The Saga of the Caracal F Pistol

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  1. christophereger

    christophereger New Member

    In 2002, the UAE began working on a modern combat pistol that would be produced for the country's military. The result, after bringing in a crack team of European firearms engineers, would launch a company.

    What is the UAE anyway?


    The Persian Gulf nation of the United Arab Emirates was established in 1971 when seven different emirates assembled to form one country. Bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, across from the tiny 5-million-person slice of the Arabian Peninsula is the very anti-Arab Iranian republic. This and the UAE's very close ties with Europe and the US made the country somewhat paranoid of their national defense.

    Fueled by oil income (Dubai, the country's capital is considered "the richest city in the world"), the UAE Defense Forces spared no expense in military equipment. In 2002, they decided they wanted the top of the line combat pistol.

    Therefore, they made one.

    Enter Bubits

    Mr. Wilhelm Bubits, born in Lutzmannsburg, Austria during the Allied occupation after World War 2, was a competition pistol shooter and police officer in his homeland before starting to work for local firearms companies. This included first Glock in the 1990s, then later the legendary Steyr company.

    (The Steyr Model M)

    It was while at Steyr that Bubits invented the Steyr M is a series of semi-automatic pistols in 1999. These guns were polymer framed, hammerless striker fired pistols that used a mechanically locked Browning short recoil method of operation with a linkless, vertically dropping barrel. Today these guns, as the M-A1 and S-A1, are Steyr's entry into the global polymer pistol battle.

    It was Bubits who in 2002 started work on the UAE pistol design.

    The Caracal F

    Named after the lynx-like desert cat of the region, Bubits' pistol design was extensively tested by the German armed forces from 2002-2006, completing the NATO D14 standard. This is considered the harshest test that a firearm can be subjected to.


    (The Caracal Model F is very basic, which means few parts to break. photo credit: recoil)

    The final design was very close to his original Steyr M series, using a polymer frame, short recoil, locked breech action and striker fired hammerless DAO trigger group. The 26-ounce gun was 7-inches long overall with its 4.1-inch barrel. Its 111-degree grip angle and very low bore axis, similar to that found in the Springfield XD, contribute to a more natural point of aim and controllability than in such other polymer-framed guns (the Glock series, etc.).


    The trigger is much improved over prior striker fire guns, featuring an incredibly short, positive reset.

    The 18-shot magazine gives it a lot of heft in the 9mm community.

    (note the very similar Steyr M lines-- can you tell they have the same Austrian daddy?)

    A new company was incorporated to produce the gun, Caracal GmbH, located in the heart of firearms country in Suhl, Germany in 2007. A new industrial park using 5-axis CNC machines and Zeiss instrumentation also produces the guns in the UAE.

    Some 25,000 were built for the military of the UAE, Algeria, Bahrain, and Jordan and the gun has been exported to Italy (partnered with Tanfoglio) and the US (partnered first with Waffen Werks and ironically, by Steyr USA in Trussville, Alabama).

    Today they are imported as the modified CP series pistol into the US by Caracal USA