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Smg, Ltd
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1163 24Th St 299
Des Moines, IA
 
Bowens
515279855
4750 Madison
Des Moines, IA
 
Luckytoad Outpost
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2902 160Th Street
Urbandale, IA
 
Paw'S Guns
515276967
13309 Douglas Parkway
Urbandale, IA
 
Pawn Store, The
515277487
3005 Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
J & R Guns Repair Service
515277252
725 38Th St
Des Moines, IA
 
Bills Whitewall Tire Ctr
515288113
1317 Walnut St
Des Moines, IA
 
Foust, John F
515491730
4701 Franklin
Des Moines, IA
 
Dsm Sales
515270002
3027 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA
 
Continental Firearms Distributing
515262603
450 N Hickory Blvd
Pleasant Hill, 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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