The Desert Eagle is a gas-operated, semi-automatic, magnum-caliber sporting pistol manufactured in the United States by Israeli Military Industries for Magnum Researc

Desert Eagle

Mark XIX Desert Eagle in .50 Action Express

Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin United States


Production history
Designer Magnum Research; Israel Weapon Industries (final refinements)
Designed 1979–1982
Manufacturer Magnum Research and Israel Weapon Industries*(2005–current)Israel Military Industries*(2000–2005)
  • (1982–1996)

Saco Defense*(1996–2000)

Produced 1982
Variants Mark I

Mark VII Mark XIX

h and is primarily used by target shooters and hunters. The Mark XIX is the latest version of the revisions the Desert Eagle has gone through since its creation. The pistol is popular in media due to its large size and powerful caliber, but is never used by professionals for the same reasons. Its unwieldy weight, recoil, noise, and the high price of the weapon and its ammunition also dissuade potential customers. Cartridges it can be configured to fire include .357 Magnum, .41 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .440 Cor-Bon, and .50 AE.