The Desert Eagle (or Deagle) is a large-framed gas-operated semi-automatic pistol designed by IMI in Israel together with Magnum Research, Inc. (MRI) in the United States. Over the past 25 years, MRI has been responsible for the design and development of the Desert Eagle pistol.
The design was refined and the actual pistols were manufactured by Israel Military Industries until 1995, when MRI shifted the manufacturing contract to Saco Defense in Saco, Maine. In 1998, MRI moved manufacturing back to IMI, which later reorganized under the name Israel Weapon Industries. Both Saco and IMI/IWI were strictly contractors: all of the intellectual property, including patents, copyrights and trademarks, are the property of Magnum Research.
Since 2009, the Desert Eagle Pistol has been produced in the United States at MRI’s Pillager, MN facility. Kahr Arms acquired Magnum Research in the middle of 2010. The Desert Eagle has been featured in roughly 500 motion pictures and TV films, along with several video games, considerably increasing its popularity and boosting sales.
Magnum Research has marketed various versions of the short recoil Jericho 941 pistol under the Baby Eagle and Desert Eagle Pistol names; these have no functional relationship to the Desert Eagle and bear only a moderate cosmetic resemblance.
- Despite firing a .50Cal round thus limiting magazine capacity the Desert Eagle deals an counter-intuitive 60 damage to the Wild Boar's 71, despite the latter being a .375 Magnum. The increased armor penetration - 65% vs 10% - is a distinctive feature however.
- A gold version of this weapon is acquired (for each class) from the Infinite Pack when all classes reach level 50.