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Dick'S Sporting Goods
651731020
Tamarack Village S/C 8292 Tamarack Village
Woodbury, MN
 
Bill'S Gun Shop & Range
(763) 792-4867
3621 88th Ave. NE
Circle Pines, MN
 
Territorial Gunsmiths
(952) 931-9451
733 6th Avenue South
Hopkins, MN
 
Thesoup-To-Nuts Gun Shop
(218) 326-5722
324 NW 1st Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN
 
Weeping Heart Gun Shop
218385207
36732 Oak Point Road
New York Mills, MN
 
Wolf''Sden Gun Shop
(651) 426-2906
5554 145th Street
Hugo, MN
 
Ammocraft
(952) 933-3993
4314 Shady Oak Road Min
Hopkins, MN
 
High Hopes Gunsmithing
218652307
Route 1 Box 50
Akeley, MN
 
Final Option
612328231
260 222Nd Lane Nw Ste 1
Cedar, MN
 
Wealthwood Rod And Gun Club
(218) 678-2281
23573 420Th Place
Aitkin, 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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