"New" Micro Desert Eagle .380 Pistol

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

I missed the announcement for the Micro Desert Eagle, but I think it came out in mid November.

Ad for the Micro Eagle

Magnum Research are claiming this is a new pistol but CZF (@ THR) identified it as a the Kevin pistol manufactured by Czech company ZVI. The Kevin itself is fairly new and was introduced in 2007.

ZVI Kevin

This Micro Eagle is an interesting pistol that does differentiate itself from other .380 Auto sub compact pistols. It features what Magnum Research call “gas assisted blowback” and what ZVI call “reverse gas withdrawal”. From ZVI:

The pistol has a dynamic breech, DAO trigger mechanism, and fixed sight. The pistol does not require any safety lever due do the DAO system. Its frame is made of a high strength aluminium alloy, the barrel and slide of steel. A comfortable and precise fire is secured by the use of a reverse gas withdrawal to slow down the slide (patented).


Caliber: .380 Auto
Length: 4.52″ / 116 mm
Length of the Barrel: 2.22″ / 57 mm
Height: 3.71″ / 95 mm
Width: 0.90″ / 23 mm
Finish: Nickel Teflon
Weight: Empty 14 oz / 400 grams
Magazine Capacity: 6 Rounds
Trigger Mechanism: DAO
Safety: DAO (which I think means none)
Sights: Fixed/Non-Adjustable

It is retailing at the Magnum Research website for $535.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Rod campbell Rod campbell on Dec 26, 2010

    I have purchase 2 of these small autos and am very pleased with their reliability (no hiccups at all!). Hard trigger pull, but still smooth. Almost as accurate as my walther pk380. Coffee cup easily at 29 ft. I was surprised myself! The extended clip is needed because keeping practiced up a bit on the range w/your cc gun is recommended. This give you an extra finger(which this little firecracker needs) to hang on to. You will never notice any recoil in a bad situation so the factory short clip is great to keep it small in your pocket. Highly recommend this small auto. RC

  • Ernest tuua Ernest tuua on Jul 09, 2011

    can i p/u one in arizona?