The full-size, all-steel 9 mm Luger with a milled-in tactical rail for laser modules and similar accessories was selected for testing. The full-contact internal slide rails and full-length steel guide rod are properly fitted to give the movement of the slide a smooth feel. The pistol features metallic three-dot sights, polymer grip panels with the IWI logo, and an ambidextrous safety and de-cocker lever.
With all of the emphasis lately placed on polymer-frame handguns and 9 mm pocket pistols, one might think that guns like this one are somehow old-fashioned. Although this particular Baby Eagle may be a little too large or heavy for concealed carry, it is exceptionally pleasant to shoot. The weight and balance of the all-steel pistol during free-hand shooting successfully reduces felt recoil, especially with stout defensive ammunition. The ergonomics of the grip frame are among the best I have shot, and shooters with small hands should find that, despite the gun’s capacity, it is quite comfortable. The 12-pound double-action trigger feels heavy, but it presents a smooth pull similar to a quality double-action revolver. The single-action trigger measured 4 pounds, 6 ounces with a short trigger reset for quick follow-up shots. Shooting defense-grade hollow points from the bench at 25 yards produced a best single five-shot group of 2 inches, with the largest three groups opening up to 3 inches in size. Most groups hovered right around the 2.5-inch mark, which is a better level of accuracy than is usually found in production self-defense handguns.
Model: Baby Eagle II (BE9915R)
Caliber: 9 mm Luger (tested),.40 S&W, .45 ACP
Action Type: recoil-operated, semi-automatic center-fire pistol
Frame: black oxide carbon steel
Barrel: 4.52 "
Rifling: polygonal: six-groove, 1:10" RH twist
Magazine: 10- or 15-round-capacity detachable box
Sights: fixed, three-dot
Trigger: double-action/single-action: double-action, 12-lb., 8-oz. pull; single-action, 4-lb., 12-oz. pull
Overall Length: 8.25"
Weight: 39 ozs., unloaded
Accessories: hard case, lock, spare magazine, manual
Suggested Retail Price: $630