What’s this blog about?

| November 26, 2013 | 4 Comments

“We carry pistols because they are convenient, not because they are powerful.” – Erik Pakieser, firearms instructor

“Why do you carry a rifle?” some ask.

“Why do you carry a pistol?” I reply.

If you are already a firearms owner and have a concealed weapons permit, you’ve decided to take charge of your own safety. The reason carrying a rifle seems odd to some is that we’re conditioned that only handguns are acceptable in public. That doesn’t make any sense, so if we can make rifles more portable and convenient to carry, wouldn’t you want the best tool for the job possible?

This blog is intended for people (primarily in the United States) who are interested in carrying short barreled rifles or tactical equivalents in public.

All firearms written about on this blog are registered with the NFA as necessary and are owned by someone legally allowed to possess them.

The Short Barreled Shepherd site is meant for those who can legally own and carry short barreled rifles. Because my current state of residence does not allow suppressors or short barreled shotguns, those items will not be written about here except for rare instances when I travel out of state to visit friends that have them. However, some of the same tactics for carrying them and certain accessories will still apply.

Readers should do their best to research any local, state, and federal law before deciding to build or carry a short barrel rifle. There are all sorts of weird legal issues that can happen once you decide to tote around your SBR. For example, in my state of Minnesota it is illegal to carry a loaded rifle in public. However, an SBR is defined as a pistol here due to its barrel length. On one hand, the ATF categorizes my SBRs as rifles. On the other hand, Minnesota considers them pistols. It’s confusing, but hey if it made sense it wouldn’t become a gun law.

Expect to see gear reviews, especially regarding bags and ways to carry your SBR in public.

I’ll also post training videos of myself using the SBR at distances and situations where it makes sense to use an SBR over a longer barreled rifle.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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  1. Jaime says:


    Since you reviewed the glock enclosures (Roni, Kpos, Triarii), I saw a Roni G2-9 BMX advertised as converting the Glock pistol into a PDW – PISTOL, which does not require the Tax Stamp.

    Do you see any differences with this conversion as compared with the Roni SBR that would lead you to believe that it might function better (i.e. without the problems you experienced)? If it does function without the problems you experienced with the Roni SBR it might be good to get.

    Thank you

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Thank you for your comment. Without looking at it in person, it appears that it is exactly like the original RONI without the telescoping stock.

      Thanks for letting me know about this, I will see if I can get one for testing.

  2. Father Thyme says:

    I’ve read over your last two years of posts here. Yours is one of the finest blogs I’ve ever encountered. You’re “Heinlein people” whether or not you’re familiar with that famous author. Good luck on your next two years of posting and thank you for sharing you insights.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Thank you! I appreciate the comment, and am grateful that you stop by to read.

      I am humbled by your Heinlein comparison, I can only aspire to be as well-rounded and capable as his characters and ideals.

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