Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle II

Magnum Research,  the maker of probably the most over used handgun in movies, the .50 caliber Desert Eagle, is going to be importing again their “Baby” Desert Eagles.  The Baby Desert Eagles stopped being imported into the United States probably for the same reasons Steyr stopped importing the M-A1, the exchange rate cut into profits too much.  Well lucky for us, Kahr Arms acquired Magnum Research and they’re going to start imported these “Baby” Eagles this summer.

The new Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle II will be available in the three most popular pistol calibers, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP, and in a variety of frames and sizes.  Shooters will be able to choose a 9mm Baby Desert Eagle II in either a full size, semi-compact, or compact size frame.  Also, they’ll be able to chose between polymer and steel framed models.  The .40 are going to be available in full size or semi-compact in either steel or polymer framed models, and the .45 will only be available in a steel semi-compact frame model.

Baby Desert Eagle II Full Size

Other features on the Baby Desert Eagle II include a DA/SA trigger and an ambi-safety that also acts as a decocker.  The sights are of the typical 3 dot snag free type.  Also, the semi-compact and full size models feature a picatinny rail for accessories.

I would say any handgun next to the desert eagle deserves the title baby, but that title shouldn’t confuse you about these guns.  Even the sub compact doesn’t seem so micro compared to the new ultra concealable handguns that are the latest buying craze such as the Sig P290 or Ruger LCP.  With a width on all the pistols, including the subcompact, of 1.125 inches, it doesn’t necessarily live up to its name baby.  It does appear to be plenty small enough to conceal though, with a barrel length of  3.64″, and a height of 4.5″ the sub-compact Baby Desert Eagle II 9mm should be able to stay hidden.  Expect a price range for the full size steel frame to be around $650 and around the $500s for the semi-compact.  The sub compact and polymer version should be less expensive and available relatively so soon.  Click “Read More” after the picture to see the stats on all the new Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle II.

Baby Desert Eagle II sub compact

 

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Sig Sauer 1911 Tactical Operations Review

Sig Sauer Tactical Operations

There is no more of an iconic American handgun like the 1911.  For a century now, shooters have sworn by it and for the 100 years of its existence, the 1911 has set the standard for auto-loading pistols.  From functional design elements to ergonomics, almost every single auto pistol has adopted some sort of attribute from John Moses Browning’s design from over 100 years ago.  Gun manufacturers have made and produced a huge variety of 1911s ranging from different calibers to various sizes, but many feel the quintessential American auto-loading pistol has to be the full size, steel framed, .45 ACP 1911 such as the new 1911 Tactical Operations from Sig Sauer.

A plethora of companies manufacture them but when you hear 1911, the common 1911 makers that usually immediately pop in your head are Colt, Springfield Armory, or Kimber (for me at least).  So last year when Sig Sauer released the 1911 TACOPS (Tactical Operations), just by looking at it, I had a feeling that I would be adding another name to that short list of must have 1911s.  We’ve had the Sig 1911 TACOPS for two months now, shot what seems like an endless amount of rounds through it, and we’re ready to tell Gunblog.com readers that when you hear 1911, the name Sig Sauer should pop in your head as well.

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Improved Steyr M-A1 and S-A1

Steyr M-A1 Review

When the first Steyr M-A1 starting hitting American shores again, there was one constant complaint, the triggers.  Shooters were complaining that the triggers felt “spongy” and the pull wasn’t consistent.  I talked to Scott O’Brien of Steyr at the Shot Show Range day about the changes Steyr made to their newly imported handguns.  He said that Steyr takes customer feedback seriously, and when the calls started coming in Steyr acted upon it; listening to customer complaints, Steyr introduced new triggers on the M-A1 and S-A1.

I got a chance at SHOT SHOW to try the new M-A1 trigger and it felt good.  Granted, I didn’t have the chance to shoot a M -A1 with the original trigger, but I did dry fire one that was in my local gun shop (it was in the consignment section about a week after Steyr started importing them–probably because of that “spongy” trigger).  The trigger draw and break is adequate, I have no real reservations about it being that I was able to put my rounds on target with the M-A1.  The real make or break aspect with the Steyr M-A1 or S-A1 will be the unorthodox sights.

