WHAT IS CONSIDERED A SHOTGUN?
If the thing shoots shells, it’s a shotgun. Right?
And while that mostly holds true, the US Government doesn’t necessarily think so. The law breaks firearms up into two main categories.
Hand guns and Long guns.
And yep, you guessed it shotguns typically fall under the long gun category–meaning they are intended to be fired from your shoulder and are at least 26″ in length. And long guns can be further broken down into two other subcategories.
Rifles and Shotguns. Shotguns of course having smooth barrels, and rifles having rifled barrels–ergo the name. But what happens when a shotgun doesn’t mean the criteria to be well… a shotgun?
This applies to a few on our list such as the Remington V3 TAC-13 and the Mossberg Shockwave. And while we believe they have the heart of a shotgun, they can’t be officially labeled as one.
These particular types of firearms fall under a specific category known as AOWs or “Any Other Weapon”–how original, I know. This is a catch-all category of the NFA that covers all sorts of neat guns alienated from the standard classifications of the NFA.
Here’s the thing though. AOWs are typically “easily concealable”. With the Remington TAC-14 having an overall length of 40″ and no buttstock, it seems that these shortie shotties aren’t AOWs either.
So what the heck are they?
Thankfully, the ATF has created a unique placement for firearms such as these. Pistol-Grip Firearms.
This covers guns that are not fired from the shoulder, are not easily concealable, and are longer than 26″. They’re not shotguns or AOWs. But a breed all of their own.
For more info, check out this article Ryan wrote for Mossberg.