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American Gunshop Inc
(928) 776-1873
122 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ
 
Prescott Valley Guns
(928) 772-7705
8620 East State Route 69
Prescott Valley, AZ
 
Straight Shooter Guns
(623) 925-0998
517 West Western Avenue
Avondale, AZ
 
PCW Guns
(928) 472-7200
615 West Main Street
Payson, AZ
 
Pioneer Village Gun Shop
928474391
1117 North Beeline Hwy
Payson, AZ
 
High Country Guns Knives & Pawn
(928) 445-7704
555 White Spar Road Suite A
Prescott, AZ
 
Mazy`s Custom Gunsmithing
(928) 636-1262
396 West Road 3 North
Chino Valley, AZ
 
Ross Guns & Pawn
(480) 844-2989
1950 N Arizona Ave Ste 6
Chandler, AZ
 
Combat Cartridge Inc
928535561
3042 Chevelon Rd
Overgaard, AZ
 
The Ammo Place
(928) 773-1400
2209 N 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ
 

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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