Israel Weapon Industries is set to sell its popular Jericho 941 pistol directly to the U.S. market.
Israel Weapon Industries is set to sell its popular Jericho 941 pistol directly to the U.S. market.

The Jericho 941 is going on 25 years of manufacture. And in America, it is going through its fifth name change.

The Israel Weapon Industries double/single-action pistol has been known as the Uzi Eagle, the Baby Eagle and the Baby Eagle II. But from now on the Jericho 941 will be known as the Jericho 941 – a moniker not hung on the pistol since the early 1990s.

The handguns’ new name, or its reversion to the old, has come with IWI’s recent push into the American market. Instead of relying on importers to peddle its wares, the Israeli-based manufacturer is taking the reins of its own sales this side of the Atlantic.

Really, though, by any other name the Jericho 941 is known to shoot sweet. In fact, the pistol the it is based off of – the CZ-75 – was one of the few 9mm handguns iconic firearms instructor Col. Jeff Cooper ever lavished praise.

It’s easy to empathize with the founder of Gunsite Academy, the pistol in its many iterations appears to have plenty going for it and still does.

Perhaps one of stronger selling points for the freshly reintroduced Jericho is IWI continuing the slew of options. The company is offering six models of the 941, in three calibers (9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP) and the choice of steel or polymer frame.

The steel-framed models have the potential to get certain corners of the shooting world’s ears perked, given the material’s ruggedness. But there are reasons why IWI has opted for a polymer version as well.

The steel-framed Jericho is a fairly hefty sidearm, with models tipping the scales at between 1.95 and 2.3 pounds with an empty magazine. The polymer variants, on the other hand, weigh in at between 1.6 and 1.75 pounds. (See the specs below for each models overall dimensions).

The Jericho retains its unique frame rails, where the slide rides alone the inside of the rails. This feature allows for a slimmer and lighter slide to be used and also lowers the bore axis than most handguns, making it a more controllable pistol.

The semi-automatic pistol comes outfitted with a thumb safety, which de-links the trigger from the firing system. The safety also functions as a decocker, dropping a cocked hammer without firing the gun.

All models of the Jericho come with fully adjustable combat sights and have the upgrade option of tritium night sights. Four of the models (the RPL, RPSL, R and RS) also boast integral Picatinny rails to add an accessory of the shooter’s choice.

The pistols MSRP should continue to make it popular on the American market. The steel-framed models ring up a $655, while the polymer Jerichos are listed at $559.

Jericho 941 Models Specs

F-9
Caliber: 9mm
Frame: Steel/Full Size
Barrel Length: 4.4″
OAL: 8.2″
Weight: 2.3 lbs.
Capacity: 16+1
F-40
Caliber: 40 S&W
Frame: Steel/Full Size
Barrel Length: 4.4″
OAL: 8.2″
Weight: 2.3 lbs.
Capacity: 16+1
FS-9
Caliber: 9mm
Frame: Steel/Compact
Barrel Length: 3.8″
OAL: 7.6″
Weight: 1.95 lbs.
Capacity: 16+1
FS-40
Caliber: 40 S&W
Frame: Steel/Compact
Barrel Length: 3.8″
OAL: 7.6″
Weight: 2.25 lbs.
Capacity: 12+1
FS-45
Caliber: 45 ACP
Frame: Steel/Compact
Barrel Length: 3.8″
OAL: 7.6″
Weight: 2.25 lbs.
Capacity: 10+1
PL-9
Caliber: 9mm
Frame: Polymer/Full Size
Barrel Length: 4.4″
OAL: 8.2″
Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Capacity: 16+1
PL-40
Caliber: .40 S&W
Frame: Polymer/Full Size
Barrel Length: 4.4″
OAL: 8.2″
Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Capacity: 12+1
PSL-9
Caliber: 9mm
Frame: Polymer/Compact
Barrel Length: 3.8″
OAL: 7.6″
Weight: 1.6 lbs
Capacity: 16+1
F-9
Caliber: .40 S&W
Frame: Polymer/Compact
Barrel Length: 3.8″
OAL: 7.6″
Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Capacity: 12+1

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