by B.B. Pelletier

Today, we’ll finish the Desert Eagle story.

Sights
The sights are a ramp-type square post in front and a wide square notch in the rear. The rear sight adjusts laterally for windage by means of a single jam screw. Loosen it and slide the sight in the direction you want to move the pellet. The manual says the front sight is set up for shooting at 10 meters, and that’s exactly what I saw. A 6 o’clock hold on a standard 10-meter pistol target at 25 feet netted me a score of 45, for five nines clustered around the center.


All five shots from 25 feet landed in the nine ring. I used Gamo Match pellets.

Trigger action
This pistol is both double- and single-action. If you pull the trigger with the hammer down, it cocks and releases the hammer, which is double-action. When the slide blows back, it cocks the hammer, allowing a single-action pull. Double-action breaks at 7 lbs., 10 oz., and single-action breaks at 3 lbs., 9 oz.

Safety
The safety is ambidextrous and allows the full functioning of the trigger and hammer when applied. I wondered at the wisdom of that before realizing that it’s the perfect dry-fire feature. You can shoot the gun in safety, knowing that gas cannot be released with the safety on. Of course the 8-shot clip should be removed from the gun for complete safety. The trigger feels the same whether the safety is on or off.

Be careful how you grip the pistol!
During chronographing, I sometimes found myself gripping the moving slide as the pistol fired. This lowered the velocity anywhere from 50 to 100 f.p.s. If you decide to shoot with two hands, make sure neither one rubs against the slide, which you can see in yesterday’s report, Desert Eagle, First impressions, part 2. You can’t feel the slide move beneath your fingers, so don’t go by the feel. Look to see that you clearly are not touching the slide!

In summary…

  • The quoted velocity is 315 f.p.s. The gun I tested shot between 450 and 500 f.p.s. with the type of pellets a shooter would pick for this airgun – wadcutters.
  • There’s a lot of plastic in this gun, but it’s engineering plastic – similar to the frames of the Ruger 22/45 Mark III. Also, the pistol is heavy.
  • The Desert Eagle is at least as accurate as the S&W 586 and 686 revolvers.
  • The test gun got three clips-worth of shots per CO2 cartridge. That’s a total of 24 shots.
  • There are mounting rails for optics, lasers and tactical lights, so the pistol doesn’t have to remain plain vanilla for long.

  • Mounting rails on top and beneath let you dress the Desert Eagle like a tactical powerhouse.

    I think my reports have addressed all your questions. If not, ask away!