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Central Gun Exchange
(206) 624-0430
1016 Fir
Seattle, WA
 
Wades East Side Guns
(425) 649-5995
13570 Belle-Red Road
Bellevue, WA
 
Stan Baker''S Gun Shop
(206) 522-4575
10000 Lake City
Seattle, WA
 
Gehring Brothers Guns
(360) 377-3851
1122 S
Bremerton, WA
 
Pintos Gun Shop
(253) 859-6333
827 Central Ave. N Ste
Kent, WA
 
Butch''S Gun Shops
(206) 789-7575
7503 Aurora Av
Seattle, WA
 
Discount Gun Sales, Llc
(206) 417-1625
11306 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA
 
Big 5 Sporting Goods
(425) 271-6900
508 S 3
Renton, WA
 
Ams Guns
(425) 483-8855
18144 Woodinville-Snohomish Road
Woodinville, WA
 
Guntown
(425) 672-1849
18601 HWY 99 STE 200
Lynnwood, 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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