I'd recommend a Beretta. Small. Easy to use, but not TOO easy (like a glock). Not to hijack, but I'm curious-----let's say a friend inherited a pistol (with all the papers) from Anton Chekhov (for example) and did not want it; is there a proper way of disposing of it? Can you sell someone else's gun to a reputable dealer if you have the appropriate documentation? Anyone ever sell a gun to the cops? Or should my friend just throw it in a river? Or trade it for an ounce of herb? I don't want to stick around for the third act... PA has no gun registration so if you have a gun in your posession it is yours. You probably know it already but you can sell the pistol to any gun shop for cash. I am not 100% sure but PA law most likely allows face-to-face transfers between individuals without any documentation. If PA law requires a Federal Firearms Licensed Dealer for Face-to-face transfer then you can find a local buyer and go to a FFL Dealer who will charge you a small fee to run the Federal Instant check on the buyer and complete the transaction. Again, I think in PA you don't need to go to a FFL Dealer. You can also advertise you pistol on one of the gun sites like here http://www.ar15.com/forums/forum.html?b=7&f=88 If you want to sell a pistol to someone out of state you will have to go to a gun store and have a FFL ship the pistol to the buyer's FFL. The gun dealers usually charge aroudn $25 for this service. If you can post the type of pistol in question here I can estimate it's going value.