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THE DESERT EAGLE

Iconic for its large-caliber chamberings and rotatingbolt design, the Desert Eagle is as versatile as it is
powerful. For instance, the example pictured could be
converted from .50 AE to .44 Mag. by simply changing out the barrel and detachable box magazine.

oasting precision engineering, innovative design
and impressive accuracy, the Magnum Research,
Inc. (MRI) Desert Eagle continues to fascinate
connoisseurs of fine firearms and capture the
imagination of millions with its appearances
on the big and small screens. With users, the gas-operated
semi-automatic pistol has garnered a reputation not just
for its big-bore chamberings, but also for its versatility. The
platform is easily configured to suit a specific purpose by
simply swapping barrels of various lengths and calibers-
.50 AE, .44 Mag. and .357 Mag.-along with magazines and,
if necessary, bolts. Myriad finishes, from 24-carat gold to
matte black have long been a hallmark of the big bird. And
now other, more functional, options are available. Earlier this
year, MRI began producing Desert Eagle models in stainless
steel, and has introduced a new integral compensator to
help tame the savage recoil of the .50 AE cartridge.
According to Frank Harris, vice president of sales and
marketing for Kahr Arms (the company that also owns
Magnum Research), "Americans love stainless steel for its
good looks and ease of maintenance. It was the next logical
step in the evolution of the Desert Eagle." But offering the
gun in stainless steel wasn't as easy as one might think,
and Magnum Research engineers spent years finding the
right blends of stainless steel to prevent galling between the
frame and slide. Three different grades are used in the frame,

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slide and barrel forgings, including 17-4 Ph-the same highquality stainless steel used in surgical instruments.
The result is a strikingly beautiful gun, expertly
polished and possessing the corrosion resistance that
any hard-working gun should have. New for the stainless
Desert Eagle is a segment of Picatinny rail at the bottom
of the frame. Designed for attaching lights or lasers, it
gives the gun a modern appearance that should prove
practical for those carrying it afield. A Weaver-style rail
is machined integrally with the barrel, providing a solid
optic-mounting platform. Also new for the stainless Desert
Eagle is an integral compensator. Four ports are neatly
machined into both sides of the barrel and are designed to
expel gas upward to counteract muzzle rise during recoil.
It's a simple and effective design that Harris says, "Allows
people to do more shooting comfortably. We wish we'd
thought of it before." Though the new Desert Eagle has
some refinements the original gun didn't have, there's not
much difference mechanically between today's gun and the
original Desert Eagle.
Magnum Research founders Jim Skildun and John Risdall
started the long and difficult process of turning mechanical
drawings into a living, fire-breathing hand cannon in 1979.
In 1985, full-fledged production of the Desert Eagle started
in Israel. Through the years, pistols were made both in the
United States and Israel. Kahr Arms purchased MRI in 2010,
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