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scarface_xx Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder Xtra (16" Armson Stealth Barrel, VL Evo II, Sureshot Red dot Scope), Custom 98 (M4 hand guards, 16" Powerlyte Whisper, CAR-15 stock, Response trigger, BT-16 Sight Rail, Sureshot Red dot scope, Lapco foregrip, VL Evo II)
Marker Setup: RIS Kit, Elite rail, laser sight, red-dot scope, vertical foregrip, AR10 front sight, remote line, Tac Light, VL EVO II
Recommended
Upgrades:
A2 Kit, AR10 front sight (essential), RIS Kit
Strengths: Accurate
Good Rate of fire
Good selection of mods
Durability
Realistic Looks
Customer Support
Weaknesses: Heavy
High velocity
Body Pins
No Bottomline
Review: Great marker if you're into the whole milsim thing. It has great looks and superior performance to most markers out there.


This marker is very accurate out of the box, considering the fact that it shoots too hot (over 300fps). This can be fixed by installing the low velocity spring included with the marker, or by calling up Ariakon Customer Service (the best in my opinion) However the paint hit where the laser dot of both the laser sight and the scope were, even the iron sights are very accurate. The range is pretty good too, although not as long as a flatline it provides a great challenge to those flatline wielding players, it actually makes them be a little afraid.

The Rate Of Fire was excellent. Unlike a 98 Custom, you do not need to install a response trigger to shoot fast, although accurate shots are much more preferable than wild paint storms.

Durability is impressive, never have I seen such a strong built and tough marker. It was thrown about at Customs, but the only evidence of this was a scratch on the front sight.

People are actually afraid of this marker, even veterans try to be on my side and always compliment me on the markers look. Most ask if it's a modded up marker, they are actually impressed when they see this marker and when they see it perform. Great looks, it looks like the real thing (mine got stuck in Customs for 2 weeks), and if it weren't for some minimal aspects (top of the receiver and te lack of a mag kit-purchasable) it would be mistaken for a real M4.

The marker can accept a lot of after market, real gear. I've just an AR10 front sight, to mount on the RIS rails, because I ha the bad experience of buying an m16 barrel for my 98Custom and the front sight on it would come apart easily. So I figured it best to avoid having that problem again. Also if I wanted to make the marker look more like a flat-top M4, I can just remove the AR10 front sight without much hassle.

I hate the damned body pins!!! They come all loose when the marker arrives and I had to contact Ariakon, expecting to have to buy them, but they just shipped them to me, no charge at all. The marker really feels strong with the new pins on.

Although the marker comes all set-up from the factory, I did find some loose screws and other loose parts when I got it out of box. Not impressive- yet not a big problem. The rear sight assembly is also loose, but I dont know why...I recommend buying the Pro Rail and attaching a real carry handle (that's what I'm planning to do)

The lack of a bottomline is probably the biggest problem...The balls freeze, the gun gets heavier and the tip of the barrel tends to go down, and the gas tank is to be screwed in the most uncomfortable position. Do yourself a favor and buy the alternate trigger kits, so you can put a bottomline, the stock one doesn't have anywhere where you can screw the bottomline to, a remote fixes the problems though.

Do not tamper with the front sight too much...this causes the screw that hols it to the barrel to wear out, making it spin around the barrel, instead get the RIS kit and the AR10 front sight.

Also position the hand guard in the correct place as it comes somewhat to the side...It may look straight but that is because it isnt attached correctly to the marker, screw it in well and you'll what I'm alking about!

Don't forget to buy a sling, because the SIM-4 is a bit heavy and always be careful when attaching or detaching the barrel, as you can mess up the hand guard's and front sight's position. Oil your marker before and after every use and be sure to install the low velocity spring right away.
Conclusion: This gun is not for newbies, as some basic work needs to be done to it when new, eventough it has some minor design flaws, its performance is top notch as its looks are. One of the best, milsim markers out there! Not perfect but near-perfect!
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, February 11th, 2005 at 9:06 pm PST
 

Review Comments
Heretic 666 Monday, October 23rd, 2006 | 7:40 pm PST
"This marker is very accurate out of the box, considering the fact that it shoots too hot (over 300fps). "
I don't have a problem with this quote i just have a correction.
The velocity isn't important in Ariakons in case you hadn't noticed. My Sim-5 shoot exactly the same (2" groupings from 20 ft with a 9" unfluted Barrel) at 285 fps as it does at 210 which is still better than my friends A-5s, both with 16" progressives.

Note: The only way I got it to go 210 was because it was leaking so I couldn't get enough CO2 pressure.
Last edited on Monday, October 23rd, 2006 at 7:41 pm PST
   

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