During the early nineties, the state-owned Israel Military Industries (IMI) company developed a conventional combat pistol, the Jericho 941. This was actually an international effort, since the design of the pistol was based on the Italian Tanfoglio system, itself a well-made clone of the Czechoslovak Cz-75 pistol. This cartridge, which was ballistically similar to more ‘modern’ .40 S&W, was designed to be used in 9mm pistols with minimal modifications and thus had a rebated rim of the same diameter as the 9mm cartridge. Jericho pistols are widely exported from Israel, and also used by Israeli private security and police forces.

One specific aspect of the Jericho pistols is that it has been imported in various countries (most notably the USA) under a variety of names. Its main US importer, the Magnum Research Co imported these pistols under trade marks like "Baby Eagle", "Baby Desert Eagle" and even "Desert Eagle", trying to capitalize on the commercial success of the much bigger and entirely different "Desert Eagle" pistol, also made in Israel by IMI and marketed by Magnum Research. The new importer Charles Daly company uses the trade mark name Jericho 941. It must be noted that unlike the original Desert Eagle, which is more of a hunting weapon, the Jericho is a true combat / self-defence weapon, comfortable to handle, carry and fire, as well as reliable and accurate.
It must be noted that recently the small arms business of IMI has been privatized, and Jericho pistols are currently made by IWI (Israeli Weapon Industries) Ltd.

Jericho 941 are locked breech, short recoil operated pistols, which are available with either a steel (all models) or polymer frame (only compact and semi-compact models). There are three basic configurations of pistol: standard, semi-compact (standard frame and short slide and barrel), and compact (short slide and barrel, short grip).

 

Jericho 941 Forum

 

 

“Jericho 941”- Israel’s Superlative Handgun
By: Harry E Repine Jr.

 

       Strolling up to the gun counter on a day in March of 2007, I had no idea I was about to make a gun purchase that would truly make a very strong, positive impression on me.  I stood there gazing at the rows of black guns in 9mm that adorned the wall, all looking similar from my perspective. Then I saw it. Yes, that was it; one of those pistols made in Israel. I had heard a little about them, but was otherwise uneducated regarding them.   The clerk kindly checked to make sure this pistol was unloaded before handing  it to me, magazine removed.  I was then observing the beautiful lines of the all metal compact version of the Jericho 941 (imported by Magnum Research Inc. at the time).  On the left side of the frame was the name, “Desert Eagle Pistol”, known more popularly by the name, “Baby Eagle”, here in the United States.  This marketing tactic by the importer was to boost sales, which left a lot of potential buyers with the feeling they were acquiring a smaller version of the infamous, “Desert Eagle”.  However, this was not the case as both firearms are completely different. 


 Handling the Jericho, I found that it fit my hand quite nicely. The shape and curvature of the grip made it very ergonomically friendly, this is important for the shooter, as a gun that doesn’t feel right in your hand is most likely not going to shoot comfortably either.  Before I knew it I was peering down at the counter full of Jericho’s!  Wow! Did I win the lottery?  No, the reality was I had some deciding to do!  What type of finish; all metal or polymer and what caliber?


 The Jericho 941 is a solid, well made pistol by Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), based off the Czech’s CZ75 design. But don’t let anyone tell you it’s just a copy.  I have found in comparing the two that although they may share the same design features, the Jericho is machined together with much tighter tolerances.  It is a very solid handgun, well built for durability and reliability.

Jericho 941 Compact

Photo courtesy of Harry E Repine Jr.


I must confess, I tend to lean toward all metal guns; and that in part made my decision that day.  I almost walked away with the compact polymer version. It would be a better choice for a conceal carry option, due to the light weight.  The Jericho is available here in the U.S. in three calibers:  9mm, 40S&W, and 45ACP.  In addition there are three choices:  full size frame, sub-compact, and compact,( note that the chambering in 45ACP is currently only available in the large frame guns).  Robust all metal versions, or the lighter weight polymer version gives the buyer an outstanding option for what best meets his or her needs.


I can’t recall how many times I picked up each gun, trying to make up my mind before I finally walked out with the all metal compact.  If I had the money, I would have bought both!   So with gun purchased, I made the next step, and was off to the range for function and accuracy testing.  This is where your decision to bite the bullet either pays off or not. 


With a few trips to the range under my belt shooting targets anywhere from about 7 to 10 yards , and further, I began to notice something. The bullets from the Jericho were consistently finding their way in and around the “ten ringer” with some regularity, and in nice groups.  Could it be the polygonal barrel which is designed to improve accuracy?  Unlike regular conventional barrel designs with grooves from rifling it is of a smooth octagonal shape at close inspection.  Be that is may, it didn’t take this gun enthusiast and collector very long to come to the conclusion that the Jericho941/Baby Eagle, is frankly the best out of the box 9mm pistol I have ever purchased.   I can truly say this because I am left handed, shoot right handed, and am left eye dominant!  For those of you who may not understand this, it means my tendency is to shoot to the left.  As of this writing, I have pounded down range over 800 rounds, and have had no trouble with reliability using conventional ammo.  I did, however, encounter feed problems when shooting reloads, but this was in no way any fault of the pistol.


