All Caracal C Pistols Recalled: No Fix Available

Caracal Recall

Caracal announced today a recall of every C model pistol the company has ever made.  The recall is not limited to any specific serial numbers or market.

The safety issue(s) with the Caracal C cannot be fixed according to information released by the company.  No guns will be repaired and/or returned to the purchaser.  Caracal is offering a full refund of the original purchase price or vouchers for other Caracal products.

This recall is an extension of the recall announced in March 2013 for a limited number of Caracal C pistols.  Caracal stated after investigating the problems, the company initiated a recall of all C pistols “because the safety of its customers is paramount.”

Caracal states in the recall notice that owners of the C should not load or shoot the pistols.  While the guns appear to be unsafe, one wonders if holding on to one as a collector’s item would be smart.  You would have to accept that you should never shoot the gun again, but would the gun be valuable to collectors at some future date?

This recall announcement comes right after Caracal announced the introduction of a completely new handgun line.  Three of the new Caracal pistols are updated versions of the original F, C and SC models.  Those pistols have been given new names:  CP660, CP661, and CP662.   Click here to read more on those new pistols.

This is the entire recall notice as issued by Caracal:

Caracal C Pistol Recall

Prior Caracal Recall Notices – The Following Information Is Superseded by the Above

Caracal SCCaracal announced a safety recall on the F and C series pistols.  It seems there is a potential problem with the trigger unit that would allow for the pistol to fire if dropped.  According to Caracal, no one has been injured from this problem (good), and it would seem that they would like to prevent any injuries by initiating this voluntary recall.

There is some bad new and good news on the recall…

The bad news is that right now it will take about three months for Caracal to receive replacement parts for their US customers.  Once the parts come in, then owners can contact Caracal to schedule a date the pistols can be shipped back for repair.  That is a long delay to get the guns just scheduled for a fix.

I suspect that the problem is something that just recently came to their attention, and the engineers had to design a replacement part.  Once designed, it will take a few months to get the parts rolling on the assembly line and get them in hand.  It sucks, but I can understand the delay if this is the case.

I did say there was good news, right?  Well, Caracal is stepping up and doing the right thing.  If you own a Caracal pistol covered by this recall, and you do not want to wait for a repair, Caracal is saying they will give you a full refund on the gun.  That is something I don’t see many companies offering to do anymore.  Caracal just moved up a notch in my estimation for this move.

Let’s face it: every new gun can have unexpected problems pop up.  An accidental discharge from being dropped is a serious problem, and offering a complete refund on the pistols if you don’t want to wait for a repair shows me the company is serious about standing behind its products.

If you want to keep your pistol and have it repaired, Caracal is offering you a bonus.  They will send you an extra magazine, ballcap, t-shirt and a voucher for 15% off the purchase of another Caracal product.

About Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, police trainer and really bad joke teller. Check out his other writing in Combat Handguns, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, on The Firearm Blog and at BlueSheepdog.

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  • Tom Roberts

    Ever since I saw the photos of one of these things with a broken slide, I figured they were destined for the trash heap. I guess that is now true…

  • Tony W.

    I don’t know – I bought one and have not had any problems with mine. I might just hold onto it.

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  • Grumbly Gramps

    This does not speak well for the long-term viability of the company’s small arms business. Caracal’s parent company can likely absorb all of the losses associated with this complete and (ahem) total recall, but will they want to continue to fund a project soo deep in the red already?

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  • Aaron Evans

    WOW! I believe this may be the first ever “total recall” of a firearm, with no fix or upgrade available. I agree with Grumbly Gramps that this could be a death toll for a newer firearms company trying to enter a very competitive market.

    The trust factor must be completely shattered for even their other products which have not suffered this terrible manufacturing defect.

    • AxeMan

      I think Remington recalled every 597 rifle in 17 HMR a few years ago. No fix available and a gift cert was the only compensation.

      Heck if they dont find a fix, the XDS might be in this category also.

  • Ethical Ethan

    Sad to see this line come to such an inglorious conclusion. I hope the new Caracal pistols run better than these do.

  • Nom Nom

    Crap pistols from a crap country. Even if they were good guns, there is no way I would send my money to our enemies.

  • Meh

    I can’t say i am surprised. I had heard they were not running very well on the range, so a recall for defects isn’t a shock.

    • bob

      Then dont buy anything from the freedom group, check their ownership and board of directors. Along with Bank of America and a few others like Shoot Straight, one of the biggest privately held gun store chains.

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