M-A1 Review

The angeled rear sight combined with the triangle front sight post makes for one weird sighting system.  It took about 5 rounds to finally get used to it, but after I think they grew on me.  The sights definitely fall in the love or hate em category; however, I was able to hit a target a 100 yards with them.  Above you can see a photo of the M-A1 and S-A1 and below a video of me trying the Steyr M-A1 with its improved trigger.  The first 5 or so rounds are on a paper target 15 yards away and the remaining rounds are at a steel IPSC target 100 yards away which I hit on the final shot.

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New Custom Sig P238s

Sig Sauer is releasing some pretty slick P238s this year.  They’re popular .380 pistols are getting quite a cosmetic makeover giving their customers 4 newly designed P238s to choose from.  These concealed carry pistols have some of the nicest finishes I’ve seen and they separate themselves from the ever expanding line of pocket pistols that are out.  These P238s  make personal defense pistol a little more personal with their custom designs.

The P238 Lady is probably the most dramatic out of the bunch (no stereotypical pun intended).  The P238 Lady features a red Ceracoat alloy beavertail style frame, a Nitron finished slide with some custom gold engraving on top and along the sides.  Along with the red frame the P238 Lady sports some Rosewood Grips finishing off its elegant design.

The P238 Extreme features Hogue Extreme Series G-10 grips that are designed to hold secure while rapid firing.  It’s built on an alloy beavertail frame with Nitron finish.  The P238 Extreme also has one of my desired/required accessories for a pocket pistol, and that’s a finger grip extension which gives it an extra round for a total capacity of 7+1.

The P238 Gambler has a more classical look with its rosewood grips.  This P238 addition will only be available in limited quantities and will  feature “The Gambler” engraved on its slide,.  Also engraved on the Gambler is  a 24k gold inlay with the dead-man’s-hand, aces and eights, along the top of the slide.

And finally the Sig P238 Diamond Plate, that features, you guessed it, a diamond plate engraved natural stainless steel slide.  The P238 Diamond Plate also features Houge G-10 Grips and a  black hard anodized frame finish,.

Each one of Sig Sauer‘s new P238 pistols are 5.5 inches long and have only a 1.1 overall width making them easily concealable.  All of them weigh around 15 ounces, have a mag capacity of 6 rounds (with exception to the extreme), feature SIGLITE night sights and have single action only triggers with an 8 pound pull.  These custom .380 ACP go for $752 each and should be shipping to dealers now.

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Regent R100 1911

Regent 1911 Review

Umarex USA introduced their R100 1911 pistol at Shot Show this year but what separates the Regent 1911 from others is the price.  The Regent 1911-A1 has a suggest retail of $499 but I’ve seen them going already for much lower.  Shooters should be able to find the Regent 1911 from 400-500 dollars making this centennial classic easier to obtain.  If you’re thinking it’s made of cheap material, well you would be wrong.

While the Regent 1911 is basically a vanilla pistol, it still comes with standard Hogue grips, a stainless steel hammer forged barrel and a low cut ejection port.  Later on this year, Umarex will be releasing a stainless steel version that will retail for $599.

If the Regent 1911 is reliable, and uses all MIL-Spec parts, then I could see it being a great starter 1911.  The 1911 has one of the biggest selection of aftermarket parts so one could easily start upgrading their budget 1911 and quickly have a superb pistol.  Hopefully Gunblog.com can obtain one soon to give you guys a full review.

Regent 1911 Review

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Kahr CM9

Kahr CM9 Review

Kahr Arms has a new sub compact 9mm pistol coming out this March dubbed the CM9.  This new concealed carry from Kahr is based on their PM9 and holds the exact same dimensions of its predecessor.  The CM9 has a 3″ barrel, and overall length of 5.3″ and a height of 4 inches.  It weighs only 14 ounces unloaded, has a 6+1 capacity, and at the top of the slide, the new Kahr CM9 measures less than an inch, making it easily concealable.

Kahr CM9 Review

The main difference between the Kahr CM9 and PM9 is that the Kahr CM9 doesn’t feature match grade parts, translating into a less expensive handgun.  Kahr‘s CM9 features a regular rifled barrel rather than the match grade polygonal barrel on the PM series, the slide stop lever is metal-injected-molded instead of machined,  simple engraving markings unlike the roll markings on the PM9, and finally the CM9 has a pinned front sight whereas the PM9 features a drift adjustable front sight.  Basically, the CM9 is a little less refined, and its markings aren’t as pretty, but those subsitutions bring the price down from $786 for the PM, to $565 for the new Kahr CM9.  The Kahr CM9 will start shipping March 20th.

Kahr CM9 Review
CM9 Review

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