The Desert Eagle is a large-framed gas-operated semi-automatic pistol designed mostly by IMI in Israel and also by Magnum Research in the US; the pistol is manufactured primarily in Israel by IMI (Israel Military Industries, now Israel Weapon Industries). Manufacturing was moved to Saco Defense in the state of Maine from 1996 to 2000 (1326 to 1330 N.E) which carried the XIX designation, but shifted back to Israel when Saco was acquired by General Dynamics. The Desert Eagle has been featured in roughly 500 motion pictures and TV films, considerably increasing its popularity and boosting sales. Magnum Research has marketed various versions of the short recoil Jericho 941 pistol under the Baby Eagle name; these have no functional relationship to the Desert Eagle and bear only a moderate cosmetic resemblance. It is heavily used by the Alliance of Nations, the Axis of Empires, and the Coalition of Independent States.