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Old 10-11-2012, 07:17 AM   #11
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the DE was originally designed by Magnum Research and the design was refined by Israeli Military Industries and they made them for MR until about 1995 for them which they took over production and have been produced in the US since.
Just because something was made by the Israeli Military Industries, does not actually mean it was used by the Israeli Military. From all of the info I could find on the subject, it was made for civilians.
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I love the internet legends. IMI. Israeli Military Industries. That means it was made for the Israeli Military, right? And Ford made tanks during WWII so the F-150 was designed and made for the military, right?

It is intersting how such legends are born.

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Just because something was made by the Israeli Military Industries, does not actually mean it was used by the Israeli Military. From all of the info I could find on the subject, it was made for civilians.
IMI is simply a firearms manufacterer that happens to make firearms for the Israeli military. they also make firearms for civilian use as well. MR contracted IMI to refine the design and manufacture the DE for them in the beginning. as far as i know, the DE was intended for the civilian market and has not ever been adopted by any military force that i know of.

IMI may may firearms for the Israeli military, and would be similar in comparison to Colt who makes firearms for the military and civilians.
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some israeli soldiers used the 357mag version but it was not an official weapon just something the individuals purchased on their own. thats where that came from.

the DE is an american gun designed independent of a major gun company no american gun company wanted the design. IMI purchased the rights, assisted in final design tweeking, and started making them. original developing company was called magnum research based in minneapolis.

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I wonder if they're cheaper in Israel...

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not anymore. they havent been made in israel for at lest a decade or more

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