Okay, so have this new Caracal C and I have shot about 300 rnds through it prior to today. No problems, accurate and well handling. So I took the pistol with me for an IDPA intro/action range certification class this morning. The Caracalla operated commendably for nearly the entire class, shot about 220 rounds. Then, during a practice drill, something strange occurred during the 9th round fired from a full magazine. I feel a blast of residue from the shot on my face, fortunately I was wearing eye protection, and the slide locks open. Firearm is now not operational. The slide will not close and slide release appears to be stuck against the frame so thait won't drop to release the slide. It must be bent because it now looks too short to reach the notch to the right of the Caracal emblem on the fram where it normally resides. Any idea what the H3ll happened? I can't get the pistol disassembled to look at the slide release and don't want to make things worse. I'll forward pics ASAP, but I have to reduce their size. Is this a known failure of this pistol?