First time I shot a pistol I started with a 22, then 380, then 9, 40, 45, 357, 44mag, and a 50AE Desert Eagle. It was powerful at the time but nothing to be scared of. You need to be familiar with guns and have a good proper, solid grip and stance with it though. It's stout. Snubnose 44mag scares me more lol
I would assume that the main purpose of a 50 caliber weapon of any type is to kill. In the world today, I am sure there is a large demand for weapons of this type.
I am not in the market to buy one as they cost around $1,800. I own a .357 Magnum. That is large enough for me. I just saw an episode of “The First 48” where a guy was murdered with a Desert Eagle 50 AE and it basically cut the guy in half. I was just intrigued.
But I am sure the Desert Eagle would have no problem bringing down an elephant if you wanted it to.
It’s a novelty gun. If I ever got one it would be the gold version and a safe queen. If you needed power say in bear country #1 carry a long gun and if your handgun was needed several other options would be better.
I’ve owned one. Blast to shoot. Nothing at all like the recoil of big bore revolvers like a 500 s&w or 454 casull. More like a medium barrel 44 mag. Not the palm crushing recoil of those revolvers . It’s a #### fun gun to have. Just don’t limp wrist it or it may not chamber the next round
Fun gun to shoot for a while, but likely not one you'll shoot enough to get consistent.
If you have a (or some) shooting ranges near you that rent guns, see if they have one. They're a pretty popular gun and the ranges make good money selling you the ammo for it. I've rented a couple of them over the years at different ranges.
I would recommend you rent one, before you buy. A two to three hour road trip to a range that rents one can help you get it "out of your system".
If you grip it correctly, it doesn't "kick" as much as you'd think. Some of those big bore revolvers can put a hurting on your wrist. The DE 50 isn't too bad.