New Baby Eagle range report


August 30, 2007, 02:20 AM
Hi all. I recently picked up a full-size Baby Eagle chambered in .40sw. I went to a local range and shot 300 rounds of WWB in 165 gr fmj. there were no problems of any kind. I also shot 50 rounds of Double Tap 135 gr. jhp's- more on this ammo later. It is also quite a good looking pistol imho.

This DA/SA pistol was very accurate- I suppose due to the polygonal rifling. The DA was very long, but smooth. I would feel fairly comfortable carrying it in this mode with the safety/decocker off since it is such a long pull requiring quite a tug (I am guessing 12-14 lbs?). But, in SA it short and crisp. **first time firing the BE resulted in a double tap inadvertently to my surprise... result of not being use to this type of action** When the safety/decoker is engaged the trigger is disconnected. The ergonomics were very enjoyable and the combat sights were adequate for the intended use. I would like to try a set of night sights on this in the future.

Now to my experience with the Double Tap ammo. There were some spent casings that had jagged serrations on the edge. I have not seen this before in any ammo of any caliber in my short experience. I tested the same ammo in my Steyr M40 to see if i got the same result- I got brass that had deformation in the case walls. I have another box of DT ammo in 165 gr gold dots that I am weary of using in either pistol. Any thoughts on what happened with this ammo?

Here is a pic, although not clear (old digital camera) of a jagged brass.

and some pics. :D

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August 30, 2007, 11:35 AM
Thanks for the range report. For me it is timely. Tuesday I will be picking up the same gun but in a semi-compact. Mine is used and is from the period around 2005 when they temporarily used the typical land and groove barrel.

Did you find the weight of the gun as a benefit in the firing of the .40? Those grips, did they come with the gun?

August 30, 2007, 02:13 PM
Yes I liked the weight of it and does handle the snap of .40 quite well imho. It also points well for me. As for the grips, I got them from Magnum Research's website- they are listed under accessories menu. They are made by Hogue and feel great. Good luck with yours.... if this .40 keeps performing well I might look into the semi-compact .45 :D

August 30, 2007, 03:43 PM
Thanks for the report.

[FH]K96 - Any thoughts on what happened with this ammo?

Just stay away from that ammo. Guns are very particular about what goes in them...just like women.:neener: If you're gun doesn't like a certain ammo brand, stay away from them.

August 30, 2007, 05:10 PM
Could you tell us exactly how it compares to your Steyr M40? Accuracy? Feel? Thanks.

August 30, 2007, 05:38 PM
Interesting analogy Count':D

I will try Winchester Super-X and Cor-Bon next. I will try the remaining Double Tap in 165 gr. in the Steyr (it has an over-built chamber) and see if the result happens again.

@briang2ad- The BE is quite accurate, probably more so than the Steyr due to its polygonal rifling. But, I have grown quite accustomed to the M40.. I get on target much quicker. The M40 does appear to handle recoil slightly better even though it is lighter polymer pistol. I believe this to be the low bore axis in play.

In regards to feel, I believe you mean ergonomics. The BE definitely lets you know it is a service-size pistol, which I like. It is very solid and would surely give someone stars if knocked on the dome:D It is quite comfortable shoot, but lets you still know that what caliber it is. The Hogues are great on it. That being said the Steyr is still the most ergonomic pistol I have held... funny- I do not like the feel of "compact" pistols, which to me the M40 is. Go figure (I am bigger than average guy 6-4,210).

Hope that helped:)

August 30, 2007, 05:52 PM
Thanks for the range report. I'm glad you like it. Nice pictures too. It's one of the coolest looking semi-autos I've seen so far. But they are quite a bit more expensive than CZs around here, so I don't know if I would buy one.

August 30, 2007, 07:38 PM
Hey [FH]K96, I'm in CA also, where do you go shooting at?

August 30, 2007, 07:44 PM
i bought a jericho ( baby eagle) .40 from the son of an old buddy, alost new in box, for $200 !! i LOVE that pistol. now if i could remember where i hid it when i went to colorado for a month. no kidding:banghead:

August 30, 2007, 07:46 PM
Hey [FH]K96, I'm in CA also, where do you go shooting at?

I am in the West Valley. I mostly go to Angeles Crest. Sometimes a small, dumpy indoor range in Agoura.

August 30, 2007, 07:50 PM
well...if I were a handgun, where would I hide....?

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