Gun Report

Magnum Research Desert Eagle No. DE1911G 45 ACP

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Offering a balance of helpful features, the Desert Eagle should make a lot of believers out of first-time 1911 owners.

Magnum Research Desert Eagle No. DE1911G 45 ACP

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Weight Unloaded
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Sight Radius
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Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
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Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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The barrel bushing was open (arrow) to allow the full-length guide rod to pass through during cycling. The guide rod was short enough so that the bushing could be rotated for takedown without the need for special tools.
The Desert Eagle was the only pistol that came with two 8-round magazines. Made in Italy, the viewing holes were numbered, and the wide basepads made seating the magazines faster and easier.
Comparing the Desert Eagle 1911G to the 100th Anniversary Edition points out two evolutionary changes common to our test pistols. The modern hammer is relieved (arrow) so it is lighter and can move faster. The grip safety was enlarged to provide positive contact (arrow). And the thumb safety is now a full platform (arrow) instead of merely providing a catch.

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