By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Design
The DoubleTap handgun is only 5/8ths of an inch thick and weighs 14 ounces.
You're looking at what's perhaps the world's most compact .45 caliber pocket pistol.
Despite sporting dimensions similar to a standard smartphone (5/8ths of an inch thick) and weighing only 14 ounces, the DoubleTap features a no-snag, hammerless design (firing mechanism is internal) that's capable of the kind of precision and efficiency offered by high-performance .45 caliber handguns. And, according to the manufacturer, Heizer Defense, you won't find a slimmer and lighter pocket pistol anywhere on the market.
For gun enthusiasts, here's a rundown of the handgun's features as highlighted on Heizer's website:
- Available in .45 ACP or 9MM
- A patent-pending progressive barrel porting option that cuts muzzle rise and recoil.
- A one-of-a-kind double-action trigger system that utilizes ball bearings for a smooth action and crisp trigger pull.
- Designed to hold two rounds in the chamber and two additional spare rounds inside the handle
Buyers can choose between an aluminum model that starts at $500 or one made out of titanium with a MIL-STD finish, the same used on military aircraft, for a protection against corrosion and wear damage for $730.
The DoubleTap is slated to go on sale in the first quarter of 2012.
Here's some videos showcasing the new firearm:
(via Press Release)
- Semi-automatic pistol fires two bullets at once
- Study: Carrying a gun can make you more paranoid
- How to tell who’s a psychopath
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- ‘Super bullet’ can guide itself, hit targets a mile away [video]
- Top 7 ‘breakthrough’ military weapons
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Mar 29, 2012
Why not make a barrel that will spin around? You don't even bother to eject the spent cartridge you use that quick load strip to place 2 bullets in same hole where a bullet just left the barrel quick flip you would be able to fire very quickly this way. Meant for close up work no need for the sights since you will use this as center mass firing.
I wish I could afford it, I'd buy it, practice shooting it, than defend myself if I had too. You bet.
let's give them to the surviors in CT, every person, regardless of age, with a lethal weapon; the NRA and the manufacturer's dream scenario.
While the debates concerning firearms are a seemingly endless set of pro and con terms, IMHO I rather enjoy Tuan's forays into firearms. It shows that Smart Planet is not above addressing a wider range of subjects than some Channels, Forums, Blogs and Discussion Groups who apparently have vested interests that shade their content. That sort of range will keep me coming back for the firearms content as well as all the rest, sort of nice to have a place that informs without trying to interject a singular point of view. As to the subject of this article, overpriced though it may be, the current political climate has pushed that dollar sign button beyond what seems to be rationale, it is a solid chunk of self defense weaponry. I had the opportunity to handle one at a local gun show and its' weight would offset the recoil of even the .45 ACP chambering. The venting on the barrels also helps in the recoil aspect and keep them down for the second shot. Being a "Gun Crank" of the first water, I take a pair of snap caps in multiple calibers so that I could try the trigger and functioning of any hand guns that might pic my interests to most gun shows any more. While the advertised 10 pound trigger pull may seem a bit harsh, in reality the ball bearing design offsets that to a degree you would be surprised by. In a situation where you would be required to pull this out and use it for its' intended purpose, just like the noise level generated by any hand gun in a stressed environment such as that, you wouldn't even notice it. The 9mm second caliber option would be a nice practice option but not one for defense purposes.
I thought that smart plantet was about nature, technology and being green. What's a gun doing here and that too a sales brochure for a particular make of gun. What's going on..?
Correlations between crime and gun ownership are speculative, as opposed to correlations between drug use and crime, which are direct and rising. Does anyone really think that a burglar looking for something to sell for his next fix thinks about the possibility of the owner having a gun? Gun owners also seem to have an affection for their guns that outstrips rationality -- I have not seen similar passion for vehicles or other possessions. If it was simply safety, one gun (most effectively a shotgun) would do and security systems would work even better. Instead we protect the right to have arsenals and to freely sell guns with few protections aimed at limiting ownership to those with proven responsibility. The lack of rationality means that reasonable regulation is all but impossible. We need to be licensed and prove competence to operate a vehicle, but not to own a gun. Multiple people are killed each year in gun accidents (especially kids) but training and mandatory safety precautions (separate guns & ammo, trigger locks etc.) are consistently opposed, even though the chance of someone you love being hurt by loaded gun you keep in your bedside table is far higher than the odds of a home invasion. Meanwhile, this article merely trumpets the availability of another gun of extremely limited utility (its size and potential recoil makes accuracy highly dubious), but no doubt it will be a best seller.
