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somnambulated Sunday, April 24th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
3 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Similar
Products Used:
Zeus, Zeus G2.
Marker Setup: Delrin Bolt
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel inserts, when Ariakon makes them available.
Strengths: Construction, Parts used, Good weight.
Weaknesses: The magazine plug pull ring is cheap. As with all pistol markers, accuracy.
Review: *UPDATE*
Shortly after I wrote this review, I began having serious problems with my ACP.

First, the front magazine mount broke off. Now, Ariakon says these mounts are made of hardened steel, which is true. However, the front mag mount, the mount which takes the most stress during reloading, is attached to the marker with a very tiny set screw, and a thread adaptor 'spring' was used to fit it to significantly larger threading. While I was putting a magazine on the ACP, the front mount popped off, taking the screw, and the screw threading with it.

Ariakon had me mail my ACP back, and sent me a new one when they'd received it.

This marker worked fine, until the second time I took it onto the field, when the marker began leaking air rapidly. I checked the CO2 piercer, and the seal was actually missing from the piercer assembly.

I ordered two new piercer seals from Ariakon, and installed one.

Soon after, my marker began leaking air from the barrel. I replaced every o-ring in the marker, checked every part for damage, and re-assembled the marker according to the diagram on Ariakon.com.

Same leak. I am going to have to spend more time, and more money for postage to send the marker back to Ariakon, assuming they will replace the marker at all, despite the malfunction of their "Leak-Free Valve."

I may be one of the few who have had problems with Ariakon's products, but the problems I have been having make this marker next to useless as a sidearm. If it breaks down this easily, I don't think it's even worth owning as a "backup" marker. I am changing my review grade to a '3.'

I doubt I will ever get a refund of purchase price from Ariakon, and this marker will end up sitting in a box somewhere in a closet, instead of being used out on the paintball field as a backup.

*Original Review:

Having used my friend's Zeus, and later a Zeus G2 on the field, I wanted a pistol marker for myself. Like it or not, a pistol will never be a practical primary marker. But, it can be a reliable backup, and a secondary marker for those of us who sometimes like to action-hero it on the field. I don't suggest trying this if you mind getting shot.

The ACP is well constructed, even though it is lighter than the Zeus and the Zeus G2. For the price, it is solidly built, and it's weight feels great in the hand.

*Trigger Gaurd
Several other reviews have mentioned the oversized trigger gaurd on the ACP may be a safety hazard. I'm not sure why Ariakon chose to include a second finger inside of the trigger frame when gripping the pistol. Personally, I don't find the oversized gaurd to be as cumbersome as it might seem at first glance. Through several games, I was able to draw the pistol without hesitation from it's holster.

*Carrying in a Holster
As an aside, the Armotech/Ariakon holster is a problem in itself. I do not reccomend it to any player. The holster is impossible to mount securely, uncomfortable, and flops back and forth when you run, no matter how much circulation you cut off to your leg by tightening down the straps.

I used a cordless drill holster on a nylon belt with better results. Through six games, the ACP sat securely inside the holster by the small of my back, through crawling, jumping, running and sliding. In both games I played wearing the Ariakon holster my ACP fell out into the dirt.

*Firing
At the target range, the ACP was fairly accurate at about 40 feet. Less accurate than my Tippman 98 with a stock barrel, which is to be expected. Compared to a Phantom pump marker with Micro setup... Well, there is no comparison.

The ACP grouped fairly well within a 1-foot radius, but not well enough for 1-shot kills. The ACP seems to be better suited to cover for a jammed marker at short range, or to fire at groups of players, at short range. However, with a 10-round clip, I was able to empty every shot onto a styrofoam dummy downrange with minimal difficulty. Any target smaller than that--a bottle at 40 feet--required at least 3-5 rounds to hit.

After 15 rounds, or one and 1/2 clips, accuracy drops. At a slower rate of fire, you can squeeze 20 rounds out of 1 Crossman 12 gram CO2, but just barely.

*Reloading
The magazine plug needs to be worked a bit before it becomes easy to remove. The included pull ring is cheap, and I destroyed mine halfway through the day trying to get the magazine plug out. Luckily, it's not a specialized part, and can be replaced with a standard key ring.

The magazine comes on and off with a little elbow grease. This is the one time I found the oversized trigger gaurd helpful: gripping the gun when removing and re-attaching the magazine.

*Cleaning
The ACP is easy to disassemble, clean, and oil, but only after you read the online manual. Ariakon does not include a manual with the gun. The only 'trouble spot' I found upon re-assembly is the o-ring around the hammer, which takes a little working to fit properly back into the chamber. Ariakon also manufactures this gun with sharp corners, which I suppose will wear down over time, but can be quite a surprise when you go to put an oily gun back together.

Conclusion: Over all, a well-built backup marker. Fairly accuracy, good weight, and rate of fire provide this pistol marker with great bang for the buck. I reccomend this to anyone who is looking for a solid sidearm and nothing more, without the hassle of a pump sidearm.

*Edit: Chance it, if you must. It's a great-looking marker, but in my experience, it's not worth the price.
Rating:
1 out of 10Last edited on Friday, July 29th, 2005 at 5:00 am PST
 

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