I would suggest calling S&W's Customer Service dept.
I've dealt with them in the past and they went way out of their way to take care of me, and they issued a call tag for my gun, so shipping it via FEDEX was FREE.
Your friend may want to give them a jangle, you might just be pleasantly surprised.
SSG Jimmy Ide- KIA 28 Aug 10, Hyderabad, AFG
1SG Blue Rowe- KIA 26 May 09, Panjshir, AFG.