Sorry Hog King I thought your post was on beer load. Dang. Sounds like a fun trip. While in Sitka tell him to stop by the Raptor Recovery Center, it is worth a look. They recover, mend, and release those they can, birds of prey, hawks, owls, eagles etc. I found it fasinating. If he has the time.
I live on the other side of the island from Sitka and if your friend is going on a charter he probaly wont need a handgun. But if when he gets to Sitka thier is a sporting goods store called Orion's at the Lakeside mall he (Bert he owns the place) sells Buffalo bores which he can help him in his selection. The city has a gun range at the end of the road where he can sight them in, just take a left when going out the main entrance of the mall and drive to the end of the road till you are about to cross a bridge with a swamp on the right take that dirt road on the right, they have a pistol, rifle in 100 and 200 yards. Don't bother going to Mac's they are down town and they suck. Bert can hook him up with all his fishing stuff too. Sitka is the salmon charter captial of Alaska. If your friend wants the 411 on Sitka have him Email me and I can awnser most if not all his questions. I get over there a couple of times a year for a few days as I live at a remote hatchery and it's the only real town on the island. He will like Sitka I do.