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Desert Eagles

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by LHRGunslinger, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. LHRGunslinger

    LHRGunslinger Well-Known Member

    I have no experience with them so I have to ask. Why doesn't anyone really like them? Are they poorly built? Crappy fit/finish? Hard to maintain? Or is it simply because they've become a weapon associated with "mall ninjas" because it's used so often in films and games?
  2. dcarch

    dcarch Well-Known Member

    Because they're the size of small tanks? Because they kick like a llama with irritable bowel syndrome? Because no one can seem to make a good IWB holster for them?
    Because .50 AE ammo costs and arm and a leg? They're great guns though, if you're a movie director. :D
  3. rogertc1

    rogertc1 member

    My DE is a Mk 1 in satin nickle and with gold apointments. mine is in .44Mag
    It uses .44 mag revolver ammo and has been dependable and due to the guns heavy weight i find the recoil pretty mild. The DE is a very well built gun. Best to use jacked highest power rounds.
    A lot of friends cant cock the gun as it takes a good grip and technic. It is not a gun for the sheepish.
  4. Hk Dan

    Hk Dan Well-Known Member

    Well, they are pretty snarky in terms of maintenance, too. They have a chamber kind of like an AR, and they like to be CLEAN. Properly cared for, they're an excellent gun for hunting. Don't think you'd wanna carry one very long...
  5. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member

    That's quite a mouthful of negatives.....appears you're right about one thing, you have no experience with them.
  6. LHRGunslinger

    LHRGunslinger Well-Known Member

    As for ammo costs you can get a Desert Eagle XIX in .357 Magnum which isn't extraordinarily pricey.

    And I know that I have no experience with them. I said that I have no personal experience with them.

    I know it wouldn't make a very good concealed carry peice. I was thinking of getting one as a range toy after I improved my pistol skills with a .22LR.

    @Rembrandt: Thank you for pointing out that I am utterly clueless on the subject. Next time instead of telling me I'm a bloody fool how about you try explaining WHY those preconceptions are wrong?
  7. MrOldLude

    MrOldLude Well-Known Member

    Generalize much?
  8. RetLawman590

    RetLawman590 Member

    The only DE I would be interested in buying is their 1911.
  9. TheCol.U.S.M.C.

    TheCol.U.S.M.C. Well-Known Member

    I think in .44mag there great soft shooting compared to a model 29 I allmost had a chance to pick one up two weeks ago for $800 allmost new only 25 rounds threw it. This one was a mark XIX in .44mag I was pretty bummed when the deal fell threw
  10. Storm

    Storm Well-Known Member

    I have only found my .357 and .44 to be soft shooting and dead accurate and with full power ammo completely reliable. What Hollywood chooses to do is of no concern to me. I don't go to malls, and the last video game that I played was Atari many moons ago. Judging a gun even in part based upon the uses of it by some slathering idiots is just downright silly.
  11. LHRGunslinger

    LHRGunslinger Well-Known Member

    New question. What are the differences between the MkVII and the MkXIX?
  12. ScratchnDent

    ScratchnDent Well-Known Member

    I had a .50AE about 12 years ago. I liked it as a range toy. The biggest problem was the cost and limited availability of ammo and the fact that my friends always wanted to shoot it.
  13. eddism

    eddism Well-Known Member


    Magnum Research Desert Eagle 1911G
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2010
  14. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine had one in .44 Mag.; primarily used it as a range toy. Recoil is quite mild, especially when compared to shooting the same round out of a Ruger Super Blackhawk or a S&W Model 29. The gun really needs to be kept clean because of the gas action, and I believe you're only supposed to use jacketed ammo in it.
  15. MTMilitiaman

    MTMilitiaman Well-Known Member

    My dad and my grandpa each bought .44 Mag Desert Eagles back when the Mk VII was the new model. Since then, they've each taken several head of game with them, and enough rounds to have gotten several times their entertainment value from each of them. My brother and I have been shooting these pistols since our early teens. My brother thought enough of his early experiences with the pistol to buy a Mk XIX .50AE during his first deployment. That is worth its weight (significant) and cost in entertainment very quickly--mucho bigga fireball!

    In general, Desert Eagles are well built, durable, and reliable. In our experience, they are accurate as rail guns and have no real special maintenance requirements, other than that you do clean them every once in a while and stick to jacketed ammunition. The .44 Mags are very tame. Even with the hottest loads you can stick in them, the .44 Mag Desert Eagle has been the softest shooting .44 I've ever had the pleasure of firing. The .50 is considerably more so, but you understand and expect this when you see the cartridge it fires. It still isn't unpleasant--more just 'wow.' The fireball is impressive.

    Speaking of which, one time my grandpa double charged one of his handloads for his Desert Eagle. He said "it just felt weird going off." He had to have the molten brass cleaned out of the gas port and firing pin channel, but no parts had to be replaced, and the pistol still functions flawlessly.

    They make decent hunting pistols, though it does suck losing brass in the brush, esp in the case of the .50AE and .440 Corbon. They are more than adequately accurate and powerful for this purpose. But they are undoubtedly more for fun and entertainment value than anything. The Desert Eagle provides a decent amount of this. It is a unique enough shooting experience that I think everyone should at least try one. If you're looking for that sort of excitement from an auto, the Desert Eagle is about the only game in town.

    You do have the manhandle them as they can be prone to limpwrist failures, in our experience. The pistol has a large grip. It feels large even to those who have no problem handling other large handguns, like the full size Glocks and USPs. And while the Desert Eagle's weight does help control recoil, it can be ridiculous sometimes. It is a well machined five pound chunk of metal--end of the world durable--but very quickly heavy enough to be tiresome when held out in front of the body at arm's length. Find a good holster if you plan to pack it around.

    It's nice having a handgun with a more bassy, throaty roar, larger fireball, and louder visual and auditory effect on target at 100 yards than the other guy's poodle shooter.

  16. dcarch

    dcarch Well-Known Member

    I know a bunch of y'all like the DE, and I know they make one in .357. I just couldn't resist throwing in something about a llama with irritable bowel syndrome. :D
    Hey eddism, how does your DE 1911 function? I've wanted to get one for a while now. (If you don't want to hijack this thread, I started one on the DE 1911 couple of days ago.)
  17. LHRGunslinger

    LHRGunslinger Well-Known Member

    Once I get a job I'm SO making a good IWB holster for the Desert Eagle just for dcarch
  18. TIMC

    TIMC Well-Known Member

    What most people don't like about the Desert Eagle is the are a massive handgun that is very heavy and the recoil of the .50 AE round can be a little much for some shooters.

    I personally like mine a lot. I had the factory muzzle brake added to my .50 AE barrel This was a big improvement in recoil and looks. I am thinking of putting one on the .44 mag barrel too.

    Would I use this gun as a carry weapon? Heck no but it is a fun range toy.
  19. LHRGunslinger

    LHRGunslinger Well-Known Member

    How's the trigger pull on these big mean mothers?
  20. TIMC

    TIMC Well-Known Member

    I would say mine is about 4 lbs.

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