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GUNS Magazine May 2012 Digital Edition - Page 32
RICK STAPLES Rick took his Caracal F to the Polite Society Tactical Conference in Tulsa, Okla. and shot it through the range courses with no problems. I t’s called a… what…? That was my first reaction when a long-time law enforcement colleague, Casey Flack, mentioned the “Caracal,” which is a new polymer-framed pistol. Casey had retired before me and is now working for a local law enforcement equipment company, OMB GUNS, in Olathe, Kan. Casey knew I was a fan of the Glock pistol and had carried one as a working street cop for many years. New striker-fired polymer-framed pistols have exploded The striker-fired pistol continues to evolve. on the market. Few arms makers don’t have one in their product line up. While Casey and his associate Tim Wind worked at getting a Caracal sample for me to try out, I did some research. The pistol isn’t really new to the world, just to the USA. The pistol is made in the UAE, United Arab Emirates. It has already been put through some stringent tests in Europe to validate its suitability as a military arm. From all that I have read, it passed with flying colors. Some middle-eastern nations have purchased large quantities of this pistols for issue. The same engineer who designed the Steyr Model M designed this the CaraCaL 9X19mm pistol. This lineage is apparent in the grip angle and the great low-bore axis. The factory literature indicates the pistol has only 28 parts, simpler is better. Intrigued, I waited for a sample. Tim called and asked me to meet at our local rifle range for a chance at shooting the pistol. Tim had both the Model F and the Model C on hand. The F stands for full-size and the C for compact. I am a full-size pistol guy. In about an hour and 30 minutes we put over 350 rounds through the guns. I liked the trigger and ordered one on the spot. In about 30 days, I had my Caracal F. The accompanying chart gives the specs. The pistol looks to be about the size of a Glock 17, but it will not fit holsters designed for Glock 17s. I dug through the box that every shooter has—the box-o-holsters— and started trying them out. What worked the best, for me, was a Galco belt slide paddle made for the Glock 30. A Galco clip-on mag pouch, that happened to match the color of the belt slide, finished off the ensemble. I’m sure there will be holsters made for the Caracal soon. the Likes What I really like about the gun is the trigger. If you are an old revolver guy, the trigger has a feel much like a well-tuned revolver. The reset is positive, but a bit long—sort of like the stock Browning Hi-Power trigger. My pistol’s trigger weighed in at 4 pounds, 8 ounces, according to the Lyman trigger pull gauge. Like all pistols you must learn the trigger. The reset I mentioned is longer on the Caracal than on the Glock. The Caracal trigger seems to stack less, though. I like the low bore axis. When you are a munchkin, like me, anything that helps mitigate recoil is a blessing. The lower bore axis robs the recoil impulse of leverage. Follow up engagement is quicker because the front sight reset into the rear sight notch is a shorter distance. You can always out-run the sights with the trigger. The UAE Caracal continues the evolution of the striker-fired service pistol, carrying the high capacity of 18+1 9mm rounds. 32 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • M AY 2 0 1 2