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89 B Hancock St
Stoneham, MA
 
Synepuxent Rod & Gun Club Inc
(410) 641-1598
7909 Purnell Crossing Rd
Liberty Town, MD
 
Southern Md Firearms
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42274 St Andrews Church Rd
Leonardtown, MD
 
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475 Main St
Prince Frederick, MD
 
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407 George Clauwss Blvd
Severn, MD
 
Chesapeake Rifle & Pistol Club Inc
(410) 539-4600
4835 Maiden Forest Rd
Baltimore, MD
 
Kent County Gun Club
(410) 778-6228
Rr 213
Chestertown, MD
 
Armory, The
410224497
24 A Defense St
Annapolis, MD
 
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1 Mohawk Dr Rt 5
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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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