Back in the day, I fell in love with the Caracal pistol. Ralph warned me not to. But I did. I fell hard. Click here to read the whole sordid saga of a ballistic love affair gone horribly wrong, including a total recall and promises, promise, promises. Not to mention corporate ownership transfers, inert websites (still) and phone calls to abandoned offices. Despite everything . . .
I still consider the Caracal the perfect GLOCK 2.0. We’re talking about a high-capacity striker-fired handgun designed by the father of the Steyr M, Austrian Wilhelm Bubits (no less). A handgun with a how-low-can-you-go bore axis, fresh lettuce crisp trigger and point-‘n-shoot speed sights. Will it ever be for sale? And why launch with a full-size F when the compact Caracal C was the one to beat? Watch this space. Again. Still.
Meanwhile, here’s Caracal’s “trust in me, just in me” press release ahead of SHOT Show. . .
BOISE, Idaho – (Ammoland.com) – Caracal introduces the striker-fired Enhanced F 9mm pistol for sportsmen, competitive shooting, concealed-carry, law enforcement and military users.
Industry Day at the Range attendees will have an opportunity to shoot the firearm at Caracal Shooting Bay #SR-52. This new handgun, designed for smooth-handling, intuitive shooting, lower felt-recoil and excellent reliability, will also be available at their SHOT Show Booth #2829.
The Enhanced F is a polymer-framed pistol with an integral rail for mounted accessories including lights and lasers for customization and a low slide profile for versatility to meet specific customer needs.
The Enhanced F is proudly manufactured in the United States, in partnership with Wilcox Industries. Projected commercial availability is targeted for the third quarter of 2017.
“Listening to our customers and incorporating their feedback, we’ve completely redefined the Caracal F pistol. The Enhanced F is designed to perform and it’s evolution brings with it many of the important features and upgrades that today’s shooters have come to expect from a world-class product,” said Caracal Director of Marketing Jae Gillentine. “The enhanced F is unique because of its low-profile, reduced mass slide, intuitive grip and proprietary trigger system. These features and other elements combine to provide a reliable handgun that gets shooters on target and will hold up to the rigors of tough environments.”
The Enhanced F pistol has a redundant safety system that includes an integrated trigger safety, a firing pin safety and drop safety.
The trigger shoe, trigger safety and trigger bar all combine into a one-piece multi-function unit (MFU) design for an extremely intuitive pistol for shooters of all skill levels.
The one-piece MFU design incorporates a full-length steel slide guide to increase rigidity and durability, while diminishing torsion and flex during recoil. The sub assembly of this design also includes all internals and provides ease of manufacturing, assembly/disassembly and armorer-level service.
The Enhanced F provides a fully supported chamber in a (4.1 in) cold hammer forged barrel with a right-hand twist. These barrels are SAAMI proof tested for +P ammunition.
The metal parts receive QPQ nitriding with an enclosed post-oxidizing surface treatment for a protective coating This treatment is very durable and protects well against rust and other forms of wear.
Sight configurations on the Enhanced F consist of a standard three-dot steel full-length (6.5 in) sight system. Both front and rear sights are now dovetail mounted and the slides will be compatible with after-market sights.
The Enhanced F also marks the return of the Quick Sight system, which has the rear sight machined into the slide and located just in front of the ejection port. This system places both the front and rear sights on a single focal plane allowing the shooter to present a clear sight picture on target extremely fast.
The pistol comes standard with two 18 or 10-round magazines (customer preference/regulatory compliance), a cleaning kit, cable lock and a user manual packed in a plastic carry case.
MSRP for the Enhanced F is $599.00 and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty which covers the pistol from all material and workmanship defects for the life of the pistol under the ownership of the original end user.
For more information on the Enhanced F, and the entire Caracal line, visit their website.