Micro Desert Eagle .380 Review





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Published on Oct 17, 2012

Pocket carry option. Thanks to my friend bigdaddyhoffman1911 for letting me carry and shoot this gun before I buy one. Everyone needs a bigdaddy in their life.

Sharing all the family traits of the world-famous Desert Eagle pistol, Magnum's Micro Desert Eagle pistol, chambered in .380 ACP, is the ultimate in compact personal protection. Small enough to nest comfortably at home, in a pocket or in a purse, the double action only Micro Desert Eagle is proudly made in the U.S. and weighs less than 14 oz. But don't let its size fool you. The Micro Desert Eagle provides big-time protection with a gas-assisted blowback system for ultimate reliability and amazing accuracy. Which only goes to prove that good things do indeed come in small packages.

Caliber .380 Auto (9 mm Browning)
Barrel 2.22" / 57 mm
Weight 14 oz / 400 grams (Empty)
Length 4.52" / 116 mm
Sight Fixed/Non-Adjustable
Finish Nickel

Kevin ZP98 (usually just Kevin) is a sub-compact semi-automatic pistol manufactured in the Czech Republic. It is sold in the United States by Magnum Research as the Micro Desert Eagle (ME380).

The pistol was developed at the end of the 1990s by weapon designer Antonín Zendl for the company Zbrojovka Vsetín - Indet (ZVI, originally established in Vsetín in 1937 as a part of Zbrojovka Brno).

Kevin became rather popular among the Czech citizens for everyday concealed carry. The right to sell the pistol in the US was given to Magnum Research, the slightly modified pistol is assembled there under the name Micro Desert Eagle (since 2008). For the Eastern Europe markets Kevin was modified to use 9mm Makarov cartridge (2007, model ZP06 or Kevin M). Also 9mm P.A.K. (blank and tear gas) model (name: ZVI Night Hawk) was developed in 2003, and 9mm P.A.Rubber (non-lethal rubber projectile) variant (name: ZVI Wasp-R) was developed in 2008.

The Kevin is a small self-loading pistol designed for short-distance fire up to 15 m, primarily as the secondary (concealed) weapon for law enforcement officers and for protection of the citizenry. Its frame is made of a high-strength aluminium alloy, the barrel and slide of steel, the grips are from reinforced rubber compound. The pistol has a dynamic breech, DAO trigger mechanism, and fixed sight. It doesn't use any safety lever and has a patented blowback system with gas retardation to control recoil forces.


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