not terribly surprised by this

Remember that firearm I was supposed to get for test-and-evaluation and had not gotten for the past almost-year?

It turns out there may be a reason for that:

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.

Please visit our new website for news updates.


Raymond B. Kohout

Inventor, DoubleTap™

I wonder who is suing whom… there appeared to be multiple patents involved in the development of the DoubleTap, along with the name, the "tens of thousands of orders" already in the system, and so forth. I have seen a grand total of one "review" of the DoubleTap in the wild, and one Hollywood appearance, and for all I know those could be the same gun, so if the production output of Heizer Defense is any indication, I can understand why DoubleTap / Mr. Kohout is moving on.

I have gotten in touch with my contact for the test and evaluation, and I have been promised that a production schedule will be published "soon"; lovely, back to the waiting game… I must confess to being somewhat annoyed that said contact did not inform me of this situation before I emailed him, though…

And since I dragged my feet on putting up this post, it would appear as though DoubleTap Defense LLC has decided on a new manufacturing company, a certain Azimuth Technology. For those unfamiliar with the name, this appears to be the production shop Ballista Technologies uses for their Nautilus Rotating Rail craziness, so at least Azimuth will have some experience in the firearm industry. But, in the end, metal fabrication is metal fabrication. Here is to hoping.

(Found courtesy of No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money.)