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  • SillySauce

    Junior Member
    Sep 30, 2016
    Is a factory 18 inch barrel pistol grip shotgun in MD considered a firearm and not a shotgun? Can it be legally shortened to 26 OAL?


    Beer, Bikes n Boomsticks
    Mar 13, 2012
    Howeird County
    Not without a NFA stamp.

    Not sure about that.

    If a shotgun does NOT have a stock on it from the factory, then it is NOT designed to be fired from the shoulder, which is part of the legal definition of a shotgun.

    Which is why the Mossberg shockwave and Remington tac 14 are legal and not NFA: they are longer that 26" (so not a pistol), and have never had a stock (so not designed to be fired from the shoulder).

    Jerry M

    Active Member
    Jun 13, 2007
    Glen Burnie MD
    They all (without stocks) are considered 'other' firearms. Because of the barrel length Maryland MSP considers the shorter ones as a handgun. The 18 inch barrel while still considered 'other' firearm by ATF, are transferred as a shotguns for anyone over 21. In other words the laws are very confusing. I suggest the OP check with ATF and MSP before breaking out the hacksaw. YMMV
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