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Rifles

Caracal Tactical Sniper Rifles

Caracal CS308

Out with the old and in with the new for Caracal’s rifle line-up.  The new Tactical Sniper Rifles (TSR) replace the old CSR line that the company had been showing for the past several years.

The new TSRs come in one of three calibers, and all share very similar features.  Detailed here are the CS308 and CS338.  Click here for the new CS50 TSR chambered in .50 BMG.

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Rifles

Caracal CSR: Long Range Sniper Rifle from the UAE

Caracal CSR sniper rifle

Not yet shown in the United States, the Caracal CSR is a rifle that suggests high precision in a rugged design suitable for military and SWAT operations.

The CSR, or Caracal Sniper Rifle, is a bolt action gun chambered for the .308 Winchester round.  It is fed from a detachable, 10-round box magazine.  The barrels are hammer-forged and come in two lengths:  20″ and 23.62″.  The barrels are threaded and can come with some type of muzzle device (details are not known at this time.)

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Rifles

Caracal CAR 816

The Caracal Assault Rifle 816, or CAR 816, is a piston-operated M-4 type carbine that was introduced earlier this year.  The gun uses a two-position gas port for normal operation and suppressed shooting.  Rate of fire is listed as 850 rpm. (Ed. note:  See the September 2013 update at the bottom of the article regarding the gas port and rate of fire.)

Caracal CAR 816

The CAR 816 is chambered in 5.56 NATO and comes in three barrel lengths:  10″, 14.5″ and 16″.  The barrels are chrome lined and cold hammer forged from chromolybdenum steel.  The barrel uses a 1:7″ twist.

The barrels are threaded, and come with a “standard muzzle break [sic].”  From the photos, it appears the muzzle device is a standard A2 type birdcage flash hider.  Of course, with so many different muzzle devices on the market today, it is hard to say for certain from the photos alone.

According to Caracal, the rifle comes with a magazine release on the right side of the receiver, but an ambidextrous option is available.  The gun uses STANAG-compliant magazines, and ships with a 30 round mag.  The rifle is shown with a PMAG, but it is not known if Magpul magazines ship with the gun, or more pedestrian USGI mags.

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Rifles

Caracal CC10 Carbine

Caracal CC10 picture

Introduced in the summer of 2012, the 2013 SHOT Show was our first opportunity to get our hands on the new Caracal CC10 9mm carbine.  The “CC” stands for “Caracal Carbine”.  The CC10 has a steel receiver and barrel, with a polymer frame, however no details were given on the type of steel.

The CC10 will come in (2) variants – the SB (short barrel version) and the LB (long barrel version).  The SB versions are marketed towards law enforcement, while the LB versions are promoted to the civilian market.  Unfortunately, I was not able to put some rounds downrange with this carbine to truly give it a full review.  [Ed. note:  When we were at the morning session of Media Day during the 2013 SHOT Show, Caracal did not have the CC10 at the range.   They promised to have it there later in the day, but it was never seen by any of our writers.]

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Handguns

Caracal Pistol Photos

Caracal

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:

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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.