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Derjagerhof Gun Shop
(712) 325-0760
301 W. Pierce St STE 3
Council Bluffs, IA
 
Canfield''S Sporting Goods, Inc.
(402) 393-3363
8457 West Center Road
Omaha, NE
 
Clark, Christopher James
575230228
407 Ne 2Nd St
Ogden, IA
 
Ace All American Gunsmithing & Engraving
515244556
3614-6Th Ave Suite 2
Des Moines, IA
 
Iowacity Scheels
(319) 358-9959
1461 27th Avenue
Coralville, IA
 
Custom Stockmaker
203748128
26 Briarwood Dr
Danbury, CT
 
Bobs Shooting Supplies
641259324
709 E Grant
Monroe, IA
 
A To Z Pawn
515245966
200 Euclid
Des Moines, IA
 
Jasper County Gun Club
(641) 792-1916
624 W 28Th St S
Newton, IA
 
Rsr Sales
515979140
7760 Ne 106Th St
Mitchellville, IA
 

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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