SHOT Show 2016 – Magnum Research introduces the Desert Eagles pistols L5 and L6 models, a lighter weight versions which will make a noticeable difference when handling the pistol – albeit two hands are still recommended for most shooters.
The stout Desert Eagle has always demanded two-fisted handling, weighting in at almost 5 pounds. The new Desert Eagle L5 and the L6 weight in almost a pound or 2 pounds lighter than other similar Desert Eagle pistols. The new lightweight Desert Eagles take the same magazines as the current steel models.
“Magnum Research has had tremendous success with the iconic Desert Eagle pistol for over 30 years now, but we wanted to address the need for a lighter weight product” said Frank Harris, VP Marketing and Sales. “We offered our first sneak peek of this product at SHOT Show 2015, and with the tremendous amount of interest at the show we knew that these models were going to be a huge success.”
The new Desert Eagle pistol Mark XIX L5 in .357 Magnum is offered with an all new 5-inch barrel length and features a hard-coat anodized black aluminum frame, black carbon steel slide and barrel, and Hogue finger groove rubber grips. The pistol also has Magnum Research’s widely popular integral muzzle brake.
The new lighter version of this popular Desert Eagle .357 is 2 pounds 9 oz. (3 lbs. 2 oz./50 oz. with an empty magazine). Overall length is 9.75”, height is 6.25” and the slide width is 1.25”.
The Desert Eagle model DE357L5IMB comes with one 9-round magazine and suggested MSRP is $1,790.
Magnum Research worked also on a lighter weight Desert Eagle in their popular .50 Action Express model. The Desert Eagle model Mark XIX L6 weighs just 3 pounds 7 oz. – nearly 12 oz. lighter than other similar Desert Eagle models. It is offered with a hard-coat anodized black aluminum frame with a stainless steel slide and integral muzzle break barrel, attractive black appointments and features a picatinny rail on the frame. Overall length is 10.75”, height is 6.25”, and the slide width is 1.25”. The single action pistol has a 4-pound trigger pull.
The L6 ships with one 7-round magazine and the MSRP for the Desert Eagle model DE50ASIMB is $2,054.