Magnum Research Desert Eagle

The Desert Eagle is a semi automatic, large caliber gas-operated pistol manufactured and produced by IMI (Israel Military Industries) of Israel for Magnum Research, Inc of the United States of America.
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The Desert Eagle is a semi automatic, large caliber gas-operated pistol manufactured and produced by IMI (Israel Military Industries) of Israel for Magnum Research, Inc of the United States of America.

Background

Magnum Research, developed and patented the first Desert Eagle design and this design was further developed and designed by IMI.

Magnum Research, based in the USA, patented and developed the original Desert Eagle overall design and this design was further specialized by IMI. Manufacturing which was then moved to Saco Defense in the state of Maine from 1995 to 2000. The company then shifted back to Israel when Saco Defense was acquired by General Dynamics.

Due to its reputation as a powerful firearm overall, the Desert Eagle consistently makes frequent appearances as the selected weapons in the action-adventure genres of movies, books, songs, video games and TV shows.

Because of its size, the Desert Eagle is not used in tactical combat. It is too large, has overpowering ammunition and makes an incredibly loud sound, especially indoors. The weapon intimates fear in the unaccustomed users because of its magnum calibre pistol. The reputation causes users to flinch when prior to firing it, which significantly reduces accuracy and is called the Magnum Flinch.

Design

Bernard C. White of Magnum Research, originally designed the Desert Eagle and filed a patent in 1983 on a mechanism for a gas actuated pistol. The basic layout of the Desert Eagle was established at this point. The basic Desert Eagle consisted of a gas operated mechanism generally found in rifles, not the short recoil or blow back designs found most often in semi automatic pistols. The makers filed a second patent in December of 1985, after the basic design of the Desert Eagle had been refined by IMI for production, and this is the model that entered production.

Often found to be more like a typical rifle than a pistol, the Desert Eagle is different from most pistols. The weapon's rotating bolt resembles an M16 series rifle and its fixed gas cylinder / moving piston is similar to the Ruger Mini-14 carbine. The key advantage of the gas operation is that this allows the utilization of much more powerful cartridges than traditional semi automatic pistol designs. Additionally, this feature allows the Desert Eagle to compete in a specific area that had overall been controlled by Magnum revolvers. The negatives of this type of gas operated mechanism are the Desert Eagle is a very large size and the fact that the weapon discourages the utilization of unjacketed lead ballets. This is because particles will be sheared off during firing and could clog the gas release tap, and effectively prevent proper function of the pistol.

In order to switch the Desert Eagle to a different chambering, the correct barrel, magazine and bolt assembly only must be installed. Therefore a conversion to shoot any of the other cartridges can be easily accomplished in the field. The Desert Eagle's most popular barrel length is the 6 inch (152cm) length, however the 8, 10, 14 inch (202, 254 and 356 mm) barrels also do well. The original Mark XIX barrels on the Desert Eagle are created with an integral scope mounting bases, which makes equipping a pistol scope a relatively simple operation.

The weapon is fed with a detachable box magazine of different sizes. The capacity of the magazine in the .50AE is 7 rounds, .44 Magnum is 8 rounds and the .357 Magnum is 9 rounds. The Desert Eagle's primary use is for target shooting, sport, and hunting and the barrel has polygonal rifling.

Variants

There are three variants to the Desert Eagle.

Mark I and VII

The first variant is the Mark I, which is no longer produced. This weapon was offered with an aluminum, stainless steel or steel frame and key differences include the size and shape of the slide catch and safety levers.

The Mark VII Desert Eagle comes equipped with an adjustable trigger. The Mark I and Mark VII Eagle's are available in .44 Magnum and .357 Magnum, however the Mark VII is also chambered for .41 Magnum. The barrels of these weapons came with a 3/8" dovetail, which made it easy to mount an accessory attachment. The later Mark VII models came equipped with a .50 Action Express with a 7/8" Weaver-pattern rail on the barrel; the .50 Mark VII Desert Eagle became the Mark XIX platform. Barrels for the weapon were 14, 10, 8 and 6 inches.

Mark XIX

The newest model Desert Eagle is the Mark XIX which is available in the .50 Action Express (or .50 AE), .44 Magnum and .357 Magnum. Magnum Research showed additional models in .440 Cor-bon caliber which is a derivative case of the .50 AE, however no .440 Cor-bon parts are listed in the catalog for the Desert Eagle and the .440 was not adopted instead the .41 was adopted.
Barrels for the weapon were 10, 8 and 6 inches.

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 8:13 PM

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bad ass

this is the bad boy of all hand guns really will put a fear in anyone

3 years 26 weeks ago, 7:13 PM

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Just having this will scare anyone away..

And one shot, hit or miss will scare the rest of them!

I want one sooooo, bad, I'd sleep with it, drive with it, teach it to read, clean up after it...lol

5 years 46 weeks ago, 9:08 PM

Anonymous

bad boy of handguns

a friend has one from what i recall it was made in Israel he keeps telling me that when he "goes toes up" he will leave it for me because i'm the only one he knows that appreciates the firepower i keep tellin him to give it to his son but he says the kid would sell it so maybe someday i will own one and when it happens i will be buyin reloading supplies cause i know of a gun that will get used alot

5 years 43 weeks ago, 9:14 PM

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Great Gun

I always loved this gun its great and looks good to.

5 years 39 weeks ago, 3:55 AM

Ak-47s for everyone

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The eagle

The fact is the eagle looks good and sounds great but it's a terrible gun it has way to much kickback and it's just for show, give me a glock anyday over an eagle

i love guns
5 years 23 weeks ago, 3:27 PM

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Deagle

This is an awesome gun, surprisingly little recoil despite the fact that it is practically a cannon. Perfect if you need to put the fear of God into someone, but not very practical if you need to conceal it.

5 years 22 weeks ago, 8:16 PM

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This is bad boy style??The best hand gun ever?

3 years 25 weeks ago, 1:40 PM

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To profile with

To big to carry, to expensive to shoot alot, and is probbly a hard gun to shoot due to it's power. But it is a cool looking gun.

3 years 25 weeks ago, 1:43 PM

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Pirate

your crazy. I do like the way you think.

2 years 42 weeks ago, 8:23 PM

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I've got a DE 44, but I want to buy the 50 and 357 kits to be able to change out the slides. Anyone got these for sale? You can email me at newcomb.larry@gmail.com

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Magnum Research Desert Eagle Info

Category:
Pistols
Manufacturer:
Magnum Research
Action:
Semi-Automatic
Type:
Single Action
Caliber:
.357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, 50 Action Express, 44 Mag, 357 Mag
Barrel Length:
6", 10"
Frame/Material:
Steel
Finish/Color:
Matte Chrome, Tiger Stripe, Gold, Titanium/Gold, Satin, Bright Nickel, Brushed Chrome, Black
Capacity:
7Rd, 9Rd, 8Rd
Accessories:
1 Mag
Fired Casing:
Fired Case

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