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Is it legal to have a handgun with a 16.25" barrel in WA state?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by os2chinchilla, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. os2chinchilla

    os2chinchilla REDMOND New Member

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    I was looking at the mech tech basic ccu conversion for a glock (MechTech - Glock). The conversion includes a 16.25" barrel and no stock. Is it legal for me to assemble the ccu with a glock frame to create a handgun with a 16.25" barrel and no stock? Is it considered a handgun/pistol or a rifle?

    MechTech - FAQ's

    Barrel:

    - 16.25 in Stainless Steel
    - Button Rifled - 1 Turn in 16" Right Hand Twist - all Models and all Calibers

    Overall Length:

    Fixed Stock:
    33.29 in
    Telescoping Stock:
    Min. 24.92 in; Max. 33.42 in
    M4 Style Stock
    Min. 29.25 in; Max. 32.38 in
     
  2. osterr1999

    osterr1999 Silverton, OR Active Member

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    If there is no stock it is considered a pistol I believe. I don't think the ATF is concerned with long barreled pistols. What they are after is short barreled rifles, so no stock = no rifle.
     
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  3. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    No limit on the barrel length.Looked into it with an AR pistol.
    But a 20" upper on a pistol AR would look kinda silly and hard to conceal
     
  4. os2chinchilla

    os2chinchilla REDMOND New Member

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    Ah, I just reread the law and noticed the OR (previously I thought it was an AND)...

    RCW 9.41.010: Terms defined. :

    (13) "Pistol" means any firearm with a barrel less than sixteen inches in length, or is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand.
     
  5. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    16" barrel OR fired with one hand

    So doesn't state a limit on barrel length,since the statement would mean a firearm with a barrel length of under 16" would have to be configured as a pistol,or any firearm that is designed to shoot with one hand ,at any barrel length.

    Did I win?