Over the past 25 years MRI has been responsible for the
design and development of the Desert Eagle pistol. The design was refined and
the actual pistols were manufactured by Israel Military Industries until 1995,
when MRI shifted the manufacturing contract to Saco Defense in Saco, Maine. In
1998, MRI moved manufacturing back to IMI, which later reorganized under the
name Israel Weapon Industries.
Both Saco and IMI/IWI were strictly contractors:
all of the intellectual property, including patents, copyrights and trademarks
are the property of Magnum Research. Since 2009 the Desert Eagle Pistol has
been produced in the USA at MRI's Pillager, MN facility.
Besides offering the
basic black finish MRI has developed a line-up of the Desert Eagle pistols in a
number of distinctive and appealing finishes including classic brushed chrome
and the latest “Tiger Stripe” pattern in a titanium nitride coated finish.
Magnum Research imported the IMI/IWI brand of pistols under
the Baby Desert Eagle name until the end of 2008. The importation of the Baby
Desert Eagle will resume in 2011 with the purchase of MRI by Kahr Arms. Other
products from MRI include the DE1911G and DE1911C from BUL Ltd. in Israel and a
striker fired polymer frame pistol from Walther in Germany, MR9 and MR40 Eagle.