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Stamford Archery & Firearms Ll
(203) 348-2221
379 Shippan Ave.
Stamford, CT
 
Bob`s Gun Exchange
(203) 655-4480
429 Post Road
Darien, CT
 
Hiller Sports
(203) 857-3474
140 Water Street
Norwalk, CT
 
Drew'S Bows And Guns
914522599
30 Rockinghorse Tr
Rye Brook, NY
 
Shooting Sports Limited Indoor
(203) 847-2767
4 New Canaan Ave.
Norwalk, CT
 
Bobs Gun Exchange
(203) 655-4480
429 Post Rd.
Darien, CT
 
Eurochasse
(203) 625-9501
398 Greenwich Ave.
Greenwich, CT
 
Samela, Anthony
914937631
64 1/2 Summerfield Place
Port Chester, NY
 
Canova, Fred
914481853
28 Clermont Ave
Port Chester, NY
 
Forest & Field Outdoorspecialties Inc.
(203) 847-0274
4 New Canaan Avenue
Norwalk, CT
 

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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