Gun Report

Caracal F Compact 9mm

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Low first shots may or may not be a problem. Ergonomics were top notch. We'd rate this higher if cost is a major concern.

Caracal F Compact 9mm

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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The rear face of the slide was grooved to diffuse glare. Shown with the striker in Set position (cocked), an indicator was visible at the center of the slide (arrow). The Quick Sight is a $25 upgrade. This leaves a telltale rise at the rear of the slide.
Pulling downward on the takedown latch lowered the locking stud (arrow) shown at the top of the photograph. Note the heavy coil spring that kept it in place, wedged in directly in front of the barrel lugs.
The grip frames of the Caracals were almost identical, aside from length. Reduction in magazine capacity was three rounds, but the C model did fire reliably from the Model F's longer 18-round magazine. Note the bevels (arrows) on the outer edges of the magwells. The bevels allow you to better grab the magazine should it not drop free.

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