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Caracal

Semi-automatic pistol

Caracal pistol

The Caracal is the first pistol, made in United Arab Emirates

 
 
Country of origin United Arab Emirates
Entered service 2007
Caliber 9x19 mm
Weight (unloaded) 750 g
Length 178 mm
Barrel length 104 mm
Muzzle velocity 300 - 457 m/s
Magazine capacity 18 rounds
Sighting range ~ 50 m
Range of effective fire ~ 50 m

 

   The Caracal is the firt pistol, made in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Its development began in 2002 by a team of European weapon designers in conjunction with the UAE armed forces. Development was led by Austrian firearms designer, who previously had designed the Steyr M pistol. The new design passed extensive tests in Germany. In 2006 the Caracal International company was established and production began. This pistol was revealed in 2007. During the same year the Caracal was adopted by the armed forces of United Arab Emirates. This pistol has been exported to a number of countries. It is currently used by armed forces of Algeria, Bahrain, Germany, Italy, Jordan and Libya.

   The Caracal is available chambered for various ammunition, such as 9x19 mm Parabellum, 9x21 mm, .40 S&W and .375 SIG. The 9x19 mm version is used by various armies and security forces.

   It is a polymer-framed pistol with an ergonomically designed grip. This pistol is fully ambidextrous. A number of components of the Caracal are interchangeable between various versions of this pistol. The Caracal is a high quality weapon, that passed the most stringent German tests ever devised for a service firearm.

   This pistol has a modified Browning-type locking. It is a hammerless striker-fired weapon. Trigger system is of double-action only type.

   The Caracal ahs a triple safety system. There is an integrated trigger safety, firing pin safety and drop safety. All of these safety mechanisms operate independently and secure the weapon against accidental discharges.

   There is a cocking indicator below the rear sight. It indicates if the pistol is cocked and ready to fire. Also this handgun has a loaded chamber indicator. It allows the shooter to see from the top side if a cartridge is loaded in the chamber.

   The 9x19 mm version of this pistol is fed from 18-round magazines. Magazine release button is ambidextrous.

   The Caracal has fixed iron sights. The front element is adjustable for windage. This pistol is also available with self-luminous low light sights and optical aiming sight mounting bracket.

   This pistol has an accessory rail and can be fitted with tactical flashlight or laser pointer. A number of factory accessories are available for the Caracal, such as a shoulder stock, tactical front grip, and some other. Also there is a key-locking system for this weapon. It provides additional gun security when pistol is not in use.

   The Caracal can be disassembled for cleaning without any tools.

 

Variants

 

   Caracal F, basic full-size variant. Between 2013 and 2015 it was marketed as the CP660;

   Caracal C, compact version. In 2013 the manufacturer issued a recall for all Model C pistols. No fix was offered and they all had to go straight back to the manufacturer, while the customers received a refund. In 2015 the Model C owners were offered the improved Model F as an alternative for a refund. Between 2013 and 2015 the Model C was rebranded and marketed as the CP661;

   Caracal SC, subcompact version. Between 2013 and 2015 it was marketed as the CP662.

 

 
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