In Vino, Veritas…

Reposted from somewhere deep in the reaches of the internet…

Chris Rhines [10|Nov 08:38 PM]: So I’m sitting here dryfiring my Caracal. Wondering why I seem to only be attracted to guns that won’t hold an IDPA head box at 25 yards.

Chris Rhines [10|Nov 08:39 PM]: I got out a couple of my old Smith and Wesson M&Ps. Also can’t hold a group worth a s***, but I love shooting them.

Chris Rhines [10|Nov 08:39 PM]: My Glocks and my STIs all group really well, so why does shooting them feel like folding laundry?

Chris Rhines [10|Nov 08:39 PM]: WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

pauly [10|Nov 08:42 PM]: yer not drinking enough?

Caracal Safety Recall

Damnit.  It appears that a Caracal pistol discharged when it was dropped.  Caracal has issued a recall that covers pretty much every Caracal imported into the US.

Link, with updates.

At least one person has been unable to replicate this malfunction, so my guess is that there’s a tolerance stacking issue with the firing pin block or its related parts.

This is not good news for Caracal.  But, they seem determined to deal with the problem in a professional manner.  Offering to buy back guns subject to the recall is something I’ve never heard of in this industry.

Stay tuned for more news.

-C

Someday, It Will be Mine…

I wandered up to my friendly neighborhood arms dealer yesterday morning, to start the paperwork on a new Gen4 Glock 34.  Much to my delight, my Caracal F was there too, and I spent a few minutes checking it out.

Sorry for the lousy cellphone pic. Left my real camera in the car.

- The build quality on my Caracal was first-rate, at least to a visual inspection.  There were no visible machining marks, the finish was nicely applied, etc.  Overall, the Caracal gave the impression of being a quality piece.

- The trigger is wonderful.

- The sights…  well, there’s nothing wrong with them that a 5/32″ carbide ball end mill won’t fix.  The Caracal standard sights share the same problem as many other factory guns – the front sight is too wide, the rear sight is too narrow, and having the rear sight integral to the slide makes replacement, um, complicated.  This is one of those times when having a gunsmith in the family is really nice.

The Caracal is presently tied up in the bureaucratic hell that is the Maryland Handgun Roster Board, but it should be in my hands by mid-October.  I’m looking forward to running it through some heavy testing.

Thanks to Bob at Shooting Ventures for handling all the paperwork.  If you need a gun transfered in Maryland, he’s the man to see.