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Anyone out there own a Desert Micro .380 Eagle?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by stinger 327, May 26, 2010.

  1. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    If so what is you input on it? What do you like and don't like about it?:confused:

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    I have a friend that has one says its to heavy, trigger is terrible, and kicks like a mule. I remind him he got all this for almost 2 times the price of a 380 KelTec, Then I head for door . He has no sense of humor
  3. dom1104

    dom1104 Well-Known Member

    What about people who picked up a few, tried the 80 lb trigger pull, thought it was the worst gun they ever handled in their life and then put it down again?

    I mean, if you only want input from owners that means they liked it enough to buy it right?
  4. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    No they should know and be able to give a good evaluation after having shot it many times.
    Anyone that doesn't own one but has shot one and doesn't care for the recoil or price well that's fine too or likes the size of it.
  5. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    It's DAO which I am not fond of. I prefer the initial shot to be double action then after that semi-auto for trigger pull. I have heard others complain about the recoil.
  6. CZF

    CZF Well-Known Member

    DAO trigger pull and recoil are fine for me.


    You won't notice either of them if you have to use it.

    It's another wonderful example of Czech design and function.

    Marschal grips (for sale) and hot Double Tap Ammo make it even better.

    I'm going to try to paint the front sight ramp.

    I only wish I had the funds to buy a blued version.
    More pics:
    http://s204.photobucket.com/albums/bb26/czrami/GUNS2/MDE/Marschal Grips/
  7. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    Maybe so if you are refering to the DAO feature of the trigger being too hard. This is of Czech. design? It's made in Minneapolis, USA. The grips aren't the ones I saw as the ones I saw blended with the gun better.

    I don't think they offer this Desert Micro Mini in blue if so why would you want that since stainless is more durable?
    Put some Buffalo Bore ammo in that which should really spice things up.
  8. CZF

    CZF Well-Known Member

    Designed and made in Czech republic. Imported and final assembled
    in Minn by MRI. ( or at least I'm told)

    The Marschal grips I have are slightly over-sized by my request.
    Blend with the gun just fine, give a little more to hold onto.

    ( no sharp egdes, just smooth shooting!)

    Blued MDE guns are out now.
    Nickel, not stainless.

    No BB ammo for me. DT is as powerful as I need.
  9. sturmgewehr

    sturmgewehr Well-Known Member

    Having shot them, I'm not a fan. I prefer the ergonomics of the Kahr P380... it's like shooting a full sized handgun, it's so comfy. I see no reason to buy a pistol I can barely get one finger comfortably around the grip that's heavy and awkward.
  10. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I've had one for a year.
    The slide cracked at about 180 rounds. No trouble since.

    I pocket carry it. It's a little heavier than my Kel Tec .32 and P3AT but not bad.
    I like my Kel Tecs but I do have a lot more confidence in the reliability and accuracy of the MDE.

    It kicks and the trigger is hard but that means little if all it has to do is shoot maybe a dozen or so rounds in a defense situation.

    The gun has usable sights and is accurate (heavy trigger and all), even out to extreme ranges like 52 yards.

    Standing, two hands.
    Two shots went just below the target but that wasn't the gun's fault. I wasn't correcting quite enough for bullet drop.
    Last edited: May 26, 2010
  11. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    The Desert Micro Mini .380 I saw didn't have adjustable sights. The recoil is harsh but will this gun cut the web of your hand?:confused::eek:
    Also is it easy to clean and maintain?:confused:
  12. VA27

    VA27 Well-Known Member

    I've had one for several months and I really like it.

    Size: A little larger than a Seecamp, it's still smaller than any other .380 on the market. It may be a little thicker than some but it's shorter in both directions.

    Weight: It's all metal, alloy frame, steel slide, but it still only weighs 15oz loaded. In a pocket it disappears.

    Trigger guard: Some complain about the trigger guard. Well, it's big enough to actually get a finger in there, even with a glove on. The trigger guard looks big because the gun is small.

    Trigger pull: DAO with second strike capability. It's smooth. It seems heavier than it really is because you only have a finger and a half on the grip. Shoot it with two hands until you get used to it. It's no heavier or longer than a Smith J-frame.

    Sights: You can actually see them. My only gripe with the gun is the front sight ramp needs serrations, it's too reflective.

    Accuracy: If you can shoot, the gun is as accurate as any service sized gun with ammo it likes.

    Recoil: Shoot one of the flyweight revolvers and then shoot the MDE. Recoil is just not a problem unless you have limited hand strength due to a medical condition.

    Cleaning: Easy to field strip, easy to clean, easy to put back together, once you know the drill.

    A little blue locktite on the grip screws is in order. The mag catch spring is a flat spring under the right grip. If the screw gets loose the mag catch gets touchy.

    IIRC, the slide and frame are made in the U.S. and the small parts come from CZ, courtesy of the GCA68 'point' system.

    Some say it's ugly, but I think it looks kinda 'P7ish'. It is well made and has a quality feel to it, much like the Seecamp and Kahr.
  13. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    This is positive. Now correct me if I'm wrong there are six rounds in the clip and you can have one in the chamber? If it is possible to have one in the chamber is it safe without accidential discharge should it fall on hammer or whatever?
    It isn't like a single action auto that you have to rack a bullet into the chamber and insert magazine and walk around with it cocked and locked?
  14. VA27

    VA27 Well-Known Member

    Correct, 6 in the mag, one in the chamber.

    DAO, double-action only (trigger cocking) for every shot, just like a Smith Centennial model.

    When it's fired and the action cycles, the hammer follows the slide down. It is also a rebounding hammer (meaning even when the hammer is at rest, it doesn't touch the firing pin).

    The hammer is recessed and shielded by the back of the slide, so that even if you drop it, the hammer can't hit anything.
  15. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    Speaking of full sized if this is the case I still feel more comfortable with a Ruger SP-101 in .357 as that is also a very nice solid package that can shoot full loads.
  16. dom1104

    dom1104 Well-Known Member

  17. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I shot the MDE yesterday to try out a few different loads.
    Because of this thread I paid particular attention to the trigger and kick.

    Personally I do not like DAO in any gun, including the MDE. The MDE's trigger isn't too bad. A little hard but not too bad for the type gun.

    The kick is uncomfortable and I don't take pleasure in shooting more than 25-30 rounds in practice. Since I probably won't be shooting but a few rounds if I had to use the gun, the kick and trigger isn't really much of a issue.

    It was interesting that the first six rounds (aimed slow fire) were centered in a one inch bullseye (7 yards). The rest of the practice rounds, (fired fast), were all COM.
  18. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    Mine has been 100% reliable and as far as I'm concerned reliability is #1 in a defense gun.

    After putting a little red finger nail polish on the front site I find the sites just fine for a pocket 380.

    Does it kick? Yes it does have pretty heavy felt recoil but not enough to be a problem.

    As for the trigger, it's exactly what I want for a pistol sitting in my pocket with a round chambered.

    As was previously stated, take down and re assembly is easy after you do it a couple of times.
  19. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    Too bad it isn't like the Beretta with one in the chamber DA then each shot after that it is cocked which a lighter trigger pull.
  20. Gun Geezer

    Gun Geezer Well-Known Member

    I like mine. Very much.

    Personnal I like the added heft. LCPs and etc are too light for me.

    The trigger is DAO and long travel. Long travel is a good thing in DAO.

    Personnaly, I do not find that it kicks "like a mule". if so, it is a very small mule! Hey, 10 to 15 oz guns are going to have some recoil even in a 380.

    I have shot the Sig P238. I prefer it over the MDE except that the MDE is much smaller and easier to pocket carry.

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