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Old 02-28-09, 04:39 PM   #1
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Desert Eagle 50 caliber. Funny story involving a big f'ing gun.

Recently typed this up in an email to share with someone else. Thought I'd put it up here for kicks.

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Worked at a camera store a looong time ago, like in the early 90's. A co-worker of mine was a gun nut. One day, I had to ask the sales manager a question, so I go to the back to his office. There were like 3 or 4 people, including the gun nut, in the office looking down at a box on the sales managers desk. Turns out the gun nut has bought himself a Desert Eagle 50 caliber hand gun. Not only that, but he then proceeds to put a scope on the damn thing. Do you have any idea how ridiculous this thing looked? Dirty Harry and Rambo would have run screaming like little girls from this thing. So I'm staring at this thing going WTF?, when the gun nut says 'go ahead, pick it up and check it out'. Ummm, ok I guess. Then he says 'go ahead and look down the scope'. Ok, I'm from Texas and have been around guns all my life. We like, hunt and stuff. So I was taught from a very early age not to point a gun at a person unless you have a damn good reason to leave him in a bad way. So the only way I can look down the scope of this f'ing hand cannon and not point it at some idiot in the room is to point it out the open door. So I do that.

EXACTLY at that moment, the 'new guy' at the store, a fella that ended up being my best friend (and won't ever let me live this story down) ALSO had a question for the sales manager. So he goes trucking back there, whips the corner into the office.... only to come face to face with some big weird dude pointing a Desert Eagle 50 caliber WITH A SCOPE on it right at his f'ing grape!

My point of view was awesome. I'm looking down the scope at the crosshairs, then all of sudden this head appears with the crosshairs positioned square between the eyes, which promptly flash to the size of saucers. Then the whole head drops outta the scope like a flash and I hear a big 'WHuuugh' as the guy dives for the ground. Oh ****! I immediately point the gun 'to the sky' and look around. My co-workers are crying laughing and my buddy is looking up at me from the floor with a huge wtf look on his face.

I guess looking down the barrel of one of those things for real isn't exactly a lot of fun.

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Old 02-28-09, 04:42 PM   #2
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I giggled. Quite a bit.
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Old 02-28-09, 04:47 PM   #3
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I liked the 'waaagh!' part
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Old 02-28-09, 05:03 PM   #4
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You did verify that the gun was unloaded and visually and physically checked that the gun was unloaded before you proceeded to scare the beejeezus out of your buddy, right. Funny story.
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Old 02-28-09, 05:10 PM   #5
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You did verify that the gun was unloaded and visually and physically checked that the gun was unloaded before you proceeded to scare the beejeezus out of your buddy, right. Funny story.
always assume a gun is loaded.
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Old 02-28-09, 05:32 PM   #6
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always assume a gun is loaded.
+1. That is the first rule of gun safety. I live in Texas, and you wouldn't believe how many people make the Austin news by attempting to clean a rifle or a pistol, and it discharges at or near their feet.

Second stupid thing people do here is chuck metal cased ammo in a campfire. Shotgun shells that have plastic casings are usually fine, but I've heard of people getting shapnel embedded in parts of their body when they chuck brass cased ammo.
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Old 02-28-09, 05:49 PM   #7
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Old 02-28-09, 06:00 PM   #8
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Second stupid thing people do here is chuck metal cased ammo in a campfire. Shotgun shells that have plastic casings are usually fine, but I've heard of people getting shapnel embedded in parts of their body when they chuck brass cased ammo.
That's right up there with pouring charcoal starter on coals to, ya know- get them going. Possible tie for second, or are we just talking about brighter moments in firearms handling?
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It is funny, but do keep in mind that much as I'm sure you tried not to, you accidentally violated 2 of the 4 rules. Specifically always be sure of your target and what is beyond it, and never allow the muzzle to cover anything you are not willing to destroy. I certainly screwed up lots worse when my gun fell and shot me, but I'm just sayin', gotta be careful.

Anyway, for some reason, that reminds me of when my friend took his grandma to dinner in his GSX Eclipse soon after he had bought it. She got completely caught off guard. All the funny noises under the hood and from the aftermarket equipment, and the tremendous power, it freaked her out.
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Accuracy not really being the point of the Desert Eagle .50, I find it hilarious that somebody would mount a scope to it.

Not the most practical gun in the world, with rounds at $5.00 apiece. Kicks like a mule. Check Youtube to see how many people have beaned themselves in the face with one. Fun to shoot though. Just watch out for those shell casings. It ejects at 90 degrees, and with recoil that most often leaves the gun pointing nearly straight up in the air, it means they're shooting right at your face. I took one to the forehead once but it was more funny than painful. Had a mark for a couple of days.
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Old 03-01-09, 10:13 AM   #11
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So, if youre not supposed to point a gun at people, how is it OK to point it down the aisles of a store, where people come and go?
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Accuracy not really being the point of the Desert Eagle .50, I find it hilarious that somebody would mount a scope to it.

