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H&K Mark 23 v Desert Eagle

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by el Godfather, Jan 18, 2013.


H&K Mark 23 v Desert Eagle

  1. H&K Mark 23

    55 vote(s)
  2. Desert Eagle

    18 vote(s)
  1. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    Dear THR:
    Assumption ONE is that you want to buy a large pistol.
    Assumption TWO is that the choice is between Mark 23 and Desert Eagle (caliber of your choice).

    The assumptions are set to avoid the unnecessary bashing and rather focus on the question. If you hate the said pistols, please ignore this thread and spare us from negative remarks.

    Now that said, which would you choose and why? What are your experiences with them if any?

    Please consider the following factors:
    1. Collection value.
    2. Possible use in the woods for defense against four legged or hunting.
    3. Reliability.
    4. Accuracy.
    5. Home defense.

    I chose Mark 23 because in my opinion it was superior to DE in factors 3, 4 and 5. Whereas DE was superior in my opinion in 1 and 2 for collection value and more powerful round in the woods.

    Thank you.
  2. cbmax

    cbmax Well-Known Member


    I have both a Desert Eagle .50 and an HK .45 Tactical. Very close to the Mark 23. Both of these gun will be accurate. I wouldn't consider either one a collector item. Both will be reliable. I would not want to carry the DE for any length of time in the woods. It weighs 5 pounds loaded. The DE is also not well suited for a home defense gun. Too much penetration, too unwieldy! Could you imagine trying to ake a well placed follow up shot with a .50 AE? My vote would be for the HK Mark 23. Much much lighter. Much more reasonable cartridge for your intended purposes. Ammo is far less expensive and probably easier to find even today.

  3. CharlieDeltaJuliet

    CharlieDeltaJuliet Well-Known Member

    I picked Hk, just because I am a huge fan... I am sure either are fine pistols....
  4. eldon519

    eldon519 Well-Known Member

    I didn't vote because I value the criteria differently than you did in your 1-5 list.

    I would choose the DE though because it does something that is not available in many other handguns. It fires extremely powerful rounds in a semi-automatic package. The MK23 is supposedly an excellent pistol by all accounts, but it is basically a GIGANTIC .45. There are numerous pistols out there that do nearly the exact same thing in a practically-sized package...the HK45, USP .45, Glock 21, XD(m) .45, SW M&P .45, etc. All of these guns would function about the same as a Mk23 in criteria 2-5 while also being carryable (although still a bit large). To me, the DE at least offers something in return for its extremely large size.
  5. dcarch

    dcarch Well-Known Member

    I voted Desert Eagle, because I have fired one before, and (dare I say it), it's just fun. No "tactical" usefulness, just plain fun. :D
  6. g_one

    g_one Well-Known Member

    I think it's sort of a toss-up, but I voted DE for the above reason - the Mark 23 (although I like it a lot) is basically just a really big .45

    The DE however, if you get it in 357 (I hope to this year) is a very powerful handgun with very low recoil. Plus, as long as you don't get it gold plated or polished chrome, it's pretty awesome looking.
  7. Sol

    Sol Well-Known Member

    HK is a combat pistol, the DE in .50 AE is for silhoutte shooting. I vote hk.
  8. clang

    clang Well-Known Member

    I voted the HK, but the Mk23 is overkill for most purposes.

    When I think Desert Eagle, I think video game characters. I know silhoutte shooters use them, but who alse but a video game character would run around with a 5 lb gun holstered to their belt?
  9. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    HK because of it's accuracy, reliability, comparative light weight, suppressor ready, robust nature and durability.

    If I wanted a giant elephant dropping round, then I'd go for the DE, but I doubt I'll ever go for that.
  10. Carter

    Carter Well-Known Member

    I picked the DE...just because I hate H&K....

    Plus a semi in .44 mag is a very fun package.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2013
  11. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    If you want a pistol with pure slob appeal, special order the Desert Eagle XlX in full gold plate, caliber .50 Action Express and with the newly offered 10" barrel.

    If you want a pistol tailor made to function as a suppressed weapon and do so reliably and with target grade accuracy, choose the Mk23.
  12. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    I would take Glock 21 over both of the above.
  13. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    Sorry to tell you but I am afraid Glock 21 is not on consideration.
  14. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    If memory serves correctly, USSOCOM basically dumped them because they were unreliable and and too big to be practical. They were quickly replaced after being issued.

    The general public however bought into the hype.

    I would, however, pick it over the DE. Yet would rather own a Louisville Slugger over either!
  15. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    They were unreliable?? Kindly state your source.
  16. bc1023

    bc1023 Well-Known Member

    I have both the Mark 23 and DE.
  17. bc1023

    bc1023 Well-Known Member

    Your memory isn't serving you correctly, because the 23 is as reliable as a pistol gets.
  18. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    Dumped? When?

    Unreliable? The MK23 holds the record for reliability with over 6000 rounds between stoppages. No 1911 ever came close to that.

    Quickly replaced? They've been in service for 25 years and then replaced by the newest generation of HK.

    Big? Yeah, you're right on that one, it's a big boy gun. They are as big as any other high capacity, suppressor ready, 6" barreled .45 though, and lighter than most.
  19. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    Like I said my memory was a little hazy.

    However, it wasnt even put into USSOCOM's "toy box" till 1996. Not quite 25yrs. I do remember the mk 24 mod 0 was the P226 for the Navy... What year that happened I do not recall?
    Im sure there might be a unit or two with the mk 23 just as there are units with just about any weapon...
  20. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

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