Desert Eagle with a dual personality

Magnum Research has introduced a Desert Eagle combination that comes with both .44 Magnum and .50 Action Express barrels and magazines. It was 2015 when I reviewed the Desert Eagle with the factory compensator, you can read that review by following this link. And then I was sent the factory .44 Magnum conversion kit and you can you read that review by following this link.  As you can see in the video below it is very simple to swap from .50 AE to .44 Mag and back. Keeping that in mind, it just makes sense for MRI to introduce a combo package. The kit includes a standard Desert Eagle receiver made in Israel, the .44 Magnum barrel and magazine, and the .50 Action Express barrel and magazine.

Initial Impressions 

 

The pistol, the .44 Magnum barrel, and magazines for both.

 

The ambidextrous slide mounted safety. One thing to note, the safety can be engaged and the slide still racked, cocking the hammer. This will allow you to load or unload the chamber with the safety on.

Weaver rail down the length of the barrel.

The slide stop was plenty large and well serrated, locking the slide back on an empty magazine.

 

Front and rear dovetailed combat style sights. The rear is drift adjustable. The sights worked well and were on at 25 yards but I would have liked to see some color at least on the front sight.

The locking rotary bolt.

This Desert Eagle was manufactured by IMI in Israel and appears to be well made and correctly fit. As with all Desert Eagles this pistol uses a gas system and a rotating locking bolt, like you would see in an AR-15. That system is needed to take the pressure from the .50 AE cartridge.

25 yard groups, please click on chart for a larger version

Range Time 

Conclusions 

This pistol would serve well for someone who handgun hunted or who requires a powerful sidearm while in the bush. It is a bit heavy for every day carry and is not practical as a concealed carry pistol. There was a bit of a learning curve for a few folks that tried it out, and what I mean by that was a few folks experienced a few malfunctions and after a magazine or two they got the hang of it and the gun ran like it was supposed to. I cannot say what the exact problem was as I or most had no issues with the gun. I can also say close to the end of the review we experienced a few failure to return to battery. A quick cleaning of the then nasty bolt and lubrication solved that issue. I do not see this is a real issue but something you need to bear in mind in maintaining the pistol.  There is quite a difference in perceived recoil between the compensated and non compensated model in .50 AE but the .44 Magnum is not bad at all. With the .44 Magnum barrel you need to be sure you are running full power ammunition as to develop enough gas to work the gas system. I shot some light loads and had no issues but people that would download the .44 mag for easy of shooting through a revolver need to know that. The fun factor is off the charts with this hand-cannon, so all in all I am satisfied with the Desert Eagle, just bear in mind that it is a handful that liked to be well lubricated and needs to be cleaned from time to time.

Specifications 

Model Number: DE44WB6

Overall length: 10.75”

Width: 1.25”

Height: 6.25”

Trigger:

Sights: combat style fixed

Sight Radius: 8.5″

Action Type: gas operated rotating bolt

Twist rate: 1:19

Weight Empty: 4 pounds 7 ounces

Acknowledgments 

Kahr Arms 

Magnum Research 

Hornady 

Defender Ammunition 

Stillwood Ammunition 

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6 Responses to Desert Eagle with a dual personality

  1. Barbara Elliott March 13, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    This is one of your best articles, lot of good information. Photography was great, and video
    as always was also great. I, too, enjoyed shooting this and would love to do it again.

    Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this. Keep up good work.

    Barbara

  2. Rodger Hoffman March 15, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    As a former owner of one of these clunkers, I feel qualified to issue my certified opinion-they are JUNK. Useless junk too.

  3. Rodger Hoffman March 15, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    As a former owner of one of these clunkers, I feel qualified to issue my certified opinion-they are JUNK.

    • Hunter Elliott March 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

      You are going to have to back that claim up with some facts as both Desert Eagles I have reviewed were fine pistols.

  4. Derak March 15, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

    Thanks for inviting me out to shoot the Desert Eagle. It really does have a HUGE fun factor and it was not as uncomfortable as I thought it was going to be to shoot. The muzzle blast from that .50AE round is ridiculous! I’d like to have gold one just for a conversation piece. LOL Thanks again for having out to shoot that pistol.

    • Hunter Elliott March 19, 2017 at 1:37 am #

      I really appreciate your help Derak, and I have several more I will be needed help with.

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