MAJOR RECALL: Caracal Model C Pistol

We have reported catastrophic failures of Caracal pistols happening around the world. Earlier this year Caracal did a limited recall of the Model C Pistol. They have now updated the recall to over every Model C pistol in every market. They are not fixing the pistols but refunding them.

Caracal is now issuing this recall of all Model C pistols in all markets, following the completion of a full investigation. Caracal is initiating this voluntary recall of Model C pistols because the safety of its customers is paramount.

This recall affects all Model C pistols, including but not limited to those with serial numbers which start with the following letters: HM, AA, AD, AG, CA, CB, CC, CD, CE, CF, CG, CH, CI, CJ, CK, CL, CM, CN, CP, CR and CS.

If you own or have access to a Caracal Model C pistol, PLEASE DO NOT LOAD OR FIRE YOUR PISTOL. Please contact Caracal customer care immediately to arrange to have your Model C pistol returned. Caracal will provide you with a full refund of the purchase price of your Caracal Model C pistol or vouchers for other Caracal products. Unfortunately, the potential safety issues cannot be addressed through a repair of the Model C pistol and all Model C pistol’s must be returned for refund.

Step 1 –Please contact customer care in accordance with the below details and provide your name, address, telephone number and details of your purchase.

For USA Customers

Contact us at +205-655-7050 or info@caracal-usa.com

For International Customers

Additional numbers will be published shortly; however please contact us on recall@caracal.ae in the interim.

If you have sold or transferred your Caracal Model C pistol to any other person, we ask you to please contact us in any event and provide us with the name and contact information for the person to whom you sold any Model C Pistol so that we may also notify that person of this recall.

Step 2 – Customer care will contact you to arrange for a refund in accordance with the above. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Thank you. Caracal International LLC



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Anton Gray Basson

    Shit and my I just got notified that my license for my Caracal was approved yesterday

    • Risky

      That really sucks, man. I’m one of those guys that can’t help but wanna buy all the new-fangled guns of different designs but its things like this that always keep me going back to the old workhorses. I felt like I was going out on too much of a limb getting a Gen 4 Glock, lol

      • Anton Gray Basson

        I didnt want a Glock , the Caracal fitted me better and was priced better. But thus is life.

        • Anonymoose

          Did you try the Gen4?

          • Anton Gray Basson

            yes, I didnt like it

        • Komrad

          You could look into Steyr. Caracal borrowed heavily from the Steyr M.

          • Anton Gray Basson

            Actually going for a CZ 07,

          • floppyscience

            I wouldn’t say “borrowed”. The same guy designed the Steyr M and Caracal pistols.

        • Tim U

          Steyr, XD/XDM, and M&P are all good alternatives.

          I love everything about Glocks but their grip angle and their factory sights. Only one of those can be changed. So I generally avoid them too.

          • HSR47

            Glock’s factory night sights are, in my opinion, the best night sights I’ve ever used for tucked IWB carry.

            The issue though, is that they only put night sights on blue label/LE guns.

      • 7.62 Precision

        Just go with the Caracal F

    • Michael Hill

      Buy a Hi Point. No trouble what so ever.

      • Anton Gray Basson

        Unfortunately not available in my country

        • DS

          Look at the CZ P-07 Duty. They are getting good reviews.

        • HSR47

          He was being sarcastic. Hi Point basically has the reputation of making junk guns.

          They’re based on a simple blowback design, and as such have gigantic slides. They also use single-stack magazines. They’re cheap (figure 150-200 new depending on dealer and taxes), but they’re large/bulky, and have magazine capacity of 10 or less.

  • Giolli Joker

    Uhm… they waited for the ADIHEX show to be over before issuing the recall…
    Tawazun/Caracal had the biggest stand, in case of such an issue they might have had to spend time explaining the situation…
    I don’t actually know which model, but all LE (and armed forces) here in the UAE carry Caracal pistols… the recall might involve more guns than we’d think…

  • sianmink

    Gotta be the whole slide coming apart issue. There’s already been some serious injuries from violently self-disassembling Caracals.

