Feb 21, 2012

Hicaps vs Midcaps

     Ever since its introduction to the Airsoft world, the high capacity mag has changed the game.  The ability to hold up to 600 rounds in a normal sized magazine is great, particularly with the outstanding RoF some AEG's have.  But does it take the fun out of the game, and are we better off without them?

     I personally prefer Midcaps to some extent.  My reasons are these:

  • Slightly more realistic
  • No rattling of BB's whenever you move
  • No need to wind up the bottom every 30 shots
  • Cheaper and available in larger quantities
  • More reliable
  • Do you really need to fire off 600 rounds without reloading?

     However, this doesn't mean Hicaps don't have their uses.  In a Mil-sim game, mid caps would be preferable, but in a tournament, Hicaps might save you.
  • If you are going to fire off 600 rounds anyway, wouldn't it be easier to do without switching mags?
  • Although Midcaps are cheaper, you don't need more than one or two Hicaps in most cases
  • Less weight and gear overall to carry around

     I think for target practice Midcaps are certainly superior.  They will also make you want your shots to count instead of spraying all over.  For me, the biggest downsides of Hicaps are the annoying rattle that takes away any chance of stealth and makes it seem less real, and the fact that you don't need to worry about winding the mag once in a while.  It's personal preference, but the situation might help you decide as well.

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