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Self-Defense Ammunition with Two Projectiles

One of the most important elements of any self-defense ammunition is its effectiveness. There are plenty of Americans who have a gun in their home for protection against an unexpected intrusion. Many of them assume that as long as they have a gun they will be safe. The truth is, some ammunition my not stop an intruder from harming a homeowner, especially if the particular homeowner isn’t an expert shooter. Ammunition performance can be an issue on how well someone can defend his or her life, and the type of self-defense ammunition you use may also be a factor. In an effort to help mitigate the problems that often occur with ammunition, Doubletap Ammunition launched the Equalizer load for a 10mm pistol and several other guns.

The Equalizer Offers Two Projectiles

In the above interview, Doubletap CEO, Mike McNett, explained the Equalizer load: “It is a functional, jacketed hollow-point in front of a hard-cast ball, that every time you pull the trigger you get two shots on target. That way, you get the advantage of the penetration with the ball, as well as a functioning, jacketed hollow-point to displace tissue, and either stop the bad guy or the animal that you’re hunting. We are now offering this in 10mm, .357 Magnum, .41 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .454 Casull, .500 S&W…”

These Rounds Perform with Accuracy

Some shooters may question whether or not two projectiles coming from the same cartridge can perform well. The Equalizer has been thoroughly tested, and the performance results demonstrate consistency and accuracy with each load. During testing, the Equalizer projectiles stayed right next to each other, touching from a 7 yard distance. From a distance of 25 yards, the Equalizer projectiles stay within two inches of each other. Beyond a distance of 25 yards, the Equalizer wouldn’t be a cartridge that should be used as self-defense ammunition.

How the Projectiles Hit Targets

When shooting with the two projectiles, knowing how to aim correctly requires you to understand the performance of each bullet. The hollow-point projectile stays on target with the point of aim, while the hard-cast ball comes out just above the hollow-point. Essentially, as the gun fires, the rising barrel causes the second projectile to come out slightly higher.

Better Chances of Defense

Self-defense ammunition with two different types of bullets offers shooters of all skill levels the most reliable results. With a hollow-point, there isn’t a worry that there will be too much penetration, and with the hard-cast ball, there is full penetration. This tandem of bullets will ensure that you are able to stop an armed intruder who intends to harm you or your family in one shot. With the Equalizer being dead on at short range, it is perfect for home defense.

The Doubletap lineup of Equalizer loads are like nothing else on the market. There are no other cartridges for handguns that have two projectiles loaded into them in which either one hits with terminal effect. The Equalizer has brought new meaning to the term double tap.

More on the Equalizer on the Guntalk podcast

Understanding the Meaning of the Second Amendment

Every now and again an old debate on gun ownership gets sparked, and usually a national debate ensues for a few weeks. These debates historically always follow a tragedy of some sort involving guns, and the war is often engaged with emotionally-charged statements and seldom with facts. One thing that is rarely discussed in public debate is what the Second Amendment actually says and what it actually means. Simply reading the Second Amendment without understanding the context in which it was written and presented makes it difficult to interpret. The question anyone should consider when studying this part of the Constitution is what the intent of the law is, and whether or not it is a right of law-abiding citizens to own guns.

The Challenge of Reading the Second Amendment

It is unusual the way the Second Amendment is written. It doesn’t have grammatical flow, and that may be where most of the confusion about what it means occurs. It reads as follows:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

As you can tell, this is not a completely grammatical sentence; it appears to need two separate sentences or a conjunction to be correct. However, there may be purpose in the way it is written. According to Professor Edward Erler in Hillsdale College’s, Imprimis, “The immediate impetus for the amendment has never been in dispute. Many of the revolutionary generation believed standing armies were dangerous to liberty. Militias of citizen-soldiers, they reasoned, were more suitable to the character of republican government.” The concept that the framers thought of the whole people of the United States as the Militia is clear in many of the statements of the leaders of the time.

