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7/8/2020 3:01:36 PM
Posted: 3/25/2001 11:12:05 PM EDT
OK, I know the following rules seem to apply but I need some clarification.  I know a rifle must be 26" long.  I know my preban AR fully collapsed with my 16" upper is 32.5 inches long.  So why can't I mount an 11.5 inch barrel to my preban rifle unless the flash hider is permanantly attached?  My math gives me a total length of 27" for this combo. Please explain this to me.  Thanks.
Link Posted: 3/25/2001 11:13:07 PM EDT
Damn, I didn't think it took me that long to type this...BTT
Link Posted: 3/26/2001 12:03:11 AM EDT
Its not the overall length thats the problem here, its the barrel length.  The barrel must be at least 16", otherwise it is a short barreled rifle (regulated under the National Firearms Act) and must be registered as such.

Title 18 contains the statutory definition...

18 USC 921(a)(8) The term ''short-barreled rifle'' means a rifle having one or more barrels less than sixteen inches in length and any weapon made from a rifle (whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise) if such weapon, as modified, has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches.
Link Posted: 3/26/2001 12:23:40 AM EDT
Ohhh,  Two different laws not two different interpretations of the same law.  Much clearer now thanks.
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