On this episode of Select Fire, Guns.com goes behind the scenes with Magnum Research in Pillager, Minnesota, to see how Desert Eagles and BFRs made. 

Now part of the Kahr Firearms Group along with other lines such as Thompson and Auto-Ordnance, Magnum Research was established in 1980 in Minnesota, and the company's best-known product, the Desert Eagle, began factory production in 1984 with serial number 3,001. Fast forward over 35 years later and the "Deagle" remains the company's most popular firearm. 

Magnum Research Desert Eagle
The Desert Eagle, a huge gas-operated magnum-caliber autoloader, is a polarizing gun with a dedicated fan base. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Magnum Research Desert Eagle bolt
With a huge rotating bolt and dual recoil springs, they are unlike your traditional semi-auto. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)


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Magnum Research Desert Eagle
While first introduced in .357 Magnum, followed shortly later by .44 and .41 Magnum, today the most popular caliber for the Desert Eagle by far is the .50 AE. However, Magnum Research is spending lots of time in R&D for new calibers for the platform. For instance, they debuted the .429 DE in 2019.  (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Magnum Research Desert Eagle
Although production bounced back and forth between Israel, Maine, and then back to Israel, the Deagle is 100 percent made in the USA these days. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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Biggest Finest Revolver

Originally brainstormed in 2000 by inventor Jim Tertin as Baxter's First Revolver, as at the time his 900 sq. ft. shop was in Baxter, Minnesota, today's BFR is known as the Biggest Finest Revolver or the Big Frame Revolver. No matter what you want to call it, this large single-action revolver is impressive. 

BFR revolver
There are BFRs in the field from .22 Mashburn Bee to .50 Beowulf. This example is in .45-70 Government, one of the stouter offerings and the BFR's first standard chambering. Rimmed rifle cartridges such as .30-30 and the like are popular as they bring a lot of performance from the handgun while being a lot cheaper than magnum revolver loads. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
BFR revolver barrels
If you can think it, BFR can make it. But they specialize in traditional lever-action calibers as well as those for large-bore revolvers. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)


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BFR revolver
Brett Pikula, hired by Jim Tertin in April 2001, was BFR's first employee, and he is still making the revolvers today in an unbroken chain that has continued for 20 years. Magnum Research has distributed the wheelguns since the beginning. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

They also make smaller-framed BFRs, such as this beautiful fully custom Bisley in .500 JRH. It has a 2-pound trigger with a break so crisp you'll want to shoot it every day. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)


Other Models 

Magnum Research also makes a series of fine Magnum Lite .22 rimfire rifles. Designed and entirely manufactured in the United States, at the heart of the rifle is its one-piece forged 6061T6 receiver that utilizes an integral Picatinny rail and has a hard-coat anodized finish for durability and wear. It is equipped with the patented graphite bull barrel, which features unidirectional graphite fibers and is full-floating with an 11-degree muzzle crown for maximum accuracy. 

Magnum Research rifles
They are equipped with ambidextrous thumbhole stocks made by Boyd's and feel almost weightless, hitting the scales at about 4 pounds, largely due to the graphite barrels. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Magnum Research Bul M1911
Then there are Magnum Research-branded M1911s made by BUL in Israel, as well as other Baby Eagle lines from the same source. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

We had a great time at Magnum Research in Minnesota and thank everyone there, as well as the fine folks at Kahr Firearms, for making the visit possible. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)


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