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Scottsdale Gun Club
(480)348-1111, (480)348-1113
14860 North Northsight Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Sourland Sportsmens Shop
609466105
61 E Broad St
Hopewell, NJ
 
Cactus Tactical
(877) 922-2887
15681 N Cave Creek Rd #8
Phoenix, AZ
 
Hutch Antiques
480816958
16344 E Bainbridge Ave
Fountain Hills, AZ
 
Magnum Power Products
480205219
16701 E Laser
Fountain Hills, AZ
 
AZ Wolverine Gunsmithing
(623) 582-0498
31 West Lone Cactus Drive # 4
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Scottsdale Gun Center
(480) 874-1383
2515 North Scottsdale Road Suite 9
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Safes4Less
(480) 413-2105
Post Office Box 480
Mesa, AZ
 
Site Knowledge Inc
480837389
14021 N Kendall Drive Unit A
Fountain Hills, AZ
 
Unique Gun Smithing
(480) 894-6397
1341 South River Drive
Tempe, 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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