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Pro Service Firearms
515321328
3561Turnsberry Dr
West Des Moines, IA
 
Heim'S Firearms
515262255
1220 S 50Th Place
West Des Moines, IA
 
Davis, James C, Firearms
515282609
931 32Nd St
West Des Moines, IA
 
Bowers Guns
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1132 59Th St
West Des Moines, IA
 
Panther Creek Outfitters Llc
2663-2667 100Th St
Urbandale, IA
 
Aukee, Reuben
515224657
5101 Aspen Dr
West Des Moines, IA
 
Ozark Artillery
515222173
442 52Nd Court
West Des Moines, IA
 
Big Kmart #3447
515222086
10331 University Ave
Clive, IA
 
Scheels All Sport
101 Jordan Creek Pkwy Bldg 4000
West Des Moines, IA
 
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(515) 278-5500
3009-100th Street
Urbandale, IA
 

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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