Seeing the Militia and the people as the same group makes more sense in the odd framing of the Amendment. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms” is a clause reiterating the first idea of the sentence; it is necessary to the security of a free state. It’s also one of the natural rights guaranteed by the Constitution. There would be no need to reference “the people” in the Second Amendment if the intent was to declare that only military personal could bare arms. It’s common sense that military personnel would need arms, and it wouldn’t need to be declared as a natural right for the military in the Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights, as James Madison declared, “relate first….to private rights.” In the context of the first ten amendments, “the people” is a term designated to reference private citizens in the other amendments. Considering the Bill of Rights was instituted to protect the natural rights of all private citizens, it seems unlikely that the Second Amendment is the one amendment where “the people” represents military personnel or any other group.

The Supreme Court Has Clarified the Meaning of the Second Amendment

The Supreme Court has ruled on the terms and meaning of the Second Amendment. Opponents to private gun ownership may claim an argument can be made that some arms may not be Constitutional; however, there have not been any Supreme Court rulings to that effect. Most people will probably remember that the Supreme Court did declare that handguns could not be banned in Washington D.C. just a few years ago. There was a law enacted to try and eliminate the ability of private citizens to carry guns, and that law was overturned and ruled on by the Supreme Court as a violation of the Second Amendment. The decision in The District of Columbia v. Heller, affirmed that law-abiding citizens have the right to arm themselves. The following are some of the highlights of that decision:

The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in the militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home….The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and story demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms.

The decision by the Supreme Court is filled with many other historical and contextual insights on the right to bear arms as part of the natural right to protect one’s life, property, and liberty.

The Fundamental Purposes of the Constitution and All Law

One of the best sources for the purpose and philosophy behind having laws is Frederic Bastiat. His philosophy on law, written in his book, The Law, reflects many of the same ideals our founders had when it came to the purpose of law. In defining what law is, Bastiat wrote:

What is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense. Each of us has a natural right–from God–to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties?

The law of the Constitution was meant to be a written reflection of our natural rights. It was written to protect those rights. As Bastiat has written, the law is instituted to protect our person, property, and liberty, and each of these is interconnected and related. This idea is what brought about the Bill of Rights, of which, the Second Amendment was listed as the second of these private rights.

It is easy for political opponents of gun owners to play on the emotions of people when terrible things happen, but the laws found in the Constitution shouldn’t change because bad things sometimes happen: the Constitution contains the natural principles of liberty, and substituting any of those principles in an effort to stop risks that will always be around will only diminish freedom for all.

The Basics of Reloading Ammunition

This is a recent article posted on Sportsman’s News that was written by Mike McNett. If you have always wanted to learn about reloading ammunition, this article is for the novice.

Every day across the country, more and more people are trying to figure out how to stretch their dollar.  One of the ways that shooters can make their dollars work harder for them is to do some work themselves.  The way to do this is to reload.  Historically, reloading has been popular for three reasons: 1. Reloaders want to control the specifications of their ammunition. 2. Reloaders want to save money. 3.  Reloaders have historically been able to get more consistent results than with factory ammunition.

Let’s get into the nuts and bolts of getting started.  First you will need to get a press.  I prefer starting beginners with a single stage press, the simpler the better.  Next we will need a scale and make certain it is made for reloaders and that it measures to 0.1grs.  so you can make good consistent loads.  You will next need a set of good calipers that measure to 0.001” for overall length consistency. Then you will need to choose a set of dies that are made specifically for the caliber that you are going to load. Next, you will need to get a reloading manual from your favorite bullet manufacturer.  This is very important as the loads listed in the manual will be made just for the bullet that you will ultimately be sending downrange. You are almost there!  You will now need components.

There are four components to a loaded cartridge: brass, powder, primer and bullet.  Getting primers is easy.  First choose a brand and make certain that you get the right size.  The easiest step is getting brass.  Just make sure that the head stamp on the brass matches EXACTLY with what is stamped on your barrel and you are good to go.  Preferably, you can use the once-fired brass that you have already collected.  Powder and bullet are very subjective and will depend completely on which bullet manufacturer’s manual that you buy and the intended purpose of the loaded round.

I would highly suggest trying at least two different powders while working up your load.  Lastly, is bullet selection.  I could write another article solely about making that determination and it still wouldn’t cover all of the variables in making that decision.  I will suggest that you don’t skimp on bullets.  Good bullets cost good money, there is no way around it.  Remember, it is the only part of your entire setup that will actually come into contact with the intended target.  Good bullets are important.

