I got stuck!!! Read the following (I know it's long) and let it remind you how the average guy has NO ONE to help you, but yourself!!! I've kinda showed some select members what happened, but I'll put it out and update. NOTE: Coresponding pictures are on the following page: To make an continually lengthening story much shorter I'll chronologically list the events in short form that lead me from proud owner of new (semi)-custom built AR-15 that shot like an animal, to my current state as the not-so-proud owner of a pretty lookin' piece of Aluminum and plastic that can't hit the broad side of a Texas sized barn. 1. Back in October finished first build, BCM upper with top quality options, Magpul furniture, on a Sp[ikes (SEE Pic.) 2. Soon after finishing. Took gun to the Gunsmith in Question to weld my flashider on to comply with NFA. Weld looked passable. 3. Shot the gun on two seperate outings. The Gun shot GREAT! It printed 2" groups w/ decent ammo and 4"-6" with Wolf, Tula and Brown Bear. ATE EVERYTHING< OUT OF EVERY MAG, and simply felt Great!!! 4. Second week of Nov. Busy as hell in life and had no time to get the AR ready for me and Dad's annual Marathon Shoot that we have the day after Thanksgiving. So I took the Gun back to the Smith to have him install a free float handguard/quad rail to sweeten it up a bit, before the biug shoot. 5. Went to pick up gun a couple days later and was handed a bag of metal. The bag contained my barrel nut, spring, rest of forend hardware. All had been cut, because it was "too tight". Before they cut the nut, the nut was completely stripped. They stated that it was OK. New hardware on to spec. Flashhider had also been welded back on in the same spot, this time looked like more metal??? (SEE PIC) I'm getting nervous at this point and have bad feelings, but I'm trying to stay positive. My Mom and Dad live in New Mexico and Only get to see my Daughters a few times a year. I wasn't going to let sisuation ruin the fun. 5. Day after Thanksgiving we went to the range. Dad's gun shot great. Mine missed the paper COMPLETELY!!! I drug the stand back to 25 yards and did not have enough adjustment to move POI far enough to the left to hit the center. Now I'm pissed off, the session was ruined and I'm going down to that shop. I go in and it's the smith. I firmly explain my disappointment and disgust and told him I want it fixed. He asks to take it over the weekend and I decline. 6. Over the week: I called his boss all week to set up an appointment. I'm also going through possible scenarios. Warped barred, stripped receiver, etc. I also contacted BCM who was mortified and agrees to fix the barrel and inspect the receiver, not for free of course, because of the situation. It basically sound like I have no choice, but to work it out with the owner. REMEMBER THIS FELLAS I get one for Friday (today). I wasn't looking forward to it at all. 7. I go in and it's like freakin' happy hour. 6-8 middle aged men and a couple antiques. The smell of booze was present. I was confronted in a semi-friendly way by the owner, of which whom I've done business with many times over the last 4 years. He says "Well, What'd ya do to it??? I simply say, "I can't get it to shoot, after y'all fixed it! Anyways, he defends that cutting the nut was the only way and that nothing like that should have caused what I'm experiencing. I bring up the weld and the noticeable porosity, which would indicate high temp and improper prep. (SEE PIC) 8. He basically denies any wrong doing. He took the gun home for the weekend. The owner that is. He had a rep for good work/prices, but now it's looking that I'm gonna be out a barrel. AT LEAST!!! SO NOW, this week I get to spend researching gunsmith laws and acceptable practices, license requirements, etc. . . .IF ANY ONE HAS KNOWLEDGE OF THIS THAT WOULD BE GREAT!!!