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Nathan''Ssports Shop
(740) 676-4557
3262 Belmont Street
Bellaire, OH
 
Barkcamptrading Post
(740) 782-1222
65760 Park Rd
Belmont, OH
 
Appalachian Firearms
304884695
Rt 2 Box 117
Jane Lew, WV
 
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304655858
Hc 89 Box 90
Arnoldsburg, WV
 
Mark'S Custom Archery
304745305
Rt 3 Box 785-B
Lost Creek, WV
 
Mccabe, Richard
740676100
53550 Spencer Lane
Bellaire, OH
 
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43201 Mt Hope Rd County Road #72
Lafferty, OH
 
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304624532
119 South 3Rd St
Clarksburg, WV
 
Gwinn Gunsmith Service
304846936
23 Green St
Richwood, WV
 
Keoughs Firearm Repair & Restoration Llc
304622506
Rt 2 Box 494
Bridgeport, WV
 

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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