Barrel ordered Nov 30, received the barrel Dec 10th - 18inch "slim" profile. Yes, I have a SS thread protector; I just like the looks of the "black" better. Scope is an old Leupold 4X "Compact, Aero mount. The rifle, as pictured, weighs 6lb, 13oz. I haven't shot it too much (too cold!), but it appears that if it likes a load, it makes little groups; if it doesn't like a load, it sprays them like a 2 year old's first taste of beets.