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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
 
Heim'S Firearms
515262255
1220 S 50Th Place
West Des Moines, IA
 
Leonard, Charles David
515287884
13130 Adams St
Des Moines, IA
 
Amesoutdoors
(515) 292-2276
4723 W. Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
 
Custom Stockmaker
203748128
26 Briarwood Dr
Danbury, CT
 
Graham, David Lee
515232737
321 Ruby Cir
Ames, IA
 
Cycle Source Group LLC
(515) 232-0277
2105 Se 5th St
Ames, IA
 
The Stockdale Gun Club
(641) 648-9000
10724 Co Hwy S55
Ackley, IA
 
Ozark Artillery
515222173
442 52Nd Court
West Des Moines, 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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