Magnum Research announced the introduction of an “ultra-compact, ultra-light” 1911 style pistol called the Desert Eagle 1911 Undercover or the DE1911U.
The new pistol will be chambered in .45 ACP and will have a 3″ bull barrel. The muzzle has an 11° crown. The magazines hold six rounds. The frame is made of aluminum and the slide is made of high carbon steel. The unloaded weight is 25.8 ounces. The gun has an overall length of 6.85″ and a height of 5″.
The guns have a number of features that many 1911 fans like: an extended beavertail safety, an aluminum trigger and a skeletonized hammer. The grips are double-diamond checkered wood.
While the 1911 platform can be very reliable in the original (full size) configurations, many manufacturers have experienced a degree of difficulty in getting compact and ultra-compact 1911-style guns to run well. It will be interesting to see how well Magnum Research has done with the DE1911U pistol. A rock-solid reliable 1911 of this size with 6+1 rounds of .45 ACP would be worth its weight in gold to many fans.
The Gallery of Guns had a chance to talk to a Magnum Research representative about the new Desert Eagle 1911U at the recent National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers exposition. Here is a video they recorded about the new gun:
MSRP will be $946 and shipping should start in January. We will bring you more photos and information on this gun from the SHOT Show. Neither Magnum Research nor parent company Kahr are listed on the exhibitor list for the Media Day at the Range. So, it does not look like we will get the chance to shoot one there.