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Interstate Arms Corp
(978) 667-7060
6G Dunham Road
Billerica, MA
Lees''S Gun Shop
(603) 425-6528
27 Isabella Drive
Londonderry, NH
Al''S Gun& Reel Shop Inc.
(603) 432-2708
5 Linwood Ave.
Derry, NH
Rustblue Gunsmithing
9 1/2 Franconia Ave
Natick, MA
Paradis Firearm Repair & Machining
78 Elm St
North Brookfield, MA
(781) 932-3133
76-R Winn Street
Woburn, MA
Great Northern Sports Center Inc.
(603) 432-3742
237 Rockingha
Derry, NH
Dick''Ssporting Goods
(978) 646-6400
96 Commonwealth Ave
Danvers, MA
Collectors Coin Gallery Inc, The
89 B Hancock St
Stoneham, MA
Collector Arms
30 Westward Cir
N Reading, MA

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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