Chris Dumm writes:
As the writer who penned TTAG’s original review of the Caracal C, reading RF’s article about the new ‘enhanced’ Caracal just made me sad.
Sad for the astoundingly great handgun the original Caracal C should have been. Sad for the millions of dollars that have been
spent wasted trying to resurrect it. And sad for all the shooters out there who will never know how well they would have shot with it.
RF and I first ogled the Caracal C at the 2012 SHOT Show media range day. Half a decade ago, it was like nothing we’d laid eyes or hands on. Smaller than a GLOCK and svelte in a way that the sci-fi Steyr M9 could never be, it handled and shot like a dream.
And I have never fired a pistol as quickly as the Caracal C. You and I aren’t Jerry Miculek, but you didn’t have to be to empty one downrange at five rounds a second.
It had a few rough edges (the impossibly-stiff magazine release was one) but it was a diamond waiting for a few final facets to be polished smooth. Or so we thought.
Instead of perfection, the Caracal C shattered like a flawed gemstone under the lapidary’s mallet. The trigger wasn’t drop-safe, we ultimately learned. And then, when that problem seemed to be solved, the slides started breaking in half.
The recall turned into a utter fiasco. Caracal was as good as dead with a nonfunctioning website and dead phone lines. RF’s favorite carry gun turned into a safe queen, and finally a paperweight.
Which brings us to today, nearly five years after our first encounter with the Caracal. I mean no disrespect to the entrepreneurs and engineers who have tried to fix the Caracal’s design, but I don’t know why they bothered.
After Caracal’s years of SHOT Show teasers that never materialized (like their carbine), defective and dangerous products and nonexistent customer support, the brand name is forever tarnished.
It’s like the trendy restaurant where you took your girlfriend that time and you both got food poisoning. You don’t care what the new reviews say, and you don’t care how carefully they’ve cleaned the kitchen.
Because you’re never going back.
[ED: The new Caracal website is up! Click here, before it’s too late!]