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Target Shooting Supplies
515292876
2717 Oakwood Rd
Ames, IA
 
Cheville'S Shooter Supply
515292239
3917 Toronto
Ames, IA
 
Hill, Ralph
515233835
1905 Bel Air Dr
Ames, IA
 
Amesoutdoors
(515) 292-2276
4723 W. Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
 
Kmart #3971
515232755
1405 Buckeye Ave
Ames, IA
 
Elk River
515232039
3741 Mathews Rd
Ames, IA
 
Ames Pawn Broker
512233558
104 Kellogg
Ames, IA
 
Jax Outdoor Gear
4723 W Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
 
Ames Surplus And Outdoor
(970) 221-0544
4723 W Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
 
Cycle Source Group LLC
(515) 232-0277
2105 Se 5th St
Ames, IA
 

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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