Spend some time to familiarize yourself with your scale, reloading manual and press.  Make sure that you get a good feel for how it works BEFORE you start loading rounds that will be set off in front of your face!  Start at the suggested starting load and remember that the number beside “MAX LOAD” is there for a reason.  Don’t load above it.

You should set aside a dedicated space for your reloading project.  Don’t forget that you will need to keep your concentration.  Set aside a spot that is out of the way where you are less likely to get disturbed.

Now let’s get to the fun part!  Most reloaders will want to fully size their brass.  This means that you will lower the ram on your press (with the correct sized collet in place to hold your brass) and screw the sizing die down until the die touches the collet.  Raise the ram and then lower the die ¼ of a turn.  Your sizing stage is ready!  Apply a small amount of lube around the case neck and shoulder.  Not too much.  Then you will need to size each piece with complete strokes, all the way down and all the way up. Next, set up the priming station.  Set the priming ram to seat the primer .002” below flush with the case.  This will make it nearly impossible to get a high primer.  A high primer will lead to a mis-fire!  After you have fully seated the primers into your cases, then we will move on to powder and bullets.

Assuming that you have prudently chosen your powder and bullet combo, you are ready to proceed.    For starters, I would highly recommend that you choose the starting load from your reloading manual.  Then you must zero your scale to make certain that it measures the same each time that you sit down to load.  Zero it every time you reload!  You will need to set your scale to the desired weight to the closest 1/10 of a grain.  You will then need to unscrew the sizing die from the press and insert the seating die.  Now you will need to select your cartridge length.  The easiest way for a beginner to do is either to call a bullet or ammunition manufacturer and ask the proper length or to use your calipers to measure the length of a factory loaded round.  Once you have this measurement,  the easiest way to set the length is to take the loaded round and set it in the collet and raise the ram GENTLY so that you do not shorten the loaded round.  Adjust the seating die so that it just barely contacts the round when the ram is fully raised.  Take the loaded round out and place an empty case in the collet.  Put your desired bullet in the case and raise the ram all the way.  Measure the round.  It should be slightly longer than the factory round.  Adjust the die ¼ turn down and you should have the right length.  Use this “dummy” round to set the length each time that you load this cartridge.

Now that your length is set, you can load some of your own ammunition! You have already zeroed and set your scale to the starting load, so go ahead and measure your charge.  Use your funnel to pour the charge into the primed case.  Next you will take the case and set it in the collet.  Place the bullet in the case mouth and raise the ram all the way.  When you lower it you will have your first loaded round!  Take it slow and make certain that powder makes it into each case!  Many experienced reloaders have loaded a round or two without powder and let me tell you that it is no fun getting a stuck bullet from your bore.  I would suggest that you load at least a box of ammunition at the starting load.  This will give you enough to see how accurate that your load is in your rifle.  You may need to tinker with the load later to make it really accurate in gun, but this will get you in the right ballpark.

Now that I have explained how to get started with making your own ammunition, you are probably saying one of two things:  1. I am so excited that I can finally make my own hand-crafted ammunition  or   2.  It sounds like a lot of fuss and my time is worth a lot to me, what is the alternative?  If you answer #1, you have probably found a hobby that will be enjoyable and that will help you to understand the nuts and bolts of ammunition and how it can help you shoot better.  Just be persistent and don’t give up too quickly.

If your answer is #2, then you are left wondering what is the alternative.  I know that you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t want to improve your shooting and possibly save a few bucks.  I would suggest buying loaded ammunition that is hand loaded to +/- 0.001” in overall length and +/- 0.1gr weight powder charge.  I would suggest that you get factory new ammunition that is hand inspected individually.

Reloading your own ammunition can truly be a joy, and if you choose to be persistent,  it can give you a life-long hobby that is very rewarding.  Just be very cautious, don’t get distracted and stay below published max loads and it will be a skill that you can pass on to your kids and grand-kids!

Adventures Game Hunting Along the South African Trails

Gorgeous S African sunset after a day of rest and dove hunting.

