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Colin Basnett Friday, August 11th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
• Tippmann 98 Custom
• Kingman Spyder Imagine
• Smart Parts SP8
Marker Setup: • Ariakon SIM-4
• Viewloader Revolution
• CAR-15 3-Point Tactical Sling
• Viewloader Revolution loader or better. A gravity hopper won't do.
• Magazine Kit. It just looks stupid without it.
• Sling. This gun is heavy, and you'll look that much more pro with a sling.
• Spare Parts Kit. In case something goes astray, have spare parts handy. This costs about $15.00.
• Rail kit and scope. The ironsights are tricky to use without Flex goggles.
Strengths: • Looks and Feel
• Durability
• Accuracy
• Customer service
• Helpful Forums
Weaknesses: • Heavy
• Medium-High Maintenance
Review: The moment I saw this gun on the Ariakon website I was in love. I kept it in the back of my mind until one day I finally had enough funds and parental approval to purchase the Ariakon SIM-4.

When I got the marker was astounded by how well it looked and felt in my hands. I toted around the gun around my house for a full day to get the full feel of the gun. I loved it! I took it in my friend's car to our school parking lot and called over our friends to feast their eyes on our latest purchases (he got a Smart Parts SP8). They were impressed how real it looked. Same day, we went over to another friend's house who had filled tanks so that we could fire our weapons. Everything was all good.

Later that week we went out with our guns. I was dissapointed to find that balls were falling out of the barrel and double feeding like no one's business. Turns out it was just a faulty ball detent, I just sent it back to Ariakon and they hooked me up with a new one along with fixing a leak I had inflicted upon my gun by reassembling my gun improperly.

My best advice for you is just to take care of your gun and read the manual. I can't stress this enough! Read the manual! Reassembling the marker can be tricky at first. Make sure you put everything back where it came from and in the right position otherwise you'll find yourself on the recieving end of a broken o-ring or something to that extent.

As soon as it was fixed though, the gun has been near flawless for me. A broken o-ring here or there is nothing to cry about, just replace it. That's the price we pay for using CO2. The gun performs very well. Shoots fairly fast considering it's a semi-automatic, hovering around 8bps.

The iron-sights are helpful, though tricky to use if you don't have a flex mask, which is why I'll eventually be purchasing a rail kit and red dot scope.
Conclusion: If you're looking for a milsim marker that isn't just another Tippmann 98 with some poor looking and expensive upgrades, and want durability and reliability to boot then you need this marker. You won't regret it.

I give this marker a 9 simply because it has many minor things that need to be fixed every so often.
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, August 11th, 2006 at 2:22 am PST

Review Comments
Sgt._Slaughter Thursday, August 31st, 2006 | 8:17 pm PST
Great review Buddy

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