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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 1/13/2006 8:43:07 AM EDT
Why is the legal minimum barrel length 16" for rifle and 18" for shotgun?
Why not just make one minimum length for both?
Is there a historical reason for this 2" difference?

Link Posted: 1/13/2006 8:43:39 AM EDT
the M1 Carbine
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 8:43:47 AM EDT
Stupidity.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 8:53:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
the M1 Carbine



Care to expand on that answer a bit?
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 8:54:07 AM EDT
I'm sorry, I didn't know firearm laws were suppose to make sense.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 8:54:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By atrophis:
I'm sorry, I didn't know firearm laws were suppose to make sense.



Ding ding! We have a winner!
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 8:57:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fiend:

Originally Posted By atrophis:
I'm sorry, I didn't know firearm laws were suppose to make sense.



Ding ding! We have a winner!



+1
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 8:57:53 AM EDT
It was originally 18" for both. Later revised to 16" for rifles.

My understanding is that it was due to the large number of shorter lever action rifles that were around at the time...
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 8:59:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By yobo:

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
the M1 Carbine



Care to expand on that answer a bit?



.gov wanted to surplus a bunch of them out after the war but the barrel length was less than 18". SBR/SBS barrel length was originally 18". so to avoid them all being NFA .gov changed the NFA rules. NFA is really an arbitrary ruling and as such is surely un-constitutional.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 8:59:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NAM:
It was originally 18" for both. Later revised to 16" for rifles.

My understanding is that it was due to the large number of shorter lever action rifles that were around at the time...



That fits my memory, but don't know where I first picked up that explanation, nor if it is factual.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:02:52 AM EDT
So when did the gov set the original 18" minimum length for rifles and shotguns?
When was it changed to 16" for rifles?
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:03:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By atrophis:
I'm sorry, I didn't know firearm laws were suppose to make sense.



That makes more sense than most firearm laws.
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