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Sidearmor
(928) 526-4379
7810 N Us Highway 89
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Gary Reeder Custom Guns
(928) 526-3313
2601 7th Ave. East
Flagstaff, AZ
 
The Ammo Place
(928) 773-1400
2209 N 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Superpawn
(928) 226-1112
700 S Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Number One Guns
(928) 634-1264
845 South Page Springs Road
Cornville, AZ
 
Gary Reeder Custom Guns
(928) 526-3313
2599 East 7th Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Pistol Parlor
(928) 527-4100
2601 E. 7th Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Pow Wow Trading Post
(928) 779-5725
118 W Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Ruffs Sporting Goods
(928) 774-6051
2 S Milton Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Holehan`s Custom Gunsmithing
(520) 745-0622
5758 East 34th Street
Tucson, AZ
 

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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