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Americanfirearms Specialty Company
(816) 965-0600
12138 Blue Ridge Ext.
Grandview, MO
 
G.U.N.S.Unlimited Inc.
(816) 468-4867
8113 N. Oak Trwy.
Kansas City, MO
 
181 Gun Shop
785454636
607 Morgan Ave
Downs, KS
 
Pop N Shop
620564208
410 E Santa Fe
Ellinwood, KS
 
On Point Training Supplies
785845194
7272 K 4 Hwy Ste Gg
Meriden, KS
 
Denny''Sguns Ltd
(816) 221-9117
2001 Clay N.
Kansas City, MO
 
Farm Implement & Supply Co Inc
785434482
520 W Mill St
Plainville, KS
 
Atwood Tire Svc
785524465
201 W Lincoln Ave
Lincoln, KS
 
Centennial Pawn
2522 Vine #2
Hays, KS
 
Parts Inc
620792521
2538 W 10Th St
Great Bend, KS
 

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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