The folks who brought us the venerable Desert Eagle have also given us a smaller, tamer version of that monster, in the form of the Baby Desert Eagle 3.
The one Magnum Research sent out to me is the polymer-framed version of the full-sized pistol, with a 4.43 inch barrel chambered for .40 S&W. This gun came to me in a case with two 13-round magazines and bore brushes.
Overall, I have to give a thumbs up to MRI for this one. The gun fit great in my hands, and while it’s likely not the best gun for recoil-sensitive people, it is center-mass accurate out to 15 yards in rapid fire drills.
Even though .40 S&W isn’t the most devastating round (in terms of hand-bruising recoil), it is felt in the relatively lightweight (28 ounces), polymer-framed Baby Desert Eagle III. If you’re looking for a heavier pistol, there is an all-metal framed gun also available.
As a side note, the polymer framed gun is available in 9mm and .40, while the metal one is available in 9, .40, and .45 ACP. Also available in both platforms are varying size, match-grade barrels depending upon what your needs are. I can’t speak much about the metal framed guns or the semi-compact one, because I have not shot either of them, yet.
Those of you who prefer a hammer fired gun in SA/DA, much like the M9 I learned on in the Marines, will appreciate the Baby DE 3, complete with its safety de-cocker. While on the topic of the de-cocker, it did take some getting used to, at first, because it’s the only thing to grab onto.
The slide, because MRI designed it to look more like its bigger brother, doesn’t have that much meat on it to grab onto. The overall small size of the slide forced me to grab the safety lever, itself, in order to pull it back. Also making things a bit more interesting, are the virtually non-existent slide serrations.
All of this isn’t really a big deal, once you figure out that it isn’t what you’re used to, and need to adjust your training a bit for it.
In the following video, I briefly mention that it isn’t good for left-handed shooters, but I misspoke. In fact, I may have deleted it, but the safety is totally ambi, and the mag-release can be reversed for our southpaw friends.
The Baby DE3 has a smooth trigger without any noticeable grit or stacking, and has a 12 pound pull in DA, with 4 pounds in single action. If you’re in the market for a new gun that isn’t your average Glock or 1911, this hammer fired pistol may be just what the doctor ordered.
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