HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Firepower or Flower Power?

    Welcome everyone to the 20th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’. Wow, 20 editions already! HGFC is one of our many series here on TFB. If you missed any one of our other articles, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this gat a sweet deal or only have fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

    In our last edition, our poll showed that you, the readers, found the Lilith Succubus themed Glock 17 to be Fudd Crap.  

    While it was a clear defeat for this tragic gat, there have been less popular custom Glocks featured on this series. It will come as no surprise to learn that last week’s Glock 17 is still up for sale on GunBroker.  

    In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at .357 Magnum Desert Eagle with a rather strange custom finish.  As is tradition, this pistol is currently up for sale on GunBroker with a starting bid of $2,000 and No Reserve.  

    HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Firepower or Flower Power?

    Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:

    “Flower Power Desert Eagle, when JHP petals speak louder than lilies.” – Giorgio O.

    “When the Hawaiian luau is in a really bad neighborhood, but you ain’t missing out on that barbecue pig.” – Adam S.

    Slap me a Hello Kitty sticker on there and then maybe I’ll be interested.” – Matt M.

    “That Deagle has some pretty strong foreshadowing cerakoted on it.” – Luke C.

    “I dont assume what it identifies as” – Mike R.

    “Strangely enough, I actually like this one. Chambered in my favorite caliber with a retro flower power theme. ‘Happiness is a warm gun’ afterall.” -Doug E.

    Selling this flower-themed desert gat is GunBroker seller Imhotep, located in Friendswood Texas. Let’s see what they had to say about the strange finish on this Desert Eagle.  

    No Reserve Auction: Bitcoin Eligible Stainless Desert Eagle Magnum Research .357 Magnum Semi Automatic Pistol. This One Of A Kind Pre Owned Desert Eagle Is In Excellent Condition And Features Four Nine Round Magazines, Six Inch Barrel, Custom Cerakote Finish, Dove Tail Front And Rear Sights, New Factory Hard Plastic Case, Factory Owners Manual. The Beautiful Custom Cerakote Finish Was Provided By Zac Harward At Weapon Works LLC In Mebane, NC. This Gas-operated Semi Automatic Pistol Was Made In Israel By Israel Military Industries. It Comes As Pictured.

    If you customize a Glock or even rattle-can your Ruger I could say, “Oh, that guy is just really into arts and crafts.” But customizing a gun that is already available in finishes like White Tiger Stripe is another story.  

    The seller doesn’t seem keen on disclosing the “why” behind this Cerakote job.  Maybe those are flowers, or perhaps they are expanded hollow points? It’s anyone’s guess at this point.  

    Desert Eagles (commonly referred to as Deagles) have always been objectively fascinating firearms.  Unlike most pistols, they feature a gas-operated piston design that more closely resembles that of a rifle.  

    This gas system, paired with a rotating bolt, make it possible for these massive semi-automatic handguns to operate safely in chamberings as large as .50 AE.  

    Even with all these modern refinements, the Desert Eagle is often either loved or hated. I’ve personally heard them referred to as “Overpriced, impossible to shoot paperweights.” With that in mind, I don’t think the paint job is doing this gun any favors on the sales floor.  

    I guess we’ll see if I’m wrong. Maybe there’s an eager collector of strange Desert Eagles that sees the innate beauty in this gun. The only way to know is to check back with us next week!

    So what do you think?  Is this unexplained Desert Deagle a Hot Gat or just Indescribable Fudd Crap?  Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to cast your vote and let us know if Firepower or Flower Power Desert Eagle is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap:


    Austin R

    The author is a military contractor who enjoys conducting independent firearms research and reloading. Article inquiries and suggestions are welcome at austinjrex at