Lightweight Desert Eagle Pistols

lightweight deagle

Magnum Research announced the introduction of two new lightweight versions of its iconic Desert Eagle pistol. Both weigh substantially less than the original models, yet still handle full power loads.

The first is the new Mark XIX L5 pistol chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge. With an empty magazine, this pistol weighs 3 pounds, 2 ounces. The original gun weighs 4 pounds, 8.4 ounces.

So, how does Magnum Research shave more than a pound from the gun? Well, to start with the company dropped the barrel length from 6″ to 5″. That saves weight on both the barrel and slide. Second, the frame is now made of aluminum instead of steel.

Magnum research adds an integral muzzle brake, Hogue grips and a 9-round magazine to round out the package. The suggested retail price is $1,790. The basic black Desert Eagle in the original configuration lists for $1,572.

The second new lightweight handgun is the Mark XIX L6 chambered for the .50 AE. It runs about 12 ounces lighter than the original. The weight savings is largely due to the use of an aluminum frame. This gun ships with a 7-round magazine. It has a retail price of $2,054.

According to Magnum Research, these guns use the same magazines as the original guns.

I don’t know if the weight savings will increase sales across the line, but I am more interested in them than simply adding a cheetah print finish. Of course, Magnum Research does a lot more than built the Deagle. The company also sells other guns like 1911-style pistols.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • DW

    They should have made a 10mm Baby Eagle if they are trying to get sorta practical.

    • If it is any indicator – the EAA Witness is a fantastic pistol… so a 10 Baby Eagle should be a decent gun. And since it wouldn’t be using the tacky EAA advertising – well, I’d actually consider buying one.

    • mechamaster

      Baby Eagle = Jericho ( CZ-75 family ) ^_^

    • mosinman

      or why not just a downscaled desert eagle in 10mm? (instead of a CZ75 clone that has been done a few times)

    • SP mclaughlin

      Bren Ten!

    • st4

      Oh man, a Jericho in 10mm… do want.

  • Dracon1201

    That .357 model looks right up my alley.

  • I guess this makes sense if you wanted to pack a Desert Eagle for a long on-foot hike/hunt. I’d rather a revolver in a big cartridge if I had to handgun hunt, but this should be fine provided it’s reliable.

    I don’t really ‘get’ Desert Eagles, but to each their own.

    • raz-0

      They are fun to shoot. Not really practical outside of handgun hunting, maybe.

      The main useful thing I found for mine was dealing with intimidated new shooters. In .357 you combine a round people perceive as brutal in an incredibly heavy gun that shoots it softer than most 9mm pistols.

      • Anon. E Maus

        The .357 ones are incredibly soft shooting, indeed (hell, they’re all relatively soft on the recoil).

        They’re also incredibly accurate.

  • MPWS

    Why not .45 Win Magnum? I think this would be best compromise while keeping weight and cost in reasonable borders. With its 230gr/ 1,600fps/ 1,300fbs the main benefit is obviously added range to stalwart .45ACP
    Going overboard on large pistols calibers may be reason for their sluggish sales.

    • Anon. E Maus

      I think because it’s not a very popular cartridge.
      The Deagle used to be available in .41 Magnum, but it just wasn’t particularly popular.

      It also used to be available in .440 CorBon, which can be compared to .454 Casull in hot loads, but CorBon wasn’t good at making the brass consistently, and it was never very popular, so they stopped that too. It’s a shame because I think it’s a kickass cartridge.

      I think a lightweight Deagle in .45WinMag would make a lot of sense, but I don’t know if it’d be a big hit.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Def looks cool.

  • Kyle

    I really like the idea of one of these in .357 I’d consider buying it.

  • Don Ward

    Not enough gold and zebra print finish…

  • LV-426

    This might be a fantastic semi auto in .44 mag.

  • Jason

    The NY Safe act bans semi auto handguns over 50oz. The new Mark XIX L5 at 3lb 2oz is right at the allowable limit. Coincidence?

    • Kyle

      Wut? Why the hell would they care hor much a pistol weighs? I assume it was intended to block the sale of stockless ARs and AKs as pistols right?

      • Kelly Jackson

        Correct, and “assault pistols” like the Tec 9

  • Kelly Jackson

    I think it would be more pleasing to the eye without the compensator cuts, but I like the .357 model

  • Cymond

    That weight seems more than enough for a 357, but the 50 AE has a reputation as a handful. I haven’t shot one yet, but I imagine shaving off 12 ounces makes it much, much worse.

  • BearSlayer338

    They might get me interested if they ever make a compact 3.5-4″ barrel Desert Eagle that weighs less than 48 oz.

    • Stan Darsh

      The Coonan is an auto .357 Mag that has a 5″ bbl and weighs 42 oz unloaded or 48 oz loaded.

      • BearSlayer338

        Yeah but it is a bit large,I’d like a concealable .357 magnum semi-auto.

    • Stan Darsh

      Just found out Coonan actually now makes a compact version with a 4″ barrel and 39 oz unloaded or 45 oz loaded weight.

  • Blake

    Personally I always felt that a big honkin’ revolver like our 44M Ruger Redhawk was more appropriate for monster calibers than a semi-auto (& much less expensive). 6 rounds isn’t really much less than 9. As a comparison to this new Deagle, a 4 1/4″ bbl Ruger GP100 in .357M weighs 40oz & costs $600…

    .327 Fed Mag makes the proposition even more interesting with 7 rounds, less recoil, & the ability to shoot 5 different calibers safely in the same gun.

  • MrSatyre

    I think I just coughed up blood when I read the price tag for the .50!

  • Burst

    Short barreled, with a muzzle brake?

    Oh good, louder while also being louder.

    • Anon. E Maus

      On the flip-side, you don’t have cylinder gap.