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Hobbs Gun Club
(505) 392-4053
Po Box 2295
Hobbs, NM
 
Sportsman''S Supply
(505) 397-4547
115 E. Taylor
Hobbs, NM
 
L & M Pawn & Title Loans
505454199
511 6Th St
Las Vegas, NM
 
Marquez Gunsmithing
(505) 425-3221
314 Chico Drive
Las Vegas, NM
 
Fullautos.Com
(505) 891-1614
2612 Southern Blvd.
Rio Rancho, NM
 
Desertguns
(505) 391-9090
210 West Broadway Street
Hobbs, NM
 
Southwest Arms
(505) 396-3928
618 South Main
Lovington, NM
 
Southwest Arms
(505) 396-3928
618 South Main
Lovington, NM
 
Absolutesporting Goods
(505) 872-4570
4400 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
 
Ronpeterson Guns, Inc.
(505) 255-8695
4418 Central South East
Albuquerque, NM
 

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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