Caracal CAR 816 (Caracal Assault Rifle)

Caracal has unveiled their first service rifle, the CAR 816. The CAR 816, as its name suggests, is based on the M4 / AR-15 and is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO. It is gas piston operated.

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The rifle will be available in either a black or Flat Dark Earth finish and with barrel lengths of 10”, 14.5” and 16”.  The video below demonstrates the CAR 816 being used in sand, mud and water.

This rifle rounds out Caracal’s product line up. They now have a pistol, a pistol-caliber carbine, an assault rifle and a bolt-action sniper rifle.



Steve Johnson

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  • Gidge

    If the quality and safety of their pistols is anything to go buy, this is a rifle to avoid like the plague.

    • TangledThorns

      I agree but in this market people will take what they can.

    • Komrad

      “quality and safety of their pistols”
      Are you basing this off that singular ka-boom story from a while ago? Or do you have some decent statistics to back that up?
      If you’re basing your comment on that single story, then I would remind you that every design can and will ka-boom at some point due to a manufacturing defect slipping past QC, improper maintenance, barrel obstructions, or faulty ammunition.
      Glocks, XDs, 1911s, SIGs, CZs, S&Ws, Rugers, and any other major brand have all had recorded ka-booms.

      • Gidge

        They’ve already had one recall because their guns were not drop safe and there are reports that the gun will fire out of battery.

        As to that ka-boom, they’ve reciently issued a press release that sais “do not load or fire” the model C.

        Plenty of major reputable players have had problems over the years but Caracal seem to be having a lot of problems in a very short time

  • Matt

    With all the other M4 clones out there, what makes this one stand out?

    • Tt

      The nasty habit of blowing up! As previously state this company’s quality is very suspect

      • yoni

        I think the shooter is Israeli by the way he inspects the rifle at 1:39 and 2:06 into the video. Pretty funny if it is true Israeli shooter for UAE rifle.

        • sianmink

          You sure? Magpul and others train the exact same move.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      Its a gas piston, presumably of their own design. As far as I know, they are the only company manufacturing small arms (at least commercially and legally) in that region.

      • Gidge

        You’re forgetting Israel, who make many quality firearms.

        • Steve (TFB Editor)

          Ah, thats a good point. Of course none of the countries in that region would buy from Israel (since they don’t recognize Israel as a state, and/or are still at war with her).

          • Gidge

            Pretty much, although Azerbaijan has adopted the Tavor.

        • Mr. Mike – SSO

          since when does israle make quality weapons ….compare to european systems the systems have no chance, every tender they have participated, the IWI systems failed big time.

          • Drebin

            I didn’t mean to give your comment a thumbs up. Tavor, Galil, and Uzi are all excellent weapon systems.

          • Man pippy

            Tavor is by far their best weapon, Galil was just a heavy AK, the Uzi was just an inaccurate, unergonomic submachine gun. Jericho pistol just a CZ75 steel clone. All not popular outside Israel.

          • DW

            uzi not popular outside Israel? Dafuq

  • Get your booger pickers off the trigger!

    • bruce

      hajji’s all itchy to kill some infidels..

      • 032125 032125

        Boorish, yet trite.

        • burner

          haji dont surf god dammit!!!!!!!

          • Cracker

            No wonder people want to blow up your country you racist hags.

  • Giolli Joker

    Guys, I’ve been to IDEX last week, would you like some pics? (TFB Editors fully allowed to contact me by email, if Disqus allows it…))
    BTW, as you can see, trigger discipline is unknown in the Middle East… as hold open levers, it seems: I can’t count how many confused guys I’ve helped in closing the slides of the handguns they were playing with…

  • mosinman

    I figure this is a way for carcal to cut thier teeth on rifles, to start out with a safe and proven design to help them gain experience. Just my opnion.

    • Gidge

      They have the potential to get some lucrative military contracts from the Arab world by producing a modern fancy looking Arab designed and made rifle. The Saudi and UAE armed forces are big spenders and worth a lot of money and could potentially look on them favorably for being an “designed” and produced in the Arab world.

      • Giolli Joker

        Yep, I don’t know the details but UAE Gov’t signed contracts for some billion $ last week, and the only non-UAE Company getting a share was Lockeed-Martin…

      • Man pippy

        Sure the rich arab nations will buy it, but other poorer muslim nations can’t afford it, and even if they could their soldiers probably aren’t trained well enough to maintain and not damage the rifle.
        More likely the rich arab nations will give tons of them for free for the more elite security/military forces of fellow muslim nations.

  • floppyscience

    “This rifle rounds out Caracal’s product line up. They now have a pistol,
    a pistol-caliber carbine, an assault rifle and a bolt-action sniper
    rifle.”

    How about some shotguns?

    • Brian

      I don’t see a Mare’s Leg rifle either…

    • mosinman

      what about a zombie tactical mare’s leg? no line up is complete without one!!!

  • Esh325

    On commercial and military markets in the west, the idea of another op rod M4 is rather stale, but perhaps like Steve mentioned, there is a market in the middle east for one. Agencies that wanted a rifle like this may not be able to obtain them from western sources due to political, and a middle eastern source might be easier for them. If they could import just the upper partially dissembled and did the rest of the manufacturing in the USA, it might have some market success here.

  • Lance

    What nationality is this? Looks nice But a regular M-4 is about the same except piston operated.

    • Anonymoose

      Reminds me more of the HK416. Also, Caracal is based in the UAE.

  • Spud

    Just what we need…. another AR platform….. Anyone wanna try something new?

  • Is it just me or does the weapon in the top picture not have a trigger guard installed?

    • Yes sir it does have a trigger guard. It’s hard to see since everyone holding one has a finger on the trigger!

      • sianmink

        Nnope, the one on the top does not. I can see skin right through the slot where it would go.

  • thorsuth

    816 for a piston AR derivative….. reeeeally subtle naming there…

  • Mr. Mike – SSO

    no matter how good or bad the quality is of the product…..the biggest market at the moment is the mid east and India, all their “brothers” will buy the product and this will hurt the US European and Swiss weapon manufacturers big time

    • Anonymoose

      India doesn’t get along with any Muslim countries, and they aren’t about to give up their European and Israeli guns (which occupy a small part in their inventories compared to their domestically-produced AKs and British-designed/licensed guns) to buy guns from their enemies.

      • Mr. Mike – SSO

        sorry it wasn’t clearly written from my part, i just want to say that both of this markets are the biggest markets, not that the indians would buy Caracals….but they are constandly buying new systems….the NSG are buying massive amounts of Swiss Arms rifles and GL’s , anti terror unit in Mumbai is equiped with SW M&P15 and Brügger & Thomet MP9’s as well as MP9 Pistols, Presidential Guard is using FN and so on ……the army might switch as well

        • Anonymoose

          The Indian Army was thinking about switching to a license-made version of the Tavor in 5.56×30 iirc.

  • Man pippy

    I can see the advertising now.
    100% Halal Rifle
    100% Infidel Free

  • Mike Knox

    An Arab HK416, what next?

  • Tactidork

    So basically an HK416 clone?