SOLD FOR: $1724
Make: Israel Military Industries (IMI) / Magnum Research Inc
Model: Desert Eagle MK VII
Serial Number: 65552
Year of Manufacture: 1986-1995, 1998-2000
Caliber: .44 Magnum
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “DESERT EAGLE – .41/.44 MAGNUM PISTOL / ISRAEL MILITARY INDUSTRIES”. The right side of the slide is marked “MAGNUM RESEARCH INC. MINNEAPOLIS MINN. / MADE IN ISRAEL”. The left side of the barrel is marked “.44”. The right side of the frame is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 6″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade and is dovetailed into the top of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch sight dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece textured black polymer with IMI logos in the middle of either side which wraps around the backstrap. The grip has a few light marks on the smooth portions. There are no chips or cracks. There is some flashing from the mold on the back. The texturing is strong. Overall, the grip is in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the polygonal rifling is strong. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The finish has a mottled plum hue, most noticeable on the barrel and frame. There are a few faint draglines and light handling marks. There are some light marks under the finish on the sides of the barrel just below the rib. The screw heads show light use. The markings are soft and rounded, some are incomplete. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. For questions regarding convertibility, please contact Magnum Research. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a through cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a factory box, paperwork including the manual, and an 8-round magazine. The box has numerous patches of surface material loss and the labels and writing have faded, in about Good condition. The magazine has some light scuffs, a bit of thinning from use, and a bit of oil discoloration, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The Desert Eagle is a fascinating pistol that incorporates a gas-piston and rotating multi-lug bolt system into a big-bore semi-automatic pistol. Its all steel construction is at once absurdly heavy and necessary as it will help dampen recoil and stop the reciprocation of the large mass of its slide from whipping the pistol out of your grip. With the solid lockup of a rotating multi-lug bolt and more than 8″ sight radius, this pistol would be at home hunting, at the silhouette range, or just informal target shooting with your range buddies. This particular example, a MK VII, is in Fine Plus condition and has a great bore and solid mechanics. It may be a little unwieldy for home defense, but it’ll put the fear of God into any intruders. Despite some saying there’s no use for the Desert Eagle it never seems to drop in popularity be it in Hollywood, video games, or in the shooting community in general. Please see our photos and good luck!