A New Subgun is Born: The Caracal CMP9

The Caracal CMP9 SMG (Photo: Caracal)

The Caracal CMP9 SMG (Photo: Caracal)

Submachine guns are hot right now (SIG MPX, CZ Scorpion Evo 3, H&K SP5K)!  And why shouldn’t they be?  They give users great versatility in that they offer them a larger, more stable, yet compact platform to shoot popular handgun ammo.  So, instead of having to buy two different rounds for two different guns, users can pick up some 9mm for both their duty pistol and SMG.

Caracal is now jumping into this market niche with the launch of its CMP9, a subgun that comes in three different configurations all chambered in 9x19mm: Short (K) – 5.5 inch barrel, short handguard, Standard (STD) – 9 inch barrel, long handguard and Integrally suppressed (SD) – 6 inch ported barrel, long handguard with suppressor.

Caracal CMP9 SMG. (Photo: Caracal)

Caracal CMP9 SMG. (Photo: Caracal)


  • Traditional AR-style fire control
  • Rear ambidextrous charging handle
  • Detachable 30-round magazine
  • Simple and reliable advanced blowback operation
  • Upper and lower receiver made out of aircraft grade 7075 aluminum
  • MIL 1913 rail on the back of the lower receiver to attach various stocks, including retractable, fixed and folding versions.
  • Aluminum free-floating handguard with MIL 1913 in 12 o clock position and keymod in 3, 6 and 9 o clock position.

No longer appearing on the Caracal website is the CC 10, the popular 9mm sub-carbine.  It may be that the CMP9 has replaced the CC 10.  But that may just be speculation.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Mark August 29, 2016, 9:48 am

    Caracal is great at introducing new weapons, but can’t bring them to market. A lot of us are still waiting for the enhanced F & C pistols that have been promised for a couple of years.

  • Peyton August 27, 2016, 4:47 pm

    No the 9mm served me very well in Nam in my SW 76 (copy of Carl Gustav). The ,45 ACP is not what it is cracked up to be either. But it does perform well in subgun for stopping power

    • Tommy Campbell August 30, 2016, 6:45 pm

      Peyton, I am happy to hear you used a S&W model 76 in Nam. I worked for S&W from 1968 to 1990 in the R&D department. We made many model 76’s to include the Hush Puppy suppressors for the 76 and the model 39 pistols. We even made a few aluminum 76’s.
      Thank you for your service,
      Tommy Campbell

  • Larry Koehn August 27, 2016, 3:36 pm

    I can legally carry a 9mm pistol. A 10mm carbine would be interesting but a 9mm subgun is just boring!

  • TracyC August 27, 2016, 8:11 am

    How about just coming out with the new Caracal F pistol? Why don’t you do that first! Great gun but Damn. Really?

    • Mark August 29, 2016, 9:50 am

      TracyC you are so right! Been waiting for over 2 years! How about some delivery.

  • Tom Burnham August 26, 2016, 7:45 pm

    In general fellows the 9 mm. round is just another .38 spec. And just as useless and ineffective when
    it comes to stopping power. There’s nothing that can compete with the .45 auto round for hard hitting
    in the same type weapons.

    • Miles August 27, 2016, 12:41 am

      10mm beats everyday and twice on sunday its not close and thats with whimpy factory loads

