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What is the minimum legal length of a shotgun barrel?

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01/03/2008

The usual minimum length is 18 inches measured from the face of the closed bolt. It is possible to own and possess a shotgun with a shorter barrel, but this requires obtaining a federal tax stamp ($200). Also shortening the barrel causes a loss of accuracy and a reduction in velocity of the shot.