[Ads-l] double-tap

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 12 17:04:43 EDT 2019


Great work, G.

JL

On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 3:02 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Here is an instance of "double-tap" in 1982, but the two bullets are
> destined for two different locations on the adversary.
>
> Date: November 14, 1982
> Newspaper: The Philadelphia Inquirer
> Newspaper Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
> Section: Town and Country North
> Article: Armed and ready, special forces wait to respond
> Author: Andrew Wallace (Inquirer Staff Writer)
> Quote Page 1N, Column 1
> Database: Newspapers.com
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> Lt. Thomas Miller peeps around the side of a yellow barricade and
> fires two quick shots. There is no waiting to see whether the first
> finds flesh.
> "Double-tap" shooting they call it. One slug in the body, one in the
> face. In this exercise, the second shot follows as quickly as Miller
> -- a lithe, compact man in a blue work shirt and pants -- can pull the
> trigger.
> [End excerpt]
>
> The Wikipedia article on "double tap" referred to a book by Ian Dear
> that discussed British Special Operations Executive (SOE) trainers.
> The book appeared in 1996 and used the term "double tap", but it is
> not clear whether the trainers used that term. Wikipedia asserts that
> "Fairbairn is reported to have instructed SOE personnel in the double
> tap from 1944 to 1945."
> Maybe "double tap" appears in secret SOE or OSS files. Who knows?
>
> Year: 2016 (First published by Arms and Armour in 1996)
> Book Title: Sabotage and Subversion: The SOE and OSS at War
> Author: Ian Dear
> Unnumbered Page of Ebook format
> Publisher: The History Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire
> Google Books Preview
> https://books.google.com/books?id=mE8fDgAAQBAJ&
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> Now Fairbairn and Sykes taught the crouching stance square on to the
> target with a two-handed grip on the pistol which was fired at waist
> level; and instead of firing a shot at a time they taught what is
> known as the ‘double tap’: two shots fired in quick succession. It was
> this kind of training which was of inestimable value to the hundreds
> of SOE and OSS agents who went into the field.
> [End excerpt]
>
> On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 1:57 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
> <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Thanks for the pointer, Benjamin. The Wikipedia article uses the term
> > "double tap", but it does not seem to indicate when the term was
> > coined. It appears that the technique was used before it was named
> > "double tap".
> >
> > Here is a match with the desired sense for "double-tap" in 1986.
> >
> > Date: May 16, 1986
> > Newspaper: The Whitehorse Star
> > Newspaper Location: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
> > Article: Anti-terrorist squad prepares to defend
> > Quote Page 22, Column 4
> > Database: Newspapers.com
> >
> > https://www.newspapers.com/image/578769493/?terms="double-tap"
> >
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > And they are learning to treat their weapons, usually submachine-guns
> > and pistols, like appendages, They "double-tap" their cardboard
> > targets without taking aim — two bullets to the head and two to the
> > body.
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> > The Wikipedia piece mentions a 1979 article in "American Handgunner",
> > but the magazine did not appear to contain "double tap" (Maybe I
> > missed it.) The article simply said that targets received "two shots
> > each".
> >
> > [Begin Wikipedia excerpt]
> > Double taps are an integral part of the El Presidente combat pistol
> > shooting drill developed by Jeff Cooper in the 1970s and published in
> > the January/February 1979 issue of American Handgunner.
> > [End Wikipedia excerpt]
> >
> > Date: January February 1979
> > Periodical: The American Handgunner
> > Publisher: Publisher's Development Corp., San Diego, California
> > Article: "El Presidente"
> > Author: Jeff Cooper
> > Start Page 22, Quote Page 23
> > https://americanhandgunner.com/1979issues/HJF79.pdf
> >
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > The shooter stands with his back to the targets, opposite the center.
> > His pistol is holstered and safe and his hands may be held any way
> > except "cocked." He wears clothing that conceals the fact that he is
> > armed.
> >
> > On signal he pivots 180° and engages each target with two shots each,
> > reloads, and repeats.
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> > On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 1:07 PM Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_tap <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_tap>) says that the technique of
> shooting someone twice is to overcome the limited ability of full metal
> jacketed ammunition to kill, and says that William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric
> A. Sykes are generally given credit for the developing the technique in
> Shanghai the 1930s. The Chinese version of the page says that the Chinese
> term is 雙連擊.
> > >
> > > FWIW
> > > Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
