Desert Eagle problems


April 4, 2007, 09:53 AM
I recently bought a Desert Eagle Mk VII in .44 magnum. I love the gun, it shoots great and feels good in the hand. But I have a problem.

The first time I shot it, I wound up with a sliver of hot brass in my left eye(I'm left handed). A trip to eye doctor fixed me up as good as new, and it was partially my fault for not wearing glasses. I 'forgave' the gun, thinking it might have just been a fluke. So I shot it again this weekend(with glasses), and it seemed like every shot I took the brass was landing on my head; leading me to think that the sliver was not a fluke.

What I would like to ask you all is if any of you have had a similar expirience? Is it something that can be fixed?


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April 4, 2007, 10:21 AM
Magnum Research FAQ suggests you're letting it torque to the left - they suggest a Weaver "push-pull" grip.

I may chafe over their "limp wrist" remarks but the "brass in the face" issue I'll have to grant them.

However, and this is a big "however", is that the reference is to empty brass - not pieces of empty brass. Are you getting pelted with "slivers" routinely?

April 4, 2007, 10:28 AM
I can't tell. When I first shot it and got the sliver, I put about three mags through it with only one sliver. As for the second time, I haven't detected any slivers in my face or any obvious scratches on my glasses.

As for the push-pull grip, that is what I normally employ on larger handguns such as this. I don't recall feeling any sort of tourque on my wrists, though I'm sure it would be hard to detect.

April 4, 2007, 11:33 AM
Probably not grip-related then. Their reference to "torquing to the left" implies a sufficient twist and rotation that your head is the normal path of ejection. One would assume that degree of twist would be noticable.

DE FAQ is here:

Can you tell what part of the original case the sliver came from?

April 4, 2007, 02:21 PM
No. The sliver was barely visible to the naked eye; but big enough to be very irritating.

Whoah, reading that FAQ I found out that mine is a MK1! It's in 95% condition, custom sights, 18XXX serial, polygonal bore. I can't seem to find a website to gets it's value. Can you help me there?

April 4, 2007, 10:24 PM
Getting brass faced by the Desert Eagle is a well known phenomenon, especially with .50's. I had to work through it with mine. You just have to make a concerted effert to keep recoil going straight up, rather than allowing the gun to twist in the path of normal wrist rotation.

April 4, 2007, 11:11 PM
Desert Eagle Forum:

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