SOLD FOR: $1625
Make: Israel Military Industries / Magnum Research
Model: Desert Eagle Mk. I
Serial Number: 17976A
Year of Manufacture: 1984-1992
Caliber: .357 Mag.
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Gas-Operated Pistol Fed by Detachable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked “MAGNUM RESEARCH INC. MINNEAPOLIS MINN. / MADE IN ISRAEL”, the left is marked “DESERT EAGLE-.357 MAGNUM PISTOL / ISRAEL MILITARY INDUSTRIES”. The right of the frame is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade dovetailed into the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a flat-topped square notch base which is dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a textured one-piece pebble textured rubber with finger grooves that wrap around the front strap. There are some light marks. The texturing is intact and strong. The edges at the back are not flush to each other. Overall, the grip is in about Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Black with Alloy Frame
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the polygonal rifling is well defined. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its current metal finish. There are a few scattered light marks that have lightly thinned the finish. There is some faint thinning on the leading edges. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn, the markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a soft case and two 9-round magazines.
Our Assessment: The Desert Eagle is a fascinating pistol that incorporates a gas-piston and rotating multi-lug bolt system into a semi-automatic pistol. This is a Mark I with an alloy frame and is chambered for .357 Magnum, and it certainly has enough weight to dampen recoil and stop the reciprocation of the large mass of its slide from producing unmanageable recoil. 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 example is in about Excellent condition and is chambered in a popular caliber. 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. If you’ve never had a Desert Eagle and always wanted one, place your bid. Please see our photos and good luck!