Caracal has introduced some interesting firearms over the last couple years, from a handgun Robert loves to a pistol caliber carbine which would look at home on the Battlestar Galactica. Coming out this year from Caracal is something decidedly less revolutionary but no less interesting: AR-15 pattern firearms.
First up is a gas piston powered CAR816 A2 rifle. This 16 inch gun sports a full length Picatinny rail along the top of the handguard and quick attach fittings along the sides. It is kept in place and from rotating by an interlocking section that slots into the upper receiver rail area. The stock is a Magpul STR while the grip is an injection molded Caracal branded part, and the trigger was a crisp single stage affair.
Another variant on display was their CAR814 A2 direct gas impingement version. With a slightly lower grade Magpul stock and an MOE handguard instead of a free floating rail this is clearly intended as the more “entry level” version.
The guns are made in Caracal’s new factory in Newington, New Hampshire (right near SIG SAUER and Q, among others) which removes the need to maintain 922(r) compliance for imported firearms.
Testing out both of these rifles on the range I was happy with the accuracy. I was nailing a 3 inch plate with the gas piston version at 100 yards and a silhouette at 200 yards with the direct impingement version.
MSRP on these puppies is $1,300 for the direct impingement and $1,800 for the gas piston version. Availability is to be announced.