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J.R. Shooting Sports Inc.
(630) 236-7788
519 N Oakhurst Dr
Aurora, IL
 
Stag Arms Llc
860224083
515 John Downey Dr
New Britain, CT
 
Gun Shop
(815) 439-4570
23003 West Lincoln Highway
Plainfield, IL
 
Cliff`s Guns & Surplus
(630) 858-2815
501 Pennsylvania Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL
 
Gun Room
(847) 695-3990
161 North Edison Avenue
Elgin, IL
 
Cullerton Co, The
630393777
3S220 Warren Ave
Warrenville, IL
 
Shooting Guns
(815) 439-4867
23248 West Lincoln Highway
Plainfield, IL
 
23003 W Lincoln Hwy, Plainfield, Illinois 60544815-439-4570
(815) 439-4570
23003 W Lincoln Hwy
Plainfield, IL
 
Cliff''Sguns & Surplus
(630) 858-2815
501 Pennslyvaina Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL
 
Rink''S Gun & Sport, Inc.
(815) 838-1371
14363 S. Archer
Lockport, IL
 

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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