Originally developed by Israel Weapon Industries, the Jericho 941 has been exported to the US market under the names of Baby Desert Eagle and Uzi Eagle. The current US importer is Magnum Research. This company brands the Jericho 941 as the Baby Desert Eagle II.
Magnum Research manufactures the larger Desert Eagle pistols, but there are no similarities between the two gun lines beyond the names. Like the Tanfoglio Witness, the Baby Desert Eagle is developed from the CZ 75 handgun.
The Jericho 941 pistols are currently being made in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Previously, the gun has been chambered for the .41 AE (Action Express). The .41 AE was designed to duplicate .41 Magnum law enforcement loads and was a predecessor to the 10mm and .40 S&W cartridges.
Ergonomics and Recoil
Shooters will find that the recoil in .40 S&W and .45 ACP is moderate, but very controllable. The recoil of 9mm cartridges is very light and easy to control when you are shooting rapidly. You will find that the ergonomics are good and similar to other CZ 75 clone pistols.
Trigger and Accuracy
The trigger pull on the Jericho is smooth but may seem slightly heavy for some shooters. Accuracy is very good with all kinds of ammo. As with any firearm, different ammo loads will make a significant difference in accuracy. But you will find that the Jericho seems to do very well with many different handgun loads.
Reloading and Disassembly
Like most semi-auto pistols, you reload the Jericho 941 by dropping the empty magazine using a push button on the left side of the gun. You then slide a loaded magazine into the empty mag well.
You will find that disassembly is very similar to many other metal-framed pistols. You pull back the slide just a bit. aligning two small dots on the frame and slide. Then you can push the slide stop out. Once you are done, the slide assembly can be removed from the frame.
Reliability and Durability
IWI is well known for building guns that stand up to all kinds of abuse in some exceptionally rugged environments. You will find that Jericho pistols are built to the same tough standards. The CZ 75 platform is considered very good, and the IWI implementation is an evolution forward from that original design.
The Jericho 941 is a solid performer and reasonably priced. It is very accurate for a combat-type handgun and it will stand up to nearly any abuse a shooter is likely to dish out. For someone needing a full-size handgun, the 941 is an excellent handgun and worthy of consideration.