the fake can would be illegal. I kinda gave him a "wtf" look and then dropped the subject.
What I'm getting at is this:
My understanding is that the length of the barrel on a pistol doesn't matter as long as its fired as a pistol. Please tell me if I'm wrong in my understanding of the law, or if this is another case of a clerk not knowing what they are talking about. I'm not trying to be an ass, just want to know the facts.
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Posted: 4/20/2011 9:56:39 AM
Shoot, you can have a 100" barrel on your pistol if you want to.

There's no max or min lengths on a pistol, other than those required by physics.
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adam731432
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Posted: 4/20/2011 12:03:57 PM
[Last Edit: 4/20/2011 12:12:04 PM by adam731432]
Even if pistols had to abide by the less than 26" total length rule a removable muzzle device does not add to the legal barrel length unless it is pinned and welded.

I have seen Remington XP-100 and Ruger 10/22 Charger pistols with 14"+ barrels.
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idonutn0
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Posted: 4/20/2011 12:18:48 PM
I was sure I was right about it. I just didn't want to start anything with the guy because I like the gun shop that this subject came up in. I also like to get my facts straight.
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Posted: 4/20/2011 12:38:50 PM
Should have asked to see that snub nose "pistol" in the case Pistol is a pistol in the eyes of the law.
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Posted: 5/9/2011 10:04:53 PM
What do you mean "fired as a pistol"? Are you not allowed to shoulder the buffer tube?
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Posted: 5/11/2011 6:40:53 PM
Originally Posted By slaxer07:
What do you mean "fired as a pistol"? Are you not allowed to shoulder the buffer tube?


Personally I can't remember the last time I fired a pistol with one hand. Doesn't everyone shot their Glock with two hands. Don't try and take the statutes to serioulsy...your brain will fry.

Just Sayin!

idonutn0
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Posted: 5/12/2011 8:53:33 AM
Originally Posted By slaxer07:
What do you mean "fired as a pistol"? Are you not allowed to shoulder the buffer tube?


By "fired as a pistol" means not to shoulder the weapon. Of course you use two hands to support the weapon unless you're from the hood.
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Posted: 5/12/2011 11:17:43 AM
this fired as this and that silliness needs to stop - you can fire your gun however you want. period.

you can stick the buffer tube up your ass and do full mag dumps if you get off on it

the law mandates how the weapon must be designed - once a legal weapon is constructed you can fire it however you want (assuming you don't fire on ppl or puppies or something)
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Posted: 5/13/2011 8:43:33 AM
Originally Posted By MaxTheRabbit:
this fired as this and that silliness needs to stop - you can fire your gun however you want. period.

you can stick the buffer tube up your ass and do full mag dumps if you get off on it

the law mandates how the weapon must be designed - once a legal weapon is constructed you can fire it however you want (assuming you don't fire on ppl or puppies or something)


This is what I'm referring to. Not living in the hood firing w/ one hand. Anyways, have you never praticed off hand or one handed, firing a pistol w/ two hands may not always be an option and something you should consider.

Too many post on here creating uncerntainty, for no reason. My point was the same as MaxTheRabbit, the law does not tell you how you can shoot your pistol.