A large-caliber semiautomatic pistol designed by Magnum Research and IMI. It is very popular in action movies and anime/manga, likely due to its ruggedly handsome appearance and intimidating bulk.
This weapon is available in .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum and .50 Action Express Magnum calibers, as well as a variety of barrel lengths and finishes, for example the gold-plated, tiger-striped version.
While the handgun's almost cliché presence in movies might lead one to believe that the DE is a show gun with no practical purpose, this is untrue; the desert eagle is the first, and unquestionably the best autoloading handgun chambered in the common 44 and 357 rimmed Magnum cartridges, previously only available in revolvers. Other autoloading handguns that attempted to equal the power of 357 or 44 either had to reduce the performance (10mm) or produce custom ammunition (44 AMP).
Only recently have companies like Coonan been able to produce autoloaders that did the same job with no asterisks- finally catching up to the standard the desert eagle set over twenty years ago.