DoubleTap Chooses New Manufacturing Partner

DoubleTap Defense, formerly known as Heizer Defense, which announced back on October 11th that they were seeking a new manufacturer for their DoubleTap pistol has found one. It will be Azimuth Technology, LLC out of Naples, Florida.

From their press release:

ST. LOUIS, MO (November 7, 2012) – DoubleTap™ Defense, LLC announces today that it has chosen Florida-based Azimuth Technology, LLC to manufacture the DoubleTap™ concealed carry pistol. The DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol was introduced at the 2011 NASGW show in Reno, Nevada.

“When we announced that DoubleTap was looking for a new manufacturing partner [October 2012], we were pleasantly surprised by the positive response from the firearms manufacturers and other precision manufacturing companies,” Ray Kohout, inventor and founder of DoubleTap™ Defense commented. “Our industry has been very supportive of the DoubleTap project and we are ultimately grateful. Out of all the responses we received, it became very clear that Azimuth Technology was the perfect fit in corporate philosophy, facility capability and plain, old-fashioned, roll-up-your-sleeves determination to bring this product to market in a timely fashion.”

The ultra-compact, no-snag, pistol in .45 or 9mm built on titanium or aluminum frames was well received by both industry media and firearms distributors with initial orders in the tens of thousands.

Azimuth Technology of Naples, Florida, is a state-of-the-art precision contract manufacturing facility. Azimuth produces products for various industries including defense, aerospace, oil/gas and many others. The Azimuth Technology facility boasts over 60 of the newest CNC precision machines capable of handling lot sizes from a mere 100 pieces to 1 million.

Azimuth Technology, founded by Len E. Zaiser and Len E. Zaiser IV, has over 50-years of manufacturing and business experience. Len Zaiser Sr. has founded seven different manufacturing companies that have employed thousands of people throughout his highly successful career. Len Zaiser Jr. is the President and co-founder of Azimuth Technology and former founder and co-founder of several area businesses.

A Parting Of The Ways For DoubleTap And Heizer Defense

Heizer Defense, who were the makers of the DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol, and Raymond Kohut, the inventor of the DoubleTap, have parted ways. Kohut issued the following press release this afternoon stating that he was looking for a new manufacturer or, as an alternative, to license production of the pistol.

October 11, 2012
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.  Titanium Ported DoubleTap
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 didn’t have the opportunity to check out the DoubleTap pistol when I attended the NRA Annual Meeting in St. Louis which is a shame. It looked like an innovative pistol and with Heizer’s ties to the aerospace industry it seemed a good fit. I’m also sad that I didn’t arrange a visit to the factory in St. Louis when I had a chance as I go there 2-3 times a year to visit family.

I hope Mr. Kohout finds the manufacturing partner needed to continue making this pistol. It looked like a fine backup or tertiary firearm.