    • 7.62 Precision

      How many? I am aware of the one in Pakistan, and possibly another in Pakistan, but some of the pictures looked too similar to the first. I’ll look some more and see if I can find any others, but all I have found so far is repostings of the one.

      • look at the one I posted below

        • 7.62 Precision

          But that one was not a Caracal.

      • Waltzin Matilda

        In Pakistan, it could have been anything, not necessarily a weapon failure.

        🙂

        Waltzin Matilda

  • FWIW

    Quite sad – been running my Model C for a year now. Loved the trigger and the grip, and never had any problems to speak of. Not worth the risk of an exploding slide though. I guess it’s *sigh* Glock o’clock.

    • DanTSX

      Glock #1

    • newsjunkieintl

      They are introducing new Caracal models to replace those being recalled.

  • JamesL

    You say this “We have reported catastrophic failures of Caracal pistols happening around the world.” yet document this single failure. Where are the “failures”? Where else has one been documented to fail? What is the real issue? Is it a drop safety issue? Do you know how many “thousands” of guns are out there that cannot pass a drop safety test? Good grief, chicken little the sky is falling.

    • Here’s one I personally know about first hand. It’s nothing so simple as a drop safety etc. It’s an explosion!

      • Ryan

        Phil, with all due respect because I read this blog and love your contributions, but the gun in the above picture is NOT a Caracal. That is an FMK pistol, with the Bill of Rights inscribed on the slide. Just below the frame rails on the remaining grip portion you can read “FMK” and on the slide you can see the white lettering. As far as I know, Caracal never put “In God We Trust” or “United States of America” on their guns.

        • No problem. It was my understanding they were made by the same people.There seems to be a question on it so I’ll take that down.

          • Giolli Joker

            I’ve never seen anything from http://www.fmkfirearms.com/ here in the UAE…
            Caracal is a company of the Tawazun group and the only brand of firearms (and ammunitions) in the UAE.

      • JamesL

        Yeah good grief that’s not a Caracal-C. Come on. Cite real proof of the “Failures” other than the Pakistan one with Chinese ammo. You can’t.

        • 7.62 Precision

          The one in Pakistan is the only one I’ve been able to find so far.

  • 7.62 Precision

    So far I can find only one clear example of a Caracal C that had a catastrophic failure. Ammo may or may not have contributed to the failure, but Caracal said that some slides received improper heat treating by the European manufacturer. They began testing slides and initiated a limited recall. The fact that they are now following it with a recall of all C models leads me to think it may be that they were unable to determine exactly which ones were affected, or are trying to be sure they don’t miss any.

    Before we just write the company off, we need to consider who designed the pistol and who builds the parts. This is not just some pistol cobbled together from scrap metal in some third-world country. It was designed and the parts built by some of the most respected European designers and firearms manufacturer.

    We can expect that there will be occasional mistakes made in manufacturing – it happens, and we have seen it many times from many manufacturers. We can expect flaws to surface in the design of any new firearm once it is in widespread use.

    We have seen a number of new pistols in the last couple of years recalled (many for drop safety issues) yet when it happens to S&W, Ruger, Springfield, etc., everyone comments on how great the company is at standing behind their products. When it happens to Caracal, everyone says it is the end of Caracal. Caracal replaced the recalled pistols with new pistols and included extra magazines, t-shirts, hats, etc.

    Now with the recall on the C models, they are clearly taking the most cautious approach possible, since we have not seen these pistols failing in any significant numbers.

    Contrast that with Glock, who does not easily admit problems or issue recalls, only “upgrades.” I had a Glock pistol that was eligible for an “upgrade.” The only problem was that the information was placed on a separate website and very obscure – the website was built in a way that prevented it from even being read easily, and no attempt was made to publicize it. The result was that I was shooting my Glock when both rear frame rails broke off and the back of the side came off of the frame. When I found out through specific research online that there was an issue, and finally found a link the the site that explained it, I called Glock who told me that it was not an issue; Glock does not need all 4 frame rails to safely function, and recommended that I continue to shoot it as is. They said they did have an upgrade program for those who were not comfortable shooting it that way, and I sent my frame back for replacement.

