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How did the 16" length become the number that anything below it is an SBR?

What was the governments fear of SBRs??

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That is the largest violin case size they make. Big Grin

Interesting question though. Looking forward to seeing answers.


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Don't know who came up with the number but you might Read about the National Firearms Act of 1934.

Near as I can tell men must have been bigger back in the old days the gov was worried about people concealing a 15" barreled rifle.


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Alright, I'll give this some light. I'm a big guy, most of ya'll dont know that. I can however, very comfortable, CC a OWB a fullsize 9, and very few people be aware I have it. Those have about a 5,6 inch barrel. So for about another 10 inches, I could easily conceal it down a pants leg.

OTOH, I and very much heavier and taller than average, and since we have gotten bigger and taller in the last few centuries, I seriously doubt this is the reason. I dont think 6'2 is as tall as it once was, but its still not average.


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Originally posted by fatmanspencer:
Alright, I'll give this some light. I'm a big guy, most of ya'll dont know that. I can however, very comfortable, CC a OWB a fullsize 9, and very few people be aware I have it. Those have about a 5,6 inch barrel. So for about another 10 inches, I could easily conceal it down a pants leg.

OTOH, I and very much heavier and taller than average, and since we have gotten bigger and taller in the last few centuries, I seriously doubt this is the reason. I dont think 6'2 is as tall as it once was, but its still not average.


Thanks for your input but, I do not have a clue what your point is.
A few centuries ago .............??

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probably by some idiot politician who never, held, shot, researched from any actual sources, trained with, or thought about a gun without wetting his/her pants....





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How long were barrels on "youth" .22s back then?
 
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I found the answer. Thank you for all of your help.




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I found the answer. Thank you for all of your help.


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Yes, please share.
 
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I am curious as well.

My guess would have been that someone pulled 16 inches for a rifle and 18 for a shotgun out of a lower orifice, and at best their being some arbitrary figures based on the average length of the barrels of guns used for hunting.

If there is an actual answer, though, I’d be interested in knowing.




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Yes, inquiring minds want to know!
 
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I sent an email with the link to amc, sns3guppy, and to sigfreund, as requested, with some viable answers.
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I am also interested in the link .
Always wondered why the 16" length.
 
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Why the secrecy? Why not just post the info here?

But if you feel it's needed, please email me the link too.
 
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I don't know...it's possible that after you open the link and you know the truth...you might get a knock on the door at 2 AM and it will be a hit man...just sayin' Wink


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I always though 16" for rifles and 18" for shotguns was so random...but I guess I'll never know.
 
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Don't know the real answer but look at all the rifles from that time period,they all had 22 or 24 inch barrels so 16 must have looked really short.
 
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Excerpt from an article, "When legislators decided to regulate firearms, they targeted the favorites of organized crime." Look at some of the movies/shows (documentaries) based on the mob and you see why real quick.
 
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We're gonna get rick-rolled on this one, aren't we? Confused


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