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Dean Wilkerson Gunsmithing
(818) 988-7266
15735 Strathern Street Suite 5
Van Nuys, CA
 
Stevenson Gun Country
(818) 845-6015
1313 West Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, CA
 
L A Guns
(310) 246-9354
9028 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA
 
Davis Sales-Gunsmithing
(818) 889-0453
5040 Cornell Road
Agoura Hills, CA
 
Visalia Sportsmen Assoc Inc
4318 W School Ave
Visalia, CA
 
Richards Microfit Gunstocks
(818) 767-6097
8331 San Fernando Road
Sun Valley, CA
 
Gun World
(818) 238-9071
2412 West Magnolia Boulevard # B
Burbank, CA
 
Oaktree Gun Club LLC
(661) 259-7441
23121 Coltrane Avenue
Newhall, CA
 
Carmel Associated Sportsmen Inc
(831) 372-0800
Po Box 3701
Carmel, CA
 
Defensive Firearms Training Inc
559292580
2598 N Miami Ave
Fresno, CA
 

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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