So, in an effort to not be so "closed minded", I was willingly subjected to two "landmark" films as claimed by two young stagehands. One was called "Baby Boy" and the other one was "ATL". Of course, I'm hardly one to turn my nose up on any culture because I'm just not like that...... But BOY these movies are total junk!!! But that's not the point. The point is that in both movies, there was a prodigious ammount of "hardcore soulja" weapons flaunted about, with one of the most popular next to the idiot Mac-10 was a sawed-off shotgun. Most of the ones in these movies were getto pieces of junk that would scare me just being in the same block of them being fired. But, this of course only got me thinking. After debating this and various other implausable gun myths with some of my younger co-workers, I came home and hit the books in research. I found data, arrest rates, AFT regulations, history and what not on the phenomenon of the sawed off shotgun. Then I took stock of what a legitimate gun owner and enthusiast would have at his or her disposal. Then I added in the insane ammount of machinery and off the wall materials that a stage designer would have just lying around. The results? A question; CAN you make an effective, purpose built sawed off shotgun with all the safety elements in place while still keeping it completely legal with the ATF and the state regulations that the weapon is designed and built in? I did get some solid numbers and facts including arrest rates and incidents documented with sawed off shotguns by those NOT of the legal mindset. It also is some note that the AFT reported that over half of these weapons recovered were inoperative or otherwise unable to fire. I also found the hard numbers on what is considered a sawed off shotgun by the FEDERAL standard of the AFT which for note is a barrel length of no less than 18 inches (18.5 in the state of Arizona where I live...like the 1/2 inch made alot of difference) OR an overall length of no less than 26 inches. Pretty short by anyone's sensible standards if you ask me! I also found out some interesting facts, such as the recoil of a shotgun with no choke is diminished as the barrel is shortened, with an obvious decrease in accuracy over extended distances. There was also a surprising amount of metallurgy reports on the effects of firing a shotgun at short distances that were interesting. In short (pardon the pun), am I insane to actively look into PROPERLY reducing the length of a shotgun while trying to adhere to as many safety standards as mechanically possible? I'm very curious about this since it's a project that could not only be fun but VERY informative and would placate my need to build something this month since by then it will be too cold to build and ride a new scooter.... Opinions? Objections? Am I applying too much "English Resolve" as one of my stagehands put it, to a "Tight" method of firearms?