Desert Eagle

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by brettr, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. brettr

    brettr New Member

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    Thinking about a .44....tell me what's good and what's bad about them please before I go and buy one.
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the bad, heavy, expensive and and impractical.

    the good, bada$$ cool factor!

    would i buy one? not usually, but if the right one at the right price and time, i might. but it's not the type of pistol i would go looking to buy. back in the late 80's i came real close to buying one in 41 Mag. but decided not to. i have shot a few over the years, and they are a fun gun to shoot, but not one i would have to have.
     

  3. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I simply wouldn't bother. There are bigger and badder out there that are more reliable. The DE isn't super crappy on reliability, but remember, it was really built as a hunting/target gun, and uses a gas system which is prone to clogging. Some are more reliable than others. My uncle had one that had to be thoroughly cleaned every 50 rounds or so or it just simply wouldn't cycle.
     
  4. Gloves

    Gloves New Member

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    That aren't a revolver? I must know.

    I thought the Israeli army designed it and used it first.


    Yeesh. i didn't know it was that bad.
     
  5. bartwatkins

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    I had one in .357 back in the late '80s early '90s...
    It was fun and kind of a novelty gun for me. As others mentioned, very heavy and impractical for anything besides having fun. But who says our guns have to be "practical". Anyway, mine was extremely reliable. Not sure about others having problems with the gas system clogging but mine was 100% reliable 100% of the time. I eventually grew weary of it and sold mine after about 2 years.
     
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    To my knowledge, no. But does that really matter?

    I don't know about that, but I just can't wrap my head around the Israeli army inventing something that impractical. Not saying they didn't, just saying it would be odd in my mind with their track record.

    This one was. YMMV.
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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.
     
  8. lilnoug

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    I bough the de in 50 ae. Way impractical but def a cool factor at the range.
     
  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    They are very reliable when using the proper ammo. In the case of the 44 it needsto be jacketed 240grain full power loads. Use of lead clogs the gas port. Limp wristing causes cycling issues.

    They are insanely accurate handguns. The 44 has about the same felt recoil as a 9mm out out of ruger lc9
     
  10. Olympus

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    My dad has one in .44 that we shot this past weekend even. He uses it as a carry option for deer and hog hunting. He has a scope mounted on it, so that makes it even heavier and feels top heavy. But shooting from a rest is nice and you don't notice it. He's never had a single problem with reliability. Like Jon said, the things are insanely accurate.

    Biggest cons I have with the gun are the weight and how thick the grip is for small hands. It's not a gun you will be able to shoot offhand very much.
     
  11. Mason609

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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.
     
  12. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    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.
     
  14. JonM

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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.
     
  15. trip286

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

    JonM Moderator

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