Mike Detty put the Desert Eagle 1911U and Desert Eagle Mark XIX through its paces on the range.
Mike Detty put the Desert Eagle 1911U and Desert Eagle Mark XIX through its paces on the range.

Watch the video of the Desert Eagle 1911U and Desert Eagle Mark XIX gun test below!

The Desert Eagle lineup has something for everyone. I’ve long been a fan of the 1911 pistol, but carrying a steel-framed, Government-sized gun on a daily basis can be a bit of a chore. Any time you can reduce the size of a weapons platform without sacrificing power, accuracy or controllability significantly, you have my attention.

Magnum Research got my attention at a recent trade show where I saw a new offering in the Desert Eagle lineup. Dubbed the Desert Eagle 1911U (U for undercover), the new .45 ACP pistol has a 3-inch barrel, a lightweight aluminum frame and a host of refinements to make it an attractive choice for everyday carry. A few years back, Kahr Arms purchased Magnum Research Inc. (MRI), which is an importer of 1911-style pistols from Bul in Israel. The 1911U is the latest in these 1911-style imports.

MRI offers shooters and concealed carriers a very nice pistol at a reasonable price. The 1911U is priced at a suggested retail price of just $946, and if you consider all of the value-added features like its checkered frame, extended safety and beavertail, it is a good buy. My test sample exhibited a superior degree of fit and finish. It is accurate and reliable and ready for carry straight out of the box.

Not long after receiving my 1911U test gun, a new Desert Eagle Mark XIX showed up. Part of an exclusive production for firearms distributor Bill Hicks & Co., the .50 AE Desert Eagle wears a Burnt Bronze Cerakote finish. The Cerakote coating is a multi-step process that results in a high-temperature ceramic coating that holds up well under normal use. The Burnt Bronze model has attractive black appointments that give the pistol even more appeal.

For more on these exciting new powerhouses, check out the November 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. To subscribe, go to https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe.

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