The IMI Desert Eagle is a semi-automatic handgun notable for chambering the largest centerfire cartridge of any magazine-fed, self-loading pistol. Magnum Research Inc. (MRI) designed and developed the Desert Eagle. The design was refined and the 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 commercialized its small arms branch under the name Israel Weapon Industries. Since 2009, the Desert Eagle Pistol has been produced in the United States at MRI's Pillager, Minnesota facility. Kahr Arms acquired Magnum Research in 2010.
During Nick's gun purchase, Bones Darley recommends that Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) consider the Desert Eagle for his vigilante needs. He refers to the Desert Eagle as the "sword of justice" and the "king of mayhem." Despite being one of the best choice of weaponry due to high rate of fire, large ammo capacity and immense damage output, Nick opts for a .357 magnum Colt Python revolver, an M1911A1 and a long 12-gauge Rossi Overland shotgun instead, due to his lack of experience in firearms.