As frustrating as that is at least you weren't doing something wrong or overlooking something obvious and it is also a good reminder to those of us offering advice over the internet that you just never know what you are going to run into.Ok, I pulled on the barrel with all my strength and it poped out a bit and then i tapped the barrel on the floor a couple of times while i was holding the stock and it came out! It had some kind of rubbery yellow tape on it. Like some kind of cushioned tape or something. Some stayed on the barrel and some on the stock. Anyway, It came out. It was really stuck.. I want to thank all who helped. It was much appreciated. Now gotta clean the old girl up!! thanks!!!!