That dialog/scenario between a gun guy friend of mine pretty…

That dialog/scenario between a gun guy friend of mine pretty much sums up the conversation and experience I had with everyone I showed the Caracal pistols to. Well, except my wife. When I told her it was made in Abu Dhabi she said, “Hey, that’s the richest city in the world—very cosmopolitan.” She obviously doesn’t think like me and really didn’t care where the gun came from, especially after she shot it. She just knew she liked it.

I mention these reactions up front because given the current geo-political landscape, anything with a Middle Eastern relation is suspect, particularly by patriotic, gun-loving Americans. Gun owners are in general very patriotic and supportive of the U.S. military. The last thing we want to do is to not support the troops. That’s not the case with Caracal International.

All of the edges and corners on the Caracals were radiused or rounded off, making the pistols well suited for concealed carry.

Enough of this though—my job as a firearms journalist is not to delve in to politics but to evaluate firearms and report on how they perform. The Caracal pistols are imported into the U.S. by Waffen Weks for Caracal USA. I recently received two test samples: A Model F and a Model C, both in 9mm.

The rear sight of the Model F Caracal is integrated into the breech face of the slide. Note the exposed cocking indicator at the back of the slide.

Gun Details
Mr. Bubits of Steyr M series fame designed the pistols. The U.A.E. bought the design from him as well as hired him to set up production. The F Model is the service-size handgun intended for duty use by the military and police. In 2006 the Caracal Model F passed all the relevant testing performed by WTD 91, the technology competence center for weapons and ammunition used by the German Federal Defense Force, or Bundeswehr. A pistol that is capable of passing the tests conducted by the Bundeswehr, which includes NATO D14 testing, deserves attention.

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  • Donald

    Any info on if the Caracal 9mm is able to with stand extended use of + p ammo….This is all I can locate in bulk at this time, unsure as if pistol is rated for such ammo?

  • Tgugs

    1st post??? How could a striker fired gun discharge w/o pulling trigger. Inertia fired????? I have a Waffen works import Caracal compact and like it a lot. My only complaint but the rear sight is a little narrow, needs opened up.

  • Name witheld

    I purchased a C model which accidentely slipped from my belt and discharged when it hit the ground butt first

  • Rodger

    I have owned my Caracal C QS for a little over a month and put over 700 rounds through it- both FMJ and hollow points. It has performed perfectly. I am very impressed with this firearm. Not a single malfunction. Straight shooter with double and triple taps right on target. Of all my weapons, this is the one that I carry daily. I really trust my life to this one.

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  • General Jim M

    To me they look like a Steyr MA1 pistol.I heard that Steyr will be attempting a comeback with their pistol soon.One of their top dogs told me that in an e-mail.You can’t beat the Steyr M357A1.

  • Amy

    Just want to throw it out there that Blade-Tech is making holsters for the Caracal, level 1,2 or 3, and you can order them now!!

    Thank you!

  • who has them for sale

  • want to purches one

  • would like to find outwere to buy a caracal pistol

  • Richard

    Would love shoot owen one.