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Laurel Rod & Gun Club
(406) 628-6292
Riverside Park
Laurel, MT
 
Tims Gunsmithing
613 5Th Ave
Laurel, MT
 
Rays Sport & Westernwear Inc
406632432
Highway 12 East
Harlowton, MT
 
Far West Guns
827 Quarter Horse Road
Rosebud, MT
 
Jls Firearms Specialties & Rod Repair
406223185
Us Hwy 89 S 5034
Livingston, MT
 
Laurel Rifle Club
406628460
Po Box 21
Laurel, MT
 
Laurel Rifle Club
406628460
Po Box 21
Laurel, MT
 
Central Montana Shooting Complex
Limekiln Road
Lewistown, MT
 
Northern Lights Outfitters
406888560
14349 Hwy 2 E
Essex, MT
 
Lindskog Arms
406538502
752 Rifle Range Rd
Lewistown, 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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