Magnum Research Inc. (MRI) opened up a new chapter in its 29 year old history when the Pillager, MN based company was purchased by Kahr Arms in June 2010. Kahr Arms, based in Worcester, MA. Kahr offices and factories in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota and is a well known producer of high quality compact handguns and maker of the world famous Thompson submachine guns commonly known as the “Tommy Gun”. Magnum Research's founders, Jim Skildum and John Risdall had been involved with the company since 1979. Both men oversaw the ascent of the Desert Eagle Pistol from a concept on paper to a pop culture icon including a Playboy magazine front cover featuring Pamela Anderson showing off a Pink Desert Eagle pistol.