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Question on legal barrel length

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by svg4, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I was given a short Mossberg shotgun with a pistol grip. My question is, how do you measure the barrel to make sure it is the 18". It looks to me that this is 18.5". I would appreciate to know that it is legal. Thanks
     
  2. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    With the action closed, drop a wooden dowel, cleaning rod, whatever down the
    muzzle until it contacts the face of the breechblock. Mark the measuring stick
    at the muzzle. Remove, and measure from the end to the mark.

    18" is minimum barrel length, 26" is minimum overall length on a shotgun.
     
  3. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    You look to be correct.
     
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  4. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thank you both!
     
  5. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    The dowel trick will put the measurement right where you have the tape now.
    So looks like you have a half inch to spare:thumbup:
     
  6. pioneer461

    pioneer461 Columbia County, Oregon Active Member

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    I'd recommend 18 1/2 inches, so there can be no doubt. Just in case the ATF's measuring tape is different than yours.