short-barreled rifle

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A type of rifle that is less than 26 inches in overall length, or that has a barrel shorter than 16 inches. This weapon is fired from the shoulder. A short-barreled rifle can be made by shortening a longer weapon or adding a shoulder stock to a short-barreled handgun. These firearms must be registered and are subject to transfer taxes.

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"Flintlock cavalry carbine" by Encyclopædia Britannica, 1910, page 719 is licensed under Public Domain.

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