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(417) 782-9600
4324 So. Main St.
Joplin, MO
 
Oldcabin Shop
(417) 358-6720
155 N. Black Powder LN
Carthage, MO
 
L & J Package
573775239
602 W Main
Steelville, MO
 
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573392415
25 Hazelwood Road
Eldon, MO
 
Precision Firearms
417533300
145 Evergreen Pkwy
Lebanon, MO
 
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(417) 624-4087
3022 Main Street
Joplin, MO
 
Owensville Gun Club
(573) 437-6166
Hwy 28 West
Owensville, MO
 
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314226333
412 Hall Ave
Union, MO
 
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7101 Ketterman Ln
Jefferson City, MO
 
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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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