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TAFFINTESTS the siXgunner himself: guns, gear & more The 5" hB s&W Model 1988 .45 Acp and doubleTap’s 185 Nosler Jhp load are a superb match. John taffin DoubletaP ammunition doubleTap offers over 300 loads for handgun and rifle. 300 loaDS i Good performance from the dT .45 Auto Rim and .45 Acp loads through a smith & Wesson Model 625-2 and a para usA LdA. This 60-yearold highway patrolman still performs well with doubleTap .357 Magnum loads. f you can remember when you could have any ammunition you wanted as long as the box said Remington or Winchester then you’re probably from my era. There certainly must have been other companies producing ammunition I just don’t recall ever seeing anything else, as far as sixgun ammunition, when I first started shooting. These companies, as well as Federal (1922), Hornady (1949) and CCI (1950s) were organized at times when government interference and regulation was at a minimum or even nonexistent. Such is no longer the case, however even in these highly regulatory times American ingenuity and entrepreneurship comes through. In the last 30 years, we’ve seen such kimber’s stainless steel Target II shoots everywith the coming of Black Hills Ammuthing well, however check out the results, right, nition, Cor-Bon and Buffalo Bore, with the doubleTap .38 super load. among others, all mostly offering what the bigger companies did not. One of the latest, to my knowledge, is DoubleTap Ammunition, which began 10 years ago with four different 10mm loads produced in Mike McNett’s garage. A testament to what a new business can accomplish is the fact today DoubleTap manufactures more 10mm ammunition per year than any other company worldwide. Also in that short period of time DoubleTap has grown from those first four loads to over 300 loads being offered. Every round manufactured by DoubleTap is touched by human hands before it leaves the factory. For those rounds assembled with hard cast bullets DoubleTap produces their own cast bullets with a BHN of 21, and they also sell components as well as loaded ammunition. DoubleTap began by offering what was unavailable from anyone else and McNett says many of their offerings are different from the norm in power, bullet selection, and/or caliber. Obviously they have found their niche. 44 anD counting! cHoIcES GaloRE don’t know of any ammunition company, whether big or small, which offers a more varied menu for hunting, for self-defense, or just plain shooting, than DoubleTap. Their list of rifle offerings runs from .223 through the .505 Gibbs including some exotic stuff. Sixgun ammunition also covers a long list, with both hard cast and jacketed bulleted loads offered. Shooters can choose from six .44 Special loads, including those using the Keith bullet, while .44 Magnum users have 11 choices, also including rounds loaded with the Keith bullet. A most complete list of .45 Colt ammunition is found, with nine standard pressure offerings and an equal number of +P loads, including those for hunting big game. We can also find nine .454 Casull loads, 17 specially tailored .357 Magnum loads, and 24, yes 24 offerings just for the .45 ACP. If DoubleTap doesn’t offer it we probably don’t need it! It has been my privilege to spend some quality shooting time this spring with several handgun offerings from DoubleTap. Handgun accuracy can be a nebulous thing. The manufacturer of a firearm like the 1911 can take care to Continued on page 81 I WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY2013

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