Caracal 9mm

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Paladin201, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Paladin201

    Paladin201 New Member

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    I was at the range this morning. They were busy and there was a wait. While waiting I was looking over their rental guns and saw a gun with an odd name and an even odder appearance. A Caracal. Never heard of it before. I asked the guy to let me see it and was surprised to see it was made in the UAE (United Arab Emirates). Function wise, it's a striker fired gun, similar to a Glock or an XD, but that's where the resemblance ends. No other gun looks anything like it. For one thing, the top of the slide is completely round. I checked it out online and it's made in two models, F and C, for Full Size and Compact. Capacity on the full size model is a whopping 18+1. This gun definitely had my curiosity meter pegged. Until I saw the price. Street price on Gunbroker runs around $650.
     

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  2. Tackleberry1

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    Never seen it before but if it's built by Arabs they can keep it. Typical Muslim mentality of "if Alah wills it, it will work" does not really lend itself to thoughtful engineering.

    Tack
     

  3. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Ditto here. Looks like a g***k trigger. ;)
     
  4. USMC_Richey

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    That Caracal is pretty known for it's thin round slide. But not really known at all here in the states. And because of this the price reflects where you live. They are not common here in California, so that seems about what they would go for and being that much, they don't exactly sell quickly either. I have shot one before, it feels much like you said, a glock or an xd. It does have a fairly large mag cap but that's about where the nice features end, you're of course much better off with the other guys. Good find! It's always fun holding and shooting something you have never seen or heard of before.
     
  5. crispy500

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    Shooter's Connection sells them. They must be a distributor or something.
     
  6. Paladin201

    Paladin201 New Member

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    I didn't shoot it, but dry fired it a couple of times. The trigger definitely acts and feels more like a Glock than an XD.

    I have everything I need in the way of "service" guns. So anything I buy now is usually for fun. And I like unusual guns. Just for the novelty. I have purchased guns, shot them for a while and then sold them, considering any loss I take as payment for services rendered. More like renting the gun then buying it really. And this gun definitely caught my eye, and raised my curiosity. But the price killed that thought before it even got started. I don't have the kind of money to spend that much on a gun just to play around with it for a while. But I'll definitely rent it next time I'm at the range. Just to say I shot it.
     
  7. USMC_Richey

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    Do it! There's something about shooting a gun that your not sure whether it's going to kick you on your butt, blow up in your hand, or put the whole mag OT. Kinda like driving the piss out of an old 67' 427 Cobra, you know it could kill you at anytime but it's too exhilarating to stop.
     
  8. Paladin201

    Paladin201 New Member

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    OK, don't waste time posting stuff about new/interesting guns you encounter. Got it.
     
  9. hardluk1

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    For the retail price and unknown CS there are others to pick from that are of known quality. It looks like they used this for a design. The Steyr M-A1
     
  10. Cattledog

    Cattledog New Member

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    Thats definitely interesting. Ive never seen one before an I dig weird guns. As for it bein Arab made. F that! They get enough of my money already.
     
  11. HOSSFLY

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    I love this place!
    See something new every visit :D
    OK- sum good, some not so good but still----- :rolleyes:
    This bit of info I find interesting & I thank the OP for sharing :)
     
  12. Koenig041

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    The same gentlman (Bobbits) that helped design the glock and steyr m9 also assisted in designing the Caracal. Notice the low bore axis in the caracal is very similiar to the Steyr M9.
     
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  13. juststartin5272

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    One good thing I've read about it is it is NATO d-14 stamped and also passed a test from the German army or something that only a few other pistols have done. That alone in my opinion is worth taking some shots and seeing how it handles.
     
  14. hardluk1

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    There was some review a while back thatcovered the guy that designed both the steyr M and the caracal . He is Wilhel Bubits and the caracal is made in germany by Merkel . Why it resembles the steyr so much and also seems to have good reviews with a lighter trigger .

    Unlike some here I would own one and hope to. With the oil and gas we burn now from the arabs and the money we all spend on products from other counrties it seem some what foolish to say you would not own one because of place of origin.
     
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  15. Koenig041

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  16. juststartin5272

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    The drawback I'm finding is a rental gun to test before dropping 500 dollars on one. I called at least ten ranges today and only one even knew what kind.d of gun I was talking about and none had one to rent. From the reviews I've read(especially the one in the previous post) I think its worth a gamble. But I think I'll probably go with the standard straight 8 sight rather than the quick sight.
     
  17. Koenig041

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    Its always a bonus if you get to test a new gun before purchase. But in this case, if you get a chance to hold, manipulate and dry fire, I think you will be able tell if its a good fit for you. Maybe you can call Caracal USA and see if they have any range days coming up near you. Let us know what you decide.
     
  18. juststartin5272

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    I didn't know they did anything like that. Thanks for the tip.
     
  19. powg

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    hot rod

    Ive got a 1911 .....where do I find that ford a/c cobra 427 that I can drive the piss out of? lol 0-100 -0 in 12.4 seconds now that's what I call a chain -fire!
     
  20. danf_fl

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    I've seen them advertised.

    If I were looking, I would consider it, but my concern is the availability of extra mags, holster, repair later on.

    If something were "iffy", then I would pass.