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short barrel rifle
Short-barreled rifle broadly refers to any rifle with an unusually short barrel. The term carbine describes a production rifle with barrel length reduced for easier handling in confined spaces. Concern about concealment for illegal purposes has encouraged regulations specifying minimum barrel lengths and overall lengths.
Here's the link to the actual statement and request for comment from the ATF on pistol braces. Please take the time to read it and comment, if for nothing else, than to comment on their lack of clarity and consistency in making rulings.
Federal Register :: Objective Factors for Classifying...