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Does anyone know if it's legal to shorten the barrel on a Ruger charger in PA or is it something that would require a tax stamp? It obviously would be illegal to shorten the barrel under 18'' on a standard Ruger 10/22 without a tax stamp but the Ruger charger I believe is classified as a pistol? I tried to research this but I'm finding very little on the subject. If anyone can help I would love to hear from you
 

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mrpudgy, Chargers are pistols. There is no BATFE minimum length for pistol or revolver barrels, however you can't put a shoulder stock on a pistol or revolver. Rifle barrels have to be 16" or longer and overall length must be 26" or longer. Shotgun barrels have to be 18" or longer with a minimum overall length of 26". There is no maximum length for a shotgun or rifle. By ATF's definition, a pistol or revolver must be capable of being fired with just one hand. PA laws? Check with your local PD.
 

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You’re fine to shorten or change the barrel to whatever you want. Like he said, it’s still a pistol. Mine has a 6” barrel on it now.
 

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Yes you can shorten it all you want. I think mine is 10 inches. But if you do much modification and create a short barreled rifle, then there is a problem. So, just do not put a stock over 13.5 inches on it and no problem. The 13.5 inch rule came from some ATF advisory, and while not hard law, to my knowledge, at some length a butt stock is a butt stock, so stay away from that fiasco. Not worth the hassle.

And of course do not put any type of vertical grip on the front of the gun, as one on a pistol creates and "any other weapon" category and requires a tax stamp and all that.

https://blog.princelaw.com/2019/07/05/atf-rescinds-prior-methods-to-measure-a-firearms-overall-length-when-equipped-with-a-stabilizing-brace/

And for your info, 10 inches has traditionally been known as the perfect or most efficient barrel length for a 22 LR. If you put a shorter barrel you lose velocity, a longer one you do not gain much. Here is a link. BBTI - Ballistics by the Inch :: .22 Results. I have measured a lot of them and this link is very close to my results.

I shoot my take down charger suppressed and have 4 semi auto 22 pistols I use with the same suppressor. You just lose way too much velocity with say a 5 inch barrel, which of course cuts your effective range way down also.

A couple of useful links: https://www.offthegridnews.com/self-defense/how-your-gun-may-be-illegal-and-you-not-know-it/

Hope that helps.
 
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