IWI Releases Enhanced Jericho 941 PL at LAAD 2017

While at Latin America Aerospace and Defence 2017 (LAAD 2017), Israeli Weapon Industries released the latest in their line of Jericho handguns. The 9x19mm NATO/.40 S&W/.45 ACP Jericho 941 PL Enhanced handgun is a move towards bringing the Jericho into motion with numerous changes in recent modular pistol design. This includes a flattened polymer frame, interchangable backstraps, a rounded trigger guard, and more picatinny rail-estate on the forend. The 941 PL comes in two sizes, a full size and a compact version. So far the only difference between the two that we can tell is that the full size has one more picatinny cross section and might be somewhat longer in the grip. The handgun comes in Black, Green, and FDE. Offering this handgun in FDE appears to be a first in terms of finish FDE options for IWI as well.

From Monch

The standard pistol of the Israeli Police, the JERICHO family provides high performance and dependability. It is available in full-size, medium, and compact models, with either steel or polymer frames, and slide or frame-mounted safety. Main features include a very reliable mechanism, integral lower Picatinny rail, round chamber indicator, single or traditional double action, and last round catch; the weapon is available in three calibres (9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP).

Modifications include the addition of three backstrap sizes – enabling adjustment according to palm size, the absence of finger grooves – allowing a more comfortable grip, and a rough grip texture – improving the pistol’s grip. The new model is available in both full and medium size, and in three colours – black, green and FDE.

Following the JERICHO pistol family’s many years of success among police forces, law enforcement agencies, and military entities – in Israel and around the world – we decided to keep the renowned and exceptionally reliable mechanism unchanged, while implementing modifications to the polymer-frame JERICHO pistol in order to achieve outstanding ergonomics,” Shlomi Sabag, the company’s new CEO, stated. “This new generation pistol is specially designed according to the standards and needs of the modern user.”

The earlier 941 PSL for comparison.

The Jericho 941 PL is an improvement upon the Jericho 941 PSL which debuted some years ago. Both models are based on the legendary CZ 75 design, IWI bringing to market their vision of a better CZ 75 in the 1990s. No word yet on U.S. commercial introduction and MSRP figures but we would assume that it will be in the $500-$700 range, depending on various options and state taxes. The earlier 941 PSL was explicitly not availible to ship to California or Massachusets while the 941 PL has a loaded chamber indicator which might open up the possibility of sale in these two states. It is very probable that IWI USA will have a firm presence at NRA 2017 which is just around the corner here in a few weeks, with much more information about the 941 PL.



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia. You can also follow us on Twitter- @Silah_Report

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  • Phillip Cooper

    Pistols with forends. What will they think of next? Rifles with dustcovers under the barrel?

    • Twilight sparkle

      Calling a pistol’s dustcover a dustcover would confuse a lot of people who haven’t been into firearms very long since they would assume a discover has to be like what an ar-15 has. I feel like we’re eventually going to lose that term because of how little it’s used in relation to pistols anymore

      • Zack mars

        I always found it weird to call it anything other than part of the frame.

        Has there ever been a pistol with an under barrel action spring that DOESNT have a dust cover?

  • TDog

    Always loved the look of this gun in the past. Now it’s new and improved, which makes me love it even more!

    No, seriously. I think one in .45 ACP would be awesome.

    • ProLiberty82

      Cowboy Bebop made me GAS hard for this gun when I first saw that show back in the 90’s, still have a soft spot for it.

      I’ve been thinking about one in .45 too, a double stack in 5″ setup would be awesome!

      • KestrelBike

        Same here. I got one (slide safety/decocker) around 2003 when KBI were importing them. The night sights died in a year, and the trigger is just *awful* lol. Won’t get rid of it, though!

        And as @twilight_sparkle says below, yeah it does require an HK-sized hand to fit well.

    • Phillip Cooper

      I have the previous generation in .40. It IS awesome.

