Magnum Research has claimed in an ad that the Desert Eagle has been “redesigned.”
But they give precisely zero details.
Their 2010 catalog splashes the same thing on the cover, but nothing in the catalog indicates the slightest actual change. Still the same ol’ Mark XIX.
Now, it has needed redesign for a long time. Actually, always. I just figured that they considered themselves to be making enough money as is and therefore did not care to do it.
I used to own two frames (one aluminum, one steel) and three calibers (357, 41 Mag, and 44 Mag.) It can be a substantial hobby getting these things to be FAIRLY reliable. With mine only the 41 Mag came pretty close to actually being reliable, maybe averaging one failure per 200 rounds.
And that with only very particular ammunition.
The other two averaged probably about one failure per 100 rounds under best conditions.
My experience was not unique: it’s common knowledge that these guns cannot be counted on.
Now of course the redesign claim may be just ad hype. With Google I didn’t turn up a single thing to substantiate it.
Does anyone know anything on it?
It would be a nice thing if after 20+ years they actually got these things to be trustworthy.