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IntegraTypeRDC5 Thursday, August 26th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month18 of 25 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann A-5 M4 mod
Tippmann 98 Custom M4 Mod
Marker Setup: Ariakon SIM-4 R.I.S.
Recommended
Upgrades:
None
Strengths: Appearance
Accuracy
Weaknesses: High Velocity
Review: Although, the SIM-4 is not the real Armotech, it does just fine.
This marker looks really amazing and pretty accurate looking as an M-4 Carbine. The whole marker is really tough, all of the parts are made from metal except for the handguard and stock(thats even as tough as the metal). I really love the realistic rear cocking system. It really gives the realistic feel as the M4. The weight is somewhat heavy but it doesn't bother me, to play mil-sim, you got to learn to love the weight of the marker. The SIM-4 is also accurate as hell. I shot at a 5" diamater pallete from 80' and hit the target 30 out of 35 shots.
The only problem I had with the marker is that it shots hot out of the box. 300-400 FPS. But this can easily be fixed. You can either cut the spring or you can call ARIAKON and they will send you a low velocity spring free of charge. Great customer service. But the velocity will not be a problem for those with the new SIM-4. Mine wasn't new because the box still said ARMOTECH on it.
Conclusion: This is a great marker for you mil-sim players. Don't think this marker isnt worth buying because you hear everyone say its a fake Armotech. Its just as good and performs great.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
Rammstein187 Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005 | 11:39 am PST
it is the real armotech, they just changed their name to ariakon
   

Hudson Monday, August 29th, 2005 | 10:18 pm PST
No it is not. The original company called Armotech sued this company and won in court; this company had to stop calling itself Armotech and changed its name to Ariakon. I'm not sure how all of this happened at first; somebody else could tell you. What I do know is that at some point a company came along and stole Armotech's name and also made some of their guns, at least the WG-65. Once they lost the court battle and were forced to change their name, they cancelled production of these guns and started the SIM series.
   

JTF2 Wednesday, February 1st, 2006 | 10:29 am PST
actually this is how it went down

"First, neither company lost. They settled, which means they both came to agreement on what was going to happen. Ariakon had partial rights to the name and sold the rights they had to Armotech for an unknown sum and started fresh with a new name.

Each company had rights to their own respective markers. Armotech has their WG and Zeus markers and Ariakon had their Sim line. Both products are so similar because they're all designed to look just like a specific real firearm.

Ariakon doesn't like to discuss the lawsuit because part of the settlement was that neither company discussed it on their forum or elsewhere. Both were legally barred from discussing it so I wouldn't be to expectant on an official statement.

I've been dealing with Ariakon for coming up to one year now. They have the best customer service I have ever seen. I've never had any major problem with any of my markers, and even the minor problems were fixed right away. Like you said, you may have heard wrong, and in the case of their buisness practices I think you did. "
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the article was courtesy of Vlar more info about the split is available at :

http://milsimog.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtop
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Heretic 666 Monday, October 23rd, 2006 | 6:59 pm PST
OK here it is, Ariakon and Armotech are different companies. Yes, their markers are very similar, but Armotech, Ariakon, and Miltec used to all be one company. Miltec and Armotech are still one company ( if you need proof, go to the armotech website, the gun they show has a miltec label on it) but Ariakon started doing their own thing. This is why their guns are so similar, also Ariakon still uses parts manufacture by armotech in their guns. Personally though im more of a fan of Ariakon because i've found they have very low maintainance, I got my SIM-5 on December 19, 2005 and i have never changed a single O-ring. Even still it still out performes my friends A-5s. Anyway, Armotechs and Ariakons are very similar, niether one is better its more a matter of prefferance.
Last edited on Monday, October 23rd, 2006 at 7:08 pm PST
   

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