The unfinished version of the DoubleTap in titanium gives you an idea of the detail of the gun under the terrible SHOT Show lighting. This is the .45ACP version, and the 9mm version is the same gun, so much so that the barrels are swappable.
This is a cutaway. Supposedly there are only 4 moving parts on the gun. Wonder if it actually works? Note the porting, which is $70 extra, but we don’t know if they will be shipping like that or if you have to send them back.
Those two bullets at the bottom you see on the cutaway are actually in a compartment that comes with a bullet strip to reload the gun.
This is a picture that DoubleTap had at the booth of what apparently is the new factory. They did seem to actually be telling the truth this year though. It was quite apparent talking to the German guys at their booth last year that there was no ability to manufacturer the guns whatsoever.
If you want one of these guns, demand is going to outstrip supply for quite a while. Ask your local dealer to get on a list at his favorite of these distributors of the DoubleTap pocket pistol.
DoubleTap Defense LLC
One of the stories you didn’t see at GunsAmerica last year at SHOT Show was the “DoubleTap” pocket pistol. We elected to not cover it because though it seemed a good idea, it was clear from speaking with the management at the show that it was not going to be available in the market anytime soon. Several lawsuits later, the inventors of the DoubleTap have changed manufacturing facilities and it looks like the gun is actually going to be available in a couple months. This is a really neat double derringer style pocket pistol that comes in both .45ACP and 9mm, and it is available in both aluminum, at 12 ounces empty, for $499, or titanium at 14 ounces, for $729. At present all of the major distributors have placed orders for the guns, in the tens of thousands, and within a couple months the factory, located in Naples, Florida, should be able to produce over 5,000 guns per month. A full line of holsters and accessories are already available for the DoubleTap, and the barrels and calibers are interchangeable, with .40S&W hopefully available by summer.
What makes the Double Tap interesting is that it only has four moving parts. We haven’t gotten an actual gun in hand yet, so who knows what those parts are, but it does make the gun intriguing. The width of the DoubleTap is .665 inches. It is 5.5 inches long, and only 3 inches high. For another $70 you can get the barrels ported, but we weren’t able to ascertain if any ported models will be shipping to the distributors. If you look at the pictures, you can see that the grip cap actually holds another two rounds, which is pretty nifty. Now that the clouds have parted over the DoubleTap it will be interesting to see how it does in the market. The best gun for concealed carry is the gun you will actually carry, and a high quality 12 ounce double derringer in potent calibers should be very well received. Hopefully DoubleTap Defense will send us one in soon.
If you want one of these guns, get yourself on a list for one now with your local stocking gun dealer. There is a list of distributors in the pictures, and all of them should be able to get guns within about 60 days. This is a heavily prototyped gun that has been tested extensively, (ie. it ain’t no Diamondback). Most likely we will get one of these for review, and it should light them up pretty good with demand. They also have an advertising budget, so you will see them reviewed in the print magazines as well. This might be your first real look at the Florida made DoubleTaps coming into the market, but once they arrive you will hear about them a lot, and my guess is that the reviews will be positive. I’m not giving up my XD-S anytime soon, but as a gun you can carry in beltless shorts, or for women, in a thigh holster or gym pants pockets, the DoubleTap is intriguing to say the least. We’ll have to see how it handles of course. The .45ACP isn’t going to be comfortable to shoot in a 12 ounce gun, but you never know until you try, and hopefully we’ll be able to try it soon.