New trigger if you hate the stock one (as most do)
Trigger Guard (love it or hate it)
I treated myself to one of these just before X-mas and I was lucky enough to recieve ACP# 000009. The packaging it came in was somewhat disappointing. It came in clear molded plastic. It looked like something you'd see a BE Talon packaged in at WalMart. Also, there was no Manual included (though it's available online now), which was distressing to say the least. However, I decided to try it out before I passed judgement.
Now before I even got it, I'd had every intention of immediatly replacing the double trigger (which everyone complains about) with the single trigger (pro-trigger) that I was using on my SIM-4. However, after trying out the ACP a bit, I fell in love with it's stock trigger. Perhaps it's just that I have large hands or hold the trigger differently, but I've had none of the pinching issues that I've heard about. Something about the trigger just felt right. Needless to say, I still use the stock trigger even though I have a single trigger for it.
ANYWAYS, I took it out back and tried firing it out. It was amazing! I was getting nearly 30 shots per CO2 cartridge even in subzero weather with the velocity 3/4 up. It's performance was just as good. I was consistanty placing shots exactly where I wanted them. Even speedfiring didn't dissapoint, I could empty the whole clip as fast as I could pull the trigger, granted at reduced CO2 efficiency. I was getting just over 20 shots per 12g when I was firing as fast as I could with each clip. So, pleased with my new purchase, and eagerly looking forward to the spring I put my ACP away, until I'd get a chance to use it at the field. The next time I took it out, about 1.5 months later, I had an unpleasent discovery.
I went to fire it off a bit before I we went to the field the next weekend. I wanted to make sure it was still working alright. The first 2 clips on the CO2 cartridge went fine, then the problems started. When I changed the CO2 cart, it would spew tons of CO2 from the 12g chamber as soon as the 12g was pierced. I found out LATER, that I'd lost the gasket (o-ring) that seals the CO2 piercer. However, feeling pretty comfortable with the interals of the ACP up to that point, I started messing around with the interals trying to find out what was wrong. while I was reassembling it, I accidently tried to screw one of the retention screws for the front valve on over one of the o-rings rather than into the hole on the valve where it was designed to go.
Needless to say I messed it up pretty good. I marred the surface of the valve pretty badly and destroyed the o-ring. I called Ariakon tech support up, and they asked me to look for the gasket "well I'll be darned, it's gone!" Thankfully Ariakon sent me a new CO2 piercer (with gasket, firmly attached) which helped things. However, I felt too stupid to admit that I'd messed up the valve, and instead just hoped with a new o-ring on it, and the gasket on the CO2 piercer everything would be fine. However, it wasn't, my ACP (which was getting 25~30 shots before I messed it up) was now lucky to get 15 because of my stupidity, and the now slightly deformed valve.
Not to be discouraged I used it anyways my first weekend out of the season. I never had a chance to pull it out on the field, but at the end of the day several other friends who'd also gotten pistols over the X-mas season & I decided to have some pistol matches on a speedball field. Apart from the poor number of shots I was getting per 12g (due to my messing up the valve) it performed beautifully. I simply had to change the 12g with every clip rather then every 2 clips as I should have. It was far more consistant than I would have expected for a pistol, was light & easy to carry, and was durable enough to be landed on while I slid into a muddy bunker.
That about brings us up to today: I've just sent me ACP back into Ariakon for replacement of the valve that I messed up. They were kind enough to cover the repairs under warranty, despite the fact that it was my error. While on the phone with them I also found out the cause of my original gasket issue that led to all my problems. Apparently one of the machines on their line that applied glue to the gasket was malfunctioning and only putting on a small percentage of what was necessary. The affected ACP's gasket would eventually freeze to the front of a CO2 cartridge and come right out and be thrown away without the user ever even being aware of the problem. Ariakon has since begun shipping replacement piercers to anyone who encounters this problem, and has fixed the offending machine.
I'll give an update on my ACP's status when I get it back from Ariakon.
Well, apparently I just had a bad ACP. Ariakon for the life of them could not figure out what mine kept leaking (the vavle didn't fix it). Ariakon shipped me a new ACP which I recieved earlier this week, and it's been performing very well, with absolutely no problems. Also regarding the barrel inserts, I was on the phone with an Ariakon rep. Apparently the two inserts that come with the ACP are the same size (they just give you two so you have some options on appearance). Different sized inserts are a seperate upgrade that should be coming out along with the Rapid Release Magazine System.
Sadly, I've heard several people who had issues with loosing their piercer gasket due to the problem I outlined in the review above. Likewise, the clips are loose and tend to wobble slightly.
However, overall it is an excellent marker. It is consistant, fast for a pistol (the pistol can keep up with me firing as fast as I can), light weight, extremely durable, and (before I messed up the gas system) excellent on CO2 efficiency.
I'd give it a 7 out of 10. Once of the RRM (rapid release magazine) system from the overlord (Ariakon's other pistol) is released for the ACP, I'll changed my score to an 8.5, because the RRM would correct the wobbly clip issue, and is an AWESOME system.
7 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, April 9th, 2005 at 9:31 am PST