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Wayne'S Gun Repair
304861012
26 Casey Lane
Washington, WV
 
Crossroads General Store
304275461
Rt 1 Box 206 A
Walker, WV
 
R & S Sports & Pawn Inc
304275111
901 Court St
Elizabeth, WV
 
Shooters Sports Supply
304636665
508 S Randolph Ave Ste 1
Elkins, WV
 
J & S Pawn Shop
304339230
Hc 86 Box 11A
Monterville, WV
 
Woodmar Gun Club Inc
304863753
9226 Dupont Rd
Washington, WV
 
Rinard, Roger Sidney
740473233
39021 St. Rt 7
Newport, OH
 
J & T Guns
304628353
Rt 1 Box 30 C
Petroleum, WV
 
Marshs Lumber & Home Center Inc
304624654
515 Rosebud Plaza
Clarksburg, WV
 
Garrison, Robert D
304269214
1522 Buckhannon Run Road
Buckhannon, WV
 

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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