What's a good price for a used Desert Eagle?


October 7, 2007, 06:59 AM
And for that matter, what's the general consensus on the Desert Eagle's build quality and design?

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October 7, 2007, 09:57 AM
Depends on the caliber, finish, etc. Hypothetically, a blued 50AE will fetch around $800-$950 USED. Polished nickel add $100, Gold Titanium add $250+.

There are good pistols IMO, but way too heavy for carry. More like show and no go.

Chuck Dye
October 7, 2007, 10:15 AM
The two I have shot are unreliable, high nuisance toys. A ton of fun when they worked, but never ran a full magazine through either without some kind of failure to feed, failure to go to battery, failure extract, or failure to eject. (Cleanliness and lubrication were not issues.) I understand that there are differences in series and manufacturers and that many, even most, work better than the two I handled. I strongly suggest researching those differences and the pedigree of the Desert Eagle you are looking at and shoot it before buying.

October 7, 2007, 12:09 PM
Buy a glock/sig/hk/smith/beretta/whatever. Desert Eagles are problematic and difficult to get repairs and parts for. Most are purchased for bragging rights.

I have never seen a serious 'gunny' owning one or carrying one. The only time I ever see them are in the hands of hiphopper gangbanger wannabes at public ranges.

October 7, 2007, 12:16 PM
I've had a Desert Eagle in 44mag for nearly 20 years and have never had any reliability issues, (as long as you use real magnum loads necessary to cycle the action. It's also incredibly accurate. Heavy, but nice to keep on the seat of my car or truck.

October 7, 2007, 02:11 PM
Those who fault it as not being a CCW firearm are missing the point. Let's set the record straight....the Desert Eagles primary purpose was never as a concealed carry gun. It was designed as a semi-auto to shoot large caliber ammunition. There are plenty of big caliber revolvers and single shots that are also too large for concealed carry....well DUH!, they weren't designed for that purpose either. Can it be concealed carry?....yes, but a six pound gun is more than most want to lug around.

For those that think it's a "Show Off's" gun, that's probably what they do when an audience presents itself.

As to reliablity, every case I've heard of was a shooter that used underpowered ammunition, not the fault of the gun. The huge weight of the slide demands more poop to cycle it, wimpy loads won't cut it. (As noted in the instruction manual)

Have had mine for over twenty years also, never a problem. Use it for the same purpose I use big bore revolvers....hunting and shooting enjoyment. Extremely accurate and well built. Highly recommend the DE to anyone that's a fan of big caliber handguns. Prices vary from $600-$2000 for used ones, depends on finish, caliber, and rarity.


Ala Dan
October 7, 2007, 04:26 PM
We have a gold plated Desert Eagle .50 LNIB (with docs) for $1250, if anybody is

Simmons Sporting Goods
2001-2nd Ave North
Bessemer, AL 35020
PX: (205) 425-4720 or (205) 426-0490

October 7, 2007, 08:00 PM
Here's a used 50 for $1000

A little on the high side, but 24K gold plated guns don't come cheap....$2200.


October 7, 2007, 08:39 PM
The baby DEs (Jericos) in .40 and 9mm are going for around 400 used and 500 new around here.

October 8, 2007, 12:47 AM
I can barely even get a grip on that sucker. I would like to have a Desert Eagle, but I just can't justify spending well over a grand for a gund that is too large for me to comfortably handle.

I have a hard enough time being able to manipulate the controls on a doublestack .45 with one hand. I feel most comfortable with a weapon whose safety, decocker, slide lock, and mag release I can manipulate with one hand.

October 8, 2007, 12:33 PM
To answer your question. I purchased a .44 cal DE from someone one this web page for $650. I sent it to IMI from a complete check-up to ensure that it was working fine. After 6 weeks there (yes, 6 weeks) they shipped it back and said that it shoots fine--just needed some minor cleaning and a spring was replaced.

The problem with DE's is that some people don't realize that you have to shoot maximum rounds through it. Personally, I reload .44 cal. Anything less than the max load will cause cyclying problems. So far, I've shot over 800 rounds through it (with a maximum load) and have not had any further problems.

For the record, it is not an easy firearm to handle.

October 8, 2007, 01:09 PM
Is it possible to deactivate the gas system in the D. Eagle so that the slide must be racked manually before each shot? That would be nice, since then you could fire lighter loads.

Flame Red
October 8, 2007, 02:23 PM
And I have a NIB Titamium Gold 50 AE


October 8, 2007, 08:18 PM
If I could afford one, i'd buy it. It would come after many other guns but you really can't beat the goofy oh's and ah's from range rat's who don't know any better. Its a neat gun with a big damn hole up front, it can't get much better than that.

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