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    Desert Eagle .50 AE: The Semi-Automatic .50-Cal. Handgun

    Desert Eagle .50 AE: The Semi-Automatic .50-Cal. Handgun

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    • GUY J. SAGI
    posted on September 8, 2021
    NEWS, SEMI-AUTO HANDGUNS

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    When the Desert Eagle .50 AE made its appearance in the hands of bad guy Agent Smith as he chased Neo (Keanu Reeves) in 1999’s movie The Matrix, it permanently cemented the big-bore semi-auto into science fiction lore. The pistol was already a familiar one to enthusiasts, though, and it’s big-bore charm in various chamberings was already a silver-screen favorite. Its first appearances were in 1985, with roles in Commando, Year of the Dragon and—believe it or not—Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment. The unusual handgun went on to play in RoboCop, The Punisher, La Femme Nikita, Austin Powers and dozens more.

    The innovative design and real-life performance of the Desert Eagle.50 AE is every bit as impressive as its movie credits, though. The first patents for the gas-operated semi-automatic were granted in 1983 and further improvements were registered two years later.

    The piston-driven self-loader uses a three-lug rotating bolt, similar to those found in many of today’s semi-automatic rifles. The stainless steel barrel is fixed and doesn’t move during cycling. It’s chambered in .50 AE and magazine capacity is seven cartridges. All come with a recoil-taming, integral muzzle brake.

    Pillager, MN-based Magnum Research, which is has been part of Kahr Firearms Group since 2010, produces the guns here in the United States. Flat-black versions are the least expensive in the current lineup with an MSRP of $1,900. They come with a 5-inch barrel and 1:19-inch rifling. Sights are fixed, overall length is 9.69 inches and it weighs 3 pounds, 0.6 ounce.

    The frame is aluminum and the slide, which features a rail for optic mounting, is constructed from steel. Trigger pull on the single action comes in at four pounds and the manual safety is ambidextrous.

    Models wearing stainless steel slides are among the most popular, though. Barrel length increases to 6 inches, and weight goes up to 3 pounds, 7 ounces. Rifling rate stays the same and MSRP for versions with a black aluminum frame come in at $2,255.

    As for accuracy and performance, testing and a full review by American Rifleman found the “…single best group was fired with MRI’s 300-gr. JHP and it measured just 0.95". Average group size for the three loads tested is just about 1½", and I think that’s pretty darned good for a production pistol chambered for the teeth-rattling .50 AE cartridge. Reliability throughout my testing was flawless—there were no stoppages of any kind.”

    The company offers a variety of versions, with different features and color patterns today, including one with a gold finish reminiscent of that Austin Powers appearance. There are even different chamberings available for those a little timid about giving .50 AE a ride.

    #2
    This gun is was got me back interested in the hobby and how I found LIF (the day it started) and the rest is history. Shame it’s no longer legal in NY. Mine goes to the grave with me.
    Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

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      #3
      That's a big gun.
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        #4
        my H&K MK23 and my Desert Eagle 50 are almost the same size. both big guns

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          #5
          Funny, I have no interest in owning one. I used to want an MK23, but also not-so-much these days.
          "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

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            #6
            Originally posted by Dan 0351 View Post
            Funny, I have no interest in owning one.
            That's because you're secure in your manhood!
            Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

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            • Dan 0351
              Dan 0351 commented
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              Yeah but only when I wear work boots. Been wearing Jesus sandals lately, so my manhood security has been kinda' low. lol

            • Paté
              Paté commented
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              Black socks?

            #7
            Had one in blue and a 44 mag barrel & slide, sold both to a guy in Tenn for $1800, not bad since I had a total of of $1250 in it, did it when ny shitheads banned the 50 for gun lovers.
            stay alive, carry a 45

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              #8
              Originally posted by Airbrush art View Post
              Had one in blue and a 44 mag barrel & slide, sold both to a guy in Tenn for $1800, not bad since I had a total of of $1250 in it, did it when ny shitheads banned the 50 for gun lovers.
              Wouldn't you have been grandfathered?

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                #9
                Originally posted by Dan 0351 View Post
                Funny, I have no interest in owning one. I used to want an MK23, but also not-so-much these days.
                remind me to let you shoot the MK23 with the matching KAC can.. dreamy

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                  #10
                  Originally posted by blue70chevelle View Post

                  remind me to let you shoot the MK23 with the matching KAC can.. dreamy
                  Didn't I? At Freeport LIGC steel shoot?

                  I think I told you, after having access 24/7/365 to suppressed, select-fire stuff w/ free ammo for literally decades, and getting some of my own stuff - I got completely bored with it all. Even upstate shooting suppressed .22 subsonics or .300 BO with a good can does nothing for me. Most things are only quietER. The stuff that's quiet enough to be interesting is either too bulky or too long. Even FA belt-fed gets boring - trust me.

                  Nowadays the only fun shooting I do is in the woods with pistol caliber lever actions. Shooting and competing were fun for me a long, long time ago. Nowadays I enjoy instructing and collecting stuff that hasn't been made in a long time, not much into copies, although I have my share of those too from yesteryear.
                  Last edited by Dan 0351; 09-14-2021, 05:44 PM.
                  "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

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