i am from michigan and i can strap on my 45. and not worry about a thing .i am sorry that most of you cant .becuse i will tell you when you are seen openly carying a wepon folks tend to stay off you land and dont even think this is the house i want to rob .it is called a non concelment law and 43 out 50 states have this law. if more fawlowed the the law there would be less crap going on because the bad guys would think twice
A modern Derringer . A high build quality justifies the price the porting should make this easier to shoot , this is a "Get off me gun" a close range easy to conceal gun for the car or anyplace where size for use or keeping it hidden are most important it's amazing useful .
I won't debate politics and do not care about advertising, I'd have that, but not at the crazy price as I can get a full size weapon for that, and to be honest a 38 derringer, which is cheap, is as good close up, which is what the little weaons like that are for, when one is being mugged or cornered etc. I protected myself with a .45 handgun and avoided being physically harmed. I am glad to have had it in-hand and ready to fire when I confronted 4 burglars at 3 AM. I am happy there were 9 rounds in the magazine. The burglars were not happy that I had it. Not at all, no, the criminals were certainly not pleased with me at all. Based on the number of burglars encountered at once and the level to which drugs can fortify the criminal's or addict's body against damage for the short time necessary to reach the home's defender or potential victims, I subsequently obtained a similarly powerful handgun with 15 rounds capacity. I would not like to run out of ammunition, that would be embarrassing. Burglars are not such harmless sneak thieves and won't always leave or be scared off. They are violent criminals on drugs who will do anything to avoid jail, really they behave more like blood-crazed zombies than anything else. Upon discovery, they may simply stand there and then suddently attack, or attack right away, or do nothing -keep working or stealing whatever. It's not worth the risk to be unprepared. They are very pitiful people but more dangerous than a grizzly bear. There is an imaginary line about 20 FT away. If the assailant is able to move inside that line, the defender may be injured before he has a chance to stop the attack. It's no good to have shot your assailant dead if he has stuck a knife in your gut on the way down. That is from a policeman.
there have been .45 or .45 Long Colt derringers and small pistols for DECADES. Why are you ADVERTISING this one?
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Seriously, you had to put the guy in a hood and put gloves on him to get the results you wanted and you think we didn't notice? Look for the real statistics, do not be misled by the opinions of the misguided. The statistics speak loudly and inconveniently to those who think that guns cause crime. But they don't want to accept the truth so they continue propagating their fantasy. Every gun owner should practice not only shooting but situational training. It is available nearly everywhere and would make an even bigger reduction in crime, rape and murder. Why not do some good for the country and your fellow citizens and report the truth ABC.
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...that are never attempted simply because of the possibility that the homeowners are armed, we'll never likely know for sure. But we do know that home invasions do rise in countries that have outlawed guns.
Seems a bit expensive for what you get, but I guess it's all about the small size and light weight. The muzzle blast on short barrels is usually formidable, so it won't be pleasant to shoot. This is definetly not a target gun. The ported barrel option would be advisable on the .45 version, otherwise recoil will be severe.
Thinking that one "needs to carry a gun for protection", is what leads to more accidental shotings, injuries and deaths, than actual varifiable protection. There have been more children injuried and killed in their homes, from guns owned by their parents, than actual protection from home invaders.
i don't think it barbaric to defend one self. why would anyone want to become prey and die at the hands of a killer?
Surely these spams can be deleted as soon as they're flagged. What's going on, does the flag option work or not??? And for anyone that buys anything from these social misfits, you deserve it when you get ripped off, so don't cry about it when it happens.....
Just take a look at the Armed Citizen stories in the American Rifleman magazine, it's riddled with stories of home burglaries where the burglar hauled ass when the owners pulled a gun, WITHOUT a shot fired. How do you think the home owners would have fared if they hadn't had a firearm? They would have become a statistic in a totally different category. Anti-gunners can whine and cry all they want, I'll stay safe and happy with my firearms close by....
"But we do know that home invasions do rise in countries that have outlawed guns." In actual fact, there are more recorded home invasions in the US per Capita than in Denmark, Sweden, Canada, and Germany combined, according to the statistics published for 2007 (most up to date I could find) for each of those countries. I might note that guns are outlawed or restricted in all of those countries.
