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Larrys Gun Shop
(251) 476-9693
2701 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Mobile, AL
 
Steves Gun Shop & Manufacturing
(251) 457-5682
2318 Wolf Ridge Rd.
Mobile, AL
 
Great Southerngun Works
(251) 635-1975
1163 Hubert Pierce Rd.
Mobile, AL
 
Gunman
(251) 639-2530
951 Schillinger Rd N # A.
Mobile, AL
 
Magic Pawn
601 South Memorial Drive
Prattville, AL
 
3173 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama 36606251-473-1080
(251) 473-1080
3173 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL
 
Mccoy Outdoor Company
(251) 473-1080
3498 Spring Hill Ave.
Mobile, AL
 
Mobile Shooting Center, Inc.
(251) 633-8629
710 Dykes Road
Mobile, AL
 
Mobile Shooting Center
(251) 633-8629
9170 Airport Blvd.
Mobile, AL
 
Alabama Gun Runner
(334) 324-6547
5966 Camel Drive
Montgomery, AL
 

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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