Do you like to carry a solid steel-framed compact pistol? The Jericho 941 fits that description and delivers reliability as well. I try to be objective when I review, but I like this handgun a lot! 

It is understated, not flashy, and has it where it counts. IWI has combined the shoot-ability of the CZ-75 with its own improvements to produce a hybrid carry gun. Follow me for a complete review of this solid steel shooter.
 

Table of Contents

Video
History
My Impressions
Specifications
To the Range!
Target Time
Pros & Cons
Final Thoughts

Video
 

 

HISTORY

 

IWI Jericho 941 9mm Handgun
Israel Weapon Industries firearms are some of the most popular in the world, and the Jericho 941 is a worthy addition to the arsenal. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Israel Weapon Industries (IWI, formerly Israel Military Industries or IMI) has been making guns for a long time. Well known for the Desert Eagle semi-auto competition pistol and Galil rifle, the company began selling the Jericho in 1990. 

Always innovative, IWI decided to use key features of the CZ-75 and improve upon it in this smaller carry gun. The Jericho incorporates the low-profile slide with a smooth double/single-action trigger.
 

Related: Mighty Israeli Desert Eagle
 

MY IMPRESSIONS

 

IWI Jericho 941 9mm Handgun
The compact but solid steel Jericho seemed to speak to me right away, begging to be shot. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


When I first saw the Jericho, I noticed its compact size and solid heft. The side panel grips are covered in a textured rubber, like skateboard tape. Front and rear grip straps have simple serrations, as does the front of the trigger guard. The pistol seems to whisper, “Pick me up and shoot me!” 
 

IWI Jericho 941 9mm Handgun
Following the CZ-75 design, the Jericho 941 offers an ample beavertail and natural grip angle. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


OK, I am partial to the CZ-75 design, but with good reason. When carrying for defense, the firearm must be comfortable and point instinctively. The Jericho grip naturally fills my hand. Its grip angle and ample beavertail guide me in point and protect me from hammer bite.
 

IWI Jericho 941 9mm Handgun
It may not be a competition pistol, but the white dots keep me on target. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


The sights are simple but practical. Two white dots on the rear line up well with the single front white dot. No micro adjustable rear sight nor a red dot are needed. This is not a target pistol. At 2 pounds, it feels solid holstered on my hip. 

I have the option to carry with the hammer down revolver-style or condition one, cocked and locked single action like a 1911. I like that versatility. Seeing the sights low on the frame gives me confidence for a first shot hit. That is Jericho’s strong point. It naturally aims where I point it, so a miss is unlikely. 
 

Related: The CZ 75 is Still an Amazing Pistol 45 Years Later
 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

IWI Jericho 941 9mm Handgun
The barrel measures just 3.8 inches, making it easier to conceal a Jericho in your jeans. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

 

  • Overall Length: 7.6 inches             
  • Weight: 1.95 pounds      
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Trigger: DA/SA; single action pull is 4 pounds, 14 ounces 
  • Barrel: 3.8 inches; button-rifled polygonal     
  • Magazine: Steel, 16-round capacity 
  • Picatinny rail: Lower receiver     
  • Sights: Fixed white dot   
  • Safety: Frame-mounted 
  • Grips: Textured rubber sides, vertical serrations front and rear                  
  • MSRP: $655
     

To The Range

 

IWI Jericho 941 9mm Handgun
Ronbo is all smiles when shooting steel with steel at Area 51. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Sometimes I need to get out of town. Area 51 near Tucson is the place to go! Thanks to Guns.com, the Jericho pistol will help me clear some 2-liter bottles and pop cans today. Although a double/single-action pistol, its controls remind me of a 1911 handgun. The thumb safety is easy to reach, as is the slide release on the left side. 

 
IWI Jericho 941 9mm Handgun
Controls mimic a 1911 and are easy to reach, although set up for right-handers only. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Look at that trigger! It is clearly a double-action revolver style that is very smooth. There is some take-up on the single action pull, but not bad. I am able to adjust to it quickly. What a nice magazine – solid steel, holding 16 rounds of 9mm, it inserts easily and drops clear smoothly. When smartly inserted, it releases the slide automatically. I like that feature for quick reloading.
 

Target Time!

 

IWI Jericho 941 9mm Handgun
I'm amazed at the smoothness and accuracy of this defense gun. The Jericho 941 performed like it wants to compete. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Despite fixed sights, I have no problem grouping point of aim on the paper target and the steel plate. Recoil is noticeable but easy to manage. It does not throw off my aim on repeat shots. The “flipper” steel target can be a challenge, but not today, as I hit it center. Head shots are a piece of cake with Jericho, too. 

Look out! One of my 9mm FMJ bullets fragmented and punctured a 2-liter soda bottle, squirting wildly. I never know what surprises Area 51 steel will have for me. While not a mighty .45 ACP, the 9mm is still a formidable round.
 

IWI Jericho 941 9mm Handgun
The Jericho may not pack the punch of .45 ACP, but the 9mm is still a formidable defense round. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)
IWI Jericho 941 9mm Handgun
Steel magazines easily slide into and drop out of the mag well. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Root beer soda bottles are next. From right to left, whether on boulders or on the ground, they explode nicely as Jericho barks. I am amazed at the accuracy of this defense gun. It is speaking as if to say that it could be a competition gun. No adjustable sights nor red dots, but I have no issues hitting with it. 

Pop cans are always a challenge for me to hit with a handgun. Not today – several first-shot hits impress me. The trigger is not target quality, but it is very smooth, making it easy to follow through on these small targets. I love to blow up soda cans! There are no jams or malfunctions. All my shots are first-time hits without a miss. Is it me or Jericho?
 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • High quality, all-steel construction    
  • Low profile is concealable
  • Highly textured grips            
  • Multiple carry options      
  • Smooth trigger 
  • Reliable         
  • 16-round magazine capacity      
  • Available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP    

Cons:

  • Heavy         
  • Right hand only as tested       
  • DA/SA trigger is revolver-oriented
        

FINAL THOUGHTS


I cannot help but admire this pistol. It is compact, solid and strong. Its accuracy is impressive, as is its reliability. Although I carry a Glock 17 and have compared the two, I am re-thinking my choice after test-firing this beauty. It is a bit heavy, but with a proper holster, I believe it can be carried all day. The sights are simple, reliable, highly visible, and snag-free. 

It simply feels good to hold and shoot. That means recoil is manageable, which in turn leads to good accuracy. I have high confidence shooting it, and that is a big plus for a defensive handgun. Take a good long look at an IWI Jericho – you might find a hidden gem for your next compact pistol. 

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