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Aaa Guns
(800) 281-7662
738 Main Street
West Springfield, MA
 
Nick''Ssport Shop
(413) 282-3920
1029 Park St
Palmer, MA
 
Gus'' Bait &Tackle Shop
(860) 659-2243
26 Pease Lane So.
East Granby, CT
 
Tek Industries, Inc
80687
48 Hockanum Blvd
Vernon, CT
 
B. G. Sporting, Inc.
085-2123, 413-568-7569
1460 Russell Rd.
Westfield, MA
 
B. G. Sporting, Inc.
085-2123, 413-568-7569
1460 Russell Rd.
Westfield, MA
 
Eastern Gunsmiths & Firearms
(860) 623-1223
48 Broad Brook Road
East Windsor, CT
 
Steve`s Guns
(860) 871-1987
623 Talcottville Road
Vernon Rockville, CT
 
Callaghan''S Firearms Sales
508-481-2051, 800-370-2051
7 Mechanic St.
Marlborough, MA
 
Dougherty Tool Co Inc
508485556
148 Marlboro Rd
Southborough, MA
 

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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