Hakeem, I can't find our armory thread cus i deleted all my bookmarks, so screw it, I'll post it here. Anyways, long story short, my dad's house burnt down today along with my inheritance. They think it was electrical. Lost a lot of good rifles as well as some decent revolvers, scopes, binoculars, priceless books, family heirlooms and stuff... Anyways, this isn't really about that. No, Tesla, I'm not looking for attention, I need some advice from my dear friend Hakeem: I managed to get in and back out with two important rifles as well as a priceless photo of my grandfather and his brothers. Anyways, I'll start with the ar: It wasn't really IN the fire per se, like the rest, but It did get hot enough in that room to melt the nylon padded bag that it was in. Subsequently, the fire dpt hosed it down: Surprisingly, it looks okay. The barrel is the only thing that looks questionable, but rand al told me that it could be dangerous if its pitted on the inside. I can't tell if its like.. rusted? Or just 'smoked'.. Cant tell how hot it really got.. Maybe just rusted from being hosed by the fire dept? Anyway, take note that the stock didn't melt, nor does there seem to be any major damage to the scope. (its smokey, but still seems okay) Any advice would be appreciated: In this pic, you can see a fingerprint where i wiped off the smoke, er, corrosion, or whatever the hell it is: (better pic) you can see here that even the stamping on the scope seems okay? (yes, I wear those slippers) as you can see here, because it was leaning against a wall, the stock was on the floor where it was cooler i think: This is the other side of the barrel, which is my concern. Again, Its hard to tell if it got hot, or wet, or both, or what. It does seem to 'wipe off'. So far, I've a few opinions on this. One guy, a firefighter, told me he thinks it looks fine. He said 'I would just clean it up, and I wouldn't be affraid to take it out and cycle some rounds! you lucked out!' One guy told me, 'clearly, the barrel has taken some heat. I wouldn't mess with it. Just buy a new barrel, and take it to a smith. Have him go through it with a fine tooth comb. DO NOT FIRE IT' Rand says it looks alright, but to bag it down and pull the trigger with a string in case there's bad pitting or the gun blows up in my face. "I'd hate to see you take shrapnel to the face'' he says.. Being that rand has shot these more than any man I know, I tend to heed his warning. . . Whats your opinion, Hakeem?