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What is the minimum barrel length for a rifle?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by gunnails, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    I say the minimum barrel length for a rifle is 16", some one else argues it's 18".

    Could someone please post a link that says 16" preferably a link to the ATF?

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
  2. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    16" unless it is an NFA registered SBR.
     
  3. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    thanks Burt, that what I say, but I can't link any proof from the any federal websites or the ATF site.

    I need a good solid link to an undeniable site, otherwise this guy wont listen cause he has this which says 18" VVVVV


    I know it was changed in 1960 to 16", just looking for a good citation to throw at my Bud.
     
  4. michaelswilhelm

    michaelswilhelm Linn County, Oregon New Member

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    Burt is absolutely correct. Here is a link to the ATF site detailing what defines an SBR & SBS.

    "A firearm that meets the definition of a SBR consists of a rifle that has a barrel less than 16 inches in length. A SBS consists of a shotgun that has a barrel less than 18 inches in length."

    Anything that is 16in or longer is totally legal. Your friend probably confused the rifle and shotgun lengths. It's 18in for shotguns.
     
  5. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    Thanks Mike, your a pearl. :)
     
  6. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget overall length comes into play as well!

     
  7. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Since we are on the subject and there appears to be a few knowledgeable people in here, I'll ask.

    I've been told the proper way to measure this is to close the action of the shotgun or rifle, and measure from the bolt face to the end of the barrel. It makes sense, as different rounds are different length, I figure measuring from the bolt face was a "better safe then sorry" sort of thing.
     
  8. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Silver Supporter

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    Bolt face to end of BBL is right.
    16"-ers usually measure 16.25.

    Probably good to err on the long side unless one wants to be Randy Weaver'd