Heizer DoubleTap Picture Becomes A Little Clearer

The breakopen over-under derringer style “tactical pocket pistol” announced by Heizer Defense will apparently be made in a variety of flavors, potentially increasing its appeal to, well, someone. Not only will shooters be able to get the DoubleTap chambered in ulna-shattering .45 ACP, but for those interested in more accurate second shots (you know…double taps), you’ll also be able to get the skinny pistol in 9mm. Plus, the gun will be sold in a more (apparently) budget-minded aluminum construction in addition to the originally announced 14 oz. titanium version. MSRP is still TBD which may be SOP at this point. Or not. You’ll know more when we do. More specs at the Heizer site. Sunglasses recommended. More from the press release after the jump.

The DoubleTap™ is a tactical pocket pistol, loaded with 5 patents pending, built on a titanium or aluminum frame; the slimmest and lightest on the market today at only .665 inches wide and 14 ounces. Available in a show-stopping .45 ACP or the more popular 9MM, this no-snag, hammerless designed pistol is completely designed, engineered and manufactured to the highest degree of precision and tolerances in an aerospace facility using aerospace technology and equipment. The DoubleTap™ carries two rounds in the chamber and the integral grips house two additional spare rounds. The break-action features a patent-pending progressive barrel porting option that cuts muzzle rise and recoil.  The ambidextrous thumb latch releases the action and automatically ejects the spent rounds.

Unlike any firearm, the DoubleTap™ features a truly revolutionary double-action trigger system that utilizes ball bearings for a smooth action and crisp trigger pull. The DoubleTap™ is available in a titanium or aluminum frame and is finished with a MIL-STD finish, the same used on military aircraft, for corrosion and wear resistant finish. Production guns will be available in the first quarter of 2012.


  1. avatar Robert Farago says:

    Uh oh. There’s a nice little niche market for an ultra-exclusive (read: expensive) titanium derringer in .45, by a company that offers Wilson Combat caliber personal service.

    By offering a less expensive alternative, Heizer just shot themselves in the foot.

  2. avatar A. Lee says:

    Somehow, I don’t think the snappy 9mm will be any better. Ouch.

  3. avatar Ryan Finn says:

    You weren’t kidding about the sunglasses Dan. Holy bright red Batman.

  4. avatar Aharon says:

    I’d prefer to put the equivalent amount of money into buying Silver American Eagles bullion.

  5. avatar JGlanton says:

    Just curious: How does the user make it switch the 2nd shot to the other barrel?

    1. avatar Jeff O. says:

      If it’s anything like the Bond Arms derringers the firing pins just alternate on each trigger pull.

  6. It’s all ball bearings nowadays!

  7. avatar Big Jay says:


    What is this supposed to do that another subcompact [Kahr 380, P3AT, LCP, Bodyguard 380, DB 380, ect.] won’t do better?

    Cost more? Cripple your firing hand? Run out of ammo sooner? Nevermind, I figured it out.

  8. avatar Big Jay says:

    On second thought, I want one in .357 Mag.

  9. avatar miforest says:

    this is not a bad concept for a deep concealment gun, at least in 45. 230 gr at 700fps is an attention getter. clearly your life would have to be threatened before you would use it.

  10. avatar Slab Rankle says:

    To use that godawful phrase that’s making the rounds: why are people hating on this? It looks like an innovative and useful handgun. If it actually works and they can maintain sanity on price then they’ll have a winner. I know I want one.

  11. avatar Jeff says:

    Offer one in S&W 500 or GTFO.

  12. avatar William says:

    Why get one? Because it’s there to be got. I want one of everything and this is no exception.

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    What, no rail? Where do I mount the key-ring flashlight?

  14. avatar LC Judas says:

    Aside from the fact that my already permanently injured wrists would rebel against me after my rehabilitation from firing this device…I find that if it is as light, small and maintenance free as they make it out to be (titanium doesn’t need oil to not corrode) then it would be excellent as a last ditch weapon. The extra rounds in the grip sell it as something unique and tacticool if not quite tactically required versus the weight increase but oh well. Fact is reloading a derringer sounds like the worst of worst scenarios anyway but that’s why we bought it, right? Assuming both hands still are functioning after firing it, that is…

  15. avatar DonP says:


    Earth? heh.

  16. avatar john moses says:

    I have an American Derringer in 45 acp that weighs 15oz, not that bad to shoot. Certainly well within the realm of what a competant pistol shooter can handle. Kind of like a high end Liberator.

  17. avatar sam says:

    great little pocket piece, gotta have one…

  18. avatar Michael Bakowski says:

    One thing I just found is that the double tap seems to take a LOT of “Inspiration” from this pistol.


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