Army Armament brings to airsoft a “The Costa Carry Comp” replica, whose real counterpart created STI in collaboration with Chris Costa based on the 2011 STI platform. This is a real gun manufacturer based in Texas (yes, now you understand the marking on the base of the magazine with the silhouette of the lone star state) that has been hugely successful for a while with both shooters and professionals.
And "The beard” could fit in any of those two categories, also known as Chris Costa, former president of Magpul Dynamiscs and famous YouTuber.
So this replica brings together the best and the most tacticool features from the real world and translates it to airsoft, at a price that is hard to believe.
- Length: 218 mm
- Height: 160 mm
- Weight: 1 kg
- Colours: Black and dual tone (black and tan)
- Materials: Metal, polymer
- Firing mode: Semi
- Inner barrel length: 100 mm
- Inner barrel length: 6.03 mm
- Type of magazine: Green gas
- Magazine capacity: 28 bbs
- Material of the magazine: Metal
- Velocity: 320 FPS
- Energy: 0.95 J
- Blowback: Yes
- Hop-up: Adjustable (roulette type, TM style).
The slide is shortened so that the compensator is at all times on the frame when firing.
In addition, this compensator, which in the real model reduces recoil up to 63% (in airsoft it is obviously merely an aesthetic feature), has an “island” design, which translates into the fact that the front sight is integrated in the compensator, creating a singular cut in the slide, so that we can keep our eyes on the sight when shooting despite the recoil of the slide.
A sight that, by the way, is made of optic fibre, which enhances aiming even in low light conditions, such as we may encounter in some sections of CQB fields.
- Skeletal triggers and hammers
- Double safe: handle and slide
- Lower rail for flashlights, lasers or small grenade launchers
- Double row magazine
- Shortened slide and cut design that lightens it
- 4” island type external barrel
- Compensator included and integrated in the gun
- Full metal construction
- One-piece polymer grip with stippling
- Fibre optic sight
- Tactical Magwell for fast reloads
- Unique engraved serial number
- Hop rubber made of a cold-resistant silicone compound
- Cold-resistant polymer nozzle
- Compatible with CO2 magazines (sold separately)
Another of the highlights of the model is the stippling of the grip in polymer, which, for those who aren’t familiar with the term, is a handmade process to improve the grip.
It is important to emphasize the craftsmanship process, since the drawing of the grip is done by hand, dot by dot.
A process that can take two factory workers around 10 hours per model. If either one (the one who makes the shape or the one who fills it) makes a mistake, the frame is discarded.
This makes the body (just the body!) in the real model exceed $ 200, so it is to be praised that this gun includes this feature and it costs just over € 80-90 in stores.
By the way, something that not everyone knows is that in the tan model it is necessary to paint the frames after the stippling process, both in the real or airsoft model, which makes its production more expensive.
In short, these replicas by Army Armament offer us a renewed version of the HiCapa family, recreating a long-awaited model in airsoft with external features worth mentioning, internal parts according to the price and a fine operation and firing cycle of the slide
Did we like? Yeah, we sure did.