Magnum Research Inc was founded by Jim Skildum and John Risdall in 1979. The flagship pistol developed by MRI is the Desert Eagle, which was manufactured by Israel Military Industries beginning in 1985 and continued until 1995, when MRI moved the manufacturing contract to Saco Defense in Saco, Maine. In 1998, MRI moved manufacturing back to IMI, which became Israel Weapon Industries. Both Saco and IMI/IWI were strictly contractors: all of the intellectual property, including patents, copyrights and trademarks are the property of Magnum Research. Since 2009 the Desert Eagle Pistol has been produced in the USA at MRI’s Pillager, MN site and since that time it has been manufactured solely in the US. In 2010 Magnum Research was purchased by Kahr Arms.