Type:Pellet air pistol Manufacturer:Umarex Model: Magnum Research Desert Eagle Materials: Exterior mostly polymer with internal metal parts Weight: 2.4 pounds Barrel: 5.7 inches, metal-rifled Propulsion: CO2 x 1 Action: Semi auto, blowback, double and single action Ammunition Type: .177 cal. Pellets Ammunition Capacity: 8 rounds - rotary magazine FPS: 425
Trigger Pull: The trigger uses two stages. The first stage rotates the magazine while the last stage releases the hammer. When in double action mode the trigger also engages the hammer. Overall the trigger pull I would consider to be a medium pull yet smooth making it easy to shoot on target.
Accuracy: Very good, the Umarex Desert Eagle makes a great semi-auto target shooter as far as 30 to 40 feet out.
Build Quality: Even though the external shell of the Desert Eagle is mostly plastic, it is still a very well made gun. Most of the internal parts that matter seem to be made out of metal. The fit and finish is also very good.
Realism: This is a very close replica to the real actual Magnum Research Desert Eagle with licensed trademarks and most everything in all the right places. However, other than the safety lever, many of the mechanical aspects of the gun are either non-functioning or serve an alternative purpose. The slide release actually opens the loading bay by making the barrel slide forward. The disassembly lever is non-functioning and is molded into the plastic along with the magazine release button.
Good reproduction of the original Magnum Research Desert Eagle.
Would make an excellent training gun as it has a similar size, weight, and feel to the actual Desert Eagle handgun. (With obviously much less kick :)
Blowback action and loud report add to the realism of shooting this pellet pistol.
Nice high FPS for a blowback pellet gun.
Adjustable rear sight.
Picatinny rail on top and bottom for accessories like a scope, red dot, laser sight and/or tactical light.
Heavy usage of CO2.
Slide does not stay back after 8th shot so you need to count them off or you end up wasting CO2 before you realize no pellets are coming out.
No way to keep the slide back, no working slide release.
Lots of usage of plastic, would have been nice to have seen more metal in it.
Large gun, not suitable for people with small hands.
Comments: The Umarex Desert Eagle is a very unique pellet blowback air pistol, there are very few airgun pistols that include blowback, shoot pellets and have decent accuracy and FPS . The Umarex Desert Eagle is a very close replica of the original Magnum Research Desert Eagle. It has very good accuracy but you can only expect about 32 good shots (4 magazines) out of a CO2 cartridge. If you're looking for an airgun that may be a bit of a handful and can get over the abundance of plastic and hunger for CO2, than you will be rewarded with a predictable, accurate and enjoyable true semi-auto target pistol.
I've been a fan of the Desert Eagle for many years; finally I've decided to pull the trigger (pun intended :-)) and made the purchase. No regrets whatsoever... this is one heck of a gun! Fun, big, powerful and loud with a nice kickback it is also very accurate; I've been able to hit a 500 ml water bottle from 30 feet away with some careful aiming.
You will need a lot of CO2 cartridges as it goes through them quickly... but that's expected giving the size, power and the blowback.
Also, great service and prompt delivery from Replica Airguns; highly recommended.
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Dec 28, 2014
Big; loud and a lot of fun!
I have been fortunate enough to own three DEMs over the years; the first one I traded away because I "thought" it was too big for my average size hands.
I got another awhile afterwards; and found that the 2nd time was the charm - I used 2 hands to hold it and fire it and found it was PERFECT to use!
I was forced to sell it when I really was in dire straits financially - and was very sad to see it go.
I just recently had an opportunity to buy another - and was again very, very happy to have my hands on a DEM!
It is just so much fun to shoot with its powerful blowback; and it is very accurate to boot with its 5" plus rifled barrel. It has rails on the bottom and top for attaching lasers and red dots - and is just one of the most fun pistols that you can have. It is worth every penny that you spend to get one.
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Nov 05, 2014
I didn't care HOW big it was!!!
I wanted it...I got it...I was NOT disappointed...what a lot of gun...and yes it definitely is too high for my hand but I really don't care...this is one mighty handgun! It delivers a loud (22 cal) loud report and has some nasty kick behind it making it an absolute must have for a serious collector of fun guns!
This video is a walkthrough table top review of the Umarex Magnum Research Desert Eagle CO2 .177 cal. pellet pistol. I talk about its many features and benefits including its high 425 fps for a blowback pellet pistol. I demonstrate how to load pellets and CO2 cartridges and the basic operation of the gun. I also talk about many of the pros and cons of the Umarex Magnum Research Desert Eagle.
Overall the Umarex Desert Eagle is a nice pellet pistol that is well built and has good power and accuracy. It is a large gun requiring a firm grip, not as suitable for those with small hands. If you don't mind it's size and price it makes for a great semi-auto target shooter.