Magnum Research Releases “Black Tiger Stripe” Desert Eagles

Magnum Research, known for their large caliber handguns, has announced the release of their latest versions, this time adding in black tiger stripes. The new coloration is likely oriented for their customers who collect the handguns, as their other colors including…

  • Black
  • Polished Chrome
  • Titanium Gold
  • Brushed Metal
  • 24K Gold
  • Satin Nickel
  • Burnt Bronze
  • Cheetah
  • Tungsten
  • Krypteck
  • Kryptek Highlander
  • & Zebra

… have not yet exhausted their owner’s pocket books.

The new pattern is offered on two caliber configurations of the Desert Eagle .44 Magnum and .50 AE, which are (of course) the largest that Magnum Research offers.

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Both versions maintain their standard features. The .50 AE maintains a 7+1 capacity and the .44 Magnum clocks in a 8+1. Length is 10.75″, width is only 1.25″, and height at 6.25″ keeps the handguns large, but still slightly practical. Weight is the killer; just about 4 lbs, 6 ounces for both, though the .50 AE is slightly lighter both with an empty magazine. To put it in perspective, one can build an AR-15 for lighter than they can get a Desert Eagle. The integral rail remains mounted to the barrel for red-dot or other accessory mounting.

Still, I have to give Magnum Research credit. They know their target audience:

“While there are many people that appreciate an unadorned pistol, there are still those that feel they need something more – something that complements their personality” stated Frank Harris, VP of Sales of Marketing. “To address those fans who want something ‘flashier’, we have introduced our handguns in multiple colors, polished gold or chrome and even animal prints. The Black Tiger Stripe Desert Eagle was first exhibited at the 2016 SHOT Show and already we anticipate it will be one of our more popular models.”

MSRP is pegged at $1922 for the .50 AE and $1895 for the .44 Magnum.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Must achieve Level 81.

    • SP mclaughlin

      and 100 headshots.

  • TheMaskedMan

    Tried to shoot one once, but I don’t know how anyone other than Andre the Giant could get a proper hold on that thing.

    • Drunk Possum

      I’m the closest equivalent of that, 6’8″ 300lbs, mountain man. It’s still ridiculous. It’s harder than hell to get a proper grip, and any limp writing with the 50 = a hot piece of brass to the forehead. Not fun, but still fun.

  • C. Her

    It’d be a safe queen piece for me but I so want one!!

  • USMC03Vet

    This is perfect for those black ops where you want to still be stealth, but also want the tangos to know you are about to operate on them with flare.

  • BattleshipGrey

    If there’s an article for each custom finish Magnum Research comes up with, your job is definitely secure. I’m kind of holding out for a multi-colored polka dot theme myself.

    • Nicks87

      I didn’t laugh at your comment until I saw that all the related stories linked at the bottom of the article were about DEs with different finishes.

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    Wait for Harley Davidson, Franklin Mint General Custer and a ‘Limited, Limited Edition’.

  • Cal.Bar

    Instead of ever more ridiculous finishes, I wish they would focus more on making the damn thing better. (they are NOT known for ergonomics, reliability or ease of use). They supposedly came up with the L5 version which was lighter, and had a smaller grip that looks almost practical, but have seen NONE of them actually being sold or on the market.

  • Wanderlust

    I guess Kahr is breathing new life and new color choices into MR. Special indeed.

  • Edeco

    Come on musk deer pattern; brown with two white stripes on the dust cover area.

  • Mark M

    Feel like I just read this fashion report…

  • Dressing a Desert Eagle up like a 65 year old Puma living in Miami cruising for off duty sailors does not inspire me to want to buy a Desert Eagle.

  • Michael Lubrecht

    I had that exact same pattern on a “Bear Claw” pastry the other morning. But mine had slivered almonds, too!

  • OJS

    Make one that shoots a real .50…bmg