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deader Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
1 year5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Tippman 98C, Tippmann A-5, many Spyders but none can compare...
Marker Setup: ARIAKON Sim - 4 R.I.S. Elite (with Vertical grip, LED trigger, Red Dot Scope and Bushnell Scope)
ARIAKON Sim - 5n (with Retractive Stock, Clamping sight mount, and Red Dot Scope)
Dye/Proto Matrix (with Virtue Board)
Spyder Imagine (loaner)
Spyder Rodeo (loaner)
Viewloader Triton (loaner)
I would get a Retractive Stock, but that is pretty much all you would need.
Strengths: The marker is very light, accurate, and efficient and i looks great.
Weaknesses: No alternate barrel options that i'm aware of
Review: I have been using the SIM-5n marker for about 5 months now, and it is amazing. It is a very accurate and efficient marker, with obvious regard to realism. There are only a couple of flaws, and I will get to them shortly… so, here’s the review.

The marker is exceptionally accurate… but I guess that it would have to be considering there are no barrel upgrades available. I have found that my SIM-5n can shoot any brand of paint with basically no problems. That’s not to say it’s perfect… but you don’t have to worry about going to the field and getting crap paint, because with this marker it doesn’t really matter. I was test firing it while I was at a scenario, and I busted about four heads with it… all were one shot kills from a good distance, whenever referring to paintball. the marker has never chopped… though I have had a few bust in the barrel. This can become quite a problem because there is no porting in the barrel to get the paint out after a break. I always have to squeegee it out immediately or the marker will shoot like crap.

One of the things that will have a lot of people disappointed with this gun is the abundant use of light, composite material. Many will say that it breaks easily… but it really doesn’t. Like I have stated before, I have been using this product for about 5 months and I have not so much as scratched the composite material… and I am not easy on my gear. Although the marker is very light, it also feels sort of cheap because of the plastic material… but again, no problems for me. I have grown fond of the light feeling the marker has.

The marker is only tedious to maintenance the first couple of times you do it. It requires a little time and patience, but the marker is worth it… trust me. It is not essential to clean the marker after every use, but I do anyways. It IS recommended to keep your marker lubed and clean at all times, just like every other high, or low, end marker. I have, however, gone up to four days of play without cleaning it, and it still functioned great.

There are only a few downsides to this marker… some say that the composite material is one of them. I also disliked the composite material at first, but it grew on me. Another downside is the lack of barrel availability. The only barrel you can have for this marker is the stock ARIAKON barrel… but this barrel is exceptionally polished for accuracy. The only downside of the barrel is that there is no porting… which leads to a very loud marker that cannot shoot through breaks.

Conclusion: i would highly reccomend this marker to any scenario or woodsballer... it screams quality and is a great asset to my game. if you have the money for it, pick one up.

i would have to say thatthe best part about ARIAKON is it's customer service... it's amazing!
i am giving this marker a nine out of ten because of it's few weaknesses.
9 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, November 16th, 2005 at 8:14 am PST

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