Caracal’s MSRs | SHOT 2017


    Caracal USA was at the Industry Day at the Range Event in Boulder City, NV. The company had a pair of its modern sporting rifles on hand for demonstrations. The two guns are AR-style rifles and are called the CAR814 A2 and CAR816 A2 respectively. Both are made in the United States.

    CAR814 A2

    The CAR814 is a DI-style rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO and is designed around NATO standards. It is outfitted with a Magpul MOE handguard with M-LOK attachment points. Up front, the gun has a sight tower, and the company includes a folding rear sight. Also included with this gun is a 2-point QD sling, a cleaning kit and one 30-round magazine.


    Shooting the gun was fairly typical for an milspec AR. The trigger was on par with other two stage triggers with what felt like a slightly longer distance to reset. With the iron sights, I could ring iron at 100 yards.

    These rifles retail for $1,300 and come with a limited lifetime warranty.

    CAR816 A2

    The CAR816 is a short stroke piston rifle. Also chambered in 5.56 NATO, this gun is designed for law enforcement and military use. Select fire models are available for government purchasers.

    These rifles have a proprietary handguard with M-LOK attachment points. Since it does not have a front sight tower, Caracal includes folding front and rear sights. Also included are a sling, cleaning kit and one magazine.


    This gun shot nicely, with a low power optic allowing you to reach out to 200 yards. The trigger felt slightly better than the CAR814, and it felt like it had a shorter reset.

    Pricing on this one is $1,850. It is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

    Richard Johnson

    An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is