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Targetmasters
(573) 443-3700
4101 N Rangelinen
Columbia, MO
 
Powderhorn Gun Shop
(573) 875-4867
1213 Old Highway 63 North
Columbia, MO
 
Ammo Alley / Shooters Alley
(573) 634-6196
11562 County Road 395
Jefferson City, MO
 
Beth Arms
203393161
381 Amity Rd
Bethany, CT
 
Big Piney Sportsmen'S Club
(417) 967-2878
16866 Hwy B
Houston, MO
 
Searcy, John R
573449166
951 Rockbridge Ln
Columbia, MO
 
Foster''Sbass Pro Shop Of Columbia
(573) 443-3300
1108 Business Loop 70 E
Columbia, MO
 
Aces & Eights Gunsmithing
573295682
4073 County Rd #452
New Bloomfield, MO
 
Carrell, Gary Duane
573426658
207 South Oak
Rolla, MO
 
Wilbers, William J
573636625
7915 Rt B
Jefferson City, MO
 

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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