    To put it into perspective, Glock has had to fix numerous problems over the years with their pistols. Beretta M9s had slides separating and hitting people in the face. S&W has recalled M&Ps, Shield, some of their 1911, and several other pistols. Ruger has recalled the SR9 and the LCP after they were introduced. Springfield had to recall the XD-S. Colt has recalled numerous 1911 pistols. SIG recalled the P238. Kimber recalled the Solo. Berretta, Walther, Tanfoglio/EAA; all of these companies have had to recall products. Most of these companies make firearms that I like, own, or would like to own. Some of these companies have been careful to look out for their customers when products were recalled, others mostly looked out for themselves.

    It seems to me that Caracal is doing a pretty good job of looking out for the customers, and I expect that the result will be a continued improvement of the Caracal pistols.

  • danny boy

    I would never buy an Arab anything. If you bought one of these ieds you deserve it

    • 7.62 Precision

      Not even oil? 😀

      • Anonymoose

        If I could avoid it, I most certainly would not buy Arabian oil. 😐

        • 7.62 Precision

          Being from Alaska, I’m all for domestic oil.

  • DanTSX

    I don’t know why people even bother with these random oddball polymer pistols. It should be S&W M&P, Glock, or the random scattering of an Hk and maybe a Walther. The cost of being different in firearms choices is quite high. This isn’t to say that the above are perfect, but at least the issues are generally known and remedied with the advantage of a large sample.

    • 7.62 Precision

      How many photos of Caracals can you find that have failed? How many can you find of Glocks and others? Glock has had a bunch of “free upgrades” that should have been recalls. S&W and others have done better about recalling pistols for problems. Look at the origins of the Caracal pistols and you will hardly be able to call them oddball.

  • Enigmatic Desires

    http://www.pakguns.com/showthread.php?12034-Catastrophic-CARACAL-Failure-IInd-reported-incident

    This is the 2nd Caracal blowing up. Keeping in mind that a very very small number of gun owners in my Native Pakistan use the net. I am not sure how many cases there are out there.

    A dealer did tell me that he knows of another exploded C. i have been trying to trace the owner. If I am able to do so i will post the pics and review.

    • 7.62 Precision

      I have seen nothing from other areas of the world, and could find only the one in Pakistan. Could it perhaps be an issue with quality of some of the ammunition that is available there, causing an already improperly heat-treated slide to come apart?
      I have shot factory ammunition here in the US that was loaded way too hot. I have heard stories about some of the Norinco export ammo being loaded improperly, or perhaps being counterfeit.

      • Enigmatic Desires

        As a rule, we check our ammo with a magnet. Local reloads are iron and soon lose their golden colour and show the rust underneath. The ammo I have used passed the magnet test effortlessly. We use Chinese Red box as our staple ammo. I myself use it in my made in Pakistan PT 92 copy.

        Every day uncountable red box rounds are fired. However they have a tendency of blowing up Caracals almost exclusively.

        There are reports of at least 4 more cases in the rural areas. We are trying to collect data which I will post online. Its a structural defect and as such sooner or later the chances are they will ‘all’ go kaboom. Hence their Global recall.

  • Raoul O’Shaughnessy

    cough*Vektor*cough

    • During May

      Vektor problems were greatly exaggerated.

  • floppyscience

    Well that blows, I really wanted a Caracal C.

    Guess I should get a Caracal F and a Steyr C to fill that gap.

    • Waltzin Matilda

      Why not a Desert Eagle?

      Waltzin Matilda

  • Waltzin Matilda

    “The Caracal pistols are manufactured in UAE (United Arab Emirates) and already in use by military and police forces of several Middle East nations.”

    What can I say?

    I doubt that I’ll be trading a Kimber for one.

    Waltzin Matilda