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Al''Shardware & Gun Repair
(503) 357-2441
4080 N.W. Heesacker Rd
Forest Grove, OR
 
Beaver Creek Armory
(503) 481-4848
2020 Aloclek Dr Ste 118 H
Portland, OR
 
Fielding Arms
503398288
21850 R O Richards Rd
Beaver, OR
 
Roseburggun Shop
(541) 673-4537
2405-30 Diamond Lk. Blvd.
Roseburg, OR
 
Brookings Sports Unlimited
(541) 469-4012
P.O. Box 4460
Brookings, OR
 
Bert''S Guns
(503) 612-6552
21208 SW Arapaho Ct
Tualatin, OR
 
Force Ten / Cloud Mt Armory
(503) 554-5997
310 E 1st.
Newberg, OR
 
Due, Susan Marie
541815077
21114 Tumalo Rd
Bend, OR
 
Supply Depot, The
541385088
310 Se Railroad Ave
Bend, OR
 
Michael L Potter'S Ochoco Valley Arms
541447402
782 S Main St
Prineville, 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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