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Stoutstuff
(503) 370-8900
2395 Salem-Dallas Hwy. NW
Salem, OR
 
Gwinners Shooting Supplies
(503) 623-2113
13330 Hwy 22
Dallas, OR
 
Tactical Firearms Llc
541617022
19330 Dayton Rd
Bend, OR
 
Guntraders
541923068
2130 S Hwy 97
Redmond, OR
 
Sportsman'S Warehouse 146
541693500
63492 Hunnell Rd
Bend, OR
 
De Jager Guns
503551678
2962 Wintel Rds
Jefferson, OR
 
Buchsers Guns
541923099
2324 Nw 21St Ct
Redmond, OR
 
Bi-Mart #641
541923722
1727 Sw Odem Medo Rd
Redmond, OR
 
John Vest - Engraver/Stockmaker
541923889
1923 Ne 7Th St
Redmond, OR
 
Circle C Guns
541416906
12983 Shawnee St
Prineville, OR
 

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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