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Beaver Creek Armory
(503) 481-4848
2020 Aloclek Dr Ste 118 H
Portland, OR
 
Al''Shardware & Gun Repair
(503) 357-2441
4080 N.W. Heesacker Rd
Forest Grove, OR
 
Gun Zone - Military Small Arms
(503) 889-6298
16013 SE Egert Ridge Rd.
Clackamas, OR
 
Keith''S Sporting Goods, Inc
(503) 492-6999
1595 E Powell Blvd
Gresham, OR
 
Bennetts Z-Plate
541447807
14631 Se Wintoon
Prineville, OR
 
Bert''S Guns
(503) 612-6552
21208 SW Arapaho Ct
Tualatin, OR
 
Force Ten / Cloud Mt Armory
(503) 554-5997
310 E 1st.
Newberg, OR
 
Rich''S Gun Shop
10791 Oak St. NE
Donald, OR
 
Blackbird Shopping Centers
(541) 779-5431
1810 W. Main Street
Medford, OR
 
Parkersrod And Gun Rack
(541) 883-3726
7364 South 6th
Klamath Falls, OR
 

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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