[Ads-l] double-tap (UNCLASSIFIED)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 12 16:01:10 EDT 2019


Excellent work, Bill. I found an interesting collection of 24 matches
for the phrase "double tap snap" in the Newspapers.com database. The
phrase appears in "The Sun-Herald" of Sydney, Australia.

A "double tap snap" seems to be a competitive event that occurs at a
shooting range often with members of the military. Participants are
given a score. I cannot tell if "double tap" means firing two shots in
rapid succession in this context. The citations start in 1964.

Date: November 08, 1964
Newspaper: The Sun-Herald (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Newspaper Location: New South Wales, Australia
Article: Sporting Details: Shooting
Quote Page 73, Column 4
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
M.R.C.U LONG BAY RANGE
Standing application and stand-
ing double tap snap.--Individual
scores: Lt. Hennessy (R.A.E.), 39;
Sgt Crake (A.C.T.), 39. D./tap
snap scores: Cpl. Young, 10 hts;
[End excerpt]

Date: July 02, 1967
Newspaper: The Sun-Herald (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Newspaper Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Article: Sports Results: Military Rifle Club Union Shoot
Quote Page 68, Column 7
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
MILITARY RIFLE CLUB UNION SHOOT
200yds application kneeling and
double tap snap kneeling, indi-
vidual scores: Maj Griffith (USI)
39 P.O. Millington (RANR) Cdt
Kesby (Scots) 36.
[End excerpt]

On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 3:09 PM MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
CCDC AVMC (USA) <0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu>
wrote:
>
> CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
>
> "Double tap" is not in the OED.
>
> Gerry Gore _Handguns for self-defence: a South African Guide_  Macmillan, 1979  p. 95 [Google books snippet]
> "When you can draw and fire two rounds, reload and fire another double tap in less than five seconds, you will know that you are getting fairly proficient."
>
>
> Tony Geraghty _Who Dares Wins: The story of the Special Air Service, 1950-1980_ London : Book Club Associates, 1980, p174 [Google books snippet]
> "The assault group members have to be able to burst into a room in pairs and (as described on pages 213-214) instantly fire two pistol rounds or short, controlled bursts of automatic fire -- the 'double tap' -- into each terrorist, aiming for the head."
>
>
> _Durham [NC] Morning Herald_ 5 Dec 1981 p 3C col 3
> "Barefoot said police officers are taught to automatically "double tap" or fire their weapons twice in rapid succession."
>
> John E. Gardner _License Renewed_ [James Bond] Berkley, 1982. (Hardback edition exists in 1981) p. 249 [Google books snippet]
> "In all he fired twice:  two bursts of two -- the "Double Tap" as the SAS call it -- the .357 ammunition exploding like a cannon in the confines of the cabin."
>
>
> CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
>
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