Other Jericho features are a Browning -type locking breach design, with three dot dove tail combat style sights (the new import models now come with and adjustable rear sight). An ambidextrous decocker is located on the slide, and the grip panels are made of hard plastic. Some nice rubber replacement grip panels would be a nice addition, but none are on the market. There are wrap around grips available for the full size models.  


The Jericho continues to be imported to the United States via Charles Daly and can be special ordered from your local gun shop.  Failing that, there are various on line sources that will enable you to acquire one of these fine products. 
I continue to be amazed at the range results of this gun, whether I take it out consistently or just on occasion, it continues to perform above my expectations.   It’s no small wonder that a product like the Jericho pistol would be so superlative.  It comes from the tiny country of Israel, with their back against the Mediterranean, and surrounded by a not so friendly Arab world. That makes them the leader in weaponology... not because they want to be, but because they have to be!

 

 

Variants:

 

Steel Frames:

 

  Full-size Semi-compact Compact
Caliber 9x19 40S&W 9x19 40S&W 45ACP 9x19 40S&W

Mfg. Part No.

Israel Weapon Industries 941 F/R (16/15rd) 941 F/R (12rd) 941 FS/RS (16/15rd) 941 FS/RS (12rd) 941 FS/RS (10rd) 941 FB/RB (13rd) 941 FB/RB (10rd)

Magnum Research

(Baby Eagle)

MR9900 (10rd)
MR9915R (15rd)
MR9400 (10rd) MR9900RS (10rd)
MR9915RS (15rd)
MR9400RS (10rd) MR4500RS (10rd) MR9900RB (10rd) MR9400RB (10rd)

Weight

Pistol w/o magazine 1,000 g (2.2 lb) 900 g (2.0 lb) 900 g (2.0 lb) 1,025 g (2.3 lb) 860 g (1.9 lb)
Magazine empty 90 g (0.2 lb) 90 g (0.2 lb) 100 g (0.2 lb) 85 g (0.2 lb)
Loaded magazine 282 g (0.6 lb) 258 g (0.6 lb) 282 g (0.6 lb) 258 g (0.6 lb) 310 g (0.7 lb) 250 g (0.6 lb) 230 g (0.5 lb)

Dimensions

Overall length 207 mm (8.1 in) 190 mm (7.4 in) 184 mm (7.2 in)
Height 140 mm (5.5 in) 140 mm (5.5 in) 125 mm (4.9 in)
Width 35 mm (1.4 in) 35 mm (1.4 in) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Barrel length 112 mm (4.52 in) 98 mm (3.93 in) 92 mm (3.64 in)
Sight line radius 150 mm (5.9 in) 134 mm (5.3 in) 134 mm (5.3 in)

 

Steel Frame:

 

Jericho 941 Steel Full Size

Jericho 941 - Steel Frame Full Size (IMI Logo)

 

Jericho 941 Steel Semi Compact

Jericho 941 - Steel Frame Semi-Compact (IMI Logo)

 

Jericho 941 Compact

Jericho 941 - Steel Frame Compact (IMI Logo)

 

Jericho 941 Steel Full Size with rail

Jericho 941 - Steel Frame Full Size with Rail (IWI Logo)

 

Polymer Frames:

 

  Full-size Semi-compact Compact
Caliber 9x19 40S&W 9x19 40S&W 9x19 40S&W
Mfg. Part No.
Israel Weapon Industries 941 FL/RL (16/15rd) 941 FL/RL (12rd) 941 SL/RSL (16/15rd) 941 SL/RSL (12rd) 941 FBL/RBL (13rd) 941 FBL/RBL (10rd)

Magnum Research

(Baby Eagle)

N/A MR9900RSL (10rd)
MR9915RSL (15rd)
MR9400RSL (10rd) MR9900BL (10rd) MR9400BL (10rd)
Weight
Pistol w/o magazine 800 g (1.8 lb) 720 g (1.6 lb) 680 g (1.5 lb)
Magazine empty 90 g (0.2 lb) 90 g (0.2 lb) 80 g (0.2 lb)
Loaded magazine 282 g (0.6 lb) 275 g (0.6 lb) 282 g (0.6 lb) 275 g (0.6 lb) 250 g (0.6 lb) 230 g (0.5 lb)
Dimensions
Overall length 207 mm (8.1 in) 192 mm (7.6 in) 185 mm (7.3 in)
Height 138 mm (5.4 in) 138 mm (5.4 in) 122 mm (4.8 in)
Width 38 mm (1.5 in) 38 mm (1.5 in) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Barrel length 112 mm (4.4 in) 96 mm (3.8 in) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Sight line radius 156 mm (6.1 in) 141 mm (5.6 in) 134 mm (5.3 in)

 

 

Polymer Frame:

 

Jericho 941 polymer Full Size

Jericho 941 - Polymer Frame Full Size (IMI Logo)

 

Jericho 941 - Polymer Frame Semi-Compact (IMI Logo)

 

Jericho 941 - Polymer Frame Compact (IMI Logo)

 

Full Size Polymer Jericho with accessories                                                                                Steel Frame Jericho review by Rugersix 

 

 
 
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