IMI Desert Eagle .50 AE pistol

This item is HIRE ONLY for use by a recognised Film, TV, Commercials or Theatre production company.




The famed Desert Eagle is a large-framed gas operated, semi-automatic pistol originally designed by Bernard C. White of Magnum Research Industries (MRI) in the US.

Over the past 33 years MRI has been responsible for the design and development of the Desert Eagle pistol. The design was refined and the pistols manufactured by Israel Military Industries (IMI) from 1979 until 1995, when MRI shifted the manufacturing contract to Saco Defense in Saco, Maine. In 1998, MRI moved manufacturing back to IMI, later reorganized under the name Israel Weapon Industries.

The Desert Eagle uses a gas-operated mechanism normally found in rifles as opposed to the short recoil or blow-back designs most commonly seen in semi-automatic pistols. The rotating bolt strongly resembles that of the M16 series of rifles, while the fixed gas cylinder/moving piston resemble those of the Ruger Mini-14 carbine.

The advantage of the gas operation is that it allows the use of far more powerful cartridges than traditional semi-automatic pistol designs. Thus it allows the Desert Eagle to compete in an area that had previously been dominated by magnum revolvers like the Smith and Wesson Model 29, the ‘Dirty Harry’ .44 Magnum.

The pistol is fed with a detachable magazine, the capacity varies according to calibre – 9 rounds in .357 Magnum, 8 rounds in .44 Magnum and 7 rounds in .50 Action Express.

With a barrel length of 6”, the .50 Action Express calibre weighs in at 4.6lbs… quite a weight to carry around, but despite that, the Desert Eagle has been featured in over 500 motion pictures and TV films, considerably increasing its popularity and boosting sales.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates, this item is appropriate for any action movie hero from 1979 up to the present day.

Foxtrot example shown here is an IMI manufactured, Mk VII Desert Eagle .50 Action Express calibre pistol, in a military grey phosphate finish.

Film Set Notes

Whilst the Desert Eagle has considerable physical presence, it is a large and weighty item. It will require a certain dexterity, physicality and confidence from the actor for him to look the part when using this. Training beforehand with this pistol is strongly recommended.