Caracal International

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Caracal International
IndustryArms industry
HeadquartersAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
ProductsFirearms, weapons
SubsidiariesMerkel (UAE) (USA)

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Caracal International LLC is the region’s leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) small arms producer with a portfolio including the latest technology 9mm striker-fired combat pistol, 9mm submachine gun (SMG) in standard, compact and suppressed versions, three AR15 derived tactical rifles and three modular sniper rifles for use by civilians or professional law enforcement and military operators.


Caracal F, full size pistol, service pistol made in United Arab Emirates, 9×19mm, standard sights.

In 2007, Tawazun Holdings acquired the assets of Caracal International.[1] In the same year Caracal announced that their pistols are to be made in Germany by using Merkel facilities in the country under a deal made between the two companies.[2][3]

Beginning of 2012, Caracal International opened a subsidiary in the United States as Caracal USA, based in Trussville, Alabama.[4] In September 2013, Caracal International announced a recall of all C model pistols. The recall states that the pistols cannot be made safe and will not be returned. Caracal stated that a refund will be made to its customers.[5][6]

In October 2013, the original Caracal pistol line was delisted by the manufacturer. The original model line was replaced by the CP660, CP661 and CP662 models as they are very similar to the original Caracal F, C and SC pistol models, but feature redesigned slides.[7][8][9]

In 2013, the CAR 816 was shown at IDEX 2013 to defense officials.[10] The rifle is the primary infantry assault rifle of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. [11]

In 2015, the Caracal 1911 and the CAR814/816 assault rifles were made available to the public, the former appearing first at IDEX 2015.[12]



Submachine Guns[edit]

Assault Rifles[edit]

Sniper Rifles[edit]


  1. ^ Website of the UAE Offset Program Bureau Archived September 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "..:: India Strategic ::.. Gulf News: UAE's Caracal acquires German gun maker Merkel".
  3. ^ Reporter, A. Staff. "Caracal takes over Germany's Merkel". Khaleej Times.
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  5. ^ "Recall notice via Scribd". Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  6. ^ "BROKEN: Caracal Recalls All C Pistols (No Fix Available)". The Truth About Guns. September 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "Caracal International unveils next generation models from its three most popular product lines at Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2013-09-04". Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Caracal Revamps Entire Pistol Line by Richard Johnson 2013-09-08". Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  9. ^ "BREAKING: Caracal recalls all 'C' models, rolls out all-new pistol catalog by Max Slowik 2013-09-09". Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  10. ^ "IDEX: Kontrakt na CAR 816".
  11. ^ "UAE firearms manufacturer Caracal sees huge growth potential". Gulf News. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  12. ^ Report, Staff. "Caracal debuts products at Idex 2015". Khaleej Times.
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