You have no idea how many times a person was protected from home invasion or other forms of attack simply because the gun is there or the possibility exists in the mind of a would be attacker that a gun is there. Many confrontations with a gun do not result in the gun being fired and would not show up on a statistic.
But you might also want to take into consideration the population per square mile of those other countries. Not to mention that in those other countries, like Denmark, have socialist structured government that either finds jobs for the jobless or pays them handsomely for unimployment insurance, which is why their taxes are so darned high. Plus their prison terms are so much harsher. And then there's all the burglaries that go unreported over there. Also, only handguns are outlawed without special permits in Denmark, Canada and Germany. I've been to those countries..... Either way, the U.S. is the only country that has something called the 2nd Amendment, and we really don't give a hoot how those other countries bind their citizens with gun restrictions. That's them, this is us, and I have guns to prove it...
...where gun ownership was outlawed. The situation become so embarrassing that the Home Office changed recording methodologies after 2000 to mask the fact. International Crime Victimization Surveys of 1992 and 2000: Violent crime rates were lower in the UK than the United States in 1992. (Rated in percent of those interviewed responding ''yes'' to being victimized.) Burglary with entry: UK ??? 2.5% U.S. ??? 3.5% Robbery: UK ??? .9% U.S. ??? 1.7% Sexual assault of women: UK ??? .3% U.S. ??? 1.5% Assault with force: UK ??? 1.1% U.S. ??? 2.2% The 2000 survey combined the three violent crimes of robbery, rape, and assault into one category entitled ''Selected Contact Crime.'' Here is what they report (post-ban for UK.) Burglary with entry: UK ??? 2.8% U.S. ??? 1.8% Selected contact crime: UK ??? 3.6% U.S. ??? 1.9% These two reports were done with essentially the same criteria and methods, and they clearly show that while selected violent crime rates rose 100% in the UK, they fell 65 % in the U.S. During this time, Britain outlawed private ownership of firearms, while over 70 million additional civilian firearms were sold in the U.S. (4) At the very least, a reasonable person is forced to conclude that availability of firearms to the general public is not a contributing factor to any increase in crime. These trends are confirmed by Britain???s own Home Office. (5) In the period of 1997 through 2001, homicide rose 19% in the UK while it fell 12% in the USA. (6) Violent crime incidents rose 26% in the UK while falling 12% in the USA. (7) Robbery rates rose 92% in the UK and fell 15% in the USA. (8) Here are some crime trends collected from UK police crime data for the period of 1995 to 2003. (10) Homicide rose 41%. Attempted murder rose 29%. Total Violent Crime rose 219%. Gun crimes in England have almost doubled since 1997, when a ban on firearms began. According to the Sunday Times of London, crimes in which guns were used numbered 4,671 in 2005-06. Government officials report that most gun crime is committed by children and teenagers under 18 years old. 2007 Reuters: US has 90 guns for every 100 citizens. Yemen had the second most heavily armed citizenry behind the United States, with 61 guns per 100 people, followed by Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39 and Serbia with 38. France, Canada, Sweden, Austria and Germany were next, each with about 30 guns per 100 people, while many poorer countries often associated with violence ranked much lower. Nigeria, for instance, had just one gun per 100 people. Gun Illegalization on Austrailia, after 12 months: Homicides are up 3.2% Assaults are up 8.6% Armed-robberies are up 44% In the state of Victoria, homicides-with-firearms are up 300% Figures over the previous 25 years show a steady decrease in homicides-with-firearms (changed dramatically in the past 12 months) Figures over the previous 25 years show a steady decrease in armed-robbery-with-firearms (changed dramatically in the past 12 months) There has been a dramatic increase in breakins-and-assaults-of- the-elderly At the time of the ban, the Prime Minister said "self-defense is not a reason for owning a firearm"
The two of you are viewing the problem from different paradigms. The first comment describes the futility of weapon manufacture and purchase and calls for a need to establish a utopia where people refrain from resorting to violence. The second comment is a more realistic argument where the person presupposes that there's just no way of realizing the utopia and presents a rational man's argument of one being able to defend oneself from a barbaric. The latter comments are rhetorical arguments. When a debate ceases to be based on principle based arguments, it usually results in fights where rationality is overshadowed by a need for gratification of having made the opponent bow down to your view
R&D all they want. Perhaps they can ameliorate by extending the time of recoil a very small amount, but you can't break the laws of physics by That much with such a small mass gun.