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S M Gunshop
(541) 688-8700
1375 River Road
Eugene, OR
 
The Gunworks
(541) 741-4118
247 South 2nd Street
Springfield, OR
 
Gunsmith, The
541385807
63325 Peterman Ln
Bend, OR
 
Sj Gates Sporting Goods
541923667
6174 S Hwy 97
Redmond, OR
 
Pokorny, David J
541447460
3681 Ne 3Rd St
Prineville, OR
 
Mazamasporting Goods
(541) 484-9993
289 Valley River Center
Eugene, OR
 
Valiantfirearms
(541) 942-0897
533 E. Main St
Cottage Grove, OR
 
Joes Gun Repair
541617904
60275 Tumalo Cir
Bend, OR
 
Michael L Potter'S Ochoco Valley Arms
541447402
782 S Main St
Prineville, OR
 
O'Harra, Jeffry D & O'Harra, Lelan F
541969916
53000 Hwy 204
Weston, 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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