Magnum Research of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is well-known by anyone who has ever touched off a round from a handgun. Big semi autos in Desert Eagle .50 , .44 Magnum and .357 Magnum quickly captured the imagination of recreational hand gunners, handgun hunters and silhouette shooters around the country.
But even Arnold Schwarzenegger would have trouble toting a Desert Eagle all day, so Magnum Research offers a line of more normal-size pistols. These include the Baby Eagle and subcompact Micro Desert Eagle–and now a new polymer-frame pistol called the Baby Desert Eagle Fast Action.
The Baby Desert Eagle Fast Action is a polymer-frame, striker-fired pistol with a unique “fast-action” trigger mechanism. When you chamber a round, the striker is held in the cocked position and the first shot can be fired with a long but very light stroke. After firing a shot, the trigger moves a short distance forward to reset, allowing subsequent shots to be fired with a single-action-like stroke.
When you are done firing, you depress the decocker, an oval-shaped button at the left rear of the slide. This allows the striker to move forward, where it is held in place. Firing the pistol in normal double-action mode now requires a significantly heavier trigger stroke.
Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle Fast Action
Type: locked breech semiauto
Caliber: 9mm Luger (tested), .40 S&W
Capacity: 10, 15-round (tested) magazines (9mm); 10, 11-round magazines (.40)
Weight: 24.8 oz.