Snakeskin & Kryptek Highlander from Magnum Research


Magnum Research announced two new finishes for the Desert Eagle line of pistols: Snakeskin and Kryptek Highlander. The finishes are applied to the gas-operated pistols using a water transfer method. Both .50 AE and .44 Magnum versions will be offered.

These patterns follow the limited run of cheetah print Desert Eagle pistols announced earlier in the year. According to Magnum Research, the cheetah print guns are sold out.

The MSRP on the new guns is $1,793 for either pattern and both calibers. Magnum Research states the guns are available “while supplies last.”

Desert Eagle

From Magnum Research:

Magnum Research® Introduces Exciting Animal Print Desert Eagles

Pomona, NY – In February of this year, Magnum Research introduced the first in a series of animal print Desert Eagles. Following in the success of the Cheetah print, which is now sold out, MRI is now introducing their latest two animal prints, the Kryptek Highlander and the Snakeskin, available in either .50 AE or .44 Mag.

“Our Desert Eagle in the Cheetah print was a huge success” stated Frank Harris, VP of Sales of Marketing. “We introduced it to our dealers early in the year, and it sold out very quickly shortly thereafter. It just proves that gun enthusiasts have a growing interest in something a little different from the norm to show off at the gun range.”

The two new designs, the Kryptek Highlander and the Snakeskin patterns utilize a water transfer method. It has been extensively tested for durability and has proven to be very tough; even cleaning solvents and acetone will not soften or damage the finish.

The Desert Eagle .50 AE is a gas-operated, semi-automatic pistol with a 7-round capacity in .50 AE and 8-round capacity in .44 Magnum. Both guns measure 10.75” in length with a 6” barrel. Slide width is 1.25”, height 6.25” and the weight with an empty magazine is approximately 4 lbs. 5.8 oz. in .50 AE, and 4 lbs. 6.6 oz. in the .44 Mag. It has a trigger reach of 2.75” and a sight radius of 8.5” with the 6” barrel. The construction of the Desert Eagle utilizes the latest CNC machine technology providing exacting specifications with tight tolerances creating a work of art in a precision firearm. The grip is anatomically formed and provides an ideal hand seating angle for two-handed shooting allowing for comfortable, rapid and accurate firing. The Weaver style accessory rail easily allows for aftermarket optics and scope rings.

The limited edition Kryptek Highlander and Snakeskin print Desert Eagles are only available while supplies last. Please visit your favorite dealer today to purchase it in either .50 AE or .44 Magnum. Please watch for additional animal patterns which will be introduced later in the year.

The MSRP on either of the new patterns for the Desert Eagle is $1793 for the .50 AE or the .44 Magnum. For more information about Magnum Research products, visit

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  • Chel-sea Klintonne

    Slide-mounted safety. Very nice. *cough*

    • Nashvone

      It seems odd to have the firing pin mounted in the slide but it obviously works.

  • Paul White

    the kryptek might now be the ugliest gun I’ve seen. I like desert eagles (shameless hand cannon fun) but good god that paint job on that gun is just painful to look it

  • sam

    Giraffe pattern please.

  • Mattie Dimes

    Why didn’t they chose Kryptek Typhon over Highlander, I’ll never know. Then at least it wouldn’t look so much like a rotten banana.

  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    I wish the D.E would come in Nickel Boron-finish. It would be impervious to rust, ease the cleaning and improve function. It does look pretty cool as well.

    Why does certain comments need to be approved?? Don´t tfb allow links to relevant info?

    http://bigborear. com/guides/14-nickel-boron-plated-desert-eagle

  • LCON

    Just in time for the next run of Hollywood Superhero movies.

  • USMC03Vet

    Is hydro painting legit for firearms that will actually be used or is it only for show pieces?

    • BearSlayer338

      Its only for show purposes,as it wears away very quickly.

  • Fruitbat44

    Well it’s an improvement on the Cheetah print, which isn’t difficult . . .