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Desert Eagle question/opinions.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by el Godfather, May 10, 2012.

  1. el Godfather

    el Godfather Senior Member

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    Dear THR,
    I have a DE in 357 with an extra 12" barrel. I have yet to understand the practical application of DE beyond collection, conversation piece and novelty. The only practical use that comes to mind is perhaps handgun hunting. I dont foresee myself using it in SD or HD unless at the moment it was the only option.

    What do you boys think of this toy?

    Thanks.
     
  2. mattmann

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    I will be happy to take it off your hands. In a bug out situation it would make a good theft deterrent with a shoulder holster. they look awesome and would definitely be great to hunt with!

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  3. ku4hx

    ku4hx Senior Member

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    Owning a DE is like owning a 600+ HP automobile ... no practical application. Or in my case a motorcycle capable of 145MPH off the showroom floor. And it's one of the slower ones!

    But, I still have the bike and the DE in .44 Magnum and both are a hoot to take out and blow away the cobwebs.

    If we only acquire those things with a practical application, life would be a lot duller. Not to mention never having a spouse, kids, a second computer (or third fourth or fifth), more than one or two guns and any number of other things we really don't absolutely need.
     
  4. el Godfather

    el Godfather Senior Member

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    Not sure i agree with you analogy of not needing kids. Rest may be.
     
  5. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Senior Member

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    When you have four kids, twice as many guns sounds better!
     
  6. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Senior Member

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    Why does one need a "practical application" to justify owning a Desert Eagle?......people acquire many things in life that are not "needs" but "wants".

    Mine is used both for fun and hunting. Do I need it or are there better firearms that could do the same job?....yes, but I can afford to have lots of toys that have no specific purpose.

    Check your barrel measurements again......it's probably 14" not 12".
     
  7. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Senior Member

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    What more reason do you need? :)
     
  8. readyeddy

    readyeddy Senior Member

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    I like my DE in 44. It's accurate, pretty and soft shooting. I guess you could say it's practical at the shooting range.
     
  9. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Senior Member

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    I liked my .50, hated having to sell it, but I rather like still owning a house, so it was a good call. I'll replace it as soon as MRI figures out that the picatinny on top of the latest ones is ridiculous looking. The standard 7/8" waver was fine.
     
  10. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Senior Member

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    Trying to move on foot, cover distance quickly, and possibly have to walk or run many miles at a time sounds like a blast with a 4.5lbs chunk of steel dangling in my armpit.
    If it works for you, go for it. Not my cup of tea.

    The Desert Eagle is a seriously cool pistol. I don't think I'd ever own one, but it is really cool.
     
  11. Morgo

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    They make great fun guns, that was the only reason I bought mine and it does it very well.

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  12. gunnutery

    gunnutery Senior Member

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    I would say the practical advantage would be magnum calibers with faster reload times than the standard magnum platforms; revolvers. Plus and extra couple rounds.
     
  13. el Godfather

    el Godfather Senior Member

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    Thats a good practical point.
     
  14. OARNGESI

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    because theyre fun.


    mines a 50 is the a 357 a real soft shooter?
     
  15. Kiln

    Kiln Senior Member

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    I think they're just the ultimate compensator gun. Kinda like guys who drive a Dodge Ram 1500 but never haul anything, and don't have any family to drive around...they just buy it because it is big and manly.
     
  16. ku4hx

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    I read a story not too long ago about a couple who had a second child so as to "grow" a "spare part" (kidney ??) for a dying first child. All morality aside, that couple felt a need for a child. For the rest of us, for the most part, children are optional. Your beliefs may not agree with that position, but after all you do have the option of altering your beliefs or simply choosing not to procreate.
     
  17. Loosedhorse

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    Is yours the current Mark XIX, ir the older Mark VII?

    The Mark XIXs are as big as the .50 AE pistol, and it would be hard for me to see the point of the same weight pistol in .357. On the other hand the Mark VIIs .357d were svelte :)D, well, compared to the .50).

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    I own a Mark VII .50, and I like it. I passed on a Mark VII .357--and that was likely a mistake. Unless I can get a Coonan--then I'll be all better! :)
     
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  18. HGUNHNTR

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    Unless you have NBA player sized hands there are probably much better options. For handgun hunting a Performance Center Smith will run about the same $$$ and be waaay better in terms of accuracy, ergos, weight, and reliability. I admit they look cool, but for a guy with hands like mine there is little practical application. There are many firearms that will fill the shoes of the DE much more comfortably.
     
  19. MachIVshooter

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    Unless, of course, you use it for it's intended purpose. My .50 was bought for hunting. Never did see an animal when I carried it afield, but with 2.5 MOA accuracy and the power of the .50 AE, anything inside 200 yards would have been meat in the freezer.

    Do not judge, lest ye be judged.

    I'm sure you're aware, but the Mk VII .50 became the Mk XIX platform.

    They're back in production. Very nice pistols, though I personally don't see the point with so many 10mm 1911's that use a lot of standard parts and weigh less with equal power.
     
  20. brnmuenchow

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    That I would agree with... along with the idea of just owning one, other than that it is not practical. For instance, and this is just my opinion... If I had a choice of a .357 Mag. DE or a .357 Mag. Revolver (which only gives you 6 shots) or throw a 1911 in .10mm Auto I would go with the .10mm Auto. Smaller frame than the DE, and on the same power level as the .357 Mag.

    Now as you move up in caliber say a .50 AE, owning a DE may make more sense to me... I mean it's not like the S&W 500 Mag. is practical by any stretch of imagination, so carrying a .50 AE DE in the northwoods may be a smart move. Big power with quicker reloads.:D
     
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    I just bought a Desert Eagle in .50. I'll admit that I bought it because it's cool, and I wanted it. No planned application other then that. But......

    Now that I've played with it a bit I've changed my mind a bit. When I lived up north (AK) Lots of folks carried .44mag and bigger revolvers with 5-6" barrels for bear and moose defense. Having shot several of those, and now my DE, if I was ever in a situation that called for that kind of big bore SD gun (Woods with big predators) I'd carry my DE. It's easier to control, faster for follow up shots, and faster to reload then a revolver of similar energy.

    Is it a practical CCW? No. But it's a well made, accurate example of about as powerful as a handgun can resonably get. (.45-70 handguns need not apply) So in that role it's actually pretty dang practical.


    And it's still super cool. and fun to shoot.
     
  22. MachIVshooter

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    They're actually very close in weight. The DE 6" is more compact, though (VERY relative term. lol)

    I only carried one mag when I hunted with mine. I had a box of rounds in my pack just in case, though.

    I handloaded exclusively for my 6" .50, and got some pretty respectable figures out of it. I was launching 325 gr. Speer JHPs at 1,510 FPS for 1,646 FPE, and it grouped an average of 2-9/16" @ 100 yards (5 shots) from my hands.

    It is a very capable hunting handgun in both power and accuracy, only surpassed ballistically by the .500 S&W and some of the Linebaugh and other semi-custom jobs. Don't be fooled; .454 Casull from a real gun (not a pressure barrel) will not exceed the .50 AE. Better sectional density on the bullets, but not more energy. Believe me, I tried with my 7.5" SRH.
     
  23. el Godfather

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    I have the older one
     
  24. Kiln

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    Never gotten the idea of using a pistol over a carbine when it comes to hunting so I still see it as pointless.
     
  25. Rembrandt

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    Not many revolvers can you change calibers and barrels lengths as easily as the Desert Eagle can.


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