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Old 10-05-2018, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default Standard Manufacturing Releases SKO Mini, a Semi-Auto, 12GA ‘Firearm’

When is a shotgun not a shotgun?

It looks like a shotgun, shoots like a shotgun, and accepts 12GA shot shells, but according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Standard Manufacturing SKO Mini isn’t a shotgun.

And if it isn’t a shotgun, it can’t be a short-barreled shotgun either, no matter the barrel length.

Using the same legal principle applied to the Remington TAC-14 and the Mossberg Shockwave, the semi-automatic SKO Mini can be purchased with a 14.75-inch barrel without the additional $200 tax stamp usually required to purchase a shotgun with a barrel longer than 18 inches.

Because the SKO Mini comes without a stock and its overall length is greater than 26 inches, the ATF can’t categorize it as a shotgun or as “any other weapon” under the National Firearms Act. In his letter to Standard Manufacturing, the ATF’s chief of the Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch calls it simply a “12 gauge firearm” and concludes it does not fall under the NFA.

The SKO Mini is a gas-operated firearm fed from a detachable box magazine. The gun comes with a 2-shell magazine, though 5 and 10-shell magazines are also available.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:36 PM   #2
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looks like it is set up for a brace
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Old 10-28-2018, 09:01 PM   #4
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Not a big fan of the mag fed shotgun really. It is a lot easier to top off a tube mag on the fly, and box mags of any decent capacity get huge really fast.
Interesting concept though, to get around the 18" law.
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