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#2948650 - Thu Jan 31 2013 06:02 PM Legal length of a shotgun barrel
Blueeagle Offline
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I have a Contender carbine and have the chance to buy a 410 barrel for it but it's 16" long. I didn't know if that's legal to hunt with. Any input would be greatly appeciated.

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#2948668 - Thu Jan 31 2013 06:13 PM Re: Legal length of a shotgun barrel [Re: Blueeagle]
John S Offline
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The minimum legnth of a shotgun barrel to be legal is 18 inches under both state and federal law.
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#2948673 - Thu Jan 31 2013 06:15 PM Re: Legal length of a shotgun barrel [Re: Blueeagle]
ACEarcher Offline
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I don't believe their is a legal barrel length for hunting. As long as their is a definate determinaion that the frame is registured as a pistol or a carbine. However, their is a legal barrel length before you must SBR the firearm.

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#2948675 - Thu Jan 31 2013 06:16 PM Re: Legal length of a shotgun barrel [Re: John S]
ACEarcher Offline
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Originally Posted By: John S
The minimum legnth of a shotgun barrel to be legal is 18 inches under both state and federal law.


YES, BUT if his frame is registured as a pistol he's fine and he has a LCCF or a sportsman permit.


Edited by ACEarcher (Thu Jan 31 2013 06:17 PM)

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#2948680 - Thu Jan 31 2013 06:20 PM Re: Legal length of a shotgun barrel [Re: ACEarcher]
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But do I than have to use the pistol grips with it or can I use either?

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#2948684 - Thu Jan 31 2013 06:23 PM Re: Legal length of a shotgun barrel [Re: Blueeagle]
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i would make sure its legal to own first. its what the atf calls a SBS (short barreled shotgun).

Short barreled shotguns (SBSs)—this category is defined similarly to SBRs, but the barrel must be at least 18" instead of 16", and the barrel must be a smoothbore. The minimum overall length limit remains 26".

my understanding with the contenders is that if you put a rifle buttstock on it, it becomes a rifle. in other words if you have a contender with a 14" 30/30 barrel and put a rifle buttstock on it, you're breaking the law.

i would consult with the PSP to be sure. your timing may be bad though.
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#2948688 - Thu Jan 31 2013 06:28 PM Re: Legal length of a shotgun barrel [Re: Blueeagle]
ACEarcher Offline
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Originally Posted By: Blueeagle
But do I than have to use the pistol grips with it or can I use either?

I believe you would have to use the pistol grips.

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#2948698 - Thu Jan 31 2013 06:36 PM Re: Legal length of a shotgun barrel [Re: Blueeagle]
Blueeagle Offline
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That's what I was thinking but just wanted to check. Thanks everyone for the input.

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#2949354 - Fri Feb 01 2013 11:27 AM Re: Legal length of a shotgun barrel [Re: Blueeagle]
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You have to use the pistol grips, and it is considered a pistol barrel not a shotgun. .45 LC rifled barrel.
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#2964970 - Fri Feb 15 2013 07:18 PM Re: Legal length of a shotgun barrel [Re: ACEarcher]
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There is no handgun registration in PA as per 18 Pa.C.S ss 6111.4
A shot gun with a barrel under 18" is regulated under the National Firearms Act and must be registered with the Federal government. You must have approval from the ATF to posses a NFA weapon. Minimum over all length for a smooth barrel shotgun is 26".

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