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The Caracal: A New Pistol From United Arab Emirates

30 Aug

Caracal (Turkish word meaning ‘black ear’) is the name of a medium-sized cat ranging over Western Asia and Africa. It’s also the name of a new pistol to be imported to the US from the United Arab Emirates by Caracal USA.

The pistol is produced in full size, compact and sub compact versions in 9 mm, 9×21, 357 Sig and 40 S&W. The full size version holds 18 rounds in 9 mm and 16 in 357 Sig or 40 S&W. A video clip with segments of the Caracal in action:

Development of the Caracal started in 2002 led by the Austrian firearms designer Wilhelm Bubits who previously had designed the Steyr M pistol.

Troy Sellars, Caracal USA has this to say about the new pistol:

I can guarantee it is more accurate than the other polymer pistols on the market due to the full length rails and other engineering aspects. The recoil impulse is lower as well due to the barrel sitting 4mm lower than other pistols. I shoot it more accurate myself than my G17 and the guys at the indoor range were impressed about how accurate it was. They were also amazed at the lower felt recoil.I can’t make you buy it but I would encourage you to give it a chance. When we get them out there, stop by your local indoor range and put a few rounds through one.

Thanks, Troy Sellars
Director of Operations
Caracal USA

Troy also indicates that a shipment of Caracal’s is en-route to his US warehouse this week, and pending US Customs approval, will be available shortly. No word yet on price, but in my opinion it will need to be priced at or somewhat under the current polymer pistol offerings from Springfield, Glock, S&W, Taurus, etc to be competitive in the marketplace.
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Compact

Sub Compact

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Canik USA to Import Canik 55 Pistol

26 Jul

Last week I blogged about the Turkish made Canik 55 pistol which resembles the CZ 75. Well I discovered that a company called Canik-USA has been formed to be the exclusive US distributor for the pistol, designated as the model .

MSRP on the base model is $485.00 so the street price should be pretty attractive.

Here are some specs on the base model ‘C100B’ from the Canik-USA web site:

“With the artistry and craftsmanship of Canik55 it is no wonder why they have become a leading provider for the Turkish military and police forces. As the only privately held Turkish company with a NATO quality assurance certification we strive to provide the most accurate out of the box quality heirloom firearms.

Our classic line of pistols including the C100, S120 and L120 are improved versions of the classic 75B pistols made famous by Ceska Zbrojovka.

Model: C100
Frame/Slide: Alloy/Steel
Finish: Black
Caliber : 9 mm Parabellum (9×19)
Body: 7.2 in.
Height: 5 in.
Width: 1.38 in.
Weight: 24.4 oz.
Barrel Length: 3.9 in.

Specifications:
• 3 hammer position safety (de, half and cocked)
• Cold Forged barrel
• Luminescent rear and front sights
• 2 – Mec-Gar® brand 13 round high capacity magazines
• All components are chrome plated
• Low trigger pull weight
• Double action/Single action trigger mechanism

Standard Accessories:
• Lockable hard molded case
• ASTM F 2369/California AB106 DOJ-approved safety device
• Cleaning rod and brush

Not Available in California, Massachusetts or where prohibited by law.

Canik-USA is not affiliated in any way with and is not an authorized dealer of Ceska zbrojovka Uhersky Brod.”

CZ-75 Clone – Canik 55 Piranha 9mm

20 Jul

Many thanks to Anthrax over at the Firing Line Forum for allowing me to repost his information and photo’s on the Canik 55 Piranha. This pistol is not available (at least at this point) in the US:

There’s a lot of new guns coming out of Turkey. This one however, hasn’t been out too long. Don’t really know if its in the US market yet but hopefully it’ll make it there soon enough.

I own one. Simply love it! Overall, everything about this handgun is awesome.

Some basics about the weapon;

Caliber 9 x 19 mm Parabellum
Length 208 mm
Height 143 mm
Width 35 mm
Weight 850 gr.
Barrel Length 120 mm
Magazine Capacity 15+1 Piece
Effective Range 70 meters (+/- %10)

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS:
• COMFORTABLE GRIP AND STABLE HOLD.
• GOOD RESULTS AT INSTINCTIVE SHOOTING.
• LOW TRIGGER PULL WEIGHT AND HIGH ACCURACY OF FIRE.
• LONG SERVICE LIFE AND SUITABLE FOR COMBAT SHOOTING.
• VERSIONS DIFFER IN THEIR SIZE, WEIGHT, MAGAZINE CAPACITY, SAFETY ELEMENTS, SURFACE FINISH, GRIP PANEL TYPES AND OTHER SPECIFIC MODIFICATIONS.
• ALL COMPONENTS ARE CHROME PLATED.

