Well, either my handgun needs would have to change, or it would have to be a steal of a deal, in which case I'd only be buying it with a profit motive. Otherwise, nah.
Owned one in .44 mag for a short time. Original owner just couldn't shoot it well, and gave me a bargain buy on it. So happens I had use for it in a three gun event (two shotgun, one pistol needed) at a big Bowling Pin match a month later. Worked okay for that, provided I stuck with very carefully crafted fmj reloads, or factory fodder.
After that the only excuse I had to keep it was handgun hunting, which was better suited to my Model 29. So, the Eagle went bye-bye at a modest profit within a couple weeks of the match.
About a year ago, I would've voted yes, but I've lost interest since then. The only reason I wanted one was the "cool" factor, but that wore off. If I saw one at a really good price, I might pick it up, but it's not burned into my brain like a few other pieces I'd like.
Each titanium gold Desert Eagle .50AE pistol with the tiger stripes is different. With no two the exact same, since each ones finish is hand completed.
With the type of mask that is used to complete this finish, we can only offer it on the .50AE pistols. The .44 and .357 pistols have flutes on either side of the barrels. With the flutes the mask does not adhere properly and does not give a clean finish. (It would look more like fish striping than tiger striping!)
Ya know, maybe it's hypocrisy, but....
I look at the Desert Eagle, and wonder.... Why?
Yet, I have two AutoMags, and don't see a thing wrong with that at all.
To me, the Desert Eagle and AutoMag are vastly different guns. But many people lump them together, and hate them equally.
I suppose they do fall into the same category of "Big Semi-Auto"; like the Norinco JW15 and Anschutz 54 are both bolt action .22s.
Duncan Long wrote
Although an American idea, the "Desert Eagle" was developed in Israel by the IMI (Israel Military Industries) in the early 1980s. The first Desert Eagles were manufactured in Israel and started appearing on gun dealers' shelves in the US around 1985. Following a problem in meeting demand for the pistols in 1992 (and probably fearful of the prospect of government import limitations), Magnum Research started assembling parts of the gun in the US and currently is working toward full assembly and possibly manufacture of the guns stateside.
Given the fact that the IMI is best known for the Uzi series of submachine guns and the Galil rifles, it isn't surprising that the Desert Eagle departs radically from many other semiauto pistol designs, though the exterior belays this. The basic layout is like that of most other modern semiauto pistols (with the magazine release on the side of the grip, slide release on the left side of the frame, and a thumb-activated slide safety).
Internally things are different. The pistol is gas-operated with a system that is more like a rifle than the delayed blow-back systems used with most other semiauto hand guns. The gas system employs a fixed, shrouded barrel which stays in position on the frame during firing, with gas coming up a port just ahead of the chamber to operate a three-lug rotating bolt that rides in the slide assembly. The fixed barrel gives the gun a lot of potential accuracy, a potential realized with most of these pistols when fired with quality ammunition.
In addition to .357 Magnum, .41 AE, .41 Magnum, and .44 Magnum chamberings, the Desert Eagle is also available chambered for the .50 AE (Action Express).
The .50 AE uses a rebated cartridge head of 0.514 inch - the same dimension as the .44 Magnum rim. This made it practical to create a cartridge with a .50-caliber bullet without necessitating the production of a new slide assemble or bolt. The same slide assembly created for the .44 Magnum fits with the .50 AE. All that's changed is the barrel and a few other odds and ends of parts.
The .50 AE (also known as the .50 Magnum) is currently available from CCI and IMI with the latter ammunition being imported into the US by Magnum Research under the "Samson Ultra" trademark. The bullets with this cartridge are generally around 300 grains and have a muzzle velocity of around 1,380 feet per second (with a 6-inch barrel). This gives the bullet 1,260-plus foot pounds of energy, placing the cartridge well above the .44 Magnum in terms of power.
While the hammering of the shooter by a cartridge like the .50 Magnum can be awesome, the weight and gas operation of the Desert Eagle does a good job of reducing this kick, making it considerably less than might be experienced with a revolver chambered for the .44 Magnum. Muzzle blast and flash from the .50 Magnum is also extreme; for this reason it is best employed with a longer barrel whenever this is an option.
Unlike most other Desert Eagle pistols, the .50 Magnum models have a contoured barrel with an integral scope mount grooved into its top. There are currently three barrel lengths in all chamberings available for the Desert Eagle: 6, 10, and 14 inches long; earlier models also were available with an 8-inch barrel, but this length has since been discontinued. At the time of this writing, barrels with Mag-na-porting compensation vents are also available to cut recoil to even more manageable amounts.
When the various grips, barrel lengths, finishes, and chamberings available for the Desert Eagle are taken into consideration, there are about 5,000 possible configurations of this pistol right from the factory, without any modifications by a gunsmith or owner other than exchanging a barrel assembly, sights, or grip panels. While this makes these guns a collector's nightmare, they are ideal for those wanting a "custom" pistol without the high price tag such one-of-a-kind guns normally carry.
I have a neighbor that bought one and absolutely loves it.
We went to the range together about a month ago and I put a couple of magazines through it in the awesome .50 AE. It was quite a handful to shoot and I would recommend that anyone interested in buying one, try shooting one to see if they are ready for a fierce "sound and light show". The heavy slide mass and twin recoil spring system does help keep the recoil down a bit.
BTW. He purchased it used for $950.00 OTD from a local pawnshop in LNIB condition. The shop only stocks about 2 a year because they tend to sit for about 9 months before they are sold.
It is definately one of the "hollywood" cult guns and my neighbor is working towards converting it to .44 magnum with the slide and magazine "make-over". You can buy .44 magnum a lot more easily than you can buy .50 AE. Samson .50 AE is sometimes as inexpensive as $21.95 on www.cheaperthandirt.com
Personally, I voted no, because it is just a little too much for me.
I couldn't think of a real-world application beyond the "because I can" factor until just now. How practical would a Desert Eagle in .44 or 50AE be as a sidearm in either a bear-country or anti-piracy scenario?