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For the Grand Theft Auto V weapon sharing the same name with the GTA IV iteration, see Combat Pistol.
"High-impact pistol that delivers immense power but with extremely strong recoil. Holds 9 rounds in magazine."
―GTA V description on the Rockstar Games Social Club.

The Desert Eagle is a pistol featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V. In GTA V, it is manufactured by Hawk & Little.

Design

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Combat Pistol takes the form of a Desert Eagle in both Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and it is referred to as such in it. It is modeled after the .50 AE caliber version and holds seven rounds per magazine.

The weapon also appears in some cutscenes of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, but it is never available in normal gameplay.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Referred as the Combat Pistol, the Grand Theft Auto IV rendition is still modeled after the .50 variant of the Desert Eagle (as evidenced by the lack of a fluted barrel) and features a more detailed appearance. It is obviously a bit larger than the Pistol and features a slightly longer barrel. The Combat Pistol holds nine rounds per magazine, suggesting that it is intended to be the .357 Magnum version.

Grand Theft Auto V

Referred as the Pistol .50 the Grand Theft Auto V retains the form of the Desert Eagle, but with a multitude of changes made to the design: besides the removal of the famous "Beaver Tail", the slide-mounted safety has been removed, the frame mounted slide release is missing, the cocking serrations on the gun are chunkier, an underbarrel rail has been added, the barrel lock has been omitted, a sliding safety has been added in place of the slide release and the trigger guard has been redesigned. In addition, the muzzle has been shifted downwards towards the middle of the barrel, and is noticeably larger in diameter.

It holds 9 rounds per magazine, which is inaccurate as the Desert Eagle chambered in .50 holds 7 rounds per magazine (the same inaccuracy is present in Grand Theft Auto IV). It has tritium-illuminated iron sights (like the Pistol and Combat Pistol) that are based on other modern combat pistols such as the FN Five-seven.

Performance

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Desert Eagle in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is basically more powerful than the Pistol, but holds less rounds than the former in a single magazine, resulting in a constant reloading when used. It takes 2 body shots with poor skill level; if one's skill is gangster or hitman level they can kill non-armored NPCs in one shot and two for armored NPCs.

GTA San Andreas Overview


Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Weapon.dat
70 (At 'Poor' skill level)
140 (At 'Gangster' and above)
N/A N/A 7 N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined 7-round standard magazine Upper slider N/A

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Combat Pistol is more powerful than the standard Pistol, but sacrifices ammunition capacity for it, holding only nine rounds in the magazine as opposed to seventeen rounds for the Pistol. While it can be used for drive-bys, its semi-automatic capabilities and the 9-round magazine makes it hard to use at neutralizing targets in car chases.

The Desert Eagle takes about 3-4 shots to an unarmored NPC in the body to kill them. The Combat Pistol in GTA IV has a much higher fire rate than the GTA San Andreas rendition (it is the same as the Glock), which would be rather impractical in real life due to its heavy recoil.

GTA IV Overview


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Damage
(per shot)
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
WeaponInfo.xml
40
160
333 50 / 164 9 N/A 2000
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
2-3/8
4/8 [?]
180 RPM

130 RPM [?]
170 RPM [?]
150-300 RPM [?]

Cannot be determined 9-round standard magazine Upper slide 2 seconds

Grand Theft Auto V

The Pistol .50 has very high damage per shot of pistols, at the cost a slightly reduced, semi-automatic rate of fire coupled with notable recoil. Capacity is lower than that of the Pistol but it can be freely improved to be on par with it. The Pistol .50 lacks the damage falloff of the Pistol and Combat Pistol, increasing its usefulness at medium range. The main weakness of the Pistol .50 is its accuracy, which makes it ineffective for drive-by shooting and of a limited efficiency while on foot. However this handgun remains effective against NPCs in close quarters.

This is a good weapon for quickly finishing the first waves of a survival as a single shot to the chest is able to kill enemies at lower survival waves. True to its name and the markings, it is chambered in .50 Caliber, which is a very large and powerful cartridge that gives the pistol such power.

GTA V Overview


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Damage
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
Weapons.meta
25.5 (40.8)

38.3
51

0.52 120 / 394 9 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A 9 rounds (Social Club description) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined 9-round standard magazine

12-round standard magazine (Extended clip)

Upper slider N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
Pistol50-GTAV-RSCStats
Damage
51%
Fire Rate/Speed
40%
Accuracy
55%
Range
35%
Clip Size
8%

Customizations

Grand Theft Auto V

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Rounds & magazine GTA V GTA Online (Unlock)
Rounds (24) $ $ ()
Default clip (9 rounds) Default Default ()
Extended clip (12 rounds) $ $
Tints
Black Default Default ()
Army $100 $5000
Green (Collector's and Enhanced Edition Exclusive) $7500
Orange (Collector's and Enhanced Edition Exclusive)
LSPD $600 $5750
Pink (Collector's and Enhanced Edition Exclusive) $7500
Gold (Collector's and Enhanced Edition Exclusive) $10000
Platinum (Collector's and Enhanced Edition Exclusive) $12500

Image Gallery

In-game model

HUD icon

First Person View

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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Desert Eagle's locations map

Los Santos

  • Playa Del Seville - Corner of wire fence around beach. From Carl's house in Ganton, head east towards the main road that overlooks the ocean in East Beach. Head south from there towards Playa Del Seville. On the corner as the road curves west towards the Ocean Docks, head along the beach and look in the corner of the wire fence that separates the beach from part of the docks.

