Getting to Know More about the Unusual Desert Eagle Mark XIX

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The Desert Eagle Mark XIX has a rather complicated history. The design was first developed by Magnum Research in the US in 1979, which was then patented in 1983. The Israel Military Industries (IMI) filed for a second patent in 1985 after they refined the basic design. IMI produced the weapon from 1985 to 1995. From 1995 to 1998, production was transferred to the US. The rights to production reverted back to Israel from 1998 to 2009, after which, Magnum Research assumed the primary manufacturer of the weapon. The gun is still popular for its use in many action movies.

However, the gun’s original purpose was for hunting and target shooting as it was never designed as a combat gun. The gun falls out of favor for servicemen for many reasons: It is too bulky to carry in the field, uncomfortable for firing and handling, has harsh recoil, and has a magazine capacity that’s just too small. In Poland and Portugal, however, the gun is a favorite among those countries’ special forces. Unlike other guns, this weapon is gas-operated, a system which is commonly found in assault rifles instead. The manual safety switch on this gun is ambidextrous, located on the slide’s each side. The switch will block the firing pin if engaged.

Typically, this gun is fitted with fixed iron sights. Some models, however, feature adjustable sights. The latest version comes with a scope rail or Picatinny style and the gun is capable of hitting targets within a 50-meter range, at the very least. Other brands exist in a line with this gun, namely Desert Eagle (without additional “Mark” title), Baby Eagle, and Baby Desert Eagle. All of these brands actually refer to a Jericho 941 handgun, which is also produced by Israel Military Industries. This, however, has nothing to do with the Magnum Research’s Desert Eagle.

Desert Eagle Mark XIX Pistol specs:

Caliber: 0.357, 0.44, 0.50AE – All Magnum;
All data for the 6-inch (152 mm) barrel pistol;

.357 Magnum.44 MAGNUM.50 AE
Length10.75 inch. (273 mm)10.75 inch. (273 mm)10.75 inch. (273 mm)
Height6.25 inch. (159 mm)6.25 inch. (159 mm)6.25 inch. (159 mm)
Width1.25 inches (32 mm)1.25 inches (32 mm)1.25 inches (32 mm)
Weight – empty1766 grams (62.4 oz.)1897 grams (66.9 oz.)2050 grams (72.4 oz.)
Polygonal rifling (right-hand twist)1 turn in 14 inches (355 mm)1 turn in 18 inches (457 mm)1 turn in 19 inches (48.3 cm)
Ammo capacity987
Bore diameter.357″ (9.1mm).429″ (10.9 mm).495″ (12.6 mm)

Desert Eagle Mark VII Pistol specs:

Caliber: 0.357, 0.44, 0.440 CorBon, 0.50AE – All Magnum;
All data for the 6-inch (152 mm) barrel pistol;

.357 Magnum.44 MAGNUM.50 AE
Length10.6 inch. (270 mm)10.6 inch. (270 mm)10.5 inch. (267 mm)
Height5.6 inch. (142 mm)5.7 inch. (145 mm)5.9 inch. (149 mm)
Width1.25 inches (32 mm)1.25 inches (32 mm)1.25 inches (32 mm)
Weight – empty1766 grams (62.4 oz.)1897 grams (66.9 oz.)2050 grams (72.4 oz.)
Polygonal rifling (right-hand twist)1 turn in 14 inches (355 mm)1 turn in 18 inches (457 mm)1 turn in 19 inches (48.3 cm)
Ammo capacity987
Bore diameter.357″ (9.1mm).429″ (10.9 mm).495″ (12.6 mm)

 

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