Now Caracal has issued a full recall of every single Model C on the market. Not only do they have to go back, but they cannot be fixed. Caracal is going to “refund” customers for the purchase price of their pistol.
The recall states: If you own or have access to a Caracal Model C pistol, PLEASE DO NOT LOAD OR FIRE YOUR PISTOL. So if you have a Model C please take this recall seriously.
So why do I think this is the end for Caracal’s shot in the US market place?
If you remember an article I wrote about a year ago, I posted why Caraacal probably wouldn’t get much traction in the US market. Price point was one of the reasons. With so many excellent striker fired pistols on the market already, any new comers would have to priced significantly lower than current offerings with proven track records.
For example when the HS2000, a Croatian pistol from Hrvatski Samokres, came to the US market (later to be known as the Springfield Armory XD), you could find one for round $300. It was an excellent price point and got the HS2000 such a cult following SA bought the distribution rights for the US, jacked the price up 150 dollars and couldn’t import them fast enough to keep up with demand.
The Caracals I have handled didn’t stand out in my mind and at the price point, why not just buy another XD, Glock or M&P? That’s actually what I wound up doing. I love start up companies and the designing team was a who’s who list, I’m just glad I allocated my gun money funds to other things.
If you’d like to learn more about the Model C recall and how to return it if you have one check the official recall notice.