I know all the reasons NOT to own a Desert Eagle


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WALKERs210
May 17, 2012, 04:47 PM
Made one of my stops at best gun shop around today. They have had a DE 44CAL for sale and I know I don't need it, today however when I walked in one of the owners grabbed a box and headed in my direction. Again I know I don't need one but this was a gold plated DE in 50 cal with original factory box of shells. It was offered to me for $2000.00 but when others in store asked the price was $2500.00. If I get it I will have to get a special brace made to keep me on my feet and not let the gun dot my eyes. Someone give me a real reason I don't need it. Bad thing is I have the cash to spend if I want, don't have to answer to anyone expect myself for doing it, all the kids are grown and for the most part financially secure, grand kids are learning that Papaw don't always just dolt out cash anymore. Boy it sure is a pretty thing,

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Nushif
May 17, 2012, 04:50 PM
.... BOOM!

.... nope. No reason not to get a fun shooter in your situation. 8)

Lemme give you a reason to get it. BOOM!

kcshooter
May 17, 2012, 04:51 PM
this was a gold plated DE in 50 cal

Well, you'll get mad respect from the other homies in your gang....

theautobahn
May 17, 2012, 04:56 PM
If you want it, buy it. That being said, it's not a bad deal, but it's not a smoking hot deal, either. If you check gunbroker's past auctions, you'll see that they sell (auctions with bids) for about $2,000 (gold .50) or slightly less.

If it were me, the gold would turn me off. But it's your money, do what makes you happy.

Telekinesis
May 17, 2012, 05:00 PM
I didn't think the recoil was that bad when I shot one of my friend's .44 DE. Must be a combination of the weight and the rotating bolt that help keep the recoil somewhat manageable. Its quite a fun gun to shoot.

clang
May 17, 2012, 05:03 PM
It's a toy - it's not about needing, it is about wanting. They are about as impractical a handgun as they get, but they look bad ass and make a loud sound. I think they are populer with the video gamer crowd (it's amazing how practical a DE can be when it's virtual).

If you want it and have the disposable cash to spend, get it. Look for a deal so if you get bored with it you won't get burned when you re-sell it.

booboo22
May 17, 2012, 05:11 PM
Go for it! I love my bright nickel Desert Eagle 50 - I didn't NEED it, but I'm damn sure glad I bought it!

WALKERs210
May 17, 2012, 05:22 PM
Most likely I will wind up with it, one of the salesmen there has his eyes on a couple of my rifles. I know a woman that learned to shoot pistols back in the 80's, she has more trophies than I ever thought a person could have and most of those were won with her DE 50. It was almost comical to see this little woman with such a big gun.

Skribs
May 17, 2012, 05:35 PM
I think for four-legged predators, a DE could actually be practical.

Texan Scott
May 17, 2012, 05:39 PM
If it's for hunting, maybe .50 would be good- but it's gold chromed! (maybe the deer will be stunned into holding still to stare at the AWESOMENESS of your new bling, yo!). if it's a toy, (which is totally cool if you have the money) get the same thing in .357, even if it costs an extra $500- you'll be able to shoot it 3 times as much. My wife would kill me for dropping 2 grand on anything unless it was jewelry for her... which means if i ever bring home a gold-plated gun, i'll never get to touch it again - it'll be HERS :P

WALKERs210
May 17, 2012, 06:07 PM
Texan Scott I already have a small problem with the wife laying claim to several firearms now. But I think its great that she has shown so much interest in learning as much as she can. After she purchased her first handgun I told her to read the manual front to back, after about 15 min she came into my den and asked if I had written the manual because she said it was almost word for word what I have tried to teach her about safety and firearms. The gold finish on the DE would most likely find its way into "HER" collection.

Swing
May 17, 2012, 06:15 PM
It's a toy - it's not about needing, it is about wanting.

This. If you've got the disposable cash and it floats your boat, don't over think it.

Mrcymstr
May 17, 2012, 06:16 PM
Wait a minute... you want it, you have cash in hand, no responsibilities will be neglected by spending the money, and you are getting a bit of a deal on it? I won't answer your question. I'll ask why your post is asking "should I" instead of a range report :p

OARNGESI
May 17, 2012, 07:40 PM
the only real reason is the gold finish is not really durable and will start to wear with extended use.

