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Laurel Rifle Club
406628460
Po Box 21
Laurel, MT
 
Laurel Rod & Gun Club
(406) 628-6292
Riverside Park
Laurel, MT
 
Watkins Paint & Supply
406788593
3488 Cora Creek Rd
Raynesford, MT
 
Teigs Gun Sales & Repair
406572367
6.6 Cottonwood Rd
Martinsdale, MT
 
Cromwells
406487244
Railroad & Main St
Scobey, MT
 
Tims Gunsmithing
613 5Th Ave
Laurel, MT
 
Mr T'S
406821384
111 S Main St
Darby, MT
 
Tims Gunsmithing
613 5Th Ave
Laurel, MT
 
Jones, Gary Wayne
406467338
400 Jacksons Corner Rd West
Fairfield, MT
 
Ohlson'S Custom Guns
406547380
405 W Hancock
White Sulphur Spg, MT
 

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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