April 2013

Caracal Issues Pistol Recall

Caracal is replacing its Model C pistols because of a slide-breakage incident. Wilson Combat joins growing sales embargo.

aracal International LLC has been informed about an incident in which the slide of a Caracal Model C pistol malfunctioned and broke during firing, causing personal injury. The company is thoroughly investigating this incident to determine the causes and is initiating a voluntary recall to protect customers.

If you own or have access to a Caracal Model C pistol, the company advises you "please do not load or fire the Caracal Model C pistol."

Customers may choose to wait until more information with respect to the investigation or arrange to have the pistol replaced free of charge, using the following steps:

Caracal owners in the U.S. can call (205) 655-7050 or email at info@Caracal-USA.com.

If you have sold or transferred your Caracal Model C pistol, please contact the company using the above information and provide them with the name and contact information for the person who bought it. Caracal will attempt to notify the current owner of this recall.

After contacting the customer care center, Caracal will send you a prepaid shipping box with instructions so that you can return your pistol to the company, free of charge.

Caracal will replace your pistol and return it to you free of charge as quickly as reasonably possible.

Gun Tests evaluated the Caracal F Quick Sight 9mm, $524; and the Caracal C Quick Sight 9mm, $524; in the September 2012 issue. Of the pistols, our testers said, "Both Caracal pistols were easy to shoot. Grip angle and size afforded plenty of support. We might have preferred target sights on the F model to maximize the potential of its longer sight radius. But when it comes to a fast-action CQB pistol, it’s hard to beat the Caracal C with Quick Sights. It was like punching your fist at the target. Firing each pistol, we read little change in control from fully laden to last shot fired. The triggers might have been too light, but we liked the near vertical rest position and how easy they were to read in terms of reset. The first-shot-low syndrome may vary from pistol to pistol, but keeping the magazine fully loaded should minimize the problem." The Model C earned a B+ grade. The Model F full-size pistol got a B grade. 

Ruger Celebrates 100th Auction on GunBroker.com

Since 2010, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. has been working with GunBroker.com to auction rare, commemorative, discontinued or one-of-a-kind Ruger firearms. On February 27, 2013, Ruger launched its 100th auction with GunBroker.com by auctioning off a Ruger M77 Hawkeye Alaskan Rifle previously owned by Ruger President and CEO Mike Fifer. All Ruger auction proceeds are donated to charity, with more than $176,000 raised thus far. This commemorative auction will benefit HAVA (Honored American Veterans Afield).

Mike Fifer used this rugged big-game rifle during a brown-bear hunt on the Alaska Peninsula in May 2010 where he killed an 8-foot 10.5-inch-long brown bear. The serial number is 710-49691, and the rollmark date is January 10, 2008. Fifer documented the hunt in a photo book, and the winning bidder will also receive an autographed copy of this book, along with the Burris scope used during the hunt and a Ruger-branded rifle case. Bids in early March were at $1825. To learn more about this special auction, visit Ruger.com/Auction.

Wilson Combat Announces Anti-Gun States No-Sale Policy

Wilson Combat will no longer provide any products or services to any State Government imposing legislation that infringes on the Second Amendment rights of its law-abiding citizens. This includes any Law Enforcement Department, Law Enforcement Officers, or any State Government Entity or Employee of such an entity. This also applies to any local municipality imposing such infringements. States currently included in the company’s No-Sale Policy are: California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C., and The City of Chicago, Illinois, according to a statement from the company.

"Wilson Combat will in NO way support the government of these states or their anti-gun agenda that only limits the rights of law-abiding citizens," the company’s statement said. "Wilson Combat will continue to supply any product and/or service they can legally sell in these states to all non-government affiliated citizens."

More than 100 other companies are participating in similar sales restrictions. They are listed on GunReports.com. Search for "LaRue."

Colorado: Sweeping Gun Control Legislation Passes Senate Committees

On March 4, despite overwhelming public opposition present, Colorado’s Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted to advance the most sweeping and extreme package of Second Amendment-infringing legislation in the state’s history.

