By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
October 11, 2012
Last updated on 10/11/12.
DefenseReview (DR) has written about Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) products, and test-fired some of them, like the Tavor TAR-21 assault rifle/carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) and Negev LMG/SAW (Light Machine Gun/Squad Automatic Weapon), in the past. However, to our knowledge, we've never run any of the Jericho 941-series polymer-framed pistols (9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP) at the range. However, we hope to change that dynamic, soon. Anyway, an IWI rep just sent us a Jericho pistol data sheet and promotional video that we thought we'd share with our readers.
Defense Review likes having as many combat/tactical pistol options out there as possible, and the Jericho 941 pistol, based on the CZ-75 pistol, looks pretty good in photos and on video. Like the CZ-75, the Jericho's slide runs inside the frame rails and the pistol features a frame-mounted sweep-down manual thumb safety/decocker, so it would appear that you can carry the Jericho cocked and locked in Condition 1 AND decock it (unconfirmed/unverified), which DR likes. It should be notified that the Jericho has been significantly modernized ergonomically and appearance-wise over the CZ-75, and sports a trapezoidal slide.
The rear sight is a Novak-style slanted/sloped sight and both the front and rear sights feature Tritium dots (3-dot setup) and are dovetailed into the frame. Apparently, IWI is offering an extended threaded barrel for use with a suppressor (silencer/sound suppressor).
The Jericho 941 pistols of course integrate the now-standard Mil-Std-1913 "Picatinny" rail on the dust cover (underside of the forward portion of the frame).
The following information was pulled directly from the IWI Jericho pistol data sheet:
"JERICHO Pistol 941 (9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP)
The JERICHO Pistol family is one of the most popular pistols in the world. The JERICHO Pistol combines design with a variety of features and models to create a pistol that offers outstanding performance and reliability. The JERICHO is available in standard, short and compact models, with either steel or polymer frames, including slide or frame mounted safety. The JERICHO is the standard pistol of the Israeli Police and police units worldwide including Elite security entities.
Its main features are:
– Very reliable mechanism
– Designed for military and police operation
– Available in 3 calibers: 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP
– Complies to Military Standard (MIL-STD)
– Ergonomic grooved pistol grip
– Integral lower picatinny rail for mounting accessories
– Single or traditional double action
– Last round catch
– Round chamber indicator
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