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Classic Desert Eagle Returns!

by J. Scott Rupp   |  August 10th, 2011 10
Desert Eagle .44 Magnum pistol

Magnum Research just announced limited run of Desert Eagle pistols built by the original manufacturer, IWI out of Israel. Chamberings will be .44 Magnum and .50 Action Express.

Magnum Research announced today they are reintroducing the IWI Classic Desert Eagle. This will be a limited production run in .44 Magnum and .50 Action Express.

If you know the history of the Desert Eagle—one of the most famous handguns in the world thanks to its numerous appearances in movies and TV—you’ll recall that the gun was built by Israel Military Industries until 1995, when Magnum Research shifted production to Saco Defense in Maine. Magnum Research returned production to IMI (which had been reorganized under the name Israel Weapon Industries or IWI) in 1998. Since 2009, Desert Eagle pistols have been made at Magnum Research’s facility in Minnesota.

The limited-run IWI models will feature the original two-piece barrel design and claw type safeties. The IWI guns will have a one-piece hard plastic grip with IWI logo. The guns will sport 6-inch barrels: the .44 Mag. barrel will be fluted; the .50 AE version will have a plain barrel. Both models will have the Mark XIX Picatinny rail system for mounting optics, and just like Henry Ford said, you can have any color you want as long as it’s black.

The Desert Eagle is a gas-operated semiauto that employs a rotating bolt similar to what you find on an AR rifle. The parts on the Israeli-produced and U.S.-produced Desert Eagles will interchange. The .44 Mag. and .50 AE barrels are interchangeable as well.

I had the opportunity to shoot the Mark XIX in .50 AE while we were filming Handguns TV this past winter, and it was literally a blast. It’s a cool gun with a fascinating history. I’m trying to chase down the price and will let you know when I get it. If you follow us on Twitter at @handgunsmag I’ll post it there first.

  • JGus

    I own two Desert Eagle XIX, one in 44mag and one in 50AE. They are a LOT of fun to shoot and are incredible reliable. I've put hundreds of rounds through both without a single FTF. I also own a Desert Eagle 1911G and a Baby Desert Eagle 9mm, and both guns are extremely well built and function just as well as my much higher priced guns, and in some cases even better than some of my high priced guns. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to choose one of their guns over my Les Baer custom 1911, but Magnum Research puts out very high quality products.

  • .44AutomagAR10

    Classic??? The flutes on the .44 (and .357) as well as the new rail are hideous! Classic would be a reintroduction of the MK VII. I'd buy two.

  • ijaz khan

    nice handgun

  • ron martino

    50ae great bear medicine if you miss him , you burn him plus ya make him deef.

  • Richard GODIN

    Fun to shoot maybe but not a practical handgun at all. Plus, cases are really deformed when they come out which makes them hard to re-load. Belongs to the movies. I have one but I also have a Redhawk with a 7 1/2 inch barrel made out of stainless steel, tough and rough as nails and I'd take the Ruger vs. the DE any day 'cause it shoots better.

  • Jib Quinn

    I thought they were kind of elegant looking. The new one is more of an ugly looking gun. Not sure why.

  • Gregory Tom

    i rahter have this kind of a hand gun for self deffence use only cause up in alaska ppl's gone crazy killing freak's day for them but if they see the gun they will think twice

  • Greg Tom

    but i rather get me 45 revolver not some auto's cause the miss alot when having a trigger happy but revolver your not trigger happy with a wad cutter's it's awaome

  • akon

    This new desert eagle looks like its from max payne 3
    Dull and depressed

  • misif

    what is ppl's in alaska?

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