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Op-Ed: Three Desert Eagle handguns you have to see in action

Three Desert Eagle handguns. (Courtesy of Dan Abraham)
September 05, 2018

There is no handgun quite as iconic as the full-size Desert Eagle. It is featured in various movies, as Hollywood clearly understands man’s inherent desire for power. There is nothing quite like holding a 4.5-pound hunk of beautiful metal that can deliver the means of .50 Action Express, .44 Magnum or .357 Magnum.

I have always been a fan of the Magnum Research Desert Eagle. I currently own three Desert Eagles (DEs) and each holds a special place in my heart. They are large, heavy, powerful and a joy to shoot at the range. Desert Eagles are incredible handguns that millions of Americans treasure in their firearm collections.

Magnum Research produces a variety of sizes, calibers and custom finishes to their Desert Eagle line of handguns. I own a full-size stainless steel DE in .50 AE, a full-size color case hardened DE in .50 AE, and a full-size cerakote burnt bronze DE in .44 Magnum. Each of them are different, but they all share some similar features.

A full-size Desert Eagle is a hammer-fired handgun with a 6-inch barrel, a light 4.5-pound single action trigger, a slide mounted thumb safety, an extended beaver-tail, a single stack magazine and a 1913 pictinny rail on the top of the slide. Internally, the Desert Eagle sports a dual recoil spring, a piston and a rotating bolt that somewhat mimics an AR15 bolt. Together, this design, in both aesthetics and function, creates the largest and most powerful semi-automatic handgun in today’s market.

I took my three Desert Eagles to the range to prove their accuracy and power. I also wanted to demonstrate that with a strong grip and firm stance, firing a Desert Eagle handgun is very manageable. We have all seen videos by people carelessly losing control when firing a Desert Eagle. This is irresponsible and dangerous. A Desert Eagle is a powerful handgun that is quite controllable and a joy to shoot when shooters treat it with confidence and respect.

In the video below, I brought my three Desert Eagle handguns to the range to demonstrate their individual features and shooting accuracy. Check it out and let us know your thoughts and experiences with Desert Eagle handguns.

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