Magnum Research, Inc.
Company typeSubsidiary
Founded1979; 45 years ago (1979)
Fate2010; 14 years ago (2010) buyout by Kahr Arms
HeadquartersPike County, Pennsylvania,
ParentKahr Arms
Magnum Research headquarters in Fridley; it is unmarked.

Magnum Research Inc. (MRI) was an American privately held corporation based in Fridley, Minnesota which manufactured and distributed firearms. The majority owners, Jim Skildum (President and CEO) and John Risdall (Chairman, COO), had been with the company since its founding in 1979.

In June 2010 Magnum Research, in financial difficulties, was sold to Kahr Arms, an American-based producer of compact pistols.[1][2]


Desert Eagle Pistol

MRI was responsible for the design and development of the Desert Eagle pistol.[3] The design was refined and for some time the pistols were also manufactured by Israel Military Industries (IMI) until 1995, when MRI shifted the manufacturing contract and license to Saco Defense in Saco, Maine.[4] In 1998 MRI shifted manufacturing back to IMI, which later reorganized under the name Israel Weapon Industries. Since 2009 the Desert Eagle Pistol has been exclusively produced in the USA only, at MRI’s Pillager, Minnesota facility. Both Saco and IMI/IWI were strictly manufacturing contractors: all of the intellectual property, including patents, copyrights and trademarks of the Desert Eagle since its creation have been the property of Magnum Research Incorporated,[5] excluding the patent on the production model which was owned by IMI.[6]

Jericho 941 Pistol / Baby Eagle

Magnum Research imported the IMI/IWI Jericho 941 series of pistols under the Baby Eagle name until the end of 2008 and resumed importation of this model in 2011 under the name Baby Eagle II. Currently, the Baby Eagle name is used on a new series of striker-fired polymer-framed pistols. For a time they also imported the Barak SP-21 pistol, but it is no longer offered.

Single-Action Magnum Revolvers

Other products include the BFR series of single-action magnum revolvers, the Mountain Eagle rifle, Magnum Lite rifle, and Micro Desert Eagle.[5][7][8][9]

Custom Service

MRI offered custom gunsmithing services and had a line of guns that were coated with titanium nitride in artful patterns and designs.

Current models

Magnum Research Desert Eagle 1911G
Magnum Research BFR in .50 AE

Discontinued models


  1. ^ "Kahr Purchases Magnum Research Inc" (PDF) (Press release). Kahr Arms. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 5, 2010.
  2. ^ Black, Sam (June 22, 2010). "Owners unload gunmaker Magnum Research to Kahr Arms". Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
  3. ^ Taffin, John (2005). "The Desert Eagle of Magnum Research". Guns Magazine. 30 (8).
  4. ^ "Company History | Magnum Research, Inc. | Desert Eagle pistols and BFR revolvers".
  5. ^ a b Hartink, A.E. (2002). The Complete Encyclopedia of Pistols and Revolvers. Edison, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc. pp. 165–167. ISBN 978-0-7858-1519-8.
  6. ^ United States Patent 4,619,184
  7. ^ Bodinson, Holt (1999). "Extreme Revolvers". Guns Magazine (3).
  8. ^ Spomer, Ron (1997). "Tradition or High Tech". Sporting Classics. 12 (5).
  9. ^ "Micro Desert Eagle" (Press release). ESPN Outdoors. January 16, 2009. Archived from the original on January 15, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  10. ^ "Magnum Research News 2014". Archived from the original on 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  11. ^ Association, National Rifle. "An Official Journal Of The NRA | Magnum Research 429 DE Mark XIX Pistol Now Shipping". An Official Journal Of The NRA. Retrieved 2023-08-31.
  12. ^ Association, National Rifle. "An Official Journal Of The NRA | MRI's Baby Desert Eagle III Pistols". An Official Journal Of The NRA. Retrieved 2023-08-31.