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Desert Eagle

Mark XIX Desert Eagle in .50 Action Express
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Flag of the United States United States
Production history
Manufacturer IMI or Saco Defense, under contract to Magnum Research
Variants Mark I, Mark VII, Mark XIX
Specifications
Weight
  • 1.36 kg / 3 lb (48 oz) (.357 Mark I/VII aluminum frame)
  • 1.65 kg / 3.6 lb (58 oz) (steel frame)
  • 2 kg / 4.4 lb (70 oz) (Mark XIX .50 AE)
Length 260 mm (10.25 in) with 6 in barrel
Barrel length 6 in (152 mm), 10 in (254 mm) and 14 in (356 mm)

Cartridge .357 Magnum, .41 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .440 Cor-bon, .50 Action Express
Action direct impingement gas-operated
Feed system Magazine:
  • 9 round (.357)
  • 8 round (.41 and .44)
  • 7 round (.440 Cor-bon and .50AE)

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The Desert Eagle is a large caliber gas-operated semi-automatic pistol manufactured primarily in Israel by IWI (Israel Weapon Industries) for Magnum Research, Inc. Magnum Research has also marketed various versions of the short recoil Jericho 941 pistol under similar names; these have no functional relationship to the magnum Desert Eagle and bear only a moderate cosmetic resemblance.[1][2] Gas-operated firearm. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... The short-recoil system of operation is that which uses the recoil of the firearm to function (that is, to lock/unlock the firearms breech, to extract and eject the cartridge case from the firearm, to feed a new cartridge into the chamber, and to ready the firing mechanism). ... The Jericho 941 is a double action, high capacity pistol developed by Israeli Military Industries, and introduced in 1990. ...


Magnum Research, based in the USA, developed and patented the original Desert Eagle design, and built the first prototypes of the gun, but manufacturing was contracted out to Israel, who made the final refinements to the design and put the gun into production. Manufacturing was moved to Saco Defense in the state of Maine from 1995 to 2000, but shifted back to Israel when Saco was acquired by General Dynamics.[3] Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is a defense conglomerate formed by mergers and divestitures, and as of 2006 it is the sixth largest defense contractor in the world[2]. The company has changed markedly in the post-Cold War era of defense consolidation. ...

Contents

Design

Drawings from patent 4,619,184 showing the Desert Eagle's gas operated mechanism
Drawings from patent 4,619,184 showing the Desert Eagle's gas operated mechanism

The Desert Eagle was originally designed by Bernard C. White of Magnum Research, who filed a patent on a mechanism for a gas-actuated pistol in January of 1983.[4] This established the basic layout of the Desert Eagle. It consisted of a gas-operated mechanism normally found in rifles, as opposed to the short recoil or blow-back designs most commonly seen in semi-automatic pistols. A second patent was filed in December of 1985, after the basic design had been refined by IMI for production, and this is the form that went into production.[5] Download high resolution version (738x664, 8 KB)Collection of two drawings taken from patent 4619184, slightly modified (mirrored one drawing), and put into one image. ... Download high resolution version (738x664, 8 KB)Collection of two drawings taken from patent 4619184, slightly modified (mirrored one drawing), and put into one image. ... A rifle is any long gun which has a rifled barrel. ... Recoil operation is a type of locked-breech firearm actions used in automatic firearms. ... Blowback is a system in which automatic or semi-automatic firearms operate through the energy created by combustion in the chamber and bore acting directly on the bolt face through the cartridge. ...


From a functional perspective, the Desert Eagle is more like a small rifle than a pistol. Its rotating bolt strongly resembles that of the M16 series of rifles, while the fixed gas cylinder/moving piston resemble those of the Ruger Mini-14 carbine (the original patent used a captive piston similar to the M14 rifle). The advantage of the gas-operation is that it allows the use of far more powerful cartridges than traditional semi-automatic pistol designs, and it allows the Desert Eagle to compete in an area that had previously been dominated by magnum revolvers. Downsides of the gas operated mechanism are the large size of the Desert Eagle, and the fact that it discourages the use of unjacketed lead bullets, as lead particles sheared off during firing could clog the gas release tap, preventing proper function.[6] M16 is the U.S. Military designation for a family of rifles derived from the ArmaLite AR-15. ... The Mini-14, Mini-30, and Mini-6. ... M14 and M-14 redirect here. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Revolver is also a rock-and-roll album by The Beatles. ...

An early Desert Eagle chambered in .357 Magnum with a compact disc for scale
An early Desert Eagle chambered in .357 Magnum with a compact disc for scale

Switching a Desert Eagle to another chambering requires only that the correct barrel, bolt assembly, and magazine be installed. Thus, a conversion to fire the other cartridges can be quickly accomplished. The most popular barrel length is 6 in (152 mm), although 8, 10 and 14 in (202, 254 and 356 mm) barrels are available. The Mark XIX barrels are machined with integral scope mounting bases, making adding a pistol scope a simple operation. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... CD redirects here. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... A 30-round STANAG magazine. ... View through a 4x rifle scope A telescopic sight, commonly referred to as a scope, is a device used to give an accurate point of aim for a firearm. ...


