Raymond Kohout, inventor of the DoubleTap Pistol, a firearm that was produced by St. Louis-based firearms company Heizer, announced the end of his partnership with the company earlier this month.
Kohout, a one-time gun retailer who has more than 30 years of firearms industry experience, announced that he was ending his relationship with “Heizer Defense, our manufacturing partner, due to their inability to manufacture the DoubleTap pistol.”
Heizer Defense was formed in early 2011 by two entrepreneurs, including Kohout and partner Marvin Dufner, who teamed with the principals of family-owned aerospace-industry manufacturer Heizer Aerospace to launch the firearms company.
In November 2011, the St. Louis Business Journal reported that Heizer Defense was targeting more than $10 million in first-year revenue and that the company would be hiring 20 to 30 workers.
The DoubleTap pistol is five-eighths of an inch wide and weighs 14 ounces, about the size of an iPhone, making it the slimmest and lightest on the market, according to the company. While other small guns also are small caliber, Kohout said, the no snag, hammerless DoubleTap carries two .45-caliber or 9 mm rounds in the chamber and two spare rounds in the grip.