The First Day of Game Hunting on the South African Trails

For years I had heard stories about South African adventures and the game hunting in that region. It has been a dream of mine to go game hunting along the African trails for many years. That dream was realized in 2011, and I was able to test two Doubletap 375H&H loads on plains game. I brought one of our newest loads that uses the brand new Barnes 250gr TTSX bullet @ 2900fps, as well as our best selling load using the 260gr Nosler Accubond @ 2900fps. Both shot to within 1/4″ of each other at 100yds. Perfect for what I needed it for on this trip! Both loads grouped under an inch @ 100yds from my Winchester Model 70 Stainless Classic.

After flying twenty-two hours on the jet to Johannesburg, we hit the ground ready to hunt. What a beautiful country: Full of game and good people. I met up with Jacques from, and we were good to go. We went in search of zebra and ran into a herd mid-morning. We were more than 400 meters away and wanted to get in closer, so we leopard crawled to 160 meters (about 185 yards). We peeked up from the long grass and found the one that I wanted. Then, I squeezed gently on the trigger….BOOM! The zebra was hit on the point of the shoulder, and the Barnes 250gr TTSX exited behind the far ribs. This was good way to start the hunt with finding genuinely beautiful animal.

Next up was the search for kudu, so we went on a long walk after lunch through the really thick thorns and brush. We saw some wildebeest in the distance as well as a few warthogs running around. All of them are really neat to look at for the first time. As the sun started to set, we saw two impala really going at it, ramming their horns together and wrestling to see who would be the top dog. They were about 125 yards out at first, but they fought their way to within 30 yards of us. They didn’t even know or care that we were there. Finally the larger one prevailed and drove off the smaller ram. My PH told me that he was a really good one so I hit him with a Doubletap 250gr Barnes TTSX load. He went right down with the shot. Those loads hit hard! The impala is similar in size to the antelope that I am used to in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, but the coloring is really striking. This impala’s horns measured at just about 23″.

Impala are not very large, but they are stunningly beautiful animals.

With the first full day of our hunt complete, we headed back to the lodge to get some well earned dinner and conversation. Africa. What a place.

Some Tense Times on the African Trails

The fourth day in South Africa brought even more surprises and excitement. We started out the day looking for gemsbok. As we got into the bush, my hunting partner Jesse Smith, shot a very nice zebra. He was happy to get off to a good start on this morning.

After tending to the zebra, we headed in a different direction to look for game hunting. As we crossed a huge field of tall (5-6ft) grass, we saw a lone blessbuck that looked a like a nice one to harvest. We got to within about 200 yards, and I setup for the shot. On this day of game hunting, the Doubletap 375H&H 260gr. Nosler Accubonds were going down range. I pressed the trigger, and the blessbuck went 8 feet in the air! I was pretty excited, and we went to where he was shot to find nothing but a blood trail in the long grass. Dang! He couldn’t be far, but it is really hard to see more than 10 feet away in the thick stuff along the African trails. We looked for at least two hours when our tracker, Jon, found it in the grass. We walked up on the antelope sized animal, and Jon bent down to grab the horn to move it…..Whoa! The blessbuck jumped up after him with his horns slashing at his backside! Jon was, for a short time, the fastest man alive! The blessbuck ran the other way to get away and was dispatched eventually with the 260gr Accubond load. The long grass that I had to shoot through moved the impact of the bullet more than 18 inches to the rear of the animal. The 260gr load that I used really hit it hard, or he would have been lost. A very tough animal that I will never forget (and neither will Jon)!

Me, Ruan, Jon(PH), and Jon(tracker). Tough animal the Blessbuck.

After taking pictures and getting the blessbuck to the lodge, we took to the African trails again for the elusive (to me at least) gemsbok. We hunted through some very thick brush and walked about 5 miles, trying to find a herd. The sun set, and we headed back toward the truck. Crossing the dirt track (pikey) in front of us at about 100 yards came some young warthogs, followed by a sow warthog. My PH, Jon Jacobs, told me to look for a boar following up the rear. BOOM! The warthog trotted onto the road, and it had big tusks–I was ready because of my PH’s advice. The 375 H&H Doubletap 260gr Nosler Accubond crossed the distance quickly and smacked him on the shoulder, exiting the far shoulder. He fell where he was shot. We headed back to the lodge tired and happy.

