Been wondering what’s causing the holdup with the DoubleTap? The titanium over/under wondergun was originally promised back in March. It’s now October with nada in sight. A just-released statement from the DoubleTap’s inventor, Ray Kohout sheds some light on the situation:

To our valued customers:

As the inventor of the DoubleTap™ pistol and owner of the design and utility patents, along with other intellectual property including the DoubleTap™ name, I am issuing this press release to inform our loyal customers of the current status of the production of this new innovative pistol . . .

Since we introduced the DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket Pistol in November of last year, we have been overwhelmed by the industry reception; the popularity confirmed by literally tens of thousands of orders placed by consumers to their dealers, through our distributor partners.

Unfortunately, with the deepest regret, today I announce that we have terminated our relationship with HEIZER DEFENSE, our manufacturing partner, due to their inability to manufacture the DoubleTap™ pistol.  I cannot comment further on this subject at this time, under advice from legal counsel, due to pending litigation.

It is our intention to immediately license the design to a leading firearms manufacturer or to align with another manufacturing source to produce the DoubleTap™. We intend to accomplish this as quickly as possible to satisfy the huge demand for the DoubleTap™ pistol.  I will make a further announcement as soon as we have established a new manufacturing agreement.

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Raymond B. Kohout
Inventor, DoubleTap™

33 Responses to Kohout Gives Heizer the Heave-Ho

  1. Am I the only one who noticed they list their location as “St. Louis, MO, USA Earth” on the side of the gun? Is there a St. Louis outside the US? Is there a planet other than Earth I can send mail to? What do they know that I don’t?

    • Good catch, I saw it too. Interesting since product placement in TV and movies is a conscious activity and generally something companies pay for. My guess is that somebody was planning on utilizing this in a larger marketing plan. Be interesting to get the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey would say.

  2. I didn’t know that Heizer didn’t own the rights to the Double Tap? I wonder what the issue was? Was it a failure to meet production requirements or something else?

  3. Newsflash: Volume manufacturing of titanium in complex shapes is very hard. Also, sun rises in the east, water is wet.

  4. Heizer Aerospace was never a firearm manufacturer. They make airframe parts. While the parts they make are very complex, it’s a big change to go from one to the other. Why not go to a gun manufacturer from the beginning?

    • Because it’s hard verging on impossible to find a firearms manufacturing operation with the Ti metallurgy and machining experience in-house to take on jobs like this. Note the marked lack of major Ti parts (slides, frames, etc) in volume-produced handguns from any of the big boys.

      If you want precision machined titanium alloy parts in any kind of volume, you will be talking to high-end aerospace shops. There just isn’t any other sector which has demand for exotic Ti alloy assembly manufacturing. Too expensive, and it’s absolute hell on machine tools even when you know what you’re doing.

  5. If/when the whole story gets out, this should prove entertaining, as Kohout is a principal/founder of Heizer Defense. Formed with a bunch of Kohout’s old buddies, of which Heizer (of Heizer Aerospace) is one. I believe there’s also some connection to Mid America Arms formerly Shooting Systems (that’s some fun trivia for the older STL folks).

    • Except they only cost about $2 each to make, and took about 4 months or so from concept to production.

      Admittedly, they weren’t tacticool.

  6. How does the titanium make this gun special, other than the coolness factor?

    In a gun this small, even the weight advantage cannot be that great and could be largely achieved using polymer anyway.

    What am I missing?

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