Michael Bane on NFA

Bane talks about the general silliness of the current NFA rules as applied to suppressors, short barreled rifles, and short barreled shotguns.  I am in 100% agreement with him on this one – if anyone remembers my stalled 10/22 PDW project, one of the big reasons why it hasn’t gone anywhere is the massive amount of trepidation that I have when it comes to navigating the spaghetti maze of NFA regulations surrounding short barreled rifles.

What would happen if the Federal “controls” on barrel length of rifles and shotguns were lifted tomorrow? NOTHING AT ALL, except we’d all have access to a whole new generation of handy rifles and shotguns. Would such guns be “more concealable” than their long-barreled counterparts? Depends on whether you live in the Real World or not…for a fact, no such short-barreled rifles or shotguns would be nearly as “concealable” as a 1911, much less a Bond Derringer in .410 (with a rifled barrel!).

It’s classic Michael, and he’s really right about it.  I can kind of understand wanting to regulate machine guns, but the restrictions on barrel length in shotguns and rifles are completely arbitrary and nonsensical.


  1. “completely arbitrary and nonsensical.”
    You mean, kind of like “assault weapons” and every other gun-control law? Very consistent if you ask me. gbw

    “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it.” —H. L. Mencken

  2. Heh…

    This one time, when I was in the Navy, we had some Marines over playing a pen and paper role playing game (RPG). Shadowrun if anyone is curious…

    And they said there was no way my character could conceal a carbine under a raincoat.

    So I went into my room, slung my CAR-15 on my shoulder, put my raincoat on over that, and walked back out into the living room.

    I asked the Marines if they could tell if I was carrying any gun at all.

    They said that there was no way I could be carrying anything other than a handgun…

    They were shocked when I showed them the truth.

    There were no more complaints that my character couldn’t do what I’d just demonstrated was easily possible, with an appropriate “assault raincoat” from the local department store…

    NFA is nothing but a blight on our freedoms. Period.

  3. “completely arbitrary and nonsensical”

    The SBR portion of the NFA became kind of a moot point when the Army decided that the M4 with its 14.5 inch barrel was “militarily useful”, wouldn’t you say?

  4. Who makes that 1:9 twist barrel for the 10/22? You never mentioned where/if it is available.

  5. Tactical Solutions, I think. It’s out there, you can even get one that’s been threaded for a silencer.

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