I love shooting even though I am nothing better than average on marksmanship. I saw my local gun range had a Desert Eagle for rent and I had to try it. I knew all about the Desert Eagle from an intellectual standpoint. I understood it's weight and size were not conducive to a carry gun and that Hollywood and videogames often overstated it's effectiveness as a weapon. Yet because it was such a Hollywood handgun and was so iconic I had to try it. Renting at the range they informed me I had to use their ammo and .44 Magnum was going to be $1 a round. *Gulp* "Ok, give me a box." They were nice enough to offer to sell me 10 rounds at a time, so I'll give them credit. It's obvious that unlike their other rental guns, which are more "Try before you buy" the Desert Eagle was more like renting that Lamborghini you'll never afford. They put the massive handgun in a bin, put a magazine that was proportionately massive, and 50 round box of rounds that more closely resembled a .45 ACP bulk pack. I've heard enough horror stories about massive handguns and accidents that take place with them, so I decided to load one singular lonely solitary round into the magazine, took careful aim, braced for the recoil, pulled the trigger... Are you kidding? My .45 ACP kicks harder than this thing! In fact, the actual shooting experience itself was fairly pleasant. The Desert Eagle is a great shooter. Let's go over the negatives very quickly. I have benefited from having very long gorilla paws for someone who does not stand particularly tall. Where others might complain about the grip on your standard Glock 17 or 21 I have no issues at all. I much prefer full-size pistols because it doesn't take much for my hand to engulf the grip and I find subcompacts very uncomfortable because of how much overhang I have on most. Pinky extensions are my best friends. With that qualifier stated, this is the first pistol that I almost felt was kinda too big. I could still get a solid grip but it was never quite comfortable. The Desert Eagle is single-action and you can put it in condition one. That is worthless though because the safety is on the slide instead of the frame and the safety is so stiff that you can barely disengage it with your thumb. Plus it is so high on the slide that I usually had to disengage it with my other hand. I could never quite get used to the sight profile and while it seemed accurate enough I never quite got the performance I was hoping for considering how accurate I always hear this weapon is. Furthermore, it is very heavy for a handgun, which makes it tiresome to keep on target if you've been shooting for awhile. The magazines were also very difficult to load and sometimes the spring would get stuck. I would usually strike the magazine on the range table to get the rounds to pop back up to the top when I was done loading. On the positive side, the Desert Eagle is fairly pleasant to shoot and a real blast. The design does absorb most of the recoil and once you get past that first round it is truly a blast. The trigger is great though I can't call it the best single-action trigger I've ever shot. The slide release is way back on the pistol, which is exactly how I prefer them. As much as I enjoy shooting and enjoy firing just about any weapon, there are very few guns I can say were just plain fun to shoot. This is one of them. Maybe it's the iconic status, or the surprising way it tames such a powerful round, or the noise and fury when you pull the trigger. I couldn't tell you exactly what makes it so fun. Unfortunately, the price tag is too high for both the gun and the ammunition for me to justify purchasing one just because it is fun. All-in-all, if you ever have the opportunity to try one I'd highly recommend the experience regardless of caliber. The one I've always wanted to try was actually the .357 Magnum but this was close enough. Essentially it's the same handgun regardless of caliber. I don't really have a bucket list, but if I did have a bucket list of handguns this would be on it and I'm happy I could cross it off the list. For comparison, the magazines next to it are for a Ruger P89 9mm. The black magazine is for the Desert Eagle.