Double-Taps, Demystified.

You gotta love that InterWeb thingy that Al Gore invented, just before he decided to go all Pogo on us and save the planet from ourselves. (“We have met the enemy, and he is us.”) In fact, if you know where to look, you can find just about anything, on any subject. Today, we put on our very best Leonard Nimoy impressions and go…In Search Of…The Double-Tap.

When I first got into guns, a well-meaning (come to think of it, he may not have been well-meaning, but still…) friend(?) told me to forget about all that slow and steady wins the race crap – what I really wanted to do was to learn how to double-tap a target. THAT would impress the boys at the range. Hmm. What’s a double-tap, I asked. His explanation was decidedly fuzzy, but centered around firing a second shot before the trigger had time to return to it’s at-rest position. Sounded really complicated, and needlessly tricky. And it was. I blew about $30 worth of practice ammo before I realized that I was kidding myself. I don’t care how fast I can pull off two shots – if they don’t hit the target, I’m just wasting ammo. So I forgot all about the mystique of the double-tap. Until now.

Thanks to the video above, the double-tap is now no more mysterious than field-stripping a 1911…and a lot less scary.

You see, the critical thing is to get the front sight on target and to not shoot until it’s pointing at where you’d like the bullet to go. Simple, right? Watch the video. There be some sage advice thar, matey. Listen to the man, head to the range, practice, practice, practice, and you too can put a deuce of caps in the ass of some paper targets with the best of ’em.

You gotta love that InterWeb thingy that Al Gore invented, just before he decided to go all Pogo on us and save the planet from ourselves. (“We have met the…