Waffen Ferkinghoff is a German company that holds exclusive rights to distribute in Europe the firearms manufactured in the United States by the Kahr Arms Group under brands such as Thompson, Auto-Ordnance, Kahr, and Magnum Research. Among those are the new Desert Eagle L5 and L6 semi-automatic pistols, which Waffen Ferkinghoff showcased this year at the IWA OutdoorClassics expo as a prelude to their distribution in Europe.
The L5 is a slightly shorter (“barely” 27 centimetres) and lightweight (about 1,4 kilograms when unloaded) variant of what is probably the most famous pistol of modern times, thanks to Hollywood's prominent advertising. Available in calibers such as .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum and .50 Action Express, the Desert Eagle L5 pistol sports an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy frame, a matte black finish, and a prominent muzzle compensator.
The L6 is indeed very similar to the L5, except its slide and barrel are both machined out of matte finished stainless steel. Among its features are a bolt stop device, Combat-type fixed sights, and two MIL-STD-1913 “Picatinny” rails. Magazines for both the L5 and L6 Desert Eagle pistols hold seven, eight, or nine rounds depending from the caliber.