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Ammocraft
(952) 933-3993
4314 Shady Oak Road Min
Hopkins, MN
 
Gunstopreloading Supplies Inc.
(952) 474-0211
5667 Manitou Road
Excelsior, MN
 
Jerels Gun Repair
320795227
44882 State Hwy 28
Morris, MN
 
Wally'S Guns & Ammo
320749277
24304 Bison Rd
Cushing, MN
 
A C Guns
218838161
6408 Berry Rd Ne
Outing, MN
 
Territorial Gunsmiths
(952) 931-9451
733 6th Avenue South
Hopkins, MN
 
Backus Corner Store
218947411
402 Wren Trail
Backus, MN
 
Bisonarms Co
(763) 682-5858
406 N.E.7th Street
Buffalo, MN
 
Wolf''Sden Gun Shop
(651) 426-2906
5554 145th Street
Hugo, MN
 
Lee Wiggert Guns & Ammo
218568776
6235 37Th Ave Sw
Pequot Lakes, MN
 

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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