New Hampshire’s already packed gun manufacturing base has become a bit more crowded. In a partnership with Wilcox Industries, Caracal recently moved its manufacturing operations to Newington, N.H. (It also established a U.S. office location in Boise, Idaho). And the UAE-based company hasn’t wasted any time churning out new firearms in its new digs. In all, Caracal showcased three new guns at the 2017 SHOT Show — each one produced in the heart of New England. And while they tend to be a little more traditional in design than expected from the company, they each appear to offer shooters plenty.
This striker-fired semi-automatic 9mm offers shooters an extremely low bore axis, facilitated by its truncated slide profile. This aspect alone should make the 4-inch barreled polymer pistol fairly tame in the recoil department. But Caracal didn’t stop there in producing a highly controllable handgun, also outfitting it with an ergonomically angled grip and the manufacturer's proprietary trigger system. These should add up to a smooth shooter that is able stay on target round after round. The company has also reworked its redundant safety systems for the pistol, arming it with an integrated trigger safety, firing pin safety and drop safety. The Enhanced F marks the return of Caracal’s Quick-Sight system, which features a rear sight machined into the slide and located just in front of the ejection port. This places both the front and rear sights on a single focal plane, allowing shooters to acquire a fast and clear sight picture. The pistol ships with two 18- or 10-round magazines (depending on compliance regulations), cleaning kit, cable lock and plastic carry case. The MSRP of the Enhanced F is $599.
Those expecting to shoot in adverse conditions might turn an eye to the CAR816 A2. The piston-driven AR-style rifle is just the ticket to chew through 5.56x45mm ammo no matter how nasty it gets in the field. A three-position valve allows users to adjust the stroke for normal operation, adverse conditions/low impulse ammunition and normal operation with a suppressor. The rifle is equipped with Caracal’s proprietary handguard, outfitted with M-Lok ports allowing users to customize their accessory configuration. It also features a full length Picatinny rail for the direct mounting of optics and other accessories. The modified M4 contour 16-inch barrel comes outfitted with an A2-style flash hider and is threaded ½-28, making it compatible with most suppressors on the market. The gun weighs a scant 7.4 pounds and ships with a 30-round steel/polymer magazine, front and rear flip-up sights. Presently, the MSRP of the CAR816 A2 is $1,850.
For fans of more traditional AR-style rifles, Caracal’s CAR814 A2 might grab their attention. The direct impingement rifle is chambered for 5.56x45mm and is engineered in accordance to NATO standards. The rifle comes equipped with a Magpul MOE handguard, featuring M-Lok attachment ports, allowing users to configure the rifle to their tastes and mission needs. The modified M4 contour barrel measures 16 inches in length and comes topped off with an A2 Style flash hider. This can be quickly removed and replaced with any suppressor compatible with a ½-28 thread. The rifle tips the scales at a light 7 pounds and measures 36.3 inches in length with the stock extended and 33 with it collapsed. The CAR814 A2 ships with one 30-round magazine, a 2-point Quick Detach sling, flip-up rear sights and a cleaning kit. Presently, the rifle has an MSRP of $1,300.
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