The Desert Eagle is fed with a detachable box magazine. Magazine capacity is 9 rounds in .357 Magnum, 8 rounds in .44 Magnum, and 7 rounds in .50 AE. The Desert Eagle's barrel features polygonal rifling. The pistol is mainly used for sport, target shooting, and hunting. Conventional eight groove rifling on the left, and octagonal polygonal rifling on the right. ...


Variants

There are three variants to the Desert Eagle. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ...


Mark I and VII

Desert Eagle with a 10 inch (254mm) barrel
Desert Eagle with a 10 inch (254mm) barrel

The Mark I, no longer produced, was offered with a steel, stainless steel or aluminum alloy frame and differs primarily in the size and shape of the safety levers and slide catch. The Mark VII includes an adjustable trigger (retrofittable to Mark I pistols). The Mark I and VII are both available in .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum; the Mark VII was also chambered for .41 Magnum. The barrels had a 3/8" dovetail, to which an accessory mount could be attached. Later Mark VII models were offered in .50 Action Express with a 7/8" Weaver-pattern rail on the barrel; the .50 Mark VII would later become the Mark XIX platform. Barrel lengths were 6, 8, 10 and 14 inches.[citation needed] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1534x711, 57 KB) Work by Rama File links The following pages link to this file: Desert Eagle Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1534x711, 57 KB) Work by Rama File links The following pages link to this file: Desert Eagle Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ...


Mark XIX

Desert Eagle in 50 AE in Full Recoil. Note ejected case

The most recent model, The Mark XIX, is available in .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .50 Action Express (or .50 AE). This model comes in a variety of different finishes, such as brushed chrome or titanium gold. Magnum Research also showed some models in .440 Cor-bon caliber, a .50 AE derived case, but no .440 Cor-bon components are listed in their catalog and the .440 seems to have gone the way of the .41 Magnum.[citation needed] Mark XIX barrels are available in 6 and 10 inch lengths only. With the introduction of the Magnum Research Desert Eagle chambered in the powerful . ... Calibre redirects here. ...


Jericho / Baby Eagle

While IWI makes a cosmetically similar pistol, originally called the Jericho 941 and now marketed by Magnum Research as the "Baby Eagle", the guns bear no functional equivalenceā€”the Jericho/Baby Eagle design is a standard double action, short recoil design. The one functional similarity is in the IWI developed cartridges. The .41 Action Express (or .41 AE) developed for the Jericho 941 used a rebated rim, so that the pistol could switch between 9 mm Luger and .41 AE with just the change of a barrel. This is because the .41 AE was based on a shortened .41 Magnum case with the rim and extractor groove cut to the same dimensions of the 9 mm Luger. This allowed the same extractor and ejector to work with both cartridges. The .50 AE has a similar rebated rim, cut to the same dimensions as the .44 Magnum. This is what allows caliber changes between .44 Magnum and .50 AE with just the change of the barrel and magazine. The Jericho 941 is a double action, high capacity pistol developed by Israeli Military Industries, and introduced in 1990. ... The term double action was originally applied to revolvers. ... .303 in. ...


The Jericho 941 was named so for the two cartridges it chambered with the conversion kit.[citation needed]


See also

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References

  1. ^ IMI / IWI Jericho 941 / Baby Desert Eagle pistol. Retrieved on 2007-11-30.
  2. ^ IMI / Magnum Research Desert Eagle pistol. Retrieved on 2007-11-30.
  3. ^ US Patent 4,619,184, Gas Actuated Pistol, the second patent filed
  4. ^ US Patent 4,563,937, Gas Actuated Pistol, the first patent filed (though not the first assigned)
  5. ^ US Patent 4,619,184, Gas Actuated Pistol, the second patent filed
  6. ^ The Complete Encyclopedia of Pistols and Revolvers; Hartink, A.E.

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Modern Firearms - IMI / Magnum Research Desert Eagle pistol (932 words)
Magnum Research, Inc. patented the basic design of the Desert Eagle in 1980, and the first working prototype of the pistol was completed in 1981.
Development of the Desert Eagle was not yet complete, however, in 1985, the barrel was changed to incorporate polygonal rifling, to help enhance the pistol's accuracy.
In 1989, the Mark VII model of the Desert Eagle became standard.
Urban Dictionary: Desert Eagle (741 words)
Half-Life Counter-Strike, the Desert Eagle is in fact avoided by everyone from counter-terrorism squads to terrorists themselves.
The Desert Eagle has considerable recoil and its only real use is sport-hunting, due to its single-shot accuracy, and sheer power - it could probably stop a bear dead in its tracks.
Also, pre-pubescent assholes think that the Desert Eagle is an easy to hold weapon that gives next-to-nothing recoil (read: counter strike).
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