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Min. Shotgun Barrel Length

My understanding is that the minimal barrel length for a shotgun is 18". Also, I believe that measurement is taken from the breech face to the muzzle. I've read that by closing the action and inserting a dowel rod in the barrel is the best way to get a measurement.

In addition to the min. barrel length I also understand that the gun must be a min of 26" in length from end to end.

Do any of you guys know this info to be accurate or factual?

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Re: Min. Shotgun Barrel Length

sounds about right, I'll check my crimes code when I get into work. Most HD/police shotguns have their barrels cut to 18.5" just to be sure, at least ours do.

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Re: Min. Shotgun Barrel Length

I would appreciate that. Thanks!!
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Re: Min. Shotgun Barrel Length

A minimum of 18 inches to be legal both state and federal law.




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Re: Min. Shotgun Barrel Length

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A minimum of 18 inches to be legal both state and federal law.
But how is the measurement taken?
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Re: Min. Shotgun Barrel Length

We had our Riot Guns ( 870's) with barrel length of 20 in to comply with Fed Reg's and they would hold 7 rounds, either 00 Buck or slugs, we used..Always carried mine in the trunk of patrol car loaded in soft case, when I made Captain I had to turn it in for re-issue......
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Re: Min. Shotgun Barrel Length

Ive read it is to the bolt face...like you said a dowel is put in the barrel to the bolt face and measured..i always assumed it was from end of chamber to muzzle though...
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