The African Trails and African Bush Pigs

Our hike started with us watching some ostrich clear out

We had searched the entire prior day for a proper Gemsbok, and we intended on doing the same again today. We watched some ostrich jump up and clear out right away. It was very surreal to see them walking not too far away. We dug into the grass and brush into which we found all types of wonderful plants that wanted to make you bleed. It was an education to say the least.

My hunting partners, Shane Adair and Jesse Smith, smacked a pair of warthogs to start the day! I was pretty excited; they were huge animals!

After lunch we walked 5 or 6 miles through the brush trying to catch some game in the open. No luck! We had a lot of fun seeing new things and animals though. There was always something new to look at and keep you on your toes.

Right after sunset, we turned back toward the truck (bucky in South Africa). Whoosh! Out of the brush darts a bush pig, running very close to the ground, but away from us. Jon tells me that it is a smaller one…..he spoke too soon. Whoosh. Another one jumped out 10 feet in front of our feet! He said, ” #&$% that one’s a big as$%*@!” The first one ran in a semi circle back toward the heavy brush, and the big one followed. There was a brief moment when it hit an opening. Boom! The Doubletap 375H&H 250gr. Barnes TTSX really smacked it! Jon let me know that a wounded bush pig (especially that size) would be vicious. We waited about ten minutes for it to settle, and then we walked to where it was hit. It was dark enough that we needed to use flashlights to see the pig’s tracks. We couldn’t miss the chunks that the 375HH had blown onto the dirt, as well as the four skid marks from where the hooves had dragged sideways 3 feet upon impact! I turned the quick releases on my scope and loaded it with Doubletap 350gr Woodleigh Weldcores. We turned on our headlamps and started into the bush. Right then we heard a truck coming down the trail. It was our outfitter and guide Jacques along with his little Jack Russell terrier named Milo. Milo led the way, followed by myself with my rifle ready. Within 25 feet we came upon the bush pig lying down and approached very carefully. He was dead, and we all sighed in relief.

Big bushpig hit hard by Doubletap 250gr. Barnes TTSX

As you can see, I did not lead him as he was sprinting through the grass and it hit him right through both kidneys. It was a humane shot, he expired very quickly. After the pictures were taken, we headed back to the lodge for dinner. By the time that we got there, we saw this:

Milo and his quarry resting peacefully after a long day.

Milo had cuddles up to the bush pig for its warmth. Another long and eventful day in the bush was finished.

Every day in South Africa is a Surprise

Starting out the day with a unique view of huge giraffes.

At first light we were treated with the view of these giraffes chewing on the tops of the trees. You can never get used to it. They are so tall, it is amazing. After we watched the show, we moved into the brush where we hoped that the oryx might be hiding. After only about a half of a mile, we saw 8 cows and a bull. My hunting partner Jesse was looking for oryx too, so I told him to take it. The PH, Jon Jacobs of said it was good, so Jesse lined up and gave it a 165gr 308Win at about 200yds. It broke its back, and he gave it another as we got closer to finish it. It was a beautiful animal, much larger than a mule deer and slightly smaller than a big bull elk. In my opinion, it is the most beautiful animal in Africa.

Jesse Smith’s oryx bull. They are beautiful.

To our surprise, after two shots and a lot of pictures, out pops another bull oryx from the bush about 100 yards away. None of us were prepared for it to be there (ain’t that always how it goes?), and by the time I had my rifle up and Jon told me it was a definite shooter, it was running like a race horse. At 125 yards, I took a broadside running shot. It immediately hunched up from the impact and ran into the bush. We immediately started to track it…..and track it……and track it, well you get the point. All day was spent trying to find that bull in the thick stuff. No luck! We had found blood, but no bull, and I was feeling really bad for the animal and myself. As the day ended, we made a plan to try again to look tomorrow. We started to head back toward the truck when we saw off in the distance a herd of wildebeest. My outfitter Jacques, who had joined to look for the wounded oryx, saw a big bull hanging around the edge of the group. His eyes got even bigger when he saw it through the binoculars. He said, “If you want a big blue wildebeest, this is it!” They were about 300 yards away, and I didn’t have to shoot through any long grass. I set up the shooting sticks, and took a deep breath (trying not to remember the shot earlier in the day). BOOM! The Doubletap 375 H&H 250gr. Barnes TTSX hit him hard. He went down and never got up.

