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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

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!

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 Doubletapammo.com. 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.