Desert Eagle Pistol FAQ

Desert Eagle Pistol - How to identify the model?


Like Ozzy once said or sang:
What is the thing I see before me? Desert Eagle it is, yes, but what model? Now, thanks to our friends, we have some reliable information obtained from MRI.
Gator, 2002...


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The Difference Between The Mark VII .357 AND Mark XIX .357

The Mark VII Desert Eagle .357 Pistol

  • Barrel, the six, ten and fourteen-inch all have a 3/8" dovetail on top;
  • Slide Assembly, the slide is physically smaller in size lower to accommodate the barrels with the 3/8" dovetail;
  • Frame Assembly, same as Mark XIX configuration, with two-stage trigger, and plastic grips;
  • Appointments, same as Mark XIX configuration, safety levers are hook shaped;
  • Slide release lever has three steps for ease of operation;
*The Mark VII Desert Eagle .357 Magnum pistols are convertible to XIX. The conversion kit (part #CONV...) consists of a complete slide assembly, barrel, gas piston, recoil spring assembly, magazine and grips. Is a costly conversion. The Mark XIX Desert Eagle .357 Magnum pistols are convertible to other Mark XIX calibers (.50AE/.440/.44) by simply switching barrel, magazine and bolt assembly.

The Mark XIX Desert Eagle .357 Pistol

  • Barrel, the six and ten inch all have a 7/8" dovetail on top with cross-slots for scopes;
  • Slide Assembly, the slide is physically larger in size higher to accommodate the barrels with the 7/8" dovetail;
  • Frame Assembly, same as Mark VII configuration, two-stage trigger, same plastic grips;
  • Appointments, same as Mark VII configuration, safety levers are hook shaped;
  • slide release lever has three steps for ease of operation;

The Difference Between The Mark VII .44 AND Mark XIX .44

The Mark VII Desert Eagle .44 Pistol

  • Barrel, the six, ten and fourteen-inch all have a 3/8" dovetail on top;
  • Slide Assembly, the slide is physically smaller in size lower to accommodate the barrels with the 3/8" dovetail;
  • Frame Assembly, same as Mark XIX configuration, with two-stage trigger, and plastic grips;
  • Appointments, same as Mark XIX configuration, safety levers are hook shaped;
  • Slide release lever has three steps for ease of operation;
*The Mark VII Desert Eagle .44 Magnum pistols are convertible to XIX. The conversion kit (part #CONV...) consists of a complete slide assembly, barrel, gas piston, recoil spring assembly, magazine and grips. Is a costly conversion.

The Mark XIX Desert Eagle .44 Pistol

  • Barrel, the six and ten inch all have a 7/8" dovetail on top with cross-slots for scopes;
  • Slide Assembly, the slide is physically larger in size higher to accommodate the barrels with the 7/8" dovetail
  • Frame Assembly, same as Mark VII configuration, two-stage trigger, and plastic grips;
  • Appointments, same as Mark VII configuration, safety levers are hook shaped,
  • Slide release lever has three steps for ease of operation
  • *The Mark XIX Desert Eagle .44 Magnum pistols are convertible to other Mark XIX calibers (.50AE/.440) by simply switching barrel and magazine; to go to the .357 you also need to switch the bolt assembly.

    The Difference Between The Mark VII .50AE And Mark XIX .50AE

    The Mark VII Desert Eagle .50AE Pistol
    There is no differences, same as Mark XIX. What happen was when we first produced the .50AE pistols we called them the Mark VII series, but as we changed the .357 and .44 to share the same slide assembly as the .50AE we decided to call this series the Mark XIX.

    The Mark XIX Desert Eagle .50AE Pistol

    • Barrel, the six and ten-inch all have a 7/8" dovetail on top with cross-slots for scopes;
    • Slide Assembly, the slide is physically larger to accommodate the barrels with the 7/8" dovetail;
    • Frame Assembly, two-stage trigger and plastic grips;
    • Appointments, safety levers are hook shaped;
    • Slide release lever has three steps for ease of operation;
    *The Mark XIX Desert Eagle .50AE Magnum pistols are convertible to other Mark XIX calibers (.440) by simply switching the barrel, to go to the .44 you also need to switch the magazine and to go to the .357 you need to switch the bolt assembly,barrel and magazine.

    The Mark XIX Desert Eagle .440 CorrBon Pistol

    • Barrel, the six and ten-inch all have a 7/8" dovetail on top with cross-slots for scopes;
    • Slide Assembly, the slide is physically larger to accommodate the barrels with the 7/8" dovetail;
    • Frame Assembly, two-stage trigger and plastic grips;
    • Appointments, safety levers are hook shaped;
    • slide release lever has three steps for ease of operation;
    5*The Mark XIX Desert Eagle .440 CorrBon pistols are convertible to other Mark XIX calibers (.50AE Magnum) by simply switching the barrel, to go to the .44 you also need to switch the magazine and to go to the .357 you need to switch the bolt assembly, barrel and magazine.

    Questions on Desert Eagle pistol conversions and accessories please call Magnum Research, Inc. Customer Service at 1-800-772-6168, Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00 CST.

    All Desert Eagle pistols are now being made in Israel for us by IMI.

    NOTE - The following document is provided basicaly "As Is" from Magnum Research Inc. Except the HTML tags used for text layout.