What games would have you believe: Ah, the Desert Eagle. From Call of Duty to Uncharted, this massive Israeli pistol has become a shooter mainstay known for its insane power.
The reality: The Desert Eagle, while not quite as rare as other guns on this list, has earned its place due to its sheer ubiquity in video games. There isn’t a single police or military unit on the planet that uses the prohibitively heavy, expensive, and unreliable Desert Eagle. Weighing in at four and a half pounds (an M9 weighs two pounds) and firing the powerful, but ultimately expensive and undependable .50 Action Express rounds, the Desert Eagle has earned a reputation as the weapon of flashy gangsters and rich, ignorant gun collectors. It looks cool, though, and that’s all that really matters to some game developers. As a frequent shooter player, though, I must say that digital Deagles are a blast to play with, and their frequent inclusion in games doesn’t trigger my gun enthusiast ire as much as many other entries on this list.