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An ancient Desert Eagle pistol, in .44 Magnum. Interest in late 20th century films made this one of the most popular handguns of all times.Fallout and Fallout 2 description

The Desert Eagle is a small gun in Fallout and Fallout 2.


The Desert Eagle serves as an excellent mid-game pistol, offering higher damage than the old 10mm, and a fairly common ammunition type. It out-ranges the .44 Magnum revolver by a bit and carries 2 more rounds in a magazine, but the .44 Magnum does more damage and can be fired for fewer AP. Overall, this weapon is great until a needler pistol or .223 pistol can be found. It could be replaced by a 14mm pistol, but only with an armor-piercing fix patch.


In Fallout 2, it can be upgraded with an extended magazine, increasing its ammunition capacity to 20 rounds.



Fallout 2


In the Fallout Demo, the Desert Eagle is called a Magnum pistol.[1]

Behind the scenes

Chris Taylor professed this was his favorite gun during the development of Fallout, which is why it was included. It alongside the 9mm Mauser were the only weapons based completely on real world equivalents.[2]



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  1. Fallout demo item description: "{1800}{}{Magnum Pistol}"
    "{1801}{}{An ancient Desert Eagle pistol, in .44 Magnum. Interest in late 20th century filmsmade this on of the most popular handguns of all times.}"
  2. Post by Chris Taylor: "The gun choices in FO1 were 90% mine. I felt that weapon technology would have developed differently in the Fallout universe after the split with our timeline, so I tried to make less of the weapons "real-world". The two exceptions (that I can remember) are the Desert Eagle .44 and the 9mm Mauser. The DE was my favorite gun at the time and I had to include it."