He was later measured at 28.5″, which should put him in the Rowland Ward books. We admired his “war wounds” from other bulls that he had on his nose and shoulder, as well as the thoroughly worn horns from fighting. A fine animal and a fine shot, which followed by great bullet performance. The bullet broke both shoulders and exited.

After we took the pictures and shook hands, my thoughts wandered back to the oryx. This had been a truly bittersweet day in the African bush.

We started out the next morning looking for kudu. Jacques and I walked miles and miles trying to locate a big bull. Toward the end of the day as the sun set we saw a really large bull trotting off into the bush! Darn! I couldn’t get a clean shot. The hunting day was over, and it was time to head toward the campfire.

The next morning we set out with the intent of finding another big bull (or maybe even the same one). We hunted through the thick brush and thorns all morning with only a few kudu cows spotted. After a quick water break, we spotted a small bull with some cows. It didn’t seem probable that, that many cows would be with such a young bull, so we followed them through the thick stuff for about a mile. We were on the edge of a clearing looking at the cow kudus when a big bull silently moved into the clearing! He walked behind a tree and started to eat the leaves while we watched. I set up on the shooting sticks and ranged him at 250 yards, while my PH looked really hard at the size of his horns. Finally, he moved a little bit more to the side of the tree giving me a view of the vitals and Jacques a good view of the antlers. “Take him!” was all that I heard before I shot. BOOM! The Doubletap Barnes 250gr TTSX hit him right through both shoulders and anchored him. The bullet passed completely through him and took a chunk from his heart as well. It was a quick, clean kill on the biggest animal that we took on this South African safari. The kudu is as big or bigger than a huge elk but with another foot of height from its very long legs.

We were able to get the kudu loaded up and sent to get processed, then it was time for lunch! Once we were fed, we headed out to a local farmer’s field (8000acres of them) to try and cull some problem animals. Jacques and I sneaked up to the edge of the first field and immediately saw a good sized warthog walking in the sunflower field. He was about 90-100 yards away, and he offered me his head for a shot. I went ahead and aimed between his eyes and BOOM! The shot was about an inch and a half high striking his forehead, and the Doubletap 260gr. Nosler Accubond dropped him in his tracks. We collected his body and found him to be about 12″ each side. Not bad. He was an ugly bugger!

Later, we ended up hunting a couple of miles away in another field where my partner Shane took a steenbuck, Jesse took another warthog, and I was able to get a duiker. The duiker was really hammered by the 375H&H, unfortunately, but the meat was very good. All in all, it was a very good day along the South African trails game hunting!

The next day we enjoyed some needed rest in the morning followed by a scheduled bird hunt that afternoon. Shane, Jesse, and I shot a lot of doves. It was truly a good time had by all.

The Final Days of Our South African Adventure

This is what you walkthrough daily!!!

The next morning I went out with Jesse along with PH Ruan and Jan to try and get a wildebeest for Jesse. As we were making our way down the dirt track, out popped a really nice oryx/gemsbok! Dawn had just started to peak over the horizon, and the light was not great, but we tried really hard to see if it was the one that I had wounded four days prior. We couldn’t see anything indicating that it was the one. It was really odd that it was by itself, though. It really got me thinking about oryx again. I had already wounded one and would have to pay the trophy fee for it. Should I try for another? I decided to go for it and come home with one if at all possible.

Ruan and I hit the brush hard ALL DAY LONG for that one…or any other oryx that we could find. Jesse ended up sneaking up on a herd of wildebeest in the morning and getting a really nice one!

After lunch, Jesse and Shane both joined me in my quest to get an oryx. With six guys hitting the brush hard, we hoped to at least see some game, but it was not to be. We left and went back to the lodge for some needed rest. Tomorrow was the last day of our hunt.

We started out the last day of hunting beating the brush close to the same area where I had wounded the oryx last week. We hoped that they would want to hang around that area once again considering we had not been there for more than 5 days. Within a half mile we spotted a herd of oryx. Jan and I slowly made our way toward them trying to keep the element of surprise in our favor. We saw a couple of good looking bulls in the group, but none were the size of the one that I had wounded. We decided to glass for a while longer to make certain that we saw the whole herd. About 100 yards from the herd, Jan pointed out a large oryx that was as still as a stone under a tree. Through the binoculars he looked great, and my PH told me that he was easily as big as the one that I had wounded.