> > > Formerly of Seattle, WA
> > >
> > > > On 12 Sep 2019, at 09:58, ADSGarson O'Toole <
> adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > The Newspapers.com database has various non-violent uses for "double
> > > > tapped", e.g.:
> > > > double tapped soles
> > > > double tapped a bunt
> > > > double tapped a ball
> > > > double tapped a putt
> > > >
> > > > In a quick search I didn't see "double-tapped" used for dual job
> > > > selection. I looked for "twice tapped" and did not see a pertinent
> job
> > > > match. I looked for "tapped twice" and did find a match. All these
> > > > phrases are unsurprising, I think.
> > > >
> > > > Date: January 16, 2009
> > > > Newspaper: Dayton Daily News
> > > > Newspaper Location: Dayton, Ohio
> > > > Article: Our View: PUCO would benefit from an Ellis Jacobs
> > > > Quote Page A10, Column 1
> > > > Database: Newspapers.com
> > > >
> > > > https://www.newspapers.com/image/411620986/?terms=
> "tapped%2Btwice"%2B"two%2Bjobs"
> > > >
> > > > [Begin excerpt]
> > > > Every year the governor makes an appointment to the Public Utilities
> > > > Commission of Ohio. Now's the time.
> > > >
> > > > . . .
> > > > This would make his fifth tour of duty, having been tapped twice in
> > > > the 1980s by former Democratic Gov. Richard Celeste, then again in
> > > > 1999 and 2004 by former Republican Gov. Bob Taft.
> > > >
> > > > [End excerpt]
> > > >
> > > > On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 12:23 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
> > > > <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >> The term was used as a movie title in 1997. Title was mentioned in
> > > >> 1996 newspaper stories.
> > > >>
> > > >> Year: 1997
> > > >> Movie: Double Tap
> > > >> Directed by: Greg Yaitanes
> > > >> Writing Credits: Erik Saltzgaber, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
> > > >> https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119012/
> > > >>
> > > >> [Begin excerpt form storyline]
> > > >> A master assassin who specializes in shooting his victims twice in
> the
> > > >> head, a "double tap", may not be everything he initially seems to
> be.
> > > >> [End excerpt form storyline]
> > > >>
> > > >> Garson
> > > >>
> > > >> On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 12:10 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
> > > >> <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >>>
> > > >>> Here is a 1997 book that employed "double tap" as a noun and
> > > >>> hyphenated "double-tap" as a verb.
> > > >>>
> > > >>> Year: 1997
> > > >>> Book Title: Nowhere To Hide
> > > >>> Author: James Elliott
> > > >>> Quote Page 35 and 174
> > > >>> Simon & Schuster, New York
> > > >>> (Internet Archive; verified with scans)
> > > >>>
> > > >>> [Begin excerpt on page 35]
> > > >>> Again, nothing was disturbed. "Ten to one it was a hit."
> > > >>> "No gun near the body," O'Brien said, leaning in to get a good
> look at
> > > >>> the side-by-side entry wounds in Onorati's forehead. "Double tap to
> > > >>> the head. kind of rules out a suicide, huh?"
> > > >>> [End excerpt on page 35]
> > > >>>
> > > >>> [Begin excerpt on page 174]
> > > >>> Falconetti saw Totani nod briefly to Johnnie Socks, who still stood
> > > >>> behind him, holding the tip of the silencer to the back of his
> head.
> > > >>> Falconetti closed his eyes, waiting for the gunshot he knew he
> would
> > > >>> never hear before it killed him.
> > > >>> “Open your eyes. Tommy. It isn’t over yet. You think I’m gonna have
> > > >>> Johnnie double-tap you in the back of the head, don’t you?”
> > > >>> Falconetti opened his eyes, half-believing he was getting a
> > > >>> last-second reprieve.
> > > >>> [End excerpt on page 174]
> > > >>>
> > > >>> My search was not thorough. In fact, I only searched for the phrase
> > > >>> "Double tap to the head".
> > > >>>
> > > >>> Garson
> > > >>>
> > > >>> On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 11:46 AM Jonathan Lighter
> > > >>> <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> FWIW, Moore's 2003 ex. of the verb, the subject of the OP,
> appears to be
> > > >>>> the earliest in Google Books as well.
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> JL
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 11:41 AM Andy Bach <afbach at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>>> I recall hearing it in "Zombieland" (2009), in the opening
> sequence
> > > >>>>> where the voiceover lists the rules for living/staying alive in
> Zland
> > > >>>>> - there it meant add a second bullet, in case the first just
> wounds
> > > >>>>> the zombie. The underlying story was written in 2005, though not
> sure
> > > >>>>> if the rules were written then. As it happens, a sequel,
> Zombieland:
> > > >>>>> Double Tap, is set to be released on October 18, 2019.
> > > >>>>>
> > > >>>>> On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 6:59 AM Jonathan Lighter <
> wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > > >>>>> wrote:
> > > >>>>>>
> > > >>>>>> The term in its literal meaning was popularized by reporting on
> the Bin
> > > >>>>>> Laden Raid of 2011.
> > > >>>>>>
> > > >>>>>> JL
> > > >>>>>> --
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> the
> > > >>>>> truth."
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