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Old March 3, 2013, 02:02 AM   #1
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Baby desert eagle opinions please

I have an opportunity to buy a BDE, 40.cal. full-size, polymer frame, very good condition. The guy wants 525.00 firm, 2 mags, box, etc.. I haven't fired it but it has really nice ergonomics for me. I've seen several videos on the Jericho and nothing negative. They seem fairly rare in the lgs, forums, etc. How would you compare it to a Glock or ? MSRP is 616.00 but, one video says you can buy them all day for 459.00??? I'm more concerned with is it a good, reliable gun? Any experience greatly appreciated.
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Old March 3, 2013, 02:09 PM   #2
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I owned a Jericho for years. Very Solid gun fWIW I think the all steel guns have more value. 9mm gets you 16 rounds 40 is 12 rds I believe. Mags can be a problem. If they are not mec-gar I would not buy the gun. Good luck
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Old March 3, 2013, 02:26 PM   #3
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Almost 300 views, 1 response...seriously, am I doing something wrong here? They can't be that rare.
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Old March 3, 2013, 02:33 PM   #4
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6.8 I just called the guy and he says they are the mags that came in the box, all they say is .40 Cal and there's a logo.. a T in a triangle. Are you saying the mags are the problem? I appreciate your help.
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Old March 3, 2013, 06:41 PM   #5
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I owned one in 9mm a few years back. Great gun, never missed a beat. It is one of those guns I regret selling. I was looking at them today at the gunshow and the guy wanted $619 for the new ones. Had it been in the $500 range I would have bought another I liked the gun so much.
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Old March 3, 2013, 06:49 PM   #6
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The Baby Eagle is based on the CZ75 design internally, is it not?
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Old March 3, 2013, 07:46 PM   #7
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You are correct MLeake, the baby eagle is based on the CZ75. They are very similar guns with the exception being the baby eagle has the safety mounted on the slide.
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Old March 3, 2013, 08:16 PM   #8
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so..what about opinions?? Does it sound like a fair deal?
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Old March 3, 2013, 08:23 PM   #9
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3 months ago you could have bought a new one around $500, with the current crap going on couldn't tell you. I personally wouldn't pay more than $450 for a used steel one, wouldn't buy a polymer one. Been there done that, regretted it.

I had a polymer jerico in .40 a few years ago. Good trigger, comfortable grip, but they used to have an issue with the pin that holds/releases the magazine wearing prematurely on the polymer models. Don't know if they fixed it yet.
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Old March 3, 2013, 08:54 PM   #10
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I think if you like the gun it sounds fair to me with today's pricing. You are getting an extra magazine as well and those are not cheap right now.
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Old March 3, 2013, 08:56 PM   #11
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Eh, I'd pass. While I'm sure it's a good handgun, probably not a whole lot of aftermarket support for it compared to say, a CZ.
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Old March 3, 2013, 11:19 PM   #12
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Okie I would pass on that one. The all steel in 9 mm is the way to go, even if it doesn't come with mec-gars you can still get some later. The polymer guns aren't as nice. I don't know about mags for the 40 version Good luck
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Old March 3, 2013, 11:47 PM   #13
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Well...hmmm...kind of 50/50 it seems. I think I'm going to ponder it and see if the responses lean up or down for a couple a days. Thanks and keep it coming.
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Old March 4, 2013, 07:29 AM   #14
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I've fired the 9mm Steel Semi-Compact model quite a bit. It's an amazing gun, never misses a beat, never malfunctions and it is very accurate, especially on follow up shots. I can't speak for the polymer version, but I would be willing to bet it's a solid pistol.

I will say one thing, you can get one brand new for (probably) just a little over a hundred more in steel. Not sure what role you want this gun to fill, but it may be worth saving up for another couple of weeks and buying something brand new.

Either way, if you get one, I hope you enjoy it!
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Old March 4, 2013, 08:00 AM   #15
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IMO, this is a $450 gun, but from a private FTF, I might go $500 if it looked good enough.

Also remember firm is, well,... never firm.
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Old March 4, 2013, 09:36 AM   #16
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I have a metal framed 9mm and love it. I think I paid $400 plus tax.
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Old March 4, 2013, 02:43 PM   #17
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i have the metal framed compact 40 and love it for target practice. fits in the hand like a glove. but i have always had problems with the firing pin stop in the slide turning. sent it in 2 times and still isnt fixed. so i would never carry this gun but still really like the way it shoots. and the pollgonal rifling is really quick to clean.
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Old March 5, 2013, 03:57 AM   #18
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I also have a baby eagle in a 9mm, love it, sweetest, straightest shooting gun I ever owned.
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Old March 5, 2013, 03:02 PM   #19
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The mags with a T in the triangle are factory mags from Israel. They are highly sought after and can run as high as $50 each. BDE is a great gun. $525 is a run of the mill price. I would try to get him down $100.
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Old March 5, 2013, 03:28 PM   #20
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Bad time to be buying unless you must.

That's a no go in my opinion. While it may be a decent pistol, that price is too high for a used one and more than I'd pay for a new one unless it was all stainless steel and even then I wouldn't feel like it's a great deal.
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Old March 5, 2013, 03:55 PM   #21
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I have been closely watching the evolution of this firearm for the last twelve years and have finally decided to go and purchase a Baby Eagle II with polymer frame in .40S&W this Friday. Ideally I would like an all steel frame Baby Eagle in .45ACP but can not find one around for miles.

I don't mind polymer frames so much just so long as they are Glock quality or better.

Almost any firearm that was designed based on the CZ-75 is a high quality handgun in my book. My only question (more of a curosity) is where exactly is the Magnum Research Baby Eagle II (Polymer) handguns manufactured?

I know that Kahr Arms bought out Magnum Research which was headquarters in Minneapolis MN, but I keep hearing that the Baby Eagle's are made in Israeli. IWI I know made all of the Jericho 941's and the first models of Baby Eagles, but what of the new Baby Eagle II's?

Made at a Kahr Arms factory???
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Old March 5, 2013, 11:18 PM   #22
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alright...the opinions leaned a tad, long enough for me to say yes! $525.00 firm was $500.00 cash. It has a little wear showing on the slide catch lever and safety but hey. The slide action is a little stiff and I noticed tonight that when I rack it, my left hand thumb and forefinger automatically (naturally) stop at the ends of the safety levers and my right hand thumb rubs the slide lever when I grip it...and that's where the wear comes from. The manual says Baby II, there's a small polished inset on the right side says "made in Israel" and on the barrel is "Magnum Research Inc., Pillager, MN." On front of manual, in tiny letters is "a Kahr Arms owned company". Hope this helps and I'll post my range report as soon as weather permits. I've been forewarned that there is very little in accessories and I'm seeing that. Sorry for too long a post. Thanks very much for the opinions. And, don't stop now.
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Old March 6, 2013, 05:30 AM   #23
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What mags did it come with?
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Old March 6, 2013, 08:04 AM   #24
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Now get out there and shoot it. I am sure you will love that gun!
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Old March 6, 2013, 02:33 PM   #25
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I sincerely appreciate the advice/comments. There are two 10-rd. mags that I assume are factory..the T in a triangle. I went to Midway looking for Mec-gars..nothing in stock and didn't find anything specific to Desert Eagle. I'm going to start a new post for that. Very anxious to shoot it. Great forum here.
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