I don't know much about the Scandium J-frames, but have been looking for something for front pocket carry. I found a 340PD with a Crimson Trace grip that was a rental gun at a local shop. From what I can tell from a short inspection, the gun is in good mechanical condition. I spoke with the shop's gunsmith, and he said it hasn't been shot very much, and he went over the whole gun, and replaced the springs. He assured me it is mechanically perfect. They are only asking $499, which I think is a good deal (correct me if I am wrong), BUT; the finish on the gun looks absolutely HORRIBLE. Scratches and peeled off protective coating all around the weapon. 1) Does this have any detrimental effect other than looking bad? I want the gun for a carry piece, and my price limit is shaping up to be about $500, so I won't go with a new one, but I don't want a rusty piece of junk in a couple years either. 2) Can the Scandium frames be refinished, and if so what does it cost? 3) Am I better off forgetting the laser and the Scandium and getting a Ruger LCP 357 (which I worry may be too heavy for front pocket carry) or Smith 442 (which again, is a bit heavier and leaves no MV 357 option.) Wanna kill these ads? We can help!