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Old February 7th, 2017, 01:59 PM   #1
 
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I just purchased a Squad Leader Kit to build a Ruger 10/22 "Tommy Gun" look- a-like, as I could never afford the real thing. I'm told the 16" barrel looks best.

Question (According to US Law): Can I shorten the barrel to 14 inches and add a 2" muzzle break? If I do this what do I do about the front sight?

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I just purchased a Squad Leader Kit to build a Ruger 10/22 "Tommy Gun" look- a-like, as I could never afford the real thing. I'm told the 16" barrel looks best.

Question (According to US Law): Can I shorten the barrel to 14 inches and add a 2" muzzle break? If I do this what do I do about the front sight?

Thanks for reading?
A rifle barrel must be at least 16" long in order to comply with the NFA.
It is possible that you could shorten the barrel to less than 16" and permanently WELD a muzzle brake in place to make it a 16" barrel but you're playing with a federal felony in the process. Particularly between the time you cut the barrel and weld the new extension on. I wouldn't advise doing it.

If you try to screw a muzzle brake onto a short barrel and claim it's a 16" barrel I can just about guarantee a federal felony charge - DON'T DO IT !
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You can also pin a brake on. It doesn't have to be welded. Don't get caught without the brake on, pinned or welded though.
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