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Larrrys Discount Gun Shop
203756870
299 Meriden Rd
Waterbury, CT
 
Griffith Guns Ltd
203723148
780 Rubber Ave
Naugatuck, CT
 
Mad River Firearms
17 Coach Dr
Wolcott, CT
 
Nothing But Ammo, Llc
(203) 528-0204
6 New Haven Road
Prospect, CT
 
T&S Manufacturing
860628817
1223 Mount Vernon Rd
Southington, CT
 
Northeastern Ventures
203300978
145 Pullen Avenue
Oakville, CT
 
Sportsmen''S Outpost Inc.
(203) 879-1139
415 Wolcott Road
Wolcott, CT
 
Prospect Firearms
(203) 758-4225
103 Union City Rd
Prospect, CT
 
Bryan, Jodie
203263244
85 Paper Mill Rd
Woodbury, CT
 
Ciola, John David
203393371
5 Amity Road
Bethany, 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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