"I'm a fool for not even considering a Hi-Capa as my choice sidearm, even after three years of playing airsoft.
So basically, I was looking for a shorter, more practical pistol to complement the 7" Dragon I had preordered about a week ago. Being the smallest Hi-Capa, it is compatible with all of the larger magazines in its series. That way, if the 7" Dragon went down for any reason, I could hold my own for the rest of the game by using its loaded mags.
Right out of the box, I noticed a few key things: an included threaded barrel adapter, an incredibly light trigger pull, and the enhanced internals indicated by the visible blue gas nozzle when you pull back the slide. A few pieces, including the grip safety, hammer, barrel, and recoil spring guide, have a pleasant silver finish that adds a classy touch. What appear to be laser-etched "BABY HI-CAPA 3.8" and "CAL. 45 ACP" markings on the slide also add a nice touch. Also, it should be noted that the current model has an extended slide release lever, not the basic one shown in the stock photo.
After playing around with it for a while, I tried out a few accessories with it. WE graces you with enough rail space for most laser sights and flashlights, though maybe not enough for a flashlight-laser combo. I currently use this flashlight with it for night ops: http://www.evike.com/products/24761/ . Be sure to grab one when it is restocked, or to grab the sub-compact version here: http://www.evike.com/products/38733/
Upon removing the default plastic orange tip and installing the orange threaded barrel adapter (If you don't want to risk voiding the warranty, don't remove it, but you can do it by using pliers and A LOT of force. Although, I find it strange that I'm removing one orange tip to install another. Go figure on that one!), I added a mock silencer, which looks cool at first. However, when the slide is pulled back, the guide rod rubs the edge of my "zombie hunter" mock suppressor (http://www.evike.com/products/48252/). That probably doesn't affect much, but I would recommend a mock suppressor approximately 3-4mm less in overall diameter, if you can find one.
So I have fired around 200 .20-gram black Matrix BBs from this gun, and I'm amazed that it performs better than a majority of my 12 full-sized pistols, proving itself equal to either of my custom M9's.
Overall, the fps seems decent, the blowback/recoil is strong but smooth, the accuracy and rate of fire are impressive, AND the magazines are highly efficient, firing anywhere between 25 and 50 rounds on one fill of gas (Is it amazing luck that I've never received a gas gun with a leaky magazine, despite the fact that I own 17 gas guns?). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GUN, FOR ALMOST ANY PURPOSE, from basic CQB to a "commander" loadout to stealth.
- Full metal (except for the grip, obviously)
- Enhanced internals
- Light trigger pull
- Deadly accuracy. Missing within 50 feet is purely the user's fault.
- High rate of fire (It fires as fast as I can pull the trigger, and that's fast!)
- Vented slide with laser-etched trademarks, unique cocking serrations, and decent 3-dot sights.
- railed frame fits most flashlights and laser sights.
- Threaded barrel adapter included.
- extended slide release lever.
- silver parts on a black gun add a classy touch.
- ambidextrous on-frame safety bar.
- 25-round magazine? That carries more than some larger pistols!
- Compatible with longer Hi-Capa magazines
- Eligible for Evike's $3 spare mag Holy Cow door buster.
- Magazines are affordable (approx. $25), unlike those for KWA guns (approx. $40)
- Compatible with hundreds, if not THOUSANDS, of aftermarket upgrades and replacement parts.
- Compact size is suitable for CQB and lightweight loadouts.
- There are none as far as my eyes can see. It's an amazing gun for a ridiculously low price.
P.S. I highly recommend keeping this gun in a shoulder holster with some spare mags if it's your sidearm. Its short barrel length allows you to draw it fairly quickly. I use and recommend this holster: http://www.evike.com/products/39483/