(Editor’s note: This article was a submission from freelance writer Max Slowik)
Magnum Research, Inc. is launching two updated all-stainless steel Mark XIX Desert Eagles in .357 and .44 Magnum, rounding out their latest series in style. The stainless lines are complimented with matte black components for a slick two-tone look.
Magnum Research unveiled the new all-stainless Desert Eagle chambered for their flagship cartridge, .50 Action Express a year ago. While the iconic handgun was developed around the .50-caliber cartridge, a lot of Desert Eagle owners prefer to shoot more common .357 and .44 Magnum loads. Due to demand constraints, that wasn’t an option until now.
“When we introduced the first stainless steel Desert Eagle Mark XIX in .50 AE last year, the demand was overwhelming and it was difficult to keep up,” said marketing and sales vice president Frank Harris. “Unquestionably, the Desert Eagle Mark XIX-series is the most popular handgun that Magnum Research manufacturers, and now, in stainless steel…This has been our most successful introduction to date.”
And there’s no mistaking these new Desert Eagle as shooters. They have as much swank as they do polish, updated with dual rails for optics in addition to frame-mounted accessories and an integrated four-baffle muzzle brakes to keep the overall length and size envelope the same as with standard Mark XIX-series pistols.
Magnum Research will start shipping the guns at the top of 2016, but buyers had better be ready to make it rain–these stainless Desert Eagles have a suggested list price of $1,931.
The .50-caliber model, which is already available, retails at around $1,600, and is a pretty solid indication of what the .357 and .44 Magnum models will sell for in terms of real-world pricing. Older model stainless Desert Eagles sell for a little less but don’t have the 6-o’clock rail or the integrated porting. Add-on compensators are available but negate any price advantage, and add mass and length to an already large and heavy handgun.
MRI, a Kahr company, has been ramping up their production of Desert Eagle pistols with snazzy new finishes, having recently added handguns with animal and camo print finishes including cheetah, snakeskin and now zebra print in addition to a spread of Kryptec camo patterns.
These new designs take the Desert Eagle to even higher levels of flash, cementing their place at the top tier of show guns. That being said, they’re no joke when it comes to performance downrange, and will always have a place in the world of handgun hunting, making a functional case for the camouflage models.