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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
 
Luckytoad Outpost
515369839
2902 160Th Street
Urbandale, IA
 
Lee'S Colts
515981069
2953 Main St Churchville
Norwalk, IA
 
Churchville Shooters Supply
515981065
2902 So St Churchville
Norwalk, IA
 
Custom Stockmaker
203748128
26 Briarwood Dr
Danbury, CT
 
Firearms Unlimited
515388471
60101 170Th St
Neveda, IA
 
Possum Ridge Arms
319454656
1830 78Th St
Blairstown, IA
 
Doc'S Hunt Club
(515) 993-3711
2947 Prospect Circle
Adel, IA
 
The Ammobearer Ltd.
(319) 338-6426
232 Stevens Drive
Iowa City, 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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