By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is not so much a gun as a new cartridge, or cartridge-pistol combination if you prefer.
Most firearms fans are aware of the Desert Eagle pistol made by Magnum Research. This is a very big, very heavy (4 pounds plus unloaded) gas operated semi-automatic pistol used mostly by serious handgun hunters or people who are afraid of being attacked by a rhinoceros while waiting in line at 7-11.
The weapon is normally produced in .357 magnum, .44 magnum or 50 AE. They have added a new caliber, .429 Desert Eagle.
This cartridge is built on the 50 Action Express case, necked down to take a .44 caliber (.429 inch) bullet. This combination will push a 240 grain JHP out of the muzzle at slightly over 1,600 fps. The 210 JPH comes out at 1,750 fps. I strongly suspect this is not a cartridge you want to fire 150 rounds off-hand wish during a casual day at the range.
As far as I know SAAMI has not yet approved the cartridge so you are not likely to find any ammo on the shelf for this thing and I am not even sure the guns are available for sale yet. However, if you have a spare $2,200 dollars and a little patience you can have a very serious hand cannon available to you. Remember, since it is gas operated you cannot load it down significantly to make it a bit more civilized to shoot. Let the buyer beware, and have fun.