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Jackfirst Gun Shop
(605) 343-8481
1201 Turbine Dr
Rapid City, SD
 
Rapid-Fire Firearms Contact: Robert Akers
(605) 381-8940
1350 Neva Way
Rapid City, SD
 
Missouri Trader
605234266
111 East Beebe
Chamberlain, SD
 
Bechards Reloading
605224816
1608 Hilltop Dr
Pierre, SD
 
Precision Reloading Llc Trent Hagen
605-996-9984, 800-223-0900
124 S Main St.
Mitchell, SD
 
Gustafson, Gary E
605787554
12928 Larene Drive
Black Hawk, SD
 
Rapidcity Scheels
(605) 342-9033
480 Rushmore Mall 2200 North Maple
Rapid City, SD
 
Runnings Farm & Fleet
605224166
1600 N Harrison
Pierre, SD
 
Willow Creek Wildlife Inc
(605) 223-3154
20628 Willow Creek Rd
Ft. Pierre, SD
 
Teton River Traders Gun Shop
605224137
801 W Highway 14 & 34
Fort 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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