What are the differences between mid- and hicaps? In addition to the amount of BBs they contain, there are more differences. For example, shake a midcap and a hicap and hear the difference!
A hicap magazine (or hicap mag or hicap) stands for high capacity magazine. It usually has a capacity of a few hundred BB’s. These are all in one large reservoir from where they have to be transported to your hopup inside your replica.
This is usually done via a gear at the bottom of the mag. This moves a number of BB’s from the reservoir
towards your replica so you can fire a BB. When you have shot a few times, you will need to do this step again.
A disadvantage of a hicaps is that they make a lot of noise when shaken. When you walk and run you hear the B’s rattling. This is because it is a large container of BBs in which the BBs have a lot of space to move. Especially if you have shot a few times you notice that the BBs go nuts in your mag.
Loading a hicap is very easy via the flap on the top. Open the cover, and pour the BBs into the reservoir.
A midcap magazine (midcap mag or midcap) has an average capacity of 130 BBs. So you have less ammunition per mag. The big advantage is that the BBs aren’t sitting loose in the mag, but are held firmly by the spring in the warehouse. One of the differences between midcaps and hicaps is the internal structure.
Midcaps have no reservoir but a path for the spring and the BBs. You compress that spring while the filling the mag with BBs. The spring wants to relax again and pushes the BBs outwards so that they get stuck at the top of the mag. The big advantages of midcaps: no rattling and consistent feeding!
Another advantage is that you do not have to ‘wind up’ the mag. When you have a midcap filled and you place it in your replica, you know you can shoot. In addition, many players opt for midcaps because they need to top up more often, which in turn leads to tactical decisions. Some events such as milsims and comsims (more on this later on, in a different post) require that you come with midcaps (or realcaps) because of the realism.
Filling midcaps is a bit trickier than a hicaps: you need a speedloader which you can fill like a hicap. With that speedloader you then fill your midcaps. When you dive into the sand with a mid-cap you will have to clean the mag because the spring can block through the sand. So pay attention to this when you have done a few skirmishes.
Because there are fewer BBs in a midcap, you’ll also use more in one day. I play for exemple with six midcaps in combination with a bottle of BBs and a speedloader. I can refill my midcaps on the field and in the spawn. I usually have one or two highcaps in case I need to give cover fire in full auto.