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Posted: 12/9/2001 8:56:37 AM EDT
What is the shortest legal barrel length on a post-ban Bushy XM15-E2S? Does this length include the flash suppressor? I want to have different uppers for my Bushy, but want to remain within the laws of the BATF.
Link Posted: 12/9/2001 9:10:38 AM EDT
Minimum barrel length has been 16" for decades, got nothing do do with the 1994 Crime Bill.

Can't use the length of a flash suppressor as they're illegal per the Crime Bill. Can use the length of a permanently fitted muzzle brake, however.

Official barrel length is measured with a rod down the bore to the face of a closed bolt with the weapon cocked (firing pin retracted).

Bushmaster 14.5" M4 barrel + permanent brake qualifies as do regular 16" bbls.

As a historical foot note the 18" barrel length for shotguns and rifles used to be the same. Government release of the M1 Carbine to surplus sales required a change in the law as those barrels are 16". Shotguns remain 18".

-- Chuck
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