Touted as being one of the most powerful pistol rounds in
production today, the .50 A&E, standing for .50 Action Express, is an
American round made in 1988 by Evan Whildin of Action Arms. It was the third
caliber created for the Desert Eagle Pistol, following the .357 Magnum and the
.44 magnum. Essentially, the .50 A&E has the same rim diameter of the .44
magnum, allowing a Desert Eagle chambered in either caliber to be retrofitted
with a simple barrel and mag change.
Due to laws about non-sporting firearms, the introduction of
the .50 A&E in to the US was met with some resistance. Simply put, the law
states that the bore of a non-sporting firearm may not be over 0.500” in diameter
when measured from land to land. The original .50 A&E Desert Eagle’s bore
diameter was right at .500” with convention rifling, causing the gauge plug
used to test for acceptance to not go into the gun. However, after the rifling
was switched to a polygonal rifling, the gauge plug dropped with ease. This
allowed the gun to pass the law’s requirements.
Many people shoot the .50A&E simply for the enjoyment,
though it can be used to bring down big game should the situation call for it.
New shooters should steer clear from it, however, as the recoil is hard, even
with the weight of the gun taken into consideration. With recoil aside, the .50
A&E is exciting to shoot and doesn’t show any signs of going away.
Each box contains 50 once fired brass shell casings with a nickel finish.Headstamps are mixed. This is unprocessed brass sourced from commercial shooting ranges. The casings have been not been washed or polished and may still contain the spent primer.
It is recommended that all brass be inspected prior to being reloaded and fired