First Look: 429 DE Pistol Cartridge

by
posted on October 31, 2018
429-de-magnum-research-f.jpg
Of course, most firearm fans are familiar with the world-famous Desert Eagle, chambered in the equally famous 50 AE cartridge. However, what's less-known is that Magnum Research, the Minnesota-based manufacturer of these big-bore handguns, offers Desert Eagle models in other calibers, notably .357 Mag. and .44 Mag. Now, a new caliber has been added to the lineup, and it's one designed by engineers at the company itself: the 429 DE.

"This new cartridge was engineered and designed specifically for the Desert Eagle Pistol, keeping in mind that the DEP is known world wide for its awesome firepower and performance," said Jim Tertin, Magnum Research design and R&D lead. "The 429 DE propels that history into the future."

Based on the popular 50 AE cartridge case, the 429 DE recesses the straight-walled case design, necking it down to accept a .44-caliber, 240-grain bullet. The cases, which are factory-produced by Starline Brass, feature a 30-degree shoulder and includes an elongated neck that provides enough space for a solid bullet crimp, preventing projectiles from jumping the crimp while in the magazine. The rounds themselves are loaded by HSM, using Sierra bullets.

Providing enhanced power and capabilities for the Desert Eagle platform was a priority for the team behind the development of the 429 DE. To this end, the new cartridge propels a 240-grain, .44-caliber projectile at a muzzle velocity of 1,600 fps. With a 210-grain bullet, that velocity increases to 1,750 fps. Both loads were measured from 6-inch barrels. This provides a 25 percent increase in velocity compared to a similarly loaded .44 Mag. cartridge. The muzzle energy of these rounds is measured at 45 percent more than comparable .44 Mag. loads.

In many ways, this new design provides similar capabilities to the 440 Cor-Bon cartridge, but consumers will see differences between the two, such as the sharp, 30-degree case shoulder on the 429 DE, which provides consistent headspacing and more-reliable function. For owners of 50 AE Desert Eagle pistols, adapting to the new cartridge is simple. Magnum Research is launching 6-inch 429 DE barrels, which can drop into any Israeli- or US-made MK19 Desert Eagle. The barrel uses the same bolt and magazine as the 50 AE.

Twenty-round boxes of 429 DE ammunition will be sold through Magnum Research. Consumers can choose between a 240-grain soft-point load or a 210-grain hollow-point load. Suggested retail pricing on each box of 20 is $42.




Latest

AR-15 facing left
AR-15 facing left

First Look: Bushmaster Bravo Zulu Rifles

Bushmaster recently launched its Bravo Zulu line of AR-15 rifles, which will be available in five different configurations. 

Barrett Produces 1,000th MRAD MK22

The 1,000th MRAD (Multi-Role Adaptive Design) Mark 22 MOD 0 (MK22) rifle destined for use in the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Advanced Sniper Rifle and United States Army Precision Sniper Rifle programs rolled out of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing in November.

Silencer Central Cyber Monday Sale

Silencer Central's Cyber Monday Sale allows customers who buy a Banish .223, Banish 30, Banish 30 Gold, or Banish 45 to receive a Banish 22K, a titanium rimfire silencer that weighs in at 2.45 ounces, for free.

First Look: Springfield Armory Ronin EMP

Springfield Armory recently announced the newest addition to its award-winning family of 1911s with the Ronin EMP.

The Importance of Communication for Personal Defense

The stress and confusion of a violent criminal attack is not the place to try to work up a system of communication.

First Look: Kimber Rapide Dawn & Scorpius 1911 Pistols

Kimber recently introduced two new models of 1911s, the Dawn & Scorpius, to the Rapide family. 

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.