NRA Gun of the Week: Magnum Research Desert Eagle L5 Handgun

posted on September 24, 2016

Magnum Research has made the Desert Eagle for the better part of 30 years, but it wasn’t until 2016 that the company released a lightweight version of its behemoth pistol. The Mark XIX L5 is built on an aluminum frame with a steel slide and 5” barrel. This combines to produce a weight just over 3 lbs., compared to its nearly 5 lb. big-bore predecessors. Chambered for .357 Mag., the L5 feeds from a nine-round-capacity detachable box magazine that. To learn a bit more and to see the Desert Eagle in action, check out this week’s NRA Gun of the Week video hosted by American Rifleman's Christopher Olsen.

For more information, visit magnumresearch.com.

Specifications:

Model: Desert Eagle Mark XIX L5
Manufacturer: Magnum Research
Action: single-action, gas-operated, semi-automatic pistol
Caliber: .357 Mag.
Frame: anodized aluminum
Slide: black carbon steel
Grips: Hogue rubber
Barrel: 5”, six-groove, 1:14” RH twist
Sights: black, notch rear; post front
Magazine: detachable box, nine-round capacity
Trigger: 6-lb., 7-oz. pull
Weight: 50 ozs.
MSRP: $1,790

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