Yep, its officially, official. Here are all the official details on the much controversied (Is that even a word) DoubleTap:
DoubleTap™ Defense, LLC nears full production of the DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket Pistol (design and utility patents pending). The revolutionary, smallest and safest conceal carry pistol, will be manufactured, in total, by Naples, Florida based Azimuth Technologies. Production pistols will be sent for certification to all of the required states for compliance testing. Distributors will begin to receive initial shipments of the DoubleTap™ tactical pocket pistol in the first quarter 2013. DoubleTap™ Defense Stocking Dealers (with qualified orders) will be receiving a free promotional package shortly before shipping begins.
“We are extremely pleased with the improved DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket Pistol,” Raymond B. Kohout, DoubleTap™ inventor stated. “We are currently finalizing all changes to our website, product packaging and accessories and look forward to shipping to our loyal distributors in early 2013.”
The DoubleTap™ tactical pocket pistol has undergone several improvements while being re-engineered and produced at the new manufacturing facility. The DoubleTap™ pistol is still the smallest, safest and lightest tactical conceal carry at only 12 ounces and just 5/8″ wide. The interchangeable barrels (9mm and .45ACP) use a M16 style push pin. The pistol grip now features a new “FRAG” pattern design inspired by the fragmentation grenade pattern. The new textured grip allows for a more confident grip. Another new feature is the ambidextrous barrel pin, now engineered to allow for a left or right-hand take-down of the barrel. The trigger system has been simplified to only four major components and now features dual hammers for extra safety and reliability. The double-action, sequentially fired mechanical trigger system has double-strike capability with a 12 to 14 lb. trigger pull. Ported barrels are available for both the 9mm and .45 ACP to reduce recoil and muzzle flip.
The aluminum frames are machined from 7075 aluminum and the titanium frames from 6AL 4V titanium. The barrels are now manufactured from 17-4 PH stainless steel which is of higher quality and durability. The aluminum models will receive a Type 3 Hard Anodized finish. The titanium models will receive a Cerakote coating just like the current Marine Corp 1911s. All stainless parts will receive a Melonite finished to Rockwell 65 hardness.
Even with the improvements the DoubleTap™ pistol pricing remains the same. The DoubleTap™ Aluminum non-ported model retails for $499.00. The Aluminum ported model retails for $569.00. The DoubleTap™ Titanium non-ported model retails for $729.00 and the ported model for $799.00. Caliber conversion kits in the non-ported version have been lowered to $199.00 and the ported kits lowered to $269.00. DoubleTap™ Defense also sells a variety of accessories to complement the DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket pistol.