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L & M Gun & Pawn Shop
(706) 820-0171
3284 Chattanooga Valley R
Flintstone, GA
 
Canyon View Machine
150 Middleton Cr
Trenton, GA
 
Guns of Yesteryear
(706) 673-2506
3936 Chattanooga Road
Tunnel Hill, GA
 
Mossy Creek Custom
434547494
5018 Churchill Dr
Nashville, TN
 
Southland Arms
615519544
615 Poplar Avenue
Nashville, TN
 
Georgia Gun Trader Inc
(706) 935-3771
6975 Nashville Street
Ringgold, GA
 
Liberty Suppressors
706657794
113 Gunsmoke Trail
Trenton, GA
 
One Stop Money Shop
615360227
2704 Murfreesboro Rd
Antioch, TN
 
Gatlin Guns
931433295
79 Twin Springs Rd
Petersburg, TN
 
Grundy Co Gun Academy
931692379
4684 Deer Run Road
Altamont, TN
 

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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