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    What is the legal sawed off shotgun length in Missouri

  • #2
    Eighteen inches, the same as the rest of the country.

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    • #3
      It's the same all over the U.S.A.. It's 18 inches. The only confusion is how you measure it. In a SxS or O/U it is measured closed to the breech face. In a Pump or Semi Auto it is measured with the bolt closed to the breech face.

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      • #4
        Is there a overall length law?

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        • #5
          Technically, 18" barrel and 26" overall is correct, however, it is not illegal to own a weapon with a shorter barrel or shorter OAL. To own such, it must be federally registered to be legal.

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          • #6
            JMO~~To be on the SAFE Side make your Over All Length if you choose To 32" and that's WITH an 18" Barrel.

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            • #7
              Do yourselves a favor.
              Load a snapcap, measure 20 inches beyond the face of the shell and make your cut there.
              Not all BATFE agents agree on the "bolt face" measurement.
              Remember, the area that holds the shell is referred to as "chamber", not "barrel"!
              A a-hole agent can exclude the chamber length from the barrel length.
              He may be proved wrong, but what's it gonna cost you to clear your record/name?
              To me, it's just not worth the hassle.

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              • #8
                If your shot gun is black powder only the barrel can be as short as you like. The blackpowder gun is is not a NFA weapon and takes no special permit to own.

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                • #9
                  Also there are two types of Short barrel shotguns you can own(depending on local laws) some SBS will have a $200 federal stamp and some have a any other weapon stamp that only cost $5. Do your research and re-read your state and local laws as well since they may be even more strict then their federal brethren.

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                  • #10
                    Make sure it is longer not shorter. A lot of guys cut them at 18'' 1/8". Cut the barrel a little long then sand it to the finished length. You can accomplish this with a hacksaw or cut off wheel. Then a belt grinder or sander. You can find plenty of info at YouTube.

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