Whetstone

  • Southwest corner of warehouse in junkyard. Take the northwest road out of Angel Pine and take the first right. Follow this road northeast and look for the Angel Pine Junkyard on the left side of the road. Head down the dirt path and into the junkyard, and head to the heap of scrap in the middle of the junkyard. In front of the heap of scrap, there is an open warehouse with a cement truck inside. Head inside this warehouse and the Desert Eagle is in the southwest corner.

San Fierro

  • Garcia - Starting from Zero RC, go south just and take the first alley to the left, then left again into a small enclosure just in front of STW:Books. It is in the southeastern corner.

Tierra Robada

  • Bayside Marina - In corner of the wall behind house from the Gant Bridge, head north until reaching Bayside, and take the first right. Follow the winding road round and take the first left. Immediately after turning left, look along the left side of the street for a row of posh white houses. Head behind the third house, and look along the back wall. The Desert Eagle is in the corner of the wall to the far right.

Bone County

  • Lil' Probe'Inn - Under solar panel in trailer park. From the Fallow Bridge, cross the bridge and take the third left at the fork in the road. Turn right and pass under the railroad tracks, and look along the right side of the road for a trailer park opposite the Lil' Probe Inn bar. Head towards the trailer park and the Desert Eagle is under the middle solar panel on the east side of the trailer park.

Grand Theft Auto IV

General

  • Can be purchased from the Underground Gun Shops after passing the mission Museum Piece. It costs $1,500 plus $100 per magazine.
  • Can be also obtained early by attacking the shop manager. He will drop the weapon if provoked.
  • In The Ballad of Gay Tony, it is the starting weapon of Luis, with 50 rounds of total ammunition.
  • During the TBOGT mission Going Deep, the NOOSE team will be using the weapon, specifically the detectives from the FIB Buffalos.

Dukes

  • Francis International Airport - Can be found at the oil refinery on Tudor Street on a platform between two rows of oil refining towers. There is a ladder on the north side of these towers to reach the platform.
  • Charge Island - Can be found underneath a walkway ramp on top of an oil storage tank in the oil refinery under the East Borough Bridge. It can be easily reached by jumping onto the tank from the Charge Island off-ramp before the toll booths from the Broker side.

Bohan

  • Bohan Industrial - Can be found on the westernmost segment of the uncompleted Northern Expressway. It can be easily reached by helicopter, or by taking a series of stunt jumps across the various segments.

Algonquin

Alderney

Grand Theft Auto V

Original version
  • The Pistol .50 is available for free in the Special/Collector's edition of the game after completing the mission Franklin and Lamar and it will be available for free in-game at Ammu-Nation.
Enhanced version
  • The Pistol .50 is available to all players to buy for in-game currency. If one had the Special/Collector's edition of the game, however, they will still get it for free like the Bullpup Shotgun and Hammer.

Trivia

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Although the Desert Eagle was not featured as a usable weapon, it can be seen in several different cutscenes:
    • In the mission Supply & Demand, Ricardo Diaz can be seen with a Desert Eagle during the cutscene where he shoots his video player.
    • In the mission Rub Out, Lance Vance wields a Desert Eagle during the cutscene where he and Tommy gun down Diaz.
    • In the mission The Shootist, Phil Cassidy can be seen dual-wielding two Desert Eagles during the cutscene at the shooting range, one of which he gives to Tommy (although Tommy uses a regular pistol during the competition).

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The appearance of a .50 AE Desert Eagle in San Andreas is slightly anachronistic, as the model firing it first went on sale in 1995, while the game takes place in 1992. A .357 or .44 version would have been more accurate instead, since these two would fit in the game's setting.
  • Using the Adrenaline cheat code reveals that the firing sound for the Desert Eagle is the same as the Pistol but slowed down.
  • It is possible to use a bug to make the gun shoot faster by doing this: Aim, fire, release both fire and aim, click Crouch button, and do the same thing again.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Desert Eagle, while not referred to as such in-game, does feature a "Deagle 47" etching on its barrel.
  • GTA IV's price of $1,500 is true to the Desert Eagle's actual retail value, as they usually go for $1,500-$2,200 for the .357-.50AE respectively. The gun in GTA IV is intended to be the .357 model, making the price accurate.
  • Although the weapon is not available for purchase through friends' Gun Vans, in Armando's one, where the Pistol and the Pistol .44 are located, there appears to be a third holster seemingly hidden by the Parachute, which would be suitable to hold the Combat Pistol.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The Pistol .50 is notable for having a very high recoil; when fired, it will blow the player's hands upwards heavily.
    • This is not present in the Next-Gen version while in FPS mode, however, as it kicks backward rather than upward when firing in first person. This was likely done to make it more accurate when in first person.
  • The Pistol .50 appears to be based on a custom built Desert Eagle, rather than the actual production version.
    • The Pistol .50's beta model much more resembles its real life counterpart than the final product. It was possibly changed to avoid copyright issues.
  • The Pistol .50 on the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 platforms had an error where the reload sound effect would be almost completely silent. On the Xbox One/PS4 and PC platforms, this has been fixed.
  • Its sound is similar to the Pistol .44. Additionally, both weapons work in a similiar way, having similar magazine capacities (9 for the Pistol .50, 8 for the Pistol .44), both have a high recoil, both have the name of their caliber in the name.

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