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Smith & Wesson Model 990L Puyallup WA

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The Marksman Inc
(253) 535-4363
11003 Cany
Puyallup, WA
 
Sportco
(253) 922-2581
4602 2oth Street Ea
Tacoma, WA
 
Bull''Seye Shooter Supply
(253) 572-6417
414 Puyallup Avenue
Tacoma, WA
 
Yankee Trader -Browning Safe Dealer
466-6538, 253-565-2753
1021 Broadview Dr Fi
Tacoma, WA
 
Beararms Inc.
(253) 630-8053
15220 S.E. 272nd B
Kent, WA
 
Muzzleloaders Supply
(253) 922-1717
6514 River Rd East
Puyallup, WA
 
Gun &Bow
(253) 537-6665
13005 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
 
Welcher''S Gun Shop, Inc.
(253) 474-8278
6400 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
 
Pintos Gun Shop
(253) 859-6333
827 Central Ave. N Ste
Kent, WA
 
Spectrum Firearms
509925564
401 Cattail Rd
Ellensburg, WA
 

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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