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A R Arms
701663901
2205 N Sommer Dr
Mandan, ND
 
High Country Llc
701202514
3215 N Crested Dr
Mandan, ND
 
Hughes Gunsmithing Llc
701222398
3385 Silver Fox Lane
Bismarck, ND
 
Muzzle Blast Firearms
701223146
5001 149Th Ave Nw
Bismarck, ND
 
Heilman, Melvin G
701794348
404 Prairie Avenue
Center, ND
 
Rolling Thunder Sporting Goods
701663136
503 Division St Ne
Mandan, ND
 
Brown, Joel R
701667614
2416 Crocus Drive North
Mandan, ND
 
Norseman Supply
701391834
2666 West Loveland Road
Bismarck, ND
 
Dans Sport Center
701751400
7499 Gray Fox Lane
Bismarck, ND
 
Vanoosting, William B
701794324
2948 13Th St Sw
Center, ND
 

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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