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Collector Arms
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30 Westward Cir
N Reading, MA
 
Matthew J Koneski Gunsmith
570262862
249 S Main St
Ashley, PA
 
Molek Enterprises
717248965
220 Ewardtown Rd
Yeagertown, PA
 
Memories Sportsman Shop
702 Main St
Sharpsburg, PA
 
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814387935
1262 Ridge Rd
Clarence, PA
 
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570824664
487 Main Rd
Hanover Township, PA
 
Ulmers Gunsmithing
814364923
141 Old Fort Rd
Spring Mills, PA
 
Wolfe'S Gunsmithing Llc
717438350
112 Cherry Valley Road
Millerstown, PA
 
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229 W Shamokin St
Trevorton, PA
 
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110 Kish Pike
Lewistown, PA
 

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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