Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol in 40SW ~ Firearm Review

By Bob Shell
Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol Review and Field Test.

Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol in 40SW
Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol in 40SW
Bob Shell
Bob Shell

Apache Junction, AZ -(AmmoLand.com)- Magnum Research makes a large verity of handguns including the Desert Eagle which is chambered for the 44 mag and 50 A & E.

So an obvious step when you haev a good working design would be to scale it down and chamber it for a smaller round. A good choice for chamberings would include the 40 S & W auto round.

And that is the case with the Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol, now in 40sw

They are offered in 9 mm and 45 auto as well as the 40. There is also semi-compact models which hold a few less rounds. For info regarding these and other Magnum Research products, you can go to www.magnumresearch.com for a complete listing of their items.

Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol in 40SW

Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol Sights
Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol White Dot Sights
Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol Rail
Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol Rail

Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol has a number of the normal features such as the white dot sights which aids in picking up a target especially in less than ideal light. Sites are adjustable for windage. Other features include an ambidextrous safety which is also a decocker and a rail which allows you to attach various items including a flashlight. It also possesses a loaded round indicator, which is a small hole just to the rear of the bolt. The grip has some checkering which aids in holding it. In addition, the grip is comfortable to me but someone with small hands may have some difficulty with it. The trigger is typical single/double action type.

The single action pull is OK but shooting it double may prove to be difficult to someone with weaker hands. A prospective buyer may want to check that out before purchase.

Like most of these guns, I think, it isn’t pretty, but if it performs like all of the other Magnum Research products that I have tested throughout the last few years, performance will be stellar. Reliability is a lot more important then looks. The instruction manual details on how to disassemble for cleaning and other info. It has a standard one-year warranty that does not cover reloaded ammo. That is standard with most gun manufacturers.

Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol
Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol

The 40 S&W is a flexible round and factory ammo and components are readily available. I have a 190 gr cast generally meant for the 38-40 but will give us an indication as to what this gun will digest. A 200 grain is heavy for this round so we will have a chance to observe that as well. Though it might not expand at the velocities available.

Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol in 40SW
Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol in 40SW

The 190-gr cast fed ok Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol, and with a little case prep, it should feed perfectly at least in my gun. That gives you a chance to make real economical loads for target practice. A couple of other shooters tried it and for the most part liked it. The grip was too large for one with small hands. Due to its size recoil isn’t an issue and the sights are easy to pick up.

The 60-grain Liberty has very little recoil in spite of its high velocity and can be a good option for someone looking for a good self-defense load. It is very novel ammo and for someone looking for a serious self-defense load I would check them out. For info you can go to http://libertyammunition.com.

This gun is made for home or self-defense, though it would be accurate enough for small game. I would not recommend it for large game, though in a pinch it may do. If you want some FMJ ammo for general use the Winchester ammo I used did as well as expected and for info you can go to www.winchester.com/Pages/Home.aspx. An up and coming ammo maker is Double Tap. They make a lot of high performance ammo in many calibers and definitely should be something to look at. For info you can go to www.doubletapammo.net. I tried a couple loads from them and they both did well.

135 & 190 grain bullets used in shooting the 40 cal
135 & 190 grain bullets used in shooting the 40 cal

LOAD                                   BULLET                               VELOCITY                   COMMENT

  • Liberty                               60 gr HP                             2110                                 awesome
  • Double Tap                       125 gr HP                           1308                                 consistent
  • 7 grains Green Dot           135 gr plated                       1154                                very high es
  • Double Tap                       135 gr Nosler JHP              1448                                 nice
  • 8.5 grains HS-6                 155 gr HP                           1194                                 ok
  • Winchester                        180 gr FMJ                         1023                                 consistent
  • 5 grains 231                       190 gr cast                         900                                  feeds
  • 6.5 grains HS-6                  200 gr HP                          880.6                                consistent
  • Double Tap                        200 gr Nosler JHP             1018                                 also consistent

The 40 S&W is popular with many police departments who want something more potent then the 9 mm but in a caliber that all employees can handle.

Most shooters who tried the Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol liked it and the 40 caliber is easy to get ammo and components for. So I would recommend giving this gun a good look.

ModelBE94133RL | BE94003RL
(Full Size, Polymer Frame)
BE94133RSL | BE94003RSL
(Semi-Compact, Polymer Frame)
Caliber.40 S&W.40 S&W
Barrel Length4.43”3.85”
Height5.75”5.75”
Weight28 oz25 oz
OA Length8.375”7.825”
Slide Width1.53”1.53”
ConstructionPolymer frame with high quality carbon steel slidePolymer frame with high quality carbon steel slide
FinishBlack textured polymer frame, black oxide on slideBlack textured polymer frame, black oxide on slide
TriggerDouble Action/Single Action (DA/SA)Double Action/Single Action (DA/SA)
SafetySlide mounted safety and decocker, ambidextrousSlide mounted safety and decocker, ambidextrous
SightsCombat type, white three dot, fixedCombat type, white three dot, fixed
Magazines2 – 13 Round (BE94133RL) | 2 – 10 Round (BE94003RL)2 – 13 Round (BE94133RSL) | 2 – 10 Round (BE94003RSL)
Author Bob Shell shooting the Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol in 40 S&W.
Author Bob Shell holding the Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol in 40 S&W.

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About Bob Shell:

A Custom Reloader of Obsolete and Antique Ammo, Bob Shell, writes about the subject of Guns, Ammo, Shooting and Related Subjects. For more information, visit: www.bobshellsblog.blogspot.com.

  • 9 thoughts on “Baby Desert Eagle III Pistol in 40SW ~ Firearm Review

    1. I don’t think you need to be so rude about it…..he will learn about thumb position the first time he pulls the trigger with an overlapping thumb!!

    2. No this design wasn’t based on the Desert Eagle, it’s a CZ75 clone built buy IMI/IWI with many parts from Tanfoglio. Originally designed to shoot either 9mm or .41 Action Express. No mention of the different names the gun was sold under while being distributed by different companies? Names like Uzi Eagle, or it’s original name Jericho 941. No mention of the steel framed versions which is the only model that is available in 45acp and then only in the compact size.

      The author’s failure to get the facts right made this one of the poorest articles I’ve seen.

    3. Interesting article, found it as a result of looking for information about the Baby Eagle III.

      Regarding Bob’s thumb position, he’s applying the old revolver technique. I’ve observed, and advised, a couple of shooter’s on why they should not have it wrapped over the hand, but was impressed that they had not suffered from slide bite, either. Neither were aware, and one was grateful of learning the tidbit of information.

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