We stalked toward him, keeping the tree between us. I set up on the shooting stick at 211 yards. BOOM! The Doubletap 250gr. Barnes TTSX hit him square on the shoulder and he was down! We made our way toward him with care after a few minutes. They have been known to come at you if wounded, and we didn’t want that to happen today. He was still moving his head around when we got to within 25 yards, so I hit him again in the spine. We later recovered that bullet (the only one recovered the entire trip) after it had penetrated 5 feet of oryx while retaining 100% of its weight!

He is a beautiful animal that I really worked hard for on this hunt.

I told the skinner and Jan that I wanted a full mount on this animal, so the skinner took extra care with the hide. Thank goodness for that decision, because while he was doing his job, he found where I had wounded him 5 days prior! That is right, it was the same animal. I had initially hit him low. It had pierced the fatty skin below his ribcage and exited without doing any harm. He had a fresh wound from another oryx’s horn which explains why he was not with the herd. He was a tough old boy that will always have a place of honor with me.

There were many other amazing times on this African hunting trip. Game hunting on the African trails is an adventure that any avid hunter would enjoy, and it’s best to go with a professional guide to have and educational and varied hunting experience. If you are looking for a trip that will be like nothing you have ever experienced, South Africa is the place to go.

10mm Ammo and the Start of a Company

You’ve heard this scenario before: Someone wants to buy a product but can’t find it for sale anywhere, so he decides to create what’s needed through much toil, sweat, and tears. Then, he starts a company to share the product with others. The history of Doubletap Ammunition is a history similar to many American companies. Mike McNett had a dream to own his own business, and he saw a need for a product that wasn’t being produced: high-performance, 10mm ammo for a 10mm pistol. Like many other entrepreneurs, Mike ventured out to produce something he wanted for himself. He did this through learning about what makes ammunition perform at the highest levels, testing, and hard work. Once he had created what he was looking for, he decided to make it available to the public. In 2002, the dream of Doubletap Ammunition was made into a reality in Mike’s garage.

The First Loads of 10mm Ammo

The initial production of Doubletap Ammunition started with four loads of 10mm ammo, and sales immediately went through the roof. It had been years since a powerful load for a 10mm pistol had been offered, and a lot of people were excited about it. Now there are over a dozen loads in 10mm ammo offered by Doupletap Ammunition, making it the largest manufacture of 10mm cartridges on the planet.

The Performance is at the Highest Level

From the conception of Doubletap, the 10mm ammo loads have been a priority for perfection. Each of the loads has been thoroughly tested in a variety of settings. The Doubletap method that sets it apart from most other companies has always been to make sure each load performs exactly the way it’s purported to do. As mentioned, this involves a lot of testing, but it also means having each cartridge put together by hand. Most ammunition companies have large machines that automatically assemble their cartridges, but that isn’t the case with Doubletap. Doubletap cartridges are assembled manually, and the process involves several points of inspection.

The Benefits of Personal Manufacturing

The approach of having someone personally handle every cartridge at Doubletap is an approach that guarantees better performance. Most of the problems with ammunition performance stem from errors in the way a cartridge is assembled by an automatic machine. Having a cartridge inspected for error by human eyes and hands is something that can’t be replaced by a machine.

Experts and Reviews Have Been Positive

The performance of the 10mm ammo loads for a variety of 10mm pistols, and the many other loads by Doubletap, have amazed expert reviewers. There are reviews by experts scattered across the Internet, which includes reviewers who have put Doubletap’s claims about their products to the test. In addition to positive reviews, Doubletap Ammunition is known for customer service. Mike McNett built a product he wanted for a 10mm pistol, but he also created a company that offers the kind of customer service he would expect. In fact, listening to customer’s concerns and needs has been a staple of his company. Mike has even said he would consider adding loads to the lineup of products that customers have requested, as long as the loads are possible.

Anyone can find all of the products Doubletap offers at On the site you will be able to find descriptions of each of the products, and you will also be able to find professional reviews on different products being sold. In addition to finding the products you want online, many of Doubletap’s products are sold through retailers across America.