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Ammocraft
(952) 933-3993
4314 Shady Oak Road Min
Hopkins, MN
 
Gunstopreloading Supplies Inc.
(952) 474-0211
5667 Manitou Road
Excelsior, MN
 
High Hopes Gunsmithing
218652307
Route 1 Box 50
Akeley, MN
 
Moorheaddowntown Scheels
(218) 233-2751
505 Center Avenue
Moorhead, MN
 
Precision Steelcraft
218682385
2652 County 46 Nw
Hackensack, MN
 
Territorial Gunsmiths
(952) 931-9451
733 6th Avenue South
Hopkins, MN
 
Ballistic Products, Inc.
(763) 494-9237
20015 75th Ave N. Cor
Hamel, MN
 
Gordon Custom Gun Works
218828077
240 County Rd 45
Fort Ripley, MN
 
Delaneys Sports Inc
218732428
1100 E 1Rst St Park Rapids
Park Rapids, MN
 
Kjergaard Sports
1951 200Th Ave
Lake Benton, MN
 

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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