Caracal Pistol Photos


The new Caracal pistols made a minor stir at the 2012 SHOT Show.  The guns felt good in the hand, and shot well at Media Day, but time will tell if they are as reliable as other polymer guns currently on the market.  (Update:  They apparently were not as reliable as other polymer guns on the market.  All Caracal pistols were recalled and no fix is available.  The company had to introduce replacement lines of firearms.)

Here are a few more photos of the guns from the Show:




Update – Caracal “Quick Sights” Photo

Yesterday, I posted photos of the new Caracal pistols that were at the 2012 SHOT Show.  Ron from When the Balloon Goes Up! sent me a photo of the “quick sights” that Caracal is offering as an option on their pistols.

The “quick sights” look like they would be less accurate due to the short sight radius, yet I found them to be surprisingly fast.  For close in encounters typical of self defense shootings, these may be an advantage.

Caracal quick sights
The rear sight in the Quick Sight System is moved forward of the ejection port, putting it in the same focal plane as the front sight. Photo courtesy of When the Balloon Goes Up!

Update – Caracal Video

My good friend Paul at the Safety Solutions Academy got his hands on one of the new Caracal 9mm pistols from the UAE.  He filmed a short video from the range of the first shots he put down range with it.  Shooting’s not supposed to be this much fun, is it?

If you need training, and we all do, make sure you check out Paul’s podcast here or on iTunes.  He does a lot of range training also, so take a look at his class schedule to see if something might fit for you.


Rock River LAR-47

Aaron got a close look at the Rock River LAR-47 at the 2012 SHOT Show.  Here are his thoughts on the rifle.

Rock River Arms (RRA) has become one of the hottest AR-15 rifle manufactures in the country. Brothers Mark and Chuck Larson founded the company in 1996, after spending about 15 years as armorers with Springfield Armory, Les Baer Custom, and Eagle Arms – where they worked on AR platforms.

The RRA LAR-15 rifles and 2-stage triggers have become synonymous with quality craftsmanship. It was that quality that led the DEA to award RRA a contract for patrol rifles back in 2003, beating out several of the “majors” rifles for the bid. That bid alone may have propelled RRA into the AR market spotlight at an early age when most weapon manufacturers are still trying to work out the bugs of their brand name. RRA has excelled at making excellent rifles, and the number of agencies and personal owners has increased accordingly.

Rock River LAR-47

Though they have experience building 1911 pistols, RRA has for years focused their attention solely on AR-15 rifle platforms.

That is until now!

At the 2012 SHOT SHOW Rock River Arms announced that in 2012 they will begin distribution of the RRA LAR-47 CAR A4 – a sweet combination of the AR-15 and AK-47 platforms that RRA calls “a match made in heaven”. I talked with RRA representative, Steve Mayer about this truly unique innovation in the rifle market.


CMMG Revolution and M300 Rifles

CMMG announced several new products at the 2012 SHOT Show.  Aaron caught up with them and took a look at the new CMMG Revolution and CMMG M300 rifles.

Being from Missouri I had to stop by and check out the latest from CMMG.  At the CMMG booth, I talked with Larry Wayland who sells their rifles through his retail store, and works closely with the CMMG staff.

The explosion of the .300 Blackout cartridge focused my attention to the CMMG M300, but while there Larry also showed me a very interesting new development that CMMG has been playing with. It’s called the Revolution model upper receiver and hand guard. This is an innovative AR-platform concept and CMMG has the patents. In addition to the .300 Blackout rifles coming out, the Revolution system is offered on their standard 5.56mm rifles as well.

CMMG Revolution


This new creation from CMMG allows for an ambidextrous upper receiver. Not in the traditional sense, but instead the receiver is milled to allow the same receiver to service a right-handed or a left-handed shooter. This innovation cuts an ejection port on both sides of the receiver. So the selected shooting configuration (right/left handed) has a bolt-on plate containing the ejection port and forward assist knob. The other side of the receiver has a bolted on plate covering that ejection port.


Cool SHOT Show People

One of the best parts of the SHOT Show is meeting all of the people you converse with on the phone and by e-mail, and renewing friendships with those you haven’t seen in a while.  This year I had the chance to meet a lot of new people and strengthen relationships with old friends.

In no particular order, I’d like to mention these online media writers, podcasters and publishers who I ran into this year.  Each one does a great job with their projects, and I encourage everyone to check them out.

Safety Solutions Academy

Paul at the Safety Solutions Academy publishes a daily podcast on all things personal safety and defense.  He’s got a great perspective and excellent radio voice.  He’s also a good guy with whom to share a beer and stories about great deeds accomplished and imagined.  Paul’s podcast is excellent, and I encourage everyone to take a listen.


Many folks already know Jay G of the MArooned blog for his insightful, humorous and occasionally snarky reporting on all things guns and nanny-state.  Jay and I have swapped e-mails and talked on the phone, but this was the first time I had a chance to shake his hand.  Next year, I hope we’ll have enough time so I can buy him a beer.


CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 Airsoft Gun

ActionSportGames (ASG) showed their CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 airsoft gun prototype at the 2012 SHOT Show last week.

Developed from the original CZ plans, the airsoft version of the Scorpion EVO 3 will sport a number of features including select fire (semi-auto, full-auto and three-round burst), a realistic bolt action and the ability to modify the gun for left handed shooters.

CZ Scorpion Airsoft

According to one of the ASG reps, the Scorpion incorporates a new technology into the gun for greater realism.  The Scorpion is an electric gun, and with other ASG electric guns, when the magazine runs dry, the gun will continue to fire albeit without any projectiles.  In the Scorpion, a sensor will let the gun know when the mag runs dry and no “dry” firing will happen.