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Big Island Gun Club Range
(808) 968-6150
Olaa Estate
Mt. View, HI
 
Bills Gunsmithing
808966509
15 822 Paradise Ala Kai Rd
Keaau, HI
 
Aloha Guns
159 Kalanikoa St Bay #110
Hilo, HI
 
Kawamura, Leslie T
(808) 961-9666
688 Kinoole St #215B
Hilo, HI
 
Johns Sportswear /Surplus
808935699
284 Keawe St
Hilo, HI
 
Down Factory
808966447
16-1050 40Th Ave
Keaau, HI
 
Big Island Gun Club
(808) 968-8956
304A S Maunakea Rd
Mountain View, HI
 
Marks Archery & Muzzle Loader Shop
808959549
447 Naniakea
Hilo, HI
 
Keauka Ha Military Reservation
(808) 933-0926
1046 Leilani St
Hilo, HI
 
Nostalgia Arms
(808) 929-7164
92 Hawaii Blvd 9078
Hilo, HI
 

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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