In 1971, Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry” declared his Smith & Wesson Model 29 to be “the most powerful handgun in the world.” Chambered in the .44 Magnum cartridge, it certainly ranked among the most powerful guns at the time, all of which were revolvers. But eight years later, Magnum Research Industries developed a semi-automatic pistol which would eventually chamber the monstrous cartridge.
The Desert Eagle is one of the most iconic handguns in the world. As well as being chambered in .44 Magnum, it can be found in .357 Magnum and the powerful .50 Action Express.
The pistol was developed in 1979 as an attempt to create a gas-operated magnum-caliber semi-auto handgun. The first Desert Eagles were chambered in .357 Magnum, but were scaled up in the 1980s and ’90s. In 1996, MRI offered the pistol in its iconic .50 AE. Until then, it was considered impossible to build a semi-automatic handgun that could fire the .50 AE. Today, despite numerous attempts by numerous other companies, MRI remains the only manufacturer that offers a semi-auto handgun chambered in that cartridge.
Today at the range, we take a look at the newest option offered by MRI. See the video below for more.