The beginnings of them mighty MRI/IMI Desert Eagle .50

Posted by AJ Koenes on Apr 6th 2019

The beginnings of them mighty MRI/IMI Desert Eagle .50, How and why this gun was developed.

It was a year of 1979, when in Minneapolis, USA - Magnum Research Inc. was founded. 

There were 3 people in the beginning. Three very determined persons, and their objective was very clear, to develop an entirely new semi auto handgun around the very popular .357 magnum revolver cartridge. Working name of the project "Magnum Eagle". "Fathers" of the gun are J. Lindig, J. Skildam and H. Z. Skildam, founders of the company, also B. White - technological details and development. Originally gun was designed for target, silhouette shooting and hunting.

The first working prototype was ready by 1981, however problems with cycling/feeding made MRI to look for outsiders help. Such help was soon found - IMI(Isreaeli Military Industry). So in 1983 the first Desert Eagle was produced & sold, chambered for .357 magnum. Later the much more powerful .44 magnum DE was produced, by 1987 the .41 Mag round appeared, unfortunately this promising round later was abandoned. In 1991 desert eagle was introduced in very mighty .50 Action Express caliber, designed by Evan Wilding, rebated case, base .44 magnum, which made very easy to interchange barrels between .44 .50 AE calibers. Finally the latest but hopefully not the last .440 Cor-Bon (Cor-Bon round, necked down .50 AE, for more info about this round read in .50 AE vs. .440 Cor-Bon) was produced in 1998. (Article from Gators Page)

Since then, the Desert Eagle has gained an iconic rising in video game culture. Featured in many first person shooters (FPS), the desert eagle became known as “The Ultimate Handgun.” Well suited in video games, players can experience the simulation of shooting a pistol chambered for a half inch round, without the nearly uncontrollable recoil and sometimes painful effects on the wrist. As stated in the following video; “Who cares about practicality, when you have a golden gun, that shoots giant bullets.” Youtube Video on the Desert Eagle in Video Games Along with its iconic game history, it also has been featured in hundreds of movies. Rather than going into each of these in detail, here is the IMFDB for the Desert Eagle.