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SHOOTING RESULTS (25 YDS.)
CARTRIDGE

VEL. @ 10'
(F .S.)
.P

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

GROUP SIZE IN INCHES
SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE

HORNADY
300-GR XTP

1390 AVG.
12 SD

1,287

2.15

1.55

1.85

MRI 300-GR JHP

1332 AVG.
14 SD

1,183

1.47

.95

1.21

MRI 350-GR JSP

1418 AVG.
9 SD

1,563

1.61

1.42

1.51

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

1.52

NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 ROUNDS FROM A 6" BARREL OVER A PACT
PROFESSIONAL XP CHRONOGRAPH AT 10 FT. ACCURACY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS
FIRED AT 25 YDS. USING A MILLETT BENCHMASTER FOR SUPPORT. TEMPERATURE: 77 F
.
HUMIDITY: 38%. ABBREVIATIONS: JHP (JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), JSP (JACKETED SOFT POINT),
SD (STANDARD DEVIATION), XTP (EXTREME TERMINAL PERFORMANCE).
SPECS
MAGNUM RESEARCH, INC. (DEPT. AR), 12602 33RD AVE. S.W.,
PILLAGER, MN 56473; (218) 746-3459; MAGNUMRESEARCH.COM
10.75"

MANUFACTURER:

DESERT EAGLE PISTOL ®
MADE IN USA

50 AE

6", POLYGONAL RIFLING,
1:19" TWIST, INTEGRAL COMPENSATOR

6.25"

CALIBER: .357 MAG., .44 MAG.,

.50 AE (TESTED)

ACTION TYPE:

GAS-OPERATED, ROTAT-

ING BOLT, SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL

MAGAZINE:

DETACHABLE BOX, SEVEN-

ROUND CAPACITY

(.50 AE)

WIDTH: 1.25"
WEIGHT: 4 LBS., 8 OZS.
CONSTRUCTION: STAINLESS
FRAME, SLIDE AND BARREL

SIGHTS:
STEEL

FINISH: POLISHED
TRIGGER: SINGLE-ACTION; 5-LB.,

4-OZ. PULL

and guns are currently produced at the Pillager, Minn.,
factory with production sometimes augmented by Israel
Military Industries (IWI) to satisfy demand.
From the beginning, the Desert Eagle has been one of
the most versatile handgun platforms available. Between
the various barrel lengths and calibers, owners can assemble multiple configurations with a minimium of fuss
-.357 Mag. uses a different size bolt than the
.44 Mag. and .50 AE, so that requires a bolt swap-including barrel lengths of both 6" and 10" in all three chamberings. Despite the caliber options, the big gun sells best in
its appropropriately large-caliber chambering. According
to Harris, "It seems like the Desert Eagle's appeal is its big
bore, and the largest percentage of buyers go right to the
biggest chambering. The typical buyer is a collector-someone fascinated with the Desert Eagle's design and power.
Others have a much more practical need because they live
in or hunt in bear country."
The Desert Eagle is one of just a few successful gasoperated handguns, and though the gun is lauded for its
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

COMBAT TYPE, DRIFT

ADJUSTABLE FRONT AND REAR;

WEAVER-STYLE RAIL FOR OPTICS

STOCKS: HOGUE RUBBERIZED
MSRP: $1,931 (TESTED);
$1,793 WITHOUT MUZZLE BRAKE

innovation, some of its design features are not exactly
unknown in the firearm world. The Desert Eagle uses a
short-stroke piston for operation. When the gun is fired,
gas passes through a hole underneath the bore and into
the gas cylinder where it pushes the piston rearward.
Enough energy is imparted on the slide to drive it rearward
where the bolt unlocks after the pressure subsides and the
extraction, ejection and feeding cycle begin. If you've ever
used or studied the M1 carbine this may sound familiar to
you, and its operation was most likely the inspiration for
the Desert Eagle's designers.
The .50 AE cartridge requires a robust locking system,
and the Desert Eagle utilizes a rotating bolt, not unlike
that of the AR-15/M16 family of guns, which locks into the
barrel extension to provide a solid lockup during ignition.
That lockup is likely one reason Desert Eagles have a wellearned reputation for accuracy. In fact, my test sample
shoots better than many of my more expensive hand-built
M1911s. In addition, MRI's design utilizes a fixed barrel that
does not move when the slide cycles. Also aiding accuracy
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