  • DrewN

    “The earlier 941 PSL was explicitly not availible to ship to California
    or Massachusets while the 941 PL has a loaded chamber indicator which
    might open up the possibility of sale in these two states.”

    It’s cute you think a LCI is enough for California. We still have the microstamping requirement thanks to Kamala Harris’ ridiculous levels of ambition, which far outstrip her actual competence (but, alas, not her appeal).

    • Disarmed in CA

      That and a “LCI” is not the same thing as a California “CLI” which includes *text* and not just a tactile/visual indicator of load condition

      • Pipedog

        What they did to the Sig Classics is a crime against nature.

    • Was that sentence definite? Look at what I said:
      “might open up the possibility”

      • DrewN

        Well, sure it “might” happen if someone gets a case past the Ninth circus and gets the roster struck down. But by then this gun will be 2 or 3 generations down the line. I can’t see the roster going anywhere for 10 years at least, and we could be well into another Democratic presidency by then, pushing it even further out.

  • Twilight sparkle

    I actually like the look of this gun, it looks like they vastly improved the ergonomics from the old Jericho and if the kept the polygons rifling they have a winner. The frame mounted safety is nice but I’d much prefer if they switch to a decocker

    • Tom

      Seems to me that there are plenty of options for decocker polymer pistols simply having a safety and thus allowing carry in a cocked and locked state might be a useful point of differentiation between the Jericho and other design. Plus I imagine they will offer a decoker option at some point.

    • Edeco

      Huh… I like the steel frame grip with bulge in the back, but maybe it’s like finger grooves, hit-or-miss for an individual user.

      Anyway, decocker, yes, that .

      • Twilight sparkle

        Oh no I’m definitely a cz 75 fan over this just for owning that’s why I have a regular cz75 instead of the p07. I would assume this is going to be as reliable and as accurate as a cz and it has the benefit of being lighter and “modular” which makes more sense to issue to leo or military or if I was going to edc I’d rather have this (if it had a decocker) than my regular ol 75b.

        Swept back dustcovers aren’t aestheticly appealing to me but it could possibly aid reholstering if you need to quickly transition to your long gun. Plus I’d much rather have that than a wonky dustcover that’s acting as a stand off device

    • Reuven Mizraha

      Yep as much as I’d want this Jericho, I only do decockers. I will not have a handgun with a safety.

  • TangledThorns

    I have the all steel Jericho 941S in 9mm. While its heavy it is super reliable and is my home defense pistol.

  • Mmmtacos

    That looks MUCH better. I hated the polymer framed Jerichos, they just looked cheap and the rail seemed like an after-thought. This one looks more like they’re trying to retain the classic styling, very clean, very nice… and hey, Glock, look, an actual pic rail! Take note…

  • snmp

    CZ75 =>Tanfoglio TZ75/T95 =>Jericho 941 PL

  • imachinegunstuff

    Looks kinda like a P07, which is fitting

  • Bradley

    I always wanted on of the original Jerichos, but it seemed like they always imported the version with the dumb ass slide mounted safety decocker thing.

  • Anonymoose

    dat compensated model, tho.

    • JoelC

      Yeah I noticed that right away. I would like to get a good look at that.

  • Guy Slack

    Wow. Sense my enthusiasm. Another polymer pistol with changeable backstraps. Amazing.

  • Wow!

    It reminds me of a witness, which is a very good and economical gun, but like the witness I suspect my greatest complaint would be the small area that the slide can be gripped. Not a problem with training, but does feel a bit awkward.

  • mig1nc

    Any idea how many rounds the compact will hold?

  • Colonel K

    I’ve always read good comments on the reliability of the Jericho pistols, but I’ve never appreciated their appearance. I don’t care for finger grooves, squarish trigger guards, or rakish front ends. I prefer the classic lines of the 1911 and Hi Power. Even my CZ75s and 85s are early versions. But that is purely a matter of aesthetics and no reflection on the mechanics or build quality of the IMIs.

  • Hyok Kim

    What is the the advantage of this over CZ75?