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New Love! (1999-12-18)

Hey I'm not a philanderer! When I love something that's loyal and trustworthy, I'll generally love it for life. But every now and then, something else better looking and just darn more appealing comes along and unseats your pride and joy - and gets you excited all over again. As many of you loyal readers know, before the entire Hicap series came out, our pride and joy was a highly realistic P226 by Tanaka. Today, it still stands tall in our display cabinet as one of our most realistic gas pistols ever made. The introduction of the WA Hicap line introduced a near era of clone-like workhorses (kind of like GM cars) with superb and reliable performance but nothing to really distinguish them.

From their hefty extended magazines to their plain old Colt Government styling (albeit with many different hammers, triggers, and magazine combinations which we personally felt were more bells and whistles than anything), we opted for function over form and distinguished the still relatively new WA CQB as our weapon of choice. Packing a wallop of power in a small package, the CQB stayed with us for most of this year terrifying our skirmish opponents and consistently blowing holes through anything that got in our way. With 30 rounds in the magazine, the supply of terror seemed endless and the blowback power simply surpassed anything else on the market (yes, even in the winter!). Power and versatility became our core criteria for the guarded pedestal of love. Then just before the millennium, WA released the SV Infinity Compact Carry; an advanced version of the Hicap series running on a new Type-R valve that promised to deliver even more punch (with less gas). Fuel economy! Before we were able to empty 5 magazines worth of rounds, it became very clear to me that the new Compact Carry was a winner and soon was to become my new love. (Well, mistress - I'll explain).

While it packed 5 rounds less than the CQB, the shorter butt allowed more convenient carry. The shorter barrel also made shoving the Compact Carry down my pants pocket a snap. Power was rated to be equivalent to the CQB though our chrono tests showed it was indeed slightly less powerful than it's big brother. The CQB still clearly packed the harder punch (though only slightly) and as such will still retain its seat as the premier outdoor skirmish pistol. When times get tough, the extra 5 rounds makes a world of difference. But then would you trade off that little power for a lot more versatility? Hmmm. Guess it depends on if you play outdoor or indoor.

No (for your creative types), the Compact Carry's magazine doesn't fit the CQB though the new Type-R technology has been applied to all existing Hicap pistol magazines and are available separately. The CQB's magazine does, however, fit the Compact Carry though the magazine juts out more than it should. Same effect as shoving a P226 magazine into a P228.

Sporting a funky luminous blue metal trigger (which actually wasn't too appealing for me personally), you can label the Compact Carry as "just another Hicap variant" with an "SV" name on it (and is therefore more expensive).

True. But look around and see if you can find anything this small with this much power. We dare you to try.