The only thing I would recommend is a clip kit (it comes out sometime this spring. Check out the ariakon website for all the upgrades available)
*Very Quality Construction
*Looks very realistic
*Cant use the iron sights with a non-flexing mask
I got my Sim-5N just recently, and from the very moment I opened the box up I was impressed. It is a very quality marker. Yes it does have quite a bit of plastic, but it is very quality plastic. When you pick it up it does not feel loose and doesnt rattle around, but very well put together and durable. In fact, to test the durability of the guns Ariakon smashed one with a sledge hammer, threw it against a workbench and then dropped it out of a 2 story window and it still worked. The marker is also very light, (mainly because of the use of polymers) it is even lighter then my old spyder.
The SIM-5's accuracy is fantastic. In my backyard range I could get a shot pattern of 8-9 inches at 85 feet. This is with C02 on a cold day with 5 month old lopsided ZAP paintballs (I would recommend using .69 paintballs if possible because .68's fall out of the barrel). Ariakon included the quick disconnect barrel which is disconnected by pulling out a pin. It gives quick access to the barrel, the only thing is that when you are new to the marker it is somewhat difficult to get the barrel back in during a firefight, but once you practice on where it inserts you will be able to clean out a broken ball in seconds.
The best thing about this marker (to me at least) is the looks. It is an incredible replica of the MP5. The body is much more realistic then the new WG-75+ and the fire selector switch is very cool.
The only bad things I can think of is the fact that it is quite loud because of the non-ported barrel. But thats not a very big problem. And that you can't use the stock iron sights with a normal mask. But is does give you a good excuse to get a red dot.
Edit: I have since gotten new paintballs and done extensive target practice. With new Zap Torks I can get a shot pattern of 7 inches at 100ft. I am very impressed.
The Ariakon SIM-5N is a very quality marker and I highly recommend it.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, March 13th, 2005 at 11:57 am PST