Shut the hell up, you've never shot a gun, let alone a desert eagle."
Generally known to be one of the most powerful pistols available today, the Desert Eagle has obscene stopping power. Coming in .357, .41 .44 Magnum, .50 Action Express and .440 Cor-Bon calibres, the Desert Eagle fires big-bore rounds. Popularized by films, television and video-games, e.g. Half-Life Counter-Strike, the Desert Eagle is in fact avoided by everyone from counter-terrorism squads to terrorists themselves. It is about twice as heavy as the average pistol and approaches 11 inches in length - a normal pistol is about 6-7 inches. The Desert Eagle has considerable recoil and its only real use is sport-hunting, due to its single-shot accuracy, and sheer power - it could probably stop a bear dead in its tracks. The .50AE, is half an inch in calibre and weighs 'only' about 19 grammes. It's relatively slow, however, which severely impacts on its performance as a longer-range weapon.
The percieved recoil is actually less than most .44magnum revolvers like my 44 Ruger Blackhawk. This is due to it being gas operated and especially due to its excessive weight. Those of you that say it will break your wrist have no clue what you are talking about. Don't buy into the hype. It's powerful for a handgun but it is completely controllable with practice.
It's not worth having if you don't reload as ammo is $1-$1.50 per round. I can load the above "recipe" for about $160 per thousand if I already have the brass which can withstand a dozen or more loadings.
It does serve a practical role as a hunting handgun but is probably rarely used as such.
Also, pre-pubescent assholes think that the Desert Eagle is an easy to hold weapon that gives next-to-nothing recoil (read: counter strike). However, the moment you hand them a Desert Eagle at a shooting range and they shoot just one bullet off they'll probably: A) Break their wrists from the recoil. -or- B) Break most of their face because they were holding the gun about as lightly as one would hold a BB/Pellet pistol.
.50 Caliber - 7 Rounds
.44 Caliber - 8 Rounds
.357 Caliber - 9 Rounds
...and for all you people who don't know what the hell caliber is, it's the diameter of the bullet. More caliber = more gunpowder = more power.