Kahr Arms, respected maker of high quality, compact semiautos, is now the proud owner of Magnum Research, well-known for big guns such as the Desert Eagle pistol.
“We’ve been on the lookout for an acquisition for about four years,” Frank Harris, Kahr’s vice president of sales and marketing, tells Handguns. “We liked the Desert Eagle because it’s a niche product and such an iconic brand. We also liked the fact that Magnum Research makes revolvers, a product we’d been kind of eyeing.”
Kahr also owns Auto-Ordnance, which manufactures the famous Thompson submachine gun, and Harris notes the similarities between that firearm and the Desert Eagle.
“When somebody mentions the Thompson, you don’t have to explain to anyone what that is,” he says. “The Desert Eagle is the same way, and we like that kind of branding.”Harris says Magnum Research’s manufacturing operations will continue at its Pillager, Minnesota, plant. If you caught our
April/May issue, you read that Magnum Research now produces the Desert Eagle entirely in the United States.“We like to keep things based here in the U.S. as much as we can,” Harris says. “It gives us better control over the quality of the product.”
Harris says that in the long term, like 10 to 15 years, Kahr may become a more broad-based firearms producer, but for now the company is concentrating on small slices of the market. “We don’t want to go head to head with the big outfits but rather concentrate on the niches,” he says.—J. Scott Rupp