Re: Pistol or SBR?
Ruger's Charger was built as a pistol. It is a pistol. If you took a 10/22, which is the same gun, but with a longer barrel and a shoulder stock on it, and put it into a Charger stock, you are fine, as long as your overall length is still 26 inches or greater. If, however, you replaced the 10/22's 20" barrel with a Charger's 10" barrel, you have created a Short Barreled Rifle.
Simply put, if a rifle was built, originally, with a shoulder stock on it, it is now and forever will be, a rifle. You can cut it down, and make it a "Short Barreled Rifle", but it is still a rifle. If the barrel of this rifle that you cut down is at least 16 inches long, and the overall length of this rifle you cut down is at least 26 inches (and both of these requirements must be met) then it is still a rifle, and not a Short Barreled Rifle.
If the gun's action, whether or not it is normally a "rifle" action, has never had a shoulder stock attached to it, it can be made into a pistol. The Ruger Charger is an example. Rossi makes a copy of the Winchester 92 lever action rifle. They also make a copy of the sawed-off 92 that Steve McQueen carried, as Josh Randall, in Wanted Dead or Alive. They take a 92 rifle action, put a short barrel and a short stock on it, and call it a pistol. It is a pistol, and is legal wherever a pistol is. But if you buy a Rossi 92 rifle, and cut the barrel and stock down to the exact same size, it is a Short Barreled Rifle, and needs to be papered.
This make sense, or did I confuse you more?
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