- The Senate Judiciary Committee, by a 3-2 vote, advanced the following anti-gun bills:

- House Bill 1224 bans magazines with a capacity greater than 15 rounds.

Senate Bill 196 holds all manufacturers, distributors and owners of any rifle — excluding bolt-action — they produce, sell or use, liable if that gun is misused to harm another person. The definition of an "assault weapon" subject to liability in SB 196 includes a single-shot or double-barreled shotgun and any break-open rifle as well as every semi-automatic rifle and shotgun. This is a backdoor attempt at banning legal firearms and is in direct violation of the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, according to NRA-ILA.

Also by a 3-2 vote, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee passed the following anti-gun bills:

- House Bill 1226 repeals current law allowing individuals with a concealed-carry permit to carry a firearm for self-defense on a college or university campus.

- House Bill 1228 imposes a "gun tax" for a background check when purchasing a firearm.

- House Bill 1229 criminalizes the private transfer of a firearm.

When asked about the outpouring number of individuals who have been showing up in Denver to oppose these anti-gun bills, Hickenlooper said, "Not only do they not represent the middle, I don’t think they represent the Republican party. I don’t think they represent a large number of people."

Southwick Releases Top Hunting and Shooting Equipment Survey

Southwick Associates has announced the brands hunters and shooters purchased most frequently in 2012. This list has been compiled from the 35,081 internet-based surveys completed by hunters and shooters who volunteered to participate last year in HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com polls. The marketing data presented here is a summary of a 233-page report that details consumer behavior, including what products and brands are purchased, where they are bought, how much customers spend, and demographics of hunters and shooters broken out by each product category. The percentage reflects the total volume of all purchases in the category. In 2012, top brands included:


Top rifle brand Remington, Ruger (each 11.5%)

Top shotgun brand Remington (19.7%)

Top muzzleloader brand CVA (31.0%)

Top handgun brand Sturm, Ruger (17.7%)

Top rifle ammunition brand Remington (21.4%)

Top shotgun ammunition brand Winchester (32.1%)

Top handgun ammunition brand Winchester (17.9%)

Top blackpowder brand Pyrodex (41.6%)

Top balls, bullets, or shot brand Hornady (33.0%)

Top reloading press brand Lee Precision (37.9%)

Top reloading die brand Lee Precision (38.3%)

Top reloading bullet brand Hornady (34.0%)

Top reloading primer brand CCI (40.3%)

Top reloading powder brand Hodgdon (40.7%)

Top shot brand Lawrence (30.2%)

Top binocular brand Bushnell (28.7%)

Top scope brand for firearms Bushnell (14.5%)

Top spotting scope brand Barska (10.5%)

Top range finder brand Bushnell (36.3%)

Top optic sight brand EOTech (8.7%)

Top shooting target brand Shoot-N-C (31.0%)

Top holster brand Blackhawk (15.0%)

Top gun sleeves brand Allen (12.1%)

Top gun safe brand Stack-on (25.7%)

Top magazine brand ProMag (11.9%)

Texas Woman Wins Brownell’s Dream Gun Sweepstakes

Nancy Gonzalez, of Conroe, Texas, is the winner of Brownells 2013 SHOT Show Dream Gun Sweepstakes.

Open to all SHOT Show attendees who visited the Brownells booth and had their credentials scanned, the winner was determined by drawing. Gonzalez will be receiving the Zombie Hunter modern sporting rifle Dream Gun, plus a course of her choice at the world-renowned Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona, and $2,000 in travel cash, all provided by Brownells.

The "Zombie Hunter" modern sporting rifle Gonzalez chose includes an assortment of world-class products, including an EOTech Sight, a VLTOR Modstock Collapsible Buttstock, Troy Enterprises Alpha Rail Handguard, Magpul MBUS Flip-Up Sights, a Brownells "Zombie Hunter" Upper Receiver, and much more.

The Dream Guns will be shown again in the Brownells booth #3429 during the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits being held in the George R. Brown Convention Center, downtown Houston, Texas, May 3-5, 2013. GT