Exclusive: DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol Review

DoubleTap Defense LLC should get some kind of award for having one of the clearest product names ever. The St. Louis, Mo.-based company’s Tactical Pocket Pistol, as it is called, enters a very active concealed carry firearms market with a unique offering — basically, a high-quality, powerful derringer-style pistol.

What’s in a name?


As you know, a double tap is two well-aimed shots from a firearm, sometimes called a controlled pair. The key to the double tap is not so much the speed of shooting two shots, but rather the effectiveness of putting two shots into a specific target. The DoubleTap pistol you see here carries two rounds in two barrels, one on top of the other.


“Tactical” is a word that at times loses its way in terms of meaning, especially in the firearms industry. In the case of this pistol, however, it can mean several things:

  • This is a thoroughly modern pistol in design and manufacture and therefore safe, durable, and reliable in virtually any environment.
  • Available in two barrel configurations, the pistol can fire premium self-defense cartridges in two calibers: .45 ACP or 9mm.
  • DSC_6802The pistol offers a means of providing a quick reload.


This pistol’s specifications — especially its .665-inch width and 15-ounce weight — make it ideal for pocket carry. Dimensionally, it measures only 5.5 inches in length and 3.9 inches in height. It’s small, but it’s not too small that you can’t get a decent grip on it.


With its relatively low ammunition capacity and not-a-revolver-not-an-auto-loader design, this lightweight, three-inch double-barreled handgun really has only one purpose in mind: last-ditch self defense in extremely close quarters where one or two shots may be all that’s needed to end or escape from an attack.

DSC_6797I’ve had the DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol in my front pants pocket, rear pants pocket, sport coat side pocket, and more. In terms of carry-ability, it seems to be the quintessential pocket gun — thinner than a J-frame revolver and most “pocket” nines or .380’s. For ammunition capacity, two rounds is better than one, which is also better than none.

So far, the DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol is true to its name. Stay tuned for a report from the range.

— Mark Kakkuri

5 thoughts on “Exclusive: DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol Review

  1. Jerry Cartwright

    Shut up and take my money. I really would like to have one of these. With my big ole belly an IWB holster is hard and with the ole spare tire, a waist band holster is almost out of the question. My Ruger is just too damn big to put it in my pocket. If I did, it would take my pants off and then we’d have another problem all together.

  2. Capt Carr

    I’ve carried one of these for almost a year now. It’s either this my sig 238 or Kimber ultra carry. She fits in your pocket just like a cell phone. Great for summer time carry. The trigger pull is very heavy don’t remember the exact #,but it won’t go off on accident. And when you need it you won’t care. In close life and death distance she hits center of mass every time. The only problem I’ve had with her is the small ball bearing detent that holds the spair rounds in the butt needs to get adjusted from time to time. A small eyeglass screwdriver takes care of that. Hope that helps.

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