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Smith & Wesson Model 990L Hobbs NM

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Hobbs Gun Club
(505) 392-4053
Po Box 2295
Hobbs, NM
 
Desertguns
(505) 391-9090
210 West Broadway Street
Hobbs, NM
 
Lawrence Bits & Spurs
505470500
74 Big Draw Rd
Stanley, NM
 
Crosshair Gun Shop
(505) 762-5056
214 North Main Street
Clovis, NM
 
Walters, Keith
505483225
6Th St & County Rd #511
Springer, NM
 
Sportsman''S Supply
(505) 397-4547
115 E. Taylor
Hobbs, NM
 
Southwest Arms
(505) 396-3928
618 South Main
Lovington, NM
 
Escrito Trading Post
505568447
Hcr 17 Box 1000
Cuba, NM
 
Patriotarms
(505) 693-5500
121 W. Llano Estacado Blvd
Clovis, NM
 
Losranchos Gun Shop
(505) 345-4276
6542 4th St. NW
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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