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Van Horn Barrels
(480) 892-9630
1302 East Rawhide
Gilbert, AZ
 
Airguns of Arizona
(480) 461-1113
26 North Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ
 
Cavalry Arms
(480) 833-9685
723 W. Commerce Ste A
Gilbert, AZ
 
Caswell Indoor Shooting Range
(480) 497-5141
856 E Isabella Ave.
Mesa, AZ
 
Alberts Chandler Pawn Center
(480) 963-8885
792 N Arizona Ave.
Chandler, AZ
 
Gilbert Gunworks & Training Academy
(480) 926-4500
522 North Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ
 
Gilbert Gunworks & Training
(480) 926-4500
522 N GILBERT RD STE 105
Gilbert, AZ
 
Ross Guns & Pawn
(480) 844-2989
1950 North Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ
 
Mesa Gun Shop
(480) 962-9802
915 E. Broadway Rd.
Mesa, AZ
 
Claymore Inc
480200885
908 W Chandler Blvd Bldg D Suite 1
Chandler, 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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