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According to Ralph’s review of the Israeli-made Desert Eagle [perhaps shown above], recoil’s something of an issue. “The recoil forced my arm to pivot at the elbow, like a football referee signaling a first down. That pushed the pistol unreasonably close to my face, which is an organ that I prefer to leave just the way it is.” Magnum Research has developed a way to protect Ralph’s puss: a muzzle brake. According to MR’s presser the company “made the decision to offer muzzle brake parts separately in an effort to reduce consumer costs involved in mailing their Desert Eagle barrels to the factory to add the muzzle brake.” Money’s an issue? “MSRP on the Desert Eagle Muzzle Brakes range from $1772 to $2186 depending on the finish and caliber.” Holy holed engine block Batman! That’s more than the cost of the gun! Still, it should make the Deagle WAY more practical . . .

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  1. Hm. There’s Desert Eagle in my LGS in .50AE, nickel finish, with a gigantimongous compensator on it. Jefe’s asking $1,990 for it.
    Must be a custom job

  2. Link to their news page with a small photo… doesn’t appear to be a stand-alone link.

    Real question is will this be concealable in that custom IWB holster Ralph tested?

  3. Okay, here’s the deal. If you’re seriously considering buying one of these things, STOP. Send the money directly to me instead.

    The end result for you will be the same (your money doing nothing for you), and I will be able to buy TWO good firearms that are actually usable in their original configurations. Or one expensive firearm that does something useful. Or if you prefer, I could do something good for both of us and send you one of those useful firearms; I get one, you get one, and we both win.

    • It will probably be classified anyways because “there is NO earthly reason to need to own one” and “keep guns off the street” and “think of the children.”

  4. The point to reflect upon is that if you buy one of these muzzle brakes, install it, and shoot the pistol a bit, you won’t have any ears left. This is usually a bad thing, though no doubt it varies. Perhaps this is the long-awaited DE For the Deaf?

  5. Why oh why? I’ve never shot an Eagle in .50AE, so maybe that’s why I don’t get it.

    I bought my first one in like ’88 for the princely sum of around $675. It was in .357 and after dressing up a few burrs and re-profiling a lip or two, it would empty out on target as fast as one could depress the trigger. Recoil? What recoil? It was like a heavy 9mm with light loads. Even the .44 wasn’t much.

    Is .50AE really like an XP-100 in a major caliber?

    • I’m with you. I’m sitting here, my face all scrunched up, wondering “WTF?” I put hundreds and hundreds of rounds downrange out of a .44 Mag DE in the early 90’s and I found it to be one of the easiest handling guns I’ve ever shot. Nice and accurate, too.

      The gas system would get fouled with powder residue every 50 to 75 rounds, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

  6. Hopefully this turns out better than the Mosin Nagant muzzle brakes.

    With the brake the .50AE “Deagle” will be even louder…is that really something anyone wants?

  7. There’s a major weight difference between the original Mark I (and Mark VII) and the current model (beefed up for the .50). My kids can shoot my Mark I. (Though they prefer it in .357 to .44.) I also bought mine when it was only about $700 new. Practical? No. Fun? It’s like having a rare sports car: Everybody who sees it (or at the range, hears it first) wants to try it out. Muzzle brake? Nah. No real need. And the thing is loud enough as it is (louder than a revolver shooting the same loads–not sure if it’s all the blast coming out the muzzle vs. a cylinder gap, or if some of it gets reflected back and sideways by the gas system).

  8. Wouldnt a better idea be to make a integrally suppressed version? That way they could also market it to spy movies, and suppressor lovers.

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