SHOT Show 2015: Magnum Research Booth

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Magnum Research brought a good representation of their line to SHOT, including perhaps every variation of the Desert Eagle. New for this year from Desert Eagle will be printed finish guns in numerous patterns (see the pictures below for the animal print versions) and a new brushed stainless finish in all three calibers: .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, or .50AE.

Perhaps the most exciting news for Deagle fans is the addition of a new “compact” and “lightweight” version of the Desert Eagle. I enclose those adjectives in quotes because that is relative to the Desert Eagle line only, of course: the gun has a five-inch barrel and weighs “only” fifty ounces, which is a significant downsizing for this normally monstrous gun. The gray, matte/satin finish on the new lightweight model was, in my opinion, also the most attractive of the bunch.

There were also a number of the Magnum Lite .22s on display.  The graphite-barreled models are shockingly light.

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James Reeves

James Reeves is a licensed and practicing concealed weapons instructor, the winner of Maxim Magazine’s MAXIMum Warrior, a graduate of Front Sight, the Shooter Performance Institute, and Tier 1 Group, and is an Appleseed-qualified Rifleman. James previously owned and operated a gun shop in Tallahassee, FL and worked as a regional sales representative for distributor/importer, Interstate Arms Company. He is a coverage litigation attorney by day. James likes traveling with his wife, boating, America, photography, guns, gear he doesn’t really need, cold beer, and a little exercise here and there (James is also GORUCK Tough). Above all, James enjoys creating content for TFBTV. Follow James on Twitter @jjreeves.


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  • 3XLwolfshirt

    The reason Patton said that pearl grips were the mark of a New Orleans pimp is because he didn’t live to see the Desert Eagle.

  • sam

    No holstein-cow pattern?… :C

    • Roger V. Tranfaglia

      BUMOOER…….

    • BattleshipGrey

      “What we need here is some more cow bell.”

  • Lance

    No Tiger????

    • Juvie Record

      Tiger is still there in titanium gold, at the back, last on the right, first pic.

  • Don Ward

    Magnum Research is kind of like the annoying drunk girl at the party who attracts all the wrong attention. And now they have the same taste in clothes too.

    • Vitsaus

      Magnificent comment. I must also chime in that they seem to really be breaking the mold in the innovation department… yep, really leaving their comfort zone here. *eye rolls*

  • I love this hard-hitting coverage. Not a word about the fate of the Baby Eagle now that IWI is importing the Jericho?

  • Giolli Joker

    It’s quite odd that they don’t seem to show their new version of the DE with under barrel picatinny rail.

    • ruffone

      They had it there, go to some other sites that covered the same shot show and they show you the new version with the Picatinny rail and they show you the new L5. For some reason the writers on this site were more fascinated with all the new funky finishes, imagine that.

    • ruffone

      Look through the trigger guard of the black DE and you will see the Picatinny rail on the third DE from the left.

      • Giolli Joker

        Yep! You have good eyes! Thanks.

        • ruffone

          Any time 🙂

  • Hunter

    well, at least they know their market:
    -Pimps
    -people pretending to be pimps
    -Tacti-cool operators with something to compensate for.

    • LCON

      I see gold versions to Must be for the 3rd World Dictator market

  • TangledThorns

    Where are the pictures of this light weight DE?!?

  • Lee

    When I grow up, I want to be a the dictator of a third world country with a cheesy military uniform, mustache, aviator sunglasses, a beret, shiny boots, and a cigar. I will opt for the gold desert eagle in a shoulder holster. I will get all the hot woman’s…. Maybe on day’s I feel extremely frisky I will have a titanium gold tiger stripe desert eagle. I will have to find something to spend all that UN money I’ll be getting right?

  • TangledThorns

    Thanks!

  • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

    That may very well be the tackiest assortment of guns that I have ever seen.