Not the most practical gun in the world, with rounds at $5.00 apiece. Kicks like a mule. Check Youtube to see how many people have beaned themselves in the face with one. Fun to shoot though. Just watch out for those shell casings. It ejects at 90 degrees, and with recoil that most often leaves the gun pointing nearly straight up in the air, it means they're shooting right at your face. I took one to the forehead once but it was more funny than painful. Had a mark for a couple of days.
I love those videos.......infact, i'm youtubin right now....
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OK.... the first thing that came to my mind on seeing the title to this thread was "BFG 9000".

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So, if youre not supposed to point a gun at people, how is it OK to point it down the aisles of a store, where people come and go?
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It wasn't down the aisle of the store - it was out of an open door. In hindsight probably not the best decision ever, but it was the only immediate space where there was not a body at the time
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A good friend of mine has a .50 cal handgun, I don't remember what exactly.

I fired ONE ROOUND, ONCE! Never Again !!!

The darned thing just about broke my wrist........
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Old 03-01-09, 05:34 PM   #17
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Wow, you got really lucky. Consider an alternative scenario:

You've drawn a loaded weapon and taken aim toward a public place (firearms are always loaded, remember?). A guy, who happens to also be an experienced firearm user, rounds the corner and finds himself staring down a large bore. Acting on instinct, and correctly assuming you are waiting for him with a firearm in condition zero, he then draws, drops, and proceeds to neutralize the immediate threat to his life, thereby ending yours. (Yes, I know they say never draw on a drawn weapon. But, they also say you should never play with guns, so obviously people don't always do what "they say.")

Most experienced firearm users can draw and get off a double-tap in less than one second. You would have expired before you even realized what had happened. You were probably closer to death in that instant than you realize.

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I do agree that the Eagle .50 is a ridiculous gun... I carry an M&P9 and have a .357 Magnum Revolver for fun.. The 600lb-ft load in the .357 kicks like a horse. I can't imagine firing an 1800lb-ft load out of a pistol. Sheesh..
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so... was there a stock and drum mag for this as well?
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If that happened to me, I'm pretty I would have left some skid marks...It is harder to hit a moving target.
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That's right up there with pouring charcoal starter on coals to, ya know- get them going. Possible tie for second, or are we just talking about brighter moments in firearms handling?
Ha, a friend of mine did that once on a camp fire we were building, and he panicked, he didn't think that if he would just stop squeezing he would break the stream. But the flame went all the way up, he dropped the can and I thought we were going to burn the forest down. Turns out it takes a lot to get them pine needles going. The spilt fuel burned itself out and it was fine.


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Not the most practical gun in the world, with rounds at $5.00 apiece. Kicks like a mule.
I've only fired a measly .44 Mag Desert Eagle, I have no idea how much more kick the .50AE has. But I remember thinking that the semi-auto softened the blow compared to a .44 Mag revolver. I hated shooting the S&W .44 Mag because the "grip" was just a couple of side plates; the frame was pressed against my hand and the kickback was hard on it.

The most annoying gun I ever fired, however, was a tiny .25 auto. It was so small you couldn't get a good grip on it. And it was so light there wasn't much mass to absorb the inertia (you know what I mean, it takes more energy to move a bigger mass). So the result was, no matter how hard you gripped it, the muzzle would pop up with every shot, and the twisting would hurt my hand.
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Wow, you got really lucky. Consider an alternative scenario:

You've drawn a loaded weapon and taken aim toward a public place (firearms are always loaded, remember?). A guy, who happens to also be an experienced firearm user, rounds the corner and finds himself staring down a large bore. Acting on instinct, and correctly assuming you are waiting for him with a firearm in condition zero, he then draws, drops, and proceeds to neutralize the immediate threat to his life, thereby ending yours. (Yes, I know they say never draw on a drawn weapon. But, they also say you should never play with guns, so obviously people don't always do what "they say.")

Most experienced firearm users can draw and get off a double-tap in less than one second. You would have expired before you even realized what had happened. You were probably closer to death in that instant than you realize.

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I do agree that the Eagle .50 is a ridiculous gun... I carry an M&P9 and have a .357 Magnum Revolver for fun.. The 600lb-ft load in the .357 kicks like a horse. I can't imagine firing an 1800lb-ft load out of a pistol. Sheesh..
I guess that's true, however, please remember I didn't ask for any of it. I walked into an odd situation. And I don't think I acted totally irresponsibly - I might have done some things better but considering I went asking the sales manager a question an suddenly found myself handling a high power handgun I think I did ok.
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THe best thing about the DE 50 is that if you're out of bullets you can beat someone to death with the monster.
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if y'all think the .50AE Desert Eagle is dumb, google "Maadi-Griffin pistol" and see what you think.

'cause i can see some utility for a Desert Eagle. big game hunting, for example.

but a single-shot .50 BMG pistol? that, i don't get at all.
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