Working out of Boise, Idaho, Caracal USA is now shipping their competition-ready Versus AR-15-pattern rifle. This gun stands out by packing a ton of premium features into a surprisingly affordable package.
The Versus rifle was developed for practical shooting matches. Its features were requested by pro shooter Travis Gibson and other Team Caracal members.
The barrel is the heart of the rifle and Caracal went with one of the best. The Versus has an 18-inch Proof Research carbon fiber-wrapped barrel chambered for .223 Wylde. Carbon fiber-wrapped barrels like these are very rigid and dissipate heat quickly, so they start accurate and stay accurate even after long strings of fire.
They’re also lightweight. The whole rifle is lightweight at just 6 pounds, 3 ounces unloaded.
Other competition-minded features include the Geissele Automatics Super 3 Gun or S3G trigger, a 15-inch full-length free-floating M-Lok handguard – weighing just 6 ounces – and a tuneable 2-port muzzle brake.
It also has an adjustable Mission First Tactical Minimalist buttstock, an oversized Odin Works XMR magazine release button, and a Caracal pistol grip.
Team Caracal is already taking trophies with it. “We’re very proud to congratulate Travis Gibson and Team Caracal USA on a 2nd Place finish at the 2018 Safariland Expedition,” said Caracal director Brian Leslie. “The Versus rifle is born to fight and built to win. We wanted to make a rifle that shooters could take out of the box and straight to the podium. And, that’s exactly what Travis did.”
“The goal for this match was to shoot the limited division match with an out of the box Caracal USA Versus rifle, Gibson said. “This rifle is awesome. I mounted up and zeroed a Vortex Optics Spitfire the morning I started shooting, and it was spot on all weekend.”
The Versus rifle is available directly from Caracal USA. It has a suggested price of $1,799. A Proof Research barrel by itself costs almost $1,000 and the Geissele S3G adds a couple hundred more – this rifle is surprisingly low-priced.
Of course that doesn’t include an optic or iron sights but those accessories are pretty personal and just about every Versus shooter will want something different. It does include four Lancer smoke magazines, available in standard and 10-round capacities. The rifles are made in the U.S. and have lifetime warranties.