Gun Report

Smith & Wesson SW990L .40 S&W

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Deluxe features made this gun easier to shoot, but its lack of reliability with hollowpoints was unacceptable, in our view.

Smith & Wesson SW990L .40 S&W

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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The striker was visible through the rear of the slide when it was pre-cocked but shielded from impact. The rear sight was windage adjustable only. Elevation changes were performed by choosing one of four different-height front sight blades. In this photograph, the chamber was loaded and the rear of the extractor is shown slanted into the slide. We thought this was easier to feel than it was to see.
Our SW990L came with two eight-round magazines, but only one featured a basepad that added a third finger groove. Other parts included a backstrap with generous palm swell and three extra sight blades. Held in place by an Allen screw available from beneath the slide, a proper wrench was also supplied.

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