I recently picked up a 14.5″ AR upper and, as I wanted to be able to run it on one of my non SBR lowers, I had to have an extended flash hider pinned/welded on to meet minimum barrel length laws.
After picking it up from the from the smith and placing the two flash hiders next to each other, the absurdity of it all struck me.
That this tiny bit of difference would make all the difference between being completely legal or getting to spend time in a federal “pound me in the ass” prison, to quote the cinema classic Office Space.
But hey, if you can’t count on the government for arbitrary regulation, who can you count on??