Late last week, I checked in with the folks at Heizer to see if I had "made the cut" and had a spot on their Testing and Evaluation list. It was great to hear back and learn that I was indeed on the list. At this point there isn't a confirmed date for delivery, but I have a feeling that it will probably be some time after the annual NSSF SHOT Show in January. It's also up the air as far as which model with be provided for evaluation.
When I was confirming my opportunity to participate in an early review, I was given a pair of new pictures to share with you all. The first image shows a cut-away view of the DoubleTap. The next two images come from the Heizer Facebook photos. The second two pictures are more exciting because they show an actual cut-away DoubleTap with .45 ACP barrels installed and a spare set of what appear to be 9mm barrels. You can also see the two finish variations of black and something similar to Ruger's Target Gray.
The second provided image shows a DoubleTap with the aluminum frame. With the aluminum frame being 2 ounces lighter than the titanium frame, and retailing for about $200 less than the Ti version, I bet these become to fastest selling models offered. Not sure about you, but I think it looks pretty darn sexy.
When looking at this picture in full size and expanding it a little, the bore appears to be smooth and without rifling. I've asked the PR group about that, but I may go to the source with that question. I've also been thinking about the porting a bit more and it's really only needed for the first shot to help recover for the second shot. If given the option, I would really like to get a set of .45 ACP barrels with only the first shot barrel ported and the second shot barrel without ports. This would allow me to velocity test both barrel types and still test the recoil reduction offered by the porting. In the real world usage scenario, first shot barrel porting will be the one that matters as it allows for faster recovery for the second shot. Second shot barrel porting isn't needed for shot recovery and would only reduce velocity from the second shot.
I've read that holsters in nylon and leather are in the works with their various makers so there must be some dummy guns floating around out there now. I'm sure Alan at Remora could whip something up quickly if I asked him to take a shot at it.
So stay tuned for any updates. I'm really excited about the opportunity and it's lit a fire under me to finish up my bullet catcher so I can do some terminal ballistics testing with the 3" barrels that the DoubleTap comes with. It will be interesting to compare velocities and terminal performance from the DoubleTap with that of a 3" barreled 1911. The DoubleTap may just be the perfect back up for those that typically carry a .45 ACP as their primary.