DoubleTap Equalizer ammo uses two projectiles in a single cartridge to deliver a devastating blow on the target: Â both game animals and criminal attackers. Â The projectiles are of different design, each wounding the target in different manners.
The exposed bullet is a standard jacketed hollowpoint. Â The second projectile is stacked under the hollowpoint and is solid lead. Â Exact configuration of the second projectile – ball or wadcutter type bullet – depends on the load. Â There are some great photos of these cartridges and bullets at the IAA forum here.
Assuming everything works as advertised, the hollowpoint would strike the target and mushroom as designed. Â The second projectile would then penetrate deep, creating a second, and different, wound channel.
But, can both projectiles hit a single target? Â The key is in making sure the bullets do not spread too far away from each other. Â According to DoubleTap’s blog, the accuracy of these loads is exceptionally good. Â At 25 yards the projectiles are within 2″ of each other. Â Tom Gresham, host of the Gun Talk radio program, stated he was seeing a 2″ – 4″ spread on the projectiles at about 20 yards.
The hollowpoint hits point of aim, according to the information posted on the DoubleTap site. Â The secondÂ projectileÂ rises slightly, meaning it will hit a little higher than the JHP.
The concept of duplex ammo is not new, though I’m not sure anyone has really perfected the concept. Â One of my favorite historical firearms that was designed to use duplex ammunition was the Winchester Salvo rifle. Â The Salvo rifle was a military prototype gun based on the FAL. Â The Salvo rifle sort-of welded two FAL receivers together to create a double mag, double barrel automatic rifle. Â The gun was chambered in a .22 caliber centerfire cartridge that was loaded with two projectiles in each load. Â So, with each pull of the trigger, four projectiles went downrange. Â You can read more about the Winchester Salvo rifle here.
The DoubleTap Equalizer line is currently available for a range of self-defense and hunting handguns. Â Calibers include 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, 10mm, .41 Magnum, .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .454 Casull and .500 S&W Magnum. Â The DoubleTap site isn’t the easiest to navigate andÂ compareÂ products, so I’ve listed the ammo loads here in this table. Â You can sort the table by column if you like.
DoubleTap Equalizer Ammo
|Caliber||Test Gun||HP Bullet Weight (grains)||Hard Cast Ball/Bullet Weight (grains)||Velocity (fps)||Energy (ft-lbs)|
|9mm +P||Beretta 92 FS||115||50||995||365|
|9mm +P||Ruger SR9||115||50||900||297|
|.357 Magnum||Ruger GP-100 (4")||125||70||1075||500|
|.357 Magnum||Smith & Wesson (1 7/8")||125||70||990||424|
|.357 Magnum||Smith & Wesson 686 (6")||125||70||1145||568|
|.40 S&W||Glock 23||135||50||1000||411|
|.41 Magnum||Ruger Blackhawk (6.5")||210||90||1100||806|
|.44 Magnum||Colt Anaconda (6")||180||120||1160||896|
|.44 Magnum||Ruger Alaskan (2.5")||180||120||1050||734|
|.45 ACP +P||1911 (5")||185||70||835||395|
|.454 Casull||7.5" barrel||185||140||1100||874|
|.454 Casull||2.5" barrel||185||140||990||707|
|.500 S&W Magnum||8.375" barrel||300||180||1330||1886|
A .38 Special cartridge was mentioned on the May 12, 2013 episode of Gun TalkÂ by DoubleTap Ammunition’s CEO Mike McNett. Â I could not locate the load on the company’s website. Â However, McNett stated the new load will uses a 110 grain JHP and a 50 grain “hockey puck” for deep cutting damage.
If you have had a chance to shoot any of the DoubleTap Equalizer ammo, sound off in the comments section below. Â Love it or hate it – let your fellow shooters know what you think.