The Desert Eagle was first introduced in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. However, it was only present in two cutscenes; the first cutscene in the mission Supply & Demand, which Ricardo Diaz uses to shoot his VCR after it "ate his favourite El Burro movie". Its second appearance was the final cutscene of Rub Out, which Lance Vance uses to execute Ricardo Diaz, as revenge for killing his brother and for attempting to kill him and Tommy.
The Desert Eagle is far more powerful than the other pistols in the game (Headshots with this in GTA IV will release a large cloud of blood from the victim). It holds 7 rounds per magazine (9 in GTA IV) and kills in one shot the majority of the time in San Andreas; it takes 3 or 4 body shots, or a single head shot, to kill in GTA IV. The San Andreas Desert Eagle is modeled after the .50 Action Express variant (which is considered the 'Classic' Desert Eagle), while the GTA IV version is modeled after the .357 Magnum variant.
The Desert Eagle, referred in Grand Theft Auto IV as a "Combat Pistol", is a more powerful and accurate handgun than the Pistol; however, those advantages are offsetted by a smaller magazine capacity and a slower rate of fire. The Combat Pistol can be purchased from any of the three gun shops in Liberty City for $1,500 and every additional magazine is $100, but cannot be purchased from Little Jacob. The player can attain a Combat Pistol by attacking the gun shop owner; however, this risks retaliation from the gun shop owner's guards. This, like all other pistols, can be fired from a car, but its semi-automatic capabilities and 9 round magazine make it less effective for this purpose.
The Desert Eagle in GTA IV has more than double the fire rate of the GTA San Andreas Desert Eagle (if the weapon skill of the Desert Eagle in San Andreas is up to Hitman, then the GTA IV version has exactly double the fire rate).
A Desert Eagle in GTA San Andreas.
A Combat Pistol in GTA IV.
The HUD icon in GTA San Andreas.
The Combat Pistol icon in GTA IV.
Real life models
- GTA San Andreas
- Playa Del Seville, Los Santos - Corner of wire fence around beach - From your 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.
- Garcia, San Fierro - In corner of alley near Zero RC from your garage in Doherty, head south and take the first right. Go down the alleyway straight ahead and look for an opening in a wall on the right side of the alleyway. Go through the opening and look to the right to find the Desert Eagle in the corner.
- Bayside Marina, Tierra Robada - In corner of wall behind house from the Gant Bridge, head north until you reach Bayside, and take the first right you come to. 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.
- Lil' Probe'Inn, Bone County - 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.
- GTA IV
- Francis International Airport, Dukes - Can be found at the oil refinery on Tudor St 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 Industrial, Bohan - 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.
- The Triangle, Algonquin - Can be found on the wall of the balcony of the west side of Grand Easton Terminal, nearest the Columbus Ave construction site.
- City Hall, Algonquin - Can be found on the ground near some planters at a café off Union Drive West.
- North Holland, Algonquin - If you decided to kill Playboy X in the mission The Holland Play, he carries a Combat Pistol. You can collect it after you dispatch him. It will not be dropped if you assassinate Playboy, only if you kill him before he reaches the door.
- Alderney City, Alderney - Can be found on a large electrical wire spool in the third berth of the old ferry terminal off Asahara Rd. You can only see the orange glow of the pistol, since the actual piece is clipped in the spool.
- Acter Industrial Park, Alderney - Can be found on top of the oil storage tank closest to the Alderney State Correctional Facility on Storax Rd.
- The Desert Eagle in GTA IV, while not referred to as a "Desert Eagle" in-game, does feature a "Deagle 47" etching on its barrel.
- The Desert Eagle in GTA San Andreas is the only pistol that can behead people when shot to the head.
- Ricardo Diaz carried the gold Desert Eagle in GTA Vice City.
- In The Ballad of Gay Tony, at the start of the game, Luis has a Desert Eagle with fifty rounds.
- In the PC version of GTA IV, the firing animation has more of a recoil than the console versions.