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Checkmate Pawn
(360) 647-2044
3016 Northwest Ave
Bellingham, WA
 
Big 5 Sporting Goods #182
310536061
910 S Burlington Blvd
Burlington, WA
 
Spectrum Firearms
509925564
401 Cattail Rd
Ellensburg, WA
 
Chic Worthing Custom Gun Stocks
509663814
3020 Conarty Rd
Malaga, WA
 
Butch''S Gun Shops
(206) 789-7575
7503 Aurora Av
Seattle, WA
 
Trading Post Of Bellingham, Llctransfer Dealer
(360) 398-2469
5655 Guide Meridian
Bellingham, WA
 
Kesselring Gun Shop
(360) 724-3113
4024 Old Highway 99 N.
Burlington, WA
 
Beararms Inc.
(253) 630-8053
15220 S.E. 272nd B
Kent, WA
 
Double Jdh Supply
360907982
12911 Ne 189Th St #B
Batttleground, WA
 
North Central Washington Gun Club
509884563
2740 Gun Club Rd
East Wenatchee, WA
 

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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