Rembrandt
May 17, 2012, 07:48 PM
You don't want to be accused of acting like an indecisive woman trying to decide on what color of shoes look best.....show your testosterone, buy it, howl at the full moon and don't look back!

firesky101
May 17, 2012, 09:18 PM
Aside from it being gold I have no quarrel with your buying it;). Then again this is America and if you want a gold plated .50AE Desert Eagle you go get it:D. We do expect pictures though.:evil:

NG VI
May 17, 2012, 09:35 PM
The gold finish on the DE would most likely find its way into "HER" collection.



What about the rest of the gun?

I kid, I kid. But really, it caught your eye and you can swing it and you know that as of today, that gun sells for what you paid for it -ammunition.

WHy wait? At worst you'll be forced to get into silhouette shooting r handgun hunting or something.

WALKERs210
May 17, 2012, 09:36 PM
firesky101 I have a Korean War commemorative M1 Garand that is accented with gold everywhere. My first thought was how nice it would look displayed next to each other. My neighbors have pretty much learned that when they hear gun fire it's just that old man out test firing something. Bet the DE 50cal will speak a with a very loud voice and authority. My grandson, son and me have been working to kill a mamosa (sp?) and so far have dropped on half of the tree, base of which is around 10". The other standing part should go real quick with the 50cal. And since no one has really made a solid argument against buying, next thing is to go in and start the haggling on price. THANKS EVERYONE

theQman23
May 17, 2012, 09:45 PM
I have the .50 and I hate it. First 1000 bucks and its gone.

MachIVshooter
May 17, 2012, 09:49 PM
I know a woman that learned to shoot pistols back in the 80's, she has more trophies than I ever thought a person could have and most of those were won with her DE 50

I'm sorry, but I'm not buying it. Outside of silhouette, NO ONE will win matches with a .50 AE. The recovery time is too great and magazine capacity too little. That, and the .50 AE didn't even hit the market until 1989......

ApacheCoTodd
May 17, 2012, 09:50 PM
I don't think buying it is the issue if it caught your eye and you can afford it. You know you'll be able to sell it down the road if the infatuation fades. I think the issue is the added expense and social ostracization of wearing your pants down around thigh high and the pain of shooting it all gangsta-sideways -n- stuff.

ironhead7544
May 17, 2012, 10:39 PM
I would get the .44 Mag. Cheaper to shoot. Had a alloy framed one. Wish I had it back. Light recoil.

Swing
May 18, 2012, 09:37 PM
I have the .50 and I hate it. First 1000 bucks and its gone.

What made you hate it? Just curious. Thanx.

Cemo
May 21, 2012, 08:24 AM
My buddy brought out his DE .50 AE yesterday and let me shoot it. Now that was fun. The felt recoil was less than my 4" Ruger Redhawk .44mag IMO.

ku4hx
May 21, 2012, 09:03 AM
My .44 Magnum DE is twice the fun of any .22 I own. If you want the gun and got the coin buy it and go have a blast ... literally.

With recent threads about the DE rekindling my interest I just loaded 500 rounds. Me and my [ex] Marine buddy will be unloading most of them from the front end today!

Havok7416
May 21, 2012, 10:45 AM
the only real reason is the gold finish is not really durable and will start to wear with extended use.
This is only true of the 24k gold plating. The titanium gold plating supposedly does not wear. FWIW I love my .44 Desert Eagle and it is surprisingly soft shooting. The only real problem is shooting it indoors -- make sure you are double plugged for that!

boylit
May 21, 2012, 10:54 AM
Made one of my stops at best gun shop around today. They have had a DE 44CAL for sale and I know I don't need it, today however when I walked in one of the owners grabbed a box and headed in my direction. Again I know I don't need one but this was a gold plated DE in 50 cal with original factory box of shells. It was offered to me for $2000.00 but when others in store asked the price was $2500.00. If I get it I will have to get a special brace made to keep me on my feet and not let the gun dot my eyes. Someone give me a real reason I don't need it. Bad thing is I have the cash to spend if I want, don't have to answer to anyone expect myself for doing it, all the kids are grown and for the most part financially secure, grand kids are learning that Papaw don't always just dolt out cash anymore. Boy it sure is a pretty thing,
here in the philippines, a cz spo1 shadow will cost you US$2,000 including license and permit to carry outside home...

a used DE was on sale for near US$4,000 plus license fee and permit fee...

given the above, that US$2,000 DE is a bargain... i'd say get a couple...

