Magnum Research MR9 Eagle Handgun Review : The Eagle You Can Carry ~ VIDEO

By Graham Baates
YouTube personality, Graham Baates, reviews the Magnum Research MR9 Eagle Handgun, bonus video.

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USA – -(  Though not the newest kid on the block, the Magnum Research MR9 Eagle deserves some attention. It’s not often Dr. Dallhammer’s de-cocking and re-cocking striker-fire system is encountered.

This interesting system may have intimidated some, but combines the benefits of a traditional DA/SA with those of a striker-fired system.

We’ll not get into the engineering feat that makes all of this happen, but summarize the benefits as such: Upon loading the gun a simple push of the slide-mounted button de-cocks the striker safely and puts the gun into a longer, heavier double action for the first shot. If you decide you want a single-action first shot, simply move the slide back about a quarter of an inch and you’ll see the striker pop up out of the back of the slide indicating the striker is now armed.

If you decide to leave the striker armed after loading the gun the trigger will be in an “anti-stress” mode. This unique mode provides little resistance for the first half of the pull and then a slight break after which resistance builds before the trigger breaks nearly completely at the rear. The intent behind this design is to serve somewhat as a safety and prevent accidental discharge in high-stress situations. Spirited-shooters fear not, this mode can also be bypassed by simply clicking the trigger passed the anti-stress mode. Concerns about reset should be eased by the video demonstration above. The mode split times were 0.17 seconds without much effort.

Magnum Research MR9 Eagle Handgun

Magnum Research MR9 Eagle Handgun
Magnum Research MR9 Eagle Handgun

Another feature of the MR9 Eagle that sets it apart is the magazine release. Truly ambidextrous, the MR9 uses a shortened paddle system similar to Heckler & Koch models. Operation is best done with the trigger or middle finger. This feels strange to many shooters for the first couple attempts, but proves to be quick and easy with practice. The major advantage of this system is that the magazine can be released without shifting the firing-hand grip.

Magnum Research MR9 Eagle Pistol Magazine Release
Magnum Research MR9 Eagle Pistol Magazine Release

Full mastery of the MR9 may require some training, but the benefits in safety and speed are worth it for those looking for more than just another handgun. Before asking why such a gun exists take a moment to reflect on Magnum Research’s other offerings: Magnum Research is not your average handgun manufacturer. (READ: they make some cool/weird stuff)

Magnum Research MR9 Eagle Pistol Specifications:

  • Model MRFA915F | MRFA910F
  • Caliber 9mm
  • Type Locked breech semiautomatic
  • Barrel Length 4” / 10.2 cm
  • Overall Length 7.13” / 18.1 cm
  • Height 5.31” / 13.5 cm
  • Slide Width 1.28” / 3.25 cm
  • Construction Black polymer frame, 416 stainless steel slide
  • Finish Textured polymer frame, matte stainless slide w/ laser engraved markings
  • Trigger Double Action/Single Action (DA/SA) with a decocker safety button on top of slide
  • Trigger Pull 8.5 lbs (Double-Action)
  • Weight (Empty Magazine) 24.8 oz. / 703 g
  • Magazine weight 2.8 ounces/79 grams
  • Rifling 1 in 10” RH Twist, 6 grooves/ 25.4 cm
  • Sights White three-dot, fully adjustable rear sight for windage, replaceable front sight blades for different heights
  • Sight Radius 6.26” / 15.9 cm
  • Safeties Manual decocker/Striker block, safety decocker button, internal striker drop plunger, Internal trigger safety
  • Magazines 2 – 15 Round (MRFA915F) | 2 – 10 Round (MRFA910F)
Magnum Research MR9 Eagle Handgun Trigger Mode Button
Magnum Research MR9 Eagle Handgun Trigger Mode Button

About Graham Baates

“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel and blog on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

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please help me to purchase one..i know my country does not allow guns but for self protection and hunting purpose please really wants to purchase one of this Magnum Research MR9 Eagle Hand gun.


It’s a great pistol. I got mine on sale a few years ago from a Cabela’s for about $300. It’s works just how you described it. I don’t know what Mr. L is talking about. A round in the chamber will definitely fire. The gun is very accurate and feels great in the hand. I’ve shot brass, steel casings and even those blue plastic rounds through it with no problems. I use it for my every day carry..


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I just bought one at Sportsman’s warehouse 369 + tax. 2 magazines three palm sizes multiple front sight blades. Trigger and accuracy are top notch first rate, I have shot tons of 9s and other than my HK P7M8 this is the best. And trigger works exactly like described here


Horrible review. Way behind as the MR9 has launch 2 versions. This one he is talking about is the most current. And the slide sits on a Walther P frame. Magazines are interchangeable. The biggest joke is his 3 trigger system. Which is non-existent on this gun since there’s variations of the gun. If you chamber a round and then decock. The gun is now sitting in a disabled firing stage in some of the MRs. Pulling the trigger will do nothing. The first generation MR9 is a full frame not designed for conceal carry. Accuracy is superb at the… Read more »


Boy I just saw this review. Well,done.L is completely wrong. The model has a AS trigger system. If you decock it it has a long heavier pull subsequent pulls are as/ as short and light. The “other triggers” were offered on previous Walther P99’s and now are not. Great review and BERY Accurate.

Big Red

What the heck are you talking about L? I have both an early model MR9 that came with a black slide and the newer one bought last year with stainless slide. Both function identically to the Walther P99 AS. You are talking nonsense to think a chambered round that is then decocked will not fire. Once decocked it goes back to the heavier DA trigger pull. You pull that trigger and it will fire and the second round will be in SA with a the lighter 4.5 lb trigger pull.

American Patriot

Looks almost Identical to my Military walther P99 so nothing new with the trigger there in fact that’s the only reason I don’t like or should I say carry the gun is the terrible trigger.


From the Magnum Research website:

9mm 15-Round Pistol, 4-Inch Barrel, Full-Size Black Polymer
MSRP: $559.00 ”

Same price for the 10 rnd mags.


No MSRP shown…….. NO INTEREST.

Graham Baates

MSRP and all other data is available via the link in the video descriptions.