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Ledford''S Trading Post
(828) 327-0055
1833 12th Ave. N.E.
Hickory, NC
Castlesports Unlimited
(828) 728-9113
2741 Connelly Springs Road
Granite Falls, NC
Friendly Jewelry & Pawn
2731 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC
Tony'S Gun Sales & Service
119 N Trade St 7 Lakes
West End, NC
Public Hardware Inc
505 N Mangum St
Durham, NC
H G & Hsports
(828) 459-1405
4819 N. NC Hwy. 16
Conover, NC
Iron Station Gunsmithing
363 Cooper Rd
Vale, NC
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111 Skyland Shopping Ctr
Spring Lake, NC
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3231 Avent Ferray Rd # 103
Raleigh, NC
Kendale Pawn Shop
(919) 774-7195
2715 Lee Ave
Sanford, NC

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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