Kahr Arms Purchases Magnum Research!!!!!

Kahr has just announced that they have purchased Magnum Research, the company best know for manufacturing the Desert Eagle. This acquisition allows Kahr to move into the lucrative full size pistol market.

From the press release …

PEARL RIVER, NY – Kahr Arms, the well known American based producer of high quality compact pistols has announced its recent purchase of Minnesota-based firearms manufacturer, Magnum Research, Inc.®, maker of the Desert Eagle® Pistol.

Kahr Arms takes pride in its ability to offer customers a selection of unique niche-type firearms, such as the world famous “Tommy Gun” and Auto-Ordnance line of M1 .30 caliber carbines. The addition of Magnum Research, Inc.® products to the Kahr Arms family will provide Kahr Arms and Auto-Ordnance customers another unique line of firearms to choose from.

Magnum Research, Inc.® was founded in 1979 and was responsible for the design and the development of the Desert Eagle® Pistol. The firearms in its current product lineup include the Desert Eagle® Pistol (available in .50 AE, .44 Magnum, or .357 Magnum), Baby Desert Eagle® “Fast Action” Pistol (9mm, .40 S&W), Desert Eagle 1911, Micro Desert Eagle™ Pistol (.380 ACP), Magnum’s BFR (Revolvers in .44 Magnum, .45 LC/.410 or .45/70), Mountain Eagle™ MAGNUM LITE® Rifle (.22/250, .223, .30-06, .280 and 7mm) and MAGNUM LITE® Rifle (.22LR, .22 WMR or .17 Mach-2).

Steve Johnson

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  • Tux

    I wonder what this will mean for the Micro Desert Eagle and their new 1911. I don’t think the market will really mourn the loss of a 1911, but the Micro D.E stacks up fairly well on paper against a number of Kahr’s pistols, despite being all metal.

  • Variance

    Now that Charles Daly has gone under, perhaps Kahr will utilize Magnum Research’s ties with IWI to bring the Tavor over? Hey, a man can hope, right?

  • MrMaigo

    So they’ve got the Baby Eagle name, but will they be importing the Jericho?

  • Don



  • Variance: even though there is no evidence at all to suggest that, I am going to believe it anyway because I am too in love with the Tavor to describe with words!

  • Sian

    @Tux I’m wondering the exact same thing. Micro DE has a lot of overlap with Kahr’s microguns, I actually prefer its extra weight in something that small.

  • KC

    I want to see more Jerichos and Tavors, but I don’t see them bringing rifles anytime soon.

    I didn’t realize Kahr was doing so financially well, would have expected Magnum Research to be doing the buying.

    Guss I under estimated the market share for compact pocket guns

  • Jeremiah

    This sucks, now the DE brand is owned by those batshit crazy Moonies. I can’t ever buy a Magnum Research product in good conscience now.

  • Squidpuppy

    Unless I’m way off base Kahrs are supposed to be solid and reliable, and the Auto Ordnance reputation for quality is pretty good, so can they make a DE that doesn’t s*ck? They prolly won’t mess with the DE, but my local range has had their rental DE in repair more than it’s been on the shelf, and they just roll their eyes and shake their heads whenever I mention it. I’ve always wanted one just to add to the collection, but they’re so hinky I can’t get over the idea of having a lemon in the arsenal.

  • SpudGun

    Kahr (the masters of selling average pistols at highly inflated prices) buy Magnum Research (also masters of selling average pistols at highly inflated prices).

    Seems like Kahr wants to be seen as one of the conglomerating big boys, either that or the price for Magnum Research was too good to be true. I imagine that gold plated Desert Eagles in .50AE aren’t on the top of most people’s lists in these financially delicate times.

  • Burst

    An arms conglomerate owned by Unification church, and a company best known for importing Israeli designs. Hmmm.

    The weapons industry makes some strange bedfellows.

  • jaekelopterus

    @ Jeremiah: Yeah, that’s the first thing that I thought, too. So a Moonie, a Rabbi and a defense contractor walk into a bar…

  • Clodboy

    “I didn’t realize Kahr was doing so financially well, would have expected Magnum Research to be doing the buying.”

    Kahr Arms is operated by Justin Moon, son of Reverend Sung Myung Moon, and owned by a subsidiary of the Unification Church holding company with billions of dollars behind it.

    Plus, even Hollywood armorers seem to have moved away from the Desert Eagle (and let’s face it, Magnum Research *is* the Deagle) in recent times since it’s become too much of a cliché, meaning no more free advertising.

  • Don

    Every time someone says “Deagle” a kitten dies.

    (sorry, had to sacrifice one there for the greater good)


  • Jester

    Magnum Research and IMI parted ways in 2008. Magnum decided to produce all their products domestically (the first being the Micro 380 with initial deliveries in Jan/Feb 09). They announced the 1911 in late 09, as well as, a redesigned, made in the USA Deagle. They decided (foolishly) to continue using the Baby Eagle name for a totally different handgun design. The Baby Eagle Fast Action is a polymer frame Walther P99/SW 99 knockoff…

  • Frank

    I guess this means no more Faux P99. Since they aren’t owned by Umarex anymore who owns Walther.

  • Lance

    So will a price on a esert Eagle .50 go down???

  • Julio

    The real problem is that in a downturned economy, a firearm with limited defensive capability, low concealability and little desirability for hunting just isn’t high on the purchasing lists of folks. Couple that with a high cost of ammunition and you have a losing end of all possible points of interest.

    This is a $1,500 fun gun as far as the Desert Eagle goes and for defensive uses there are many options that are far more attractive than any of the offerings of magnum research.

    Their .22 rifles were attractive but still on the higher end of the cost spectrum and there are other competitors that carve out a better mark in the reliability and accuracy range for the .22 enthusiast.

    This is going to be interesting with Kahr as I see this as a complementary line to what Kahr has and perhaps they can incorporate the MR lines into what they are doing for perhaps a high capacity PM9 or something along those lines.