Caracal pistol

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Caracal pistol
Caracal F pistol.jpg
general information
Country of operation: United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Jordan
Developer / Manufacturer: Wilhelm Bubits / Caracal International Llc / Caracal GmbH
Manufacturer country: United Arab Emirates, Germany
Production time: since 2006
Weapon Category: Self-loading pistol
Technical specifications
Ammunition supply : Bar magazine
Closure : modified Browning system
Charging principle: Recoil loader
Lists on the subject

Caracal F and the compact version Caracal C are self-loading pistols in caliber 9 × 19 mm from Caracal International from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and are used by the country's armed forces as an orderly weapon . It was first presented in 2007 at the IDEX arms fair in Abu Dhabi. The company and the pistol are named after the Caracal lynx .


The hammerless Caracal pistol was developed by the Austrian handgun designer Wilhelm Bubits, who was also involved in the development of the Steyr M pistol. The Caracal has a very low line of sight . The pistol has been constructed with very few individual parts, in total it consists of 28 parts, whereby no screws are used. The Caracal can be dismantled into its assemblies very quickly. The five main assemblies are the barrel, slide, frame, firing pin unit and trigger unit. Due to their polymer components, Caracal pistols are lighter than comparable weapons with steel frames; the Caracal F only weighs 750 grams when empty. The pistol has an intuitive safety concept: In addition to a trigger safety (split trigger blade similar to the Glock 17 or Steyr M pistol), the Caracal pistol has an internal and automatic drop and firing pin safety. The defense technology department for weapons and ammunition in Meppen ( WTD 91 ) in the Federal Office for Defense Technology and Procurement certified the Caracal pistol in 2006.

German production line

Since 2011, the Caracal pistols have been manufactured not only in Abu Dhabi, but also in Germany and sold throughout Europe as police and sporting weapons and to special forces. Caracal GmbH, based in Suhl , Thuringia, is a subsidiary of Merkel Jagd- & Sportwaffen GmbH in the Suhl Arms Alliance. It manufactures the slide (bolt) and barrel components for the German production line itself, the remaining components come from Abu Dhabi and international suppliers.

Model variants

variant Total length
Barrel length
caliber Max.
Magazine filling
Caracal F 178 104 135 28 750 9 × 19 mm 18 shots
9 × 21 mm
.357 SIG 16 shots
.40 S&W
Caracal C 169 93 122 28 700 9 × 19 mm 15 shots
9 × 21 mm
.357 SIG 13 shots
.40 S&W
Caracal SC 160 86 112 23.5 650 9 × 19 mm 13 rounds
(15/18 rounds)
9 × 21 mm
  1. Weight: without magazine
  2. Use of Caracal F and C magazines possible

Web links

Commons : Guns of Caracal  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Armin Seremek: Caracal pistol, in: Deutsches Waffen-Journal 12/2011, p. 42