    • Fred August 27, 2016, 3:56 pm

      Personal preferences are not a valid argument in determination of effectiveness of a caliber type. Come join the rest of us in the present! Newer bullet technology has made the “bigger is better” ideals obsolete. I do like the idea of a larger caliber bullet, but ballistics and experience has proven that the differences are negligible in outcome and it is just a matter of preference. Combat, on streets or in a war zone, has shown knock down power is a fantasy and the true goal is to make your target inoperative while still having the ability to do the same with additional targets. With the possible increase in number of “bad” guys involved in attacks, higher capacity becomes as vital a consideration as stopping power. 9mm is more easily compared to the .357 Magnum in power than the .38 spec and with newer bullet technologies the power transfer to the target makes it quite lethal and debilitating. The real difference between the .45, 10mm, and 9mm, is not in power as much as it is in intimidation. If scaring the assailant with the echo of his or her voice coming back from the barrel of your heavier weapon is your goal, you have effectively ended the confrontation without harm. However, desperate people are much more difficult to intimidate, and crowds can be an even more daunting task. Increase the level of inaccuracy by pumping extra adrenaline into your system means you need to fire more rounds. Smaller bullets flying toward them will make them duck or die just as effectively as a larger bullet, plus more flying toward them will increase the probability of hits. When the US Military made the decision to move from the .45 to the 9mm it was not a knee-jerk emotional “be-like-the-rest” move. It was well researched and tested and they did not use newer tech bullets. Many of us did not like the change but facts and evidence are hard to ignore once you get past the hysteria of change and personal preference.

    • Archangel August 27, 2016, 4:19 pm

      Another 9,, V .45 ACP V 10mm discussion?
      Look, a head shot with a 9mm beats a miss with a .45 or 10mm.

    • Peyton August 27, 2016, 4:44 pm

      No the 9mm served me very well in Nam in my SW 76 (copy of Carl Gustav). The ,45 ACP is not what it is cracked up to be either. But it does perform well in a subgun for stopping power. The hydrostatic shock (greater with 9mm than a .45 Acp since the 9mm is at 1150 fps and the 230 gr .45 is at only 850 fps) is the real stopping power element here. The shots impact so close together time-wise the hydrostatic shock of the TSC is no deflated before the next round hits and expands it quite dramatically.

  • Magic Rooster August 26, 2016, 5:23 pm

    Blannelberry, why the half assed write up? No MSRP, no “what I did at the range”, no breakdown and cleaning? Dude, WTF???

  • Brian Slane August 26, 2016, 4:16 pm

    Yea!!!!! Yet another item that the general public cannot possibly own! The Hughes Amendment needs to be repealed. Unfortunately, few people actually know about it. Relatively few people c are about it. And although it serves no purpose as to actually doing anything meaningful to stop crime, no politicians care about it. There is no up or down side for them to either kill it or let it be. Therefore, nothing will ever be done about it.

  • ryan August 26, 2016, 8:58 am

    other than law enforcement units, military, or SOT Class 3 dealers you can’t get one so why write about it

    • Steven Kaspar August 26, 2016, 7:34 pm

      My thoughts exactly,why write about a weapon 90 percent of us can’t get!

  • KurtW August 26, 2016, 7:35 am

    Ummmmmmmmmmm….. Without the Full-Auto sear and capability, it’s just another SBR, which is NOT the “SMG” described. It’s only the last 2/3 of the acronym that’s wrong.

    Or did I miss a memo that we can buy new Full-Auto stuff again? Make mine a P90.

  • Will Drider August 24, 2016, 11:24 pm

    Glock 17 and 30+ mag and you have the same firepower. If I want to carry and get a NFA Stamp for something like that it sure won’t be anything with the limits of pistol calibers. If you like it, put your money down, its good for the economy.

  • Brian August 24, 2016, 4:10 pm

    Give us a 40 or 10 mm

    • Jack Ds August 26, 2016, 8:45 am

      The 9mm round has come a long way. With new materials and technologies it is far more effective from the round a few years ago. Most police officers, FBI, and many armed forces are switching to the 9mm because it is cheap and effective.

      There are absolutely many applications for the 10mm specially in hunting. I am not sure where 40 would be better than 9mm.

      • Andy H August 26, 2016, 3:55 pm

        Since they are using the Colt SMG / Modified Uzi mags, they are confined to the 9mm cartridge.
        Thureon Defense carbines are available in 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and 10mm Auto. (shameless plug) They are available in numerous models that accept popular pistol magazines, and can be configured as SBRs or full length carbines.

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