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Mountainstates Sports Inc.
(505) 243-5515
1102 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM
 
Ronpeterson Guns, Inc.
(505) 255-8695
4418 Central South East
Albuquerque, NM
 
C & Rgun Shop
(505) 345-1773
444 Niagara NE
Albuquerque, NM
 
Southwest Sidearms
(505) 898-5620
351 Arabian Lane
Corrales, NM
 
Augustarms/Fullautos.Com
(505) 891-1614
2612 Southern Blvd.
Rio Rancho, NM
 
Absolutesporting Goods
(505) 872-4570
4400 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
 
Losranchos Gun Shop
(505) 345-4276
6542 4th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM
 
Charlie''S Sporting Goods
(505) 275-3006
8908 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM
 
Tom''Sshootin Shop
(505) 797-0130
7700 William Moyers Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM
 
Fullautos.Com
(505) 891-1614
2612 Southern Blvd.
Rio Rancho, NM
 

Smith & Wesson 99OL

The latest offspring from the S&W-Walther alliance is a flawless performer, but it begs the question, "Just what is a DAO?"

The Smith & Wesson Model 990L is the latest variation of the Model SW99. Changes include a unique trigger mechanism and the elimination of the somewhat controversial decocker button on the top of the slide. Despite appearances to the contrary, the 990L isn't just another polymer-framed semiauto, and working with it led to an exercise in defining the characteristics and key elements of a modern double-action-only (DAO) pistol.

The Smith & Wesson Model 990L is a solid design and from indications experienced during our testing is an accurate and reliable semiauto pistol that will serve both law enforcement and civilian markets quite well.

Is it time for a new and different classification for such semiautos? For years we have classified semiautomatic pistols with terms originally used for revolvers. Single-action revolvers are simple machines to operate and understand. The shooter is required to cock the hammer prior to pulling the trigger and releasing the hammer, which is powered by the energy stored in the mainspring. That is pretty straightforward.

The traditional double-action revolver has always offered the option of single-action shooting by means of manually cocking the hammer before the trigger is pulled to fire a single round. Double-action shooting was originally called "trigger cocking" by the B...

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