Desert Eagle

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Desert Eagle Mark XIX
Specifications
Type Pistol
Origin [[United States

Israel]]

Designed 1979-1982
Manufactured Magnum Research

Israeli Weapon Industries

Length 10.75" (6-inch barrel) 14.75 (10-inch barrel)
Barrel length Available in 6" or 10" versions.
Weight 4.4 lbs
Cartridge .50 Action Express, .44 Magnum, .357 Magnum and others.
Action Gas Operated, Semi-Automatic
Rate of fire Semi-Automatic
Effective range 200 Meters
Feed system 7 Round Detachable Box Magazine (.50 AE), 8 Round Detachable Box Magazine (.44 Magnum) or 9 Round Detachable Box Magazine (.357 Magnum)
Sights Iron, but compatible with various scopes and optics.

The Desert Eagle is a high-caliber, large-frame semiautomatic handgun. It utilizes a gas-operated system. It was designed by Magnum Research and Israeli Weapon Industries (IWI). It is primarily manufactured in Israel by IWI.

The Desert Eagle in its original form, which is no longer available to purchase, was called the Mark I. The second version, which is still in production, was called the Mark VII. The current version is called the Mark XIX.

The Desert Eagle's high caliber and accuracy make it popular among hunters hunting large game, or as a defensive sidearm for hunters in areas with dangerous creatures like bears that a normal hunting weapon would not be powerful enough to kill. It is sometimes used by target shooters for its reputation of great accuracy due to its high quality design, and because an extended barrel version is available to aid performance. The barrel has a polygonal rifling rather than normal grooved rifling for extra accuracy and durability.

The Desert Eagle has also been featured in many video games, films, and television shows. The Desert Eagle is famous for being available with 24 carat gold plating, and a gold-plated version of the weapon was featured in the game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The Desert Eagle was also featured in the sequel, Call of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2, although the Desert Eagle in this game could not be gold-plated. Other popular video games to feature the Desert Eagle include Duke Nukem, Max Payne, and Half-Life.[1]

Variants

Micro Desert Eagle

Micro Desert Eagle
Specifications
Type Pistol
Origin United States
Manufactured Magnum Research
Length 4.52"
Barrel length 2.22"
Weight 14 oz (empty)
Cartridge .380 ACP
Action Semi-Automatic
Rate of fire Semi-Automatic
Feed system 6 Round Detachable Box Magazine
Sights Fixed Iron
Magnum Research also produces a personal defense variant of the Desert Eagle, called the Micro Desert Eagle. It has no real resemblance to the original Desert Eagle, despite the name implying it does. It is a Double Action Only handgun chambered for .380 ACP.[2]

Baby Eagle

Baby Eagle
Specifications
Type Pistol
Origin [[United States

Israel]]

Manufactured Magnum Research

Israeli Weapon Industries

Length Can vary depending on specific model.
Barrel length Can vary depending on specific model.
Weight Can vary depending on specific model.
Cartridge 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP.
Action Semi-Automatic
Rate of fire Semi-Automatic
Feed system Detachable box magazine, varies anywhere from 10 to 15 round capacity depending on specific model.
Sights Iron

The Baby Eagle, originally called the Jericho 941, is another pistol named after the Desert Eagle, although it has almost no mechanical similarities, and only a small aesthetic similarity. Like the Desert Eagle, it uses polygonal rifling in the barrel for improved accuracy.

Others

Another product from Magnum Research named after the Desert Eagle is an M1911 Variant of the Desert Eagle, obviously designed after the famous Colt M1911. It is chambered for .45 ACP.

Magnum Research also produces the Baby Desert Eagle "Fast Action" Pistol. It is a striker-fired semiautomatic handgun chambered for .40 S&W or 9mm. It has no mechanical or aesthetic resemblance to the original Desert Eagle.

Magnum Research also produces two hunting rifles, one of them named the 'Mountain Eagle'. While having a similar name to the Desert Eagle, they share no resemblance.[3] It is chambered primarily for .22LR, but others are available. It uses a graphite barrel, which dissipates heat, and is 6 times stiffer than steel.[4]

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