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SBRs & SBSs

Short Barreled Rifles (SBR’s)

Short-barreled rifle (SBR) is a legal designation in the United States, referring to a shoulder-fired, rifled firearm with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or overall length of less than 26 inches. In the United States, an SBR is an item regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) as an NFA firearm. In the absence of local laws prohibiting ownership, American civilians may own an SBR provided it is registered with the BATF, and a $200 tax is paid prior to taking possession of, or creating the firearm. Remember, if you put a stock on a handgun, you just illegally converted your weapon, and committed a felony! Get all paperwork processed FIRST!

Above: Example of AR-15 Short Barrel Rifle.


Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)

A short-barreled shotgun (SBS) (U.S. legislative terminology), is a type of shotgun with a shorter gun barrel and often a shorter or absent stock.

Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS’s) are subject to various legal restrictions depending upon jurisdiction. These firearms have been and are still in use by military forces and police agencies worldwide.

Compared to a standard shotgun, the sawed-off shotgun has a shorter effective range, due to a lower muzzle velocity and wider spread of shot. Its reduced size makes it easier to maneuver and conceal. Powerful and compact, the weapon is especially suitable for use in small spaces. For example, military vehicle crews, and entry teams running through doorways.

To make shotguns less concealable, many jurisdictions have a minimum legal length for shotgun barrels. Most gun makers in the U.S. have not offered SBS’s to the public since the early 1900’s when shotguns with barrel lengths under 18″ were restricted, although they had been offered prior to that time without being illegally modified.

Above: Example of SBS on standard semi-auto AR-15  carbine.

Old Glory Guns & Ammo in NH has a selection of  SBRs and SBSs on hand, and if you have something in mind, we can make it for you! If you are serious about purchasing a SBR or SBS, call us and set up an appointment for consultation at 603.878.2854.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Please note that this content is not legal advice and does not constitute as an attorney / client relationship. If you need professional legal advice,  please contact an qualified attorney that practices in this field.