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American Sportsman -Archery, Guns & Ammo
(440) 236-6464
27736 Royalton Road
Columbia Station, OH
B&Bshooting Supply Inc
(216) 789-4300
7326 w Law rd
Valley City, OH
Safeguard-Security Systems
16121 Cr 23 Wally Rd
Loudonville, OH
Radebaugh, James B
141 Tiller Dr
Powell, OH
A D T Sports
5369 Ainsley Dr
Westerville, OH
B & S Shooting Supplies
(330) 483-7777
7326 West Law Road
Valley City, OH
Capital Pawn Shop
2135-2137 Eakin Rd
Columbus, OH
Laplante, Christopher J
13082 Juniper Rd
Thornville, OH
(614) 846-3396
2470 State Route 750
Powell, OH
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9225 Marion Rd
Newark, OH

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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