We saw already a few items from EDIC Caracal at IDEX back in February, and again the UAE based company plays at home in ADIHEX. In this hunting oriented event, the German subsidiary Merkel was part of the Caracal booth as well, with some high-end models.
While Merkel products were definitely fitting in the traditional vision of hunting models, Caracal was mainly showing their military line. Yes, you could definitely go hunting with an MSR, but most of the models shown by Caracal were in their original select-fire configuration.
Compared to what we saw at IDEX, there were no new products, although we’ll see some interesting prototypes. A Company representative, from the R&D department, hinted that EDIC Caracal is working hard on new developments and they may soon release interesting news. However, nothing is available yet for public release.
[Apologies for the colors of some photos, they’ve been edited to reduce the warm yellow note of the lights of the booth, but the result is still far from perfect.]
Caracal CAR 816 & 817
No news on this front, although it looks like the Company is really keen in promoting the 7.62 CAR 817 in DMR role.
It’s already a few years that we’re being teased by this submachine gun, which definitely looks cool and is available in several configurations. Unfortunately, there is still no word on the release of a civilian model, which would look like a missed opportunity as the American market seems pretty hungry for good 9mm PCCs.
CSR 308 & 50
A few details on the smallest and the largest of the Caracal Sniper Rifles.
CSP: Caracal Special Projects
The most intriguing panel of the booth was showing a few prototypes and a line of suppressors. Over the years, at events like IDEX and ADIHEX, Caracal has shown several new models which then made it for a limited time, or never, to the catalog. For example, they have shown hammer-fired pistols and also their own version of the immortal 1911. While most major manufacturers are rather conservative, it’s interesting to see that Caracal appears to leave some freedom to their R&D department. Indeed it seems that they have their own “Skunk Works” division: Caracal Special Projects.