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Whitts Weapons
410288491
15 Seabright Ave
Baltimore, MD
 
You Grow'Em I Shoot Em I Shot Em
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45787 West Baltimore St
Baltimore, MD
 
Boston Gun & Rifle Assoc Inc
617436884
1483 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA
 
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(410) 663-0543
7514 Rossville Blvd
Baltimore, MD
 
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410866845
7924 Philadelphia Rd
Baltimore, MD
 
O C Outdoors Inc
410282190
301 Wise Ave
Baltimore, MD
 
Hnp Gunsmithing
410238170
601E Back River Neck Rd
Baltimore, MD
 
Gun Shop, The
410686733
1614 Eastern Blvd
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Maryland Police Supply Inc
410391386
7028 Golden Ring Rd
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M&O Enterprises
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101 S Broadway
Baltimore, MD
 

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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