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Smith & Wesson Model 990L Redding CA

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Mears Larry Gunsmithing
(530) 244-3213
568 North Market Street
Redding, CA
 
Shasta Valley Archery
530365931
5200 Industrial Way Suite F
Anderson, CA
 
High Sierra Firearms
30009 Road 196
Exeter, CA
 
Flying H Supply
559689322
32770 Road 600
Raymond, CA
 
Sniperalez Gun Works & Shooting Supplies
(559) 992-2465
1951 Gardenia Ln
Corcoran, CA
 
Precision Gun Shop
(530) 223-1049
1743 Victor Avenue
Redding, CA
 
Arms Usa
(714) 738-4486
1635 N Orangethorpe Way
Anaheim, CA
 
Central Valley Firearms
559638017
42896 Rd 52
Reedley, CA
 
Deans Coins And Pawning
559264465
2325 E Mckinley
Fresno, CA
 
Two Guns Press
(650) 869-6126
710 Dubuque Avenue
South San Francisco, CA
 

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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