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Leven Gun Works, Inc.
(417) 833-6605
3760 W. Farm Road 92
Springfield, MO
 
Arms &Ammo
(417) 751-2457
8408 N. Hwy. V
Ash Grove, MO
 
Americanfirearms Specialty Company
(816) 965-0600
12138 Blue Ridge Ext.
Grandview, MO
 
Powderhorn Gun Shop
(573) 875-4867
1213 Old Highway 63 North
Columbia, MO
 
R & J Bait & Tackle
573897252
2900 Hwy A
Bonnots Mill, MO
 
E.D.I.
(417) 889-4867
5337 S. Campbell Suite E
Springfield, MO
 
Targetmasters
(573) 443-3700
4101 N Rangelinen
Columbia, MO
 
Top Gun-Gunsmithing
417679433
Hcr 1 Box 1220
Pontiac, MO
 
J C Finley Company Inc
573764399
404 East Industrial Drive
Gerald, MO
 
Nancys Pawn Shop #2
573336414
996 Missouri Ave
St Robert, MO
 

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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