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Dick'S Sporting Goods Inc
814861135
325 Colonnade Blvd
State College, PA
 
Rons Gun Repair
307 Matilda Ave
Lemont, PA
 
Arms At Taylors
814355357
650 Spotts Road
Julian, PA
 
Comly, Barry L
814355084
1675 Dix Run Rd
Julian, PA
 
Lion Country Supply Inc
814684570
Rt 220 South
Port Matilda, PA
 
Nittany Firearms Centre
1413 Majestic View Dr
State College, PA
 
Steiner, Kim Carlyle
814466647
152 Roundhill Rd
Boalsburg, PA
 
Jays Gun & Tackle Shop
814355040
469 Unionville Pk
Julian, PA
 
Bomboys Gunsmithing
814355826
350 Bush Hollow Rd
Julian, PA
 
Stem"S Gun Shop
(814) 237-8557
630 Grays Woods Blvd.
Port Matilda, PA
 

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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