Magnum Research has been marketing some very
unique handguns and rifles for the past couple of decades. Best
known for their Desert Eagle magnum auto-pistols, Magnum
Research has also had other very good designs offered to
shooters, such as their small 380
Micro Desert Eagle and their excellent Baby
Eagle series of double-action auto pistols. Now Magnum
Research has entered the crowded 1911 pistol market with a
couple of good, solid pistols; a compact 45 and a full-size 45
The Desert Eagle 1911 is a high quality
pistol, built to tight tolerances with excellent materials, but
with a suggested retail price of only $799 US at the time of
this review, it is priced below most quality 1911 pistols on the
market. The Desert Eagle 1911 is loaded with features that we
once had to pay a custom gunsmith a lot of money to install on
our pistols, like a high-ride beavertail grip safety, lightened
aluminum trigger with overtravel stop, double-diamond checkered
wood grips, stainless steel full-length guide rod, skeletonized
hammer, high profile sculptured sights, and extended thumb
safety. The Desert Eagle also has an enlarged ejection port,
extended ejector, and polished and throated chamber. The Desert
Eagle 1911 comes in a hard plastic case with two eight-shot
magazines. The mags have extended base pads for positive
insertion into the mag well. The mainspring housing is checkered
and flat. The sights are dovetailed into the slide, and are
drift adjustable for windage correction. The Desert Eagle wears
a matte black finish, and the wood grips and polished stainless
grip safety along with the stainless grip screws add a nice
Critical dimensions are listed in the chart
below. Weight is listed in ounces. Linear measurements are
listed in inches. Trigger pull is listed as pounds of pressure.
|Weight with empty
The Desert Eagle 1911 was fired for accuracy
and reliability with several brands and types of ammunition.
Reliability was one hundred percent. There were no failures or
stoppages of any kind. Every cartridge fed, fired, and ejected
perfectly. The excellent trigger pull made shooting the 1911 a
real pleasure. The Desert Eagle performed very well with my
standard target handload. This load consists of a Rim Rock 200
grain lead SWC atop 5.5 grains of Hodgdon Titegroup powder in a
new primed S&W 45 ACP case. This is not a powder-puff load,
but a very good general working load for a 1911 pistol. I have
only recently started using the Rim Rock bullets, but they seem
to be of much higher quality and consistency than the
run-of-the-mill gun show bulk bullets. Accuracy was good, with
most ammo grouping in the two and one-half inch range at
twenty-five yards from my Ransom Rest.
Accuracy from the handload with the Rim Rock bullets was
match-grade, grouping five shots into one inch at twenty-five
yards, consistently. Velocities were recorded at a distance of
twelve feet, at an altitude of 541 feet above sea level, and an
air temperature hovering around fifty-seven degrees Fahrenheit
with low humidity. Velocities are recorded in the chart below,
and are listed in feet-per-second. JHP is a jacketed hollowpoint
bullet. EPR and AF are specialty premium bullets as loaded by Extreme
Shock Ammunition. DPX is a homogenous copper hollowpoint.
FMJ is a full metal jacket bullet. WCC is Winchester military
hardball ammo. PB is Cor-Bon Pow’RBall.
As noted above, reliability was perfect with
all ammunition tested. For plinking, target shooting, and
general handgun work, the lead semi-wadcutter handload is my
choice. For social work or for deer hunting, any of the jacketed
hollowpoint loads would work well. For hunting larger deer and
hogs, I would go with the Cor-Bon DPX. It penetrates very
deeply, and also expands upon impact.
A good 1911 pistol is relatively flat, and
carries well for a defensive handgun. Holding nine rounds of 45
ACP, the Desert Eagle 1911 carried in a good inside-the-pants
holster like the Cross Breed Supertuck
or outside the belt in a Simply
Rugged Sourdough Pancake hides easily under a loose shirt or
jacket. There are lots of good pistols on the market for
concealed carry, but the 1911 45 ACP is never a bad choice. In
production for right at a century now, the 1911 design is more
popular than ever, and the Magnum Research Desert Eagle 1911 is
a high quality, reliable, and accurate handgun upon which to
depend for the most serious of social conflicts, or as a good
everyday working gun for plinking and target work.
Check out the Desert Eagle 1911 online at www.magnumresearch.com.
For the location of a Magnum Research dealer
near you, click on the DEALER FINDER at www.lipseys.com.
To order the Desert Eagle 1911 online, go to www.galleryofguns.com.
To order the quality Rim Rock bullets, go to www.rimrockbullets.net.
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