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At the Range: Dual-Wielding Magnum Research Desert Eagles

by Eric R. Poole   |  August 30th, 2012 14

One of the best parts of our job here at Guns & Ammo is the opportunity to pull the trigger on some of the coolest guns in our wonderful industry. The Desert Eagle certainly takes the cool factor to a new level, especially a titanium gold piece chambered in .50AE.

Magnum Research’s Desert Eagle Mark XIX features a titanium gold Bengal tiger stripe pattern, along with a full Picatinny rail and ambidextrous safeties, as is standard in all Desert Eagles. This bad boy retails for a cool $2,264, but it’s certainly fun to shoot, as we were quick to discover.

As if that wasn’t enough, we also got our hands on the Magnum Research Desert Eagle Mark XIX in .44 Magnum, this one featuring a brand new muzzle brake to help minimize  muzzle rise and recoil.

Then things got really crazy. We simply weren’t content with being bland and simple, so we got special permission from the range officers to dual-wield these massive handguns, firing one shot from each gun simultaneously. We just had to get a look at the difference.

This might look fun, but we have to strongly emphasize that you DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

  • BJC

    Eric, just so you know, A&E is a TV channel, you were shooting the 50 AE (action express). Don't get mad I just like technical correctness, especially from gun periodicals. The DE's are bad a$$ I have the original in 44 mag, I wish the parts were interchangeable with the Mark XIX so I could order the 50 AE barrel and mag for it.

    • Eric R. Poole

      Yeah, my bad. I own up to that. I realized my mistake even as I spoke but the video editor didn't make issue with it and left it in. I was only given one take. I love shooting the Desert Eagles. Hunted with a .50 once. It was a "blast." Some of those treatments are too over the top for me. Even though .357 and .44 are more comfortable to shoot for longer strings, my favorite is still the classic DE in .50AE. It is still one of the greatest jaw droppers to own.

      Best,
      Eric

      Eric R. Poole, Editor
      SIP Division, InterMedia Outdoors
      Eric

      • BJC

        Thanks for the reply Eric, I don't normally go for the bling factor but that DE 50 looks sweet, and if it were me with those two beauty's in my hands I would be so excited there's no telling what would come out of my mouth. Keep up the good work and again thanks.

        • Brandon

          Hopefully after pulling the triggers its not teeth that come out lol happy trails

  • Anti A.

    I have fire both calibers but the recoil doesn't even come close to a 4in 500 S&W. I would like to see somebody try
    and fire two 500's like that, good luck.

    • Eric R. Poole

      I'll try to satisfy your challenge "Anti A." That could be an interesting video…

      Best,
      Eric

      Eric R. Poole, Editor
      SIP Division, InterMedia Outdoors

  • maxx

    Try that with a 500 S&W…

  • RAB

    I have one of the original IMI Desert Eagles in 50AE. It is a (pardon the pun) blast to shoot. Everyone that sees it wants to shoot it, but at $2.50 per round, I have to turn a few people down. One problem you can have with shooting this beasty is the torque and flip from recoil. I make everyone wear shooting glasses as the torque can turn the gun, and the recoil can eject a cartidge case right into the forehead of the shooter if you limp wrist. If you know what is coming, all the ejected cases will fall into a 3' circle, just to your right and about 4' behind you. Too bad Calif no longer allows its import. Try one if you get the chance. They are a hoot to shoot.

  • Richard

    I have a DE in .44mag, it looks cool but it's not a good weapon, it's picky and it messes up the spent brass. Shot the .50AE in Vegas once, surprisingly is was a lot smoother.
    Much prefer my old Ruger Redhawk in 7-1/2 that shoots like a dream up to 100m with a good group with only open sights!

    • BJC

      I have to agree with you, my DE in 44 mag is hard on brass and it doesn't like reloads no matter what I do.

      • Brandon

        Not even ball?

  • Richard

    Try that with two 45-70 revolvers pal …

  • Mack Missiletoe

    Wow, imagine that… a .50 cal 300gr Speer Gold Dot from an autopistol.

    That gold DE is badass. I always considered the DE to be a movie gun but a gold .44 mag would be fun imo

    • Mack Missiletoe

      Gee NOW I read the .44 brass issue… I'll take one in .50AE instead :I

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