And you thought the Tom and Katie split was rough. DoubleTap’s main man, Ray Kohout, isn’t taking Heizer’s inability to produce their .45 double Derringers with equanimity. Kohout’s new entity, DoubleTap Defense sued Heizer Defense yesterday for $6 million in damages. DoubleTap’s also seeking to put the kibosh on Heizer’s efforts to stay in the gun business using DoubleTap’s IP. TTAG has a meet-up scheduled with Kohout at SHOT and we’ll have a full report on his progress toward getting this thing to market. Press release after the jump . . .
ST. LOUIS, MO (January 2013) - On January 3, 2013, DoubleTap™ Defense, LLC, owner of the DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket Pistol filed a six million dollar lawsuit against Heizer Defense, LLC of St. Louis, Missouri, and others. In the lawsuit, DoubleTap™ Defense is seeking, in addition to monetary damages, an injunction to stop any further action on the part of Heizer Defense, LLC and others to manufacture or market a product based on the intellectual property of DoubleTap™ inventor Ray Kohout.
In the fall of 2012, DoubleTap™ Defense, LLC’s relationship with the Heizers was terminated due, in part, to Heizer’s inability to fulfill its manufacturing obligations. DoubleTap™ Defense, LLC has since engaged Azimuth Technologies, LLC, a Naples, Florida based company, to manufacture its new and improved DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket Pistol. Production has begun on the smallest and safest conceal carry pistol on the market, with anticipated shipping to distributors to begin in the 1st quarter of 2013.