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I have a Mark 1, my cousin gave it to me as a gift, we used it target shooting on his farm.
I was thinking of customizing it myself, change the grip and put some sights and stuff.
Been thinking of collecting all the models if I could.
I checked this webpage and not sure if this is the all the models, but it has all the details.

I like this one
photo not mine, but I was thinking of customizing my Mark 1 like this.
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Go for it!!!
Range report please and pictures 馃摳
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Welcome to the forum D-Mac.

I regret selling my 357 DE aluminum frame over 25 years ago. It was such a soft shooter and reliable too.

I currently have a 44 mag that I have only shot once in 20 years. Hmmm, I need to bust that big boy out again soon.
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Sorry, I was distracted by your picture. Welcome from Virginia. Great to have ya.
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Nice artillery piece. (shot one in 44 mag years ago)

And welcome to the forum. (y)
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I have a Mark 1, my cousin gave it to me as a gift, we used it target shooting on his farm.
Your cousin sounds like a pretty nice guy, lol. I like him already.

I was thinking of customizing it myself, change the grip and put some sights and stuff.
I hear you....I've been thinking about swapping the rear sight out for an adjustable model. The grips on mine are hogues and they fit my hands well, and the grippiness of hogues overmolded rubber helps a lot with the recoil.

Been thinking of collecting all the models if I could.
I've been thinking about their .429DE, that looks like its got a bit more oomph than the .44mag, but with the same easy to find projectiles for reloading.
I checked this webpage and not sure if this is the all the models, but it has all the details.

I like this one
photo not mine, but I was thinking of customizing my Mark 1 like this. View attachment 1289166
Honestly, if you are interested in collecting and customizing DE's, a MK1 is best left alone as it is. The slide on a MK1 is not physically big enough to take the .50AE barrel, so if you want a .50AE MK1 you have to purchase a .50AE barrel, and a MK19 slide.
Thats what mine is. A MK1 that the former owner had converted to with MK19 slide and a .50AE
If rails, optics, and customization are your thing, probably better to sell the MK1 and buy one of the newer models that already have such features and are setup with things like swappable muzzle brakes and custom finishes.

But i'll be honest with you..there is something about the lines of that MK1 barrel and that smaller dovetailed rib....start watching movies from the 80s and 90s featuring the DE..its the classic profile.
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Wow! Hell of a gift!
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I wanted a .41 Mag and a .44 Mag DE for a long time. I still do in some ways. The undeniable coolness of the .50 would make it hard not to have a setup for that as well. In the revolver rounds that I dote on, I shoot a lot of cast bullets and that's not conducive with the DE.

The few I have shot were fun and the .429 cartridge is very interesting as well, but I've only seen it in print.

If they appeal enough to you to collect them, go for it! It is perfectly OK to stay away from the gold plated models. Other than that, go for it!
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Welcome to the forum D-Mac.

I regret selling my 357 DE aluminum frame over 25 years ago. It was such a soft shooter and reliable too.

I currently have a 44 mag that I have only shot once in 20 years. Hmmm, I need to bust that big boy out again soon.
Thanks man
WOw!!! Nice one man!
Go for it, shoot some bottle or in the range
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Wow! Hell of a gift!
got lucky!!!
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Your cousin sounds like a pretty nice guy, lol. I like him already.



I hear you....I've been thinking about swapping the rear sight out for an adjustable model. The grips on mine are hogues and they fit my hands well, and the grippiness of hogues overmolded rubber helps a lot with the recoil.



I've been thinking about their .429DE, that looks like its got a bit more oomph than the .44mag, but with the same easy to find projectiles for reloading.


Honestly, if you are interested in collecting and customizing DE's, a MK1 is best left alone as it is. The slide on a MK1 is not physically big enough to take the .50AE barrel, so if you want a .50AE MK1 you have to purchase a .50AE barrel, and a MK19 slide.
Thats what mine is. A MK1 that the former owner had converted to with MK19 slide and a .50AE
If rails, optics, and customization are your thing, probably better to sell the MK1 and buy one of the newer models that already have such features and are setup with things like swappable muzzle brakes and custom finishes.

But i'll be honest with you..there is something about the lines of that MK1 barrel and that smaller dovetailed rib....start watching movies from the 80s and 90s featuring the DE..its the classic profile.


I hear you man!
I will watch that movies, now that I got addicted to this piece!
Thanks!!
That is a very nice gift. Many years ago I had a DE in .50AE and it was a lot of fun to shoot.
It was a cool pistol that I should have kept.
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Great gun, not a 1911 but still a great gun. The 3rd gun I ever bought was a Mark XIX 50AE, nickle plated. Next came a Mark XIX chambered in 44 Mag, and then an L5 again chambered in 44 Mag. The L5 is a lighter version of the XIX, see the bottom pix below. After many years of jamming I finally realized they tend to be fussy w/ the ammo. My 44 Mag (no pix here) only likes MagTech, runs like a champ, problems w/ anything else. My 50AE likes Hornady or DE's own (which is rebranded Hornady).

Every time I take one to the range I walk away w/ a smile. Fun guns to own. When I shoot my 50AE at the range at my LGS, the cameras out in the shop actually shake. Congrats and enjoy...





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Great gun, not a 1911 but still a great gun. The 3rd gun I ever bought was a Mark XIX 50AE, nickle plated. Next came a Mark XIX chambered in 44 Mag, and then an L5 again chambered in 44 Mag. The L5 is a lighter version of the XIX, see the bottom pix below. After many years of jamming I finally realized they tend to be fussy w/ the ammo. My 44 Mag (no pix here) only likes MagTech, runs like a champ, problems w/ anything else. My 50AE likes Hornady or DE's own (which is rebranded Hornady).

Every time I take one to the range I walk away w/ a smile. Fun guns to own. When I shoot my 50AE at the range at my LGS, the cameras out in the shop actually shake. Congrats and enjoy...


Loving that grip!!!! just wow!!
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