I like the Desert Eagle because it’s an engineering masterpiece. This is the king of auto pistols. It’s the most powerful and the most visually striking auto pistol ever made. It’s featured in more movies and TV shows than I can count, one estimate is over 100 movies and TV programs.
The great thing about the Desert Eagle is that it works, exactly as intended, accurate and powerful. No other pistol can put that type of stopping power on a target as quickly. It is a tool for the expert hand gunner. In the hands of a genuine marksman the Desert Eagle is simply awesome. The smooth gas action of the Desert Eagle allows for accurate and fast follow up shots. This is very valuable in hunting, and indispensible in defense against dangerous animals. It is the auto pistol for hand gun hunters of large or dangerous game. In my Jeep, a .50 Caliber Desert Eagle is “bear defense” if I go into large bear country.
All of that performance comes with a price of weight, and exclusive use of jacketed bullets for its gas system and polygon rifling. The Desert Eagle is rugged, robust, and simple to operate and maintain. Over the years it’s been offered in a variety of calibers, most famously, the 50 Action Express. The 50 AE was the first commercial mass produced .50 Caliber handgun cartridge, and an outstanding success. In a 10 inch barrel, the 50 AE has 1600 fps of velocity. The largest bullet suitable for the Desert Eagle is 350 grains. Finishes come from a stealthy black oxide, a variety of chrome, to gold and wild gold titanium tiger stripe.
For years the Desert Eagle was one of the best buys in handguns, with all due respect to comments in the aforementioned paragraphs. I have seen a 44 magnum Desert Eagle out shoot, meaning tighter groups, than a famous gunsmith tuned 1911 45 ACP that cost twice as much as the Desert Eagle. A powerful pistol that has match grade accuracy in a controllable package is a marvel. The 50 AE Desert Eagles are also very accurate, but a bit more challenging to control.
My last thoughts are on people in and out of the shooting community who I call Desert Eagle haters. Outside of the shooting community it’s been called the “Anti-Tank” hand gun, dangerous, overly powerful, etc, etc, etc. All of that is trash. It’s the usual we can expect from these people. More disturbing, is the hate and strange comments from INSIDE the shooting community. Frustrated tactikhulers, dye in the wool revolver lovers, and just those ignorant of the pistols uses seem to have formed an unholy alliance against it. It’s not everyone’s cup tea and that is the first thing someone must understand about the Desert Eagle. Just like bench rest rifles, race guns, and schutezen rifles, the Desert Eagle has its uses and purpose. The Desert Eagle deserves respect it does not always receive.