Arkansas Paul
May 21, 2012, 11:30 AM
I have the .50 and I hate it. First 1000 bucks and its gone.


Personally, if I were the OP, and was set on a 50AE, I would take him up on this offer and find another toy for the other $1k, but that's just me. It's your money, do whatever snaps your cap. And I agree with the poster that said we expect pics if you get it. :)

cougar1717
May 21, 2012, 02:47 PM
I have no issue with the gun, whatsoever. My biggest concern would be how much shooting time I could get in at the range because everyone is going to want to talk to the guy with the bright gold DE!

Kiln
May 22, 2012, 07:36 AM
My .44 Magnum DE is twice the fun of any .22 I own.
And it is only about 50x more expensive per round!

2x the fun for only 50x the cost, what is there to think about!?!?:neener:

Havok7416
May 22, 2012, 07:44 AM
Good .44 mag ammo can be had cheap and if you reload it the cost drops 60% (using ammo suitable for the Desert Eagle). I can make a box of 50 .44 Mag rounds for roughly $18 and that INCLUDES the box and brand new brass which doesn't have to be bought each time. Without those costs it drops to $9-9.50.

TRX
May 29, 2012, 05:54 PM
>It was almost comical to see this little woman with such a big gun.

My wife is 5'2 and has run many boxes of full power .44 Magnum through a friend's Desert Eagle. I cringe every time she starts shooting - surely, someday recoil is going to put an Aimpoint-shaped bruise on her forehead - but she never turns down a chance to shoot that pistol.

Neither of us has had a chance to shoot the .50 yet. She did run a few magazines through a Wildey in .45 Win Mag, but she liked the Desert Eagle better.

I had a Ruger Security Six for a while. She wouldn't shoot it even with mild .38 reloads, because "it kicks too hard." I finally gave up trying to figure that one out...

Savage99
May 29, 2012, 11:18 PM
Desert Eagle?

Never heard of it!

Is it a gun or an eagle that lives in the desert?

Kiln
May 30, 2012, 06:27 AM
I had a Ruger Security Six for a while. She wouldn't shoot it even with mild .38 reloads, because "it kicks too hard." I finally gave up trying to figure that one out...
Maybe the grip doesn't sit well in small hands? I definately don't get it, the Security Six is awesome and is pretty controllable because of the size and weight IMO.

claiborne
May 30, 2012, 11:49 AM
I have fired a few hundred rounds through a 44 and 50 DE. I felt the 50 to be easier to fire because the recoil was different, (not softer, just different, hard to explain). I could go without the BIG BLING though. If you have the cash and the desire, spend away.........you will be the coolest grandpa on the block!

sargents1
May 30, 2012, 04:59 PM
>It was almost comical to see this little woman with such a big gun.

My wife is 5'2 and has run many boxes of full power .44 Magnum through a friend's Desert Eagle. I cringe every time she starts shooting - surely, someday recoil is going to put an Aimpoint-shaped bruise on her forehead - but she never turns down a chance to shoot that pistol.

Neither of us has had a chance to shoot the .50 yet. She did run a few magazines through a Wildey in .45 Win Mag, but she liked the Desert Eagle better.

I had a Ruger Security Six for a while. She wouldn't shoot it even with mild .38 reloads, because "it kicks too hard." I finally gave up trying to figure that one out...

First handgun my wife ever shot was a 500S&W. She fired a couple rounds thru it at 50yds and hit the target both times. She said something like "That was Fun!"

I took her shooting a couple of weekends ago and she thought my Ruger P85 9mm and Glock 20SF (loaded with 165gr plated bullets @ 1100ft/s) were a handful. :scrutiny:

Some things in life defy logical explanation.

firesky101
May 30, 2012, 05:34 PM
So any updates? Are we getting some pictures?

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 30, 2012, 05:38 PM
I had a 50AE Desert Eagle that was perfect. It shot extremely accurately and never missed a beat, not once. I have nothing against the Desert Eagle, I wish I still had the one I once had.:banghead:

Redlg155
May 30, 2012, 07:38 PM
I've owned two over the last couple of years. Both were reliable, but I couldn't hit the side of a barn with one. I eventually sold/traded both and replaced one of them with a SA M1a Scout.

They are fun to shoot and if you have cash, you can get the conversion kit

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