Features;

• DOUBLE ACTION / SINGLE ACTION MECHANISM
• BARREL MANUFACTURED BY MKEK USING COLD FORGING TECHNOLOGY
• REAR SIGHT AND FRONT SIGHT EQUIPPED WITH TRITIUM SYSTEM THAT ENABLES AN EASY AIM IN POOR VISIBILITY AND EVEN IN THE DARK
• MEC GAR (ITALIAN) BRANDED MAGAZINE WITH HIGH CAPACITY AND TWO COLUMNS

Holds 15+1 rounds of 9mm. A few pictures;

Range Test carried out by a good friend (Thanks to Mr Gilani) of the Pirahna.

Handgun: Canik55 Piranha
Condition: 99%
Barrel : 120 mm
Size: 208x143x35 mm
Dist: 10, 20 & 30 yds
Ammo: POF 2Z
Sequence: 5 shots from 10 yds, 5 from 20 yds and 5 from 30 yds on the same target. Sitting, with my elbows resting on the table.
Stoppages: None out of 15
Score: 130 / 150 (86.66 %)
The scores are represented by the following symbols:
10 yds – Red Circles
20 yds – Red Triangle
30 yds – Black Square
Groups
– 10 yds…………….1.1 inches (50/50 pts)
– 20 yds…………….4.8 inches (35/50 pts)
– 30 yds…………….4.9 inches (40/50 pts)
– ……………………. 125/150 (83.33 %)
Overall Score……… 130+125=255 / 450 (85%)

Accuracy Rating: VERY ACCURATE!


Will the new S&W SD pistols replace the Sigma?

17 Jul

With S&W rolling out their new SD series pistols in 9mm and .40, you have to wonder if there is room in their line-up for three polymer pistol lines? From the beginning S&W has consistently said that the SD is not replacing the Sigma – so we’ll see!

The SD is to be priced between the Sigma and M&P which would make the street price somewhere in the $400 range (I’ve seen recent reports of the SD being sold for $369 at several dealers). That’s clearly an attractive price and it would undercut nearly all other polymer pistols on the market excep for their own Sigma and the Taurus Millenium models.

In appearance, the SD looks very much like an updated Sigma with some M&P styling. The SD comes with a new trigger design that S&W is calling the Self Defense Trigger or SDT. One of the main complaints of the Sigma (and to a lesser degree the M&P) is it’s trigger, so perhaps the new design will offer better feel.

ATI FX 45 MILITARY 1911

13 Jul

American Tactical Imports (ATI) announced it is importing a new series of 1911 pistols from the Philippines, manufactured by Shooters Arms Manufacturing. MSRP on their base 1911A1 style pistol (aka their ‘Military’ model) is just $449.95.

Here is ATI’s info on the pistol:

ATI HGA FX45 1911 MILITARY 45ACP 5″ 8RD

New in 2010 and now available in stores is the ATI Firepower Xtreme .45ACP caliber 1911 pistol series from Shooters Arms Manufacturing in the Philippines.  Available in 5 different models, from classic military, competition and bull pup designs, the FX 1911 series features all steel parts, solid mahogany grips and a price point that won’t break the bank.  Compatible with many different brands of 1911 magazine, the FX series is certain to have the 1911 pistol enthusiast set for hours of satisfactory shooting.

Free Taurus Shot Timer App for iPhone

12 Jul

Available in iTunes for the iPhone is a free Shot Timer app from Taurus. It’s not going to replace a PACT or Pocket Pro on the competition circuit, but I’ve tried the free app and it works well. Here is more info on the app from Taurus:

SHOT TIMER APP

To express our gratitude to you for being a loyal Taurus customer, we would like to offer you FREE OF CHARGE the “Taurus Timer” An app for the Iphone that you can download to your phone from the iTunes store.

• Use the new “Taurus Shot Timer” to test your speed and accuracy.

• Easy to use both outdoors and indoors with our anti-echo technology.

• Review time between consecutive shots, shot count and total time shooting.

• Personalize the “Taurus Shot Timer” to your comfort with special settings such as start delay, sensitivity, par time and random start.