Magnum Research recently announced it was bringing back the Baby Eagle, the little brother of the famous Desert Eagle. The new Baby Eagle III is manufactured in Israel by BUL Transmark. The steel-frame version features a new slimmer grip, which will make it easier for more people to shoot it well, and will be available in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Polymer-frame models will be offered in 9mm and .40.
The full-size models feature a 4.4-inch barrels The steel-frame Baby Eagle IIIs weigh 38 ounces while the polymer models are 10 ounces less. Overall length is eight inches, slide width is 1.3 inches and height is 5.4 inches. There are also two “semi-compact” models with 3.9-inch barrels that weigh 35 ounces in the steel version and 26 ounces in the polymer.
It’s a double-action/single action gun with promised a double-action pull of 12 pounds and a single-action pull of eight pounds. The pistol has an ambidextrous, teardrop-shaped decocker. The magazine release is reversible, and the magazines are interchangeable with Baby Eagle II mags.
Shootability is aided by a full-length dust cover, which adds weight out front where it will do the most good, and the frames feature an accessory rail for lights and lasers. Sights are white three-dot.
Suggested retail price for the steel guns is $691. It’s $646 for the polymer versions.