Desert Eagle's history begins in 1979 when United States firearm company "Magnum Research Inc." began to design a totally new self-loading pistol. One of the project requirements was that the new pistol must be chambered for a powerful revolver cartridge.
"Desert Eagle" has quiet unordinary design based on a gas returning principle from a barrel channel. It's barrel is tightly connected with a barrel's box forasmuch none of existing pistol mechanism could carry so powerful cartridges providing long service life and reliability. The "Desert Eagle" is probably the only pistol which automatic principle is based on gas returning principle.
Pistol has a non-automatic safety-lock blocking trigger. It has two switches from both sides what makes weapon comfortable to use from the each hand. This feature is common to all Israel made weapons which are intended both for right- or left-handed people.
Advantages: Great fire accuracy and long range of effective fire. Desert Eagle hasPowerful cartridges. These features make "Desert Eagle" an ideal pistol for sport shooting and hunting. Recoil power is lower comparing with revolvers chambered for the same cartridges. Furthermore the "Desert Eagle" is more suitable for intensive fire than revolvers.
Disadvantages: Low magazine capacity. Heavy weight makes pistol low maneuverable and shooter becomes tired only carrying this pistol. High recoil power. Desert Eagle 's Blinding flash makes pistol low effective at night as the shooter is blinded for some seconds after the each shot.