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Smith & Wesson Model 990L Pierre SD

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Steamboats Oasis
605224657
511 W Dakata Ave
Pierre, SD
 
Makoweski, Peter
605224531
20461 Green Grass Rd
Pierre, SD
 
Bechards Reloading
605224816
1608 Hilltop Dr
Pierre, SD
 
Wal-Mart Supercenter #1685
605224883
1730 N Garfield Rd
Pierre, SD
 
Ace Hardware
605224108
339 S Pierre St
Pierre, SD
 
Dakotamart
(605) 224-8871
120 West Siou
Pierre, SD
 
Dakotamart
605224887
120 West Sioux Ave
Pierre, SD
 
Sporter Specialties
605945311
614 Stewart Pl
Pierre, SD
 
Tinker Kennels Inc
605224997
3005 Karen Ct
Pierre, SD
 
Lewis & Clark Rifle & Pistol Club
(605) 224-5521
502 N Monroe
Pierre, SD
 

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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