Many have been waiting for this derringer-type pistol for well over a year. There were some initial delays in production but were remedied once DoubleTap Defense found a new manufacturer. The details of the situation have no real importance at this point but Heizer Defense was unable to fulfill its obligations and Azimuth Technologies was chosen as the current manufacturer. If you would like to read more into the situation I'll direct you here and here. You can also check out some of the coverage from the 2013 SHOT Show.
The DoubleTap models that I was able to handle were the aluminum non-ported 9mm and 45ACP. The pistols were a bit larger and heavier than I would have expected and were noticeable in the pocket. Compared to two popular pocket pistols; the DoubleTap is a bit heavier at 12oz. The Ruger LCP is 9.4oz. and the Smith and Wesson Bodyguard is 11.85oz. (all empty weights) The pistol is comfortable to hold even while being very slim (.665") and the 'frag' grip texture seems to give a reliable amount of traction.
The trigger is a bit of a letdown. It is long, stagey and stacky; one person described the trigger as different from pull to pull and I can't disagree with that description. The barrel release is ambidextrous and simple to use. It's large enough that you don't have to search for it and has enough texture to operate it easily.
The sights are minimal by design and are comparable to the Ruger LCP's. That's all I have to say about that...
FIT AND FINISH
The overall appearance of the pistol is fantastic. There is seam that runs around the frame that splits the pistol into two halves; this may bother some folks but is well fitted. The fragmentation grenade inspired grip texture is eye-catching and effective. I cannot comment of the finish of the pistol but can imagine that wear will be apparent if used as an everyday carry. I know wear concerns some people; but it shouldn't when wear is expected.
Any way you slice it this is a niche pistol that you'll either give the slightest glance and shrug or you'll hunt one down to add to your collection.
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I apologize for the quality of the photos. I have a new camera must not understand it was well as I thought...