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Desert Eagle Making a Limited-Time Comeback

by Guns & Ammo News   |  August 12th, 2011 9

Kahr Arms, owner of Magnum Research, is now offering the classic Desert Eagle pistol originally produced by Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) in .44 Magnum and .50 Action Express.

The Desert Eagle  was built by Israel Military Industries until 1995, when Magnum Research shifted production to Saco Defense in Maine. Magnum Research returned production to IMI (which had been reorganized under the name Israel Weapon Industries or IWI) in 1998. Since 2009, Desert Eagle pistols have been made at Magnum Research’s facility in Minnesota.

The limited production models will utilize the original two-piece barrel design, and original “claw type” safeties. Other unique features of the IWI model include a one-piece hard plastic grip with the IWI logo, and a fluted barrel on the .44 Mag. Both .44 Mag and .50 AE models will feature the Mark XIX picatinny rail configuration on the top of the barrel allowing use of a wide variety of optical sighting systems. Both models are gas-operated, rotating bolt semiautomatic pistols constructed from a high quality carbon steel barrel, frame and slide.

For additional information on the IWI-produced pistols, visit the Magnum Research website.

  • Ken

    I believe your pistol is a beautiful pistol ell-made very big cartridge almost impossible to control. I think better use for this gun would be a boat anchor

    • Joe


      Granted, it's not for everyone, but I find that handling this monster well has been a worthwhile endeavor. I get a lot of oohs and aahs at the range. It's a bit expensive for a boat anchor though, wouldn't you agree?

    • ron mcghee

      hard to control???? this gun shoots very softly even in 50cal try my taurus 444 ultra lite it hurts it kicks more than my 2 3/4 .500s&w with 500 grain loads its the only gun ive ever flinched with

  • Jim

    My Desert Eagle is one of my favorite guns to shoot. As Joe said it draws a lot of interest when I take it to the range.

  • MRowsh

    If one can not handle a very powerful round in a very manly pistol, that does not mean no one else can! I have all of the Desert Eagles. Also got the 14 inch barrels for them. Very nice toy to play with, or hunt with. When time comes, my grand kids will enjoy all of them. Handeling it is very manageable, with correct training. Even my youngest daughter shoots them.

    Not every one enjoys spicy food either, that does not mean it should be used a @#$@#$@%!

  • Barry

    I find the gun to be very manageable and I am of average size. The weight of the gun is makes it more manageable on the side of recoil, but small hands and weak arms and grip can certainly make it a problem for some of the girls. I would happily pay boat anchor prices for those DEs whose owners find they cannot handle them!!!!

  • Ralph

    The last 2 times my nephew came to shoot with me he didn't bring his. I informed him it was mandatory he bring it from now on.

  • Jay w/ Arms Post

    Can't say I am a huge Desert Eagle fan especially with the ultra bling gold model, but hey there are many guns I love that just don't make sense and that's the fun of firearms.

    I do wish we could see a full line of IWI products imported by Kahr. I will pass on holding my breath for now!

  • DirtyDevonHammerhand

    I shot them all From 357,44 & the 50 calibre. They were all great. I remember Late Edward Woodward (The Equliazer),Arnold Schwarzenegger & few actor in movies use this powerful Semi Automatic gun. I wonder if Dirty Harry prefer this to his S&W 44 Magnum Revolver. He use a 44 Auto Mag in Sudden Impact where said Make My Day. I was told this 44 Simi Auto is powerful then all, of Course 44 Revolvers because more fire power.

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