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LT.Smoke Friday, February 16th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
2 years
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Ariakon SMI-4, Armotech WG-65, Miltec MT-75+
Marker Setup: Armotech WG-65. Tasco red-dot, Warsensor moc-magazine, Miltech deep-rifling barrel.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Moc-Magazine kit. Remote. Sim-4 feedneck. Muzzle break.
Strengths: Carbine look. Accurate. T-bar. Weight.
Weaknesses: Two piece receiver. Crappy material. Dual-trigger.
Review: While reading this review, keep in mind; This marker is the generation that followed the WG, MT and WS series of dual-core guns. Ariakon had made a few, but distinct improvements, and ofcourse a few mistakes.


Out of the box, this marker wasn't far from the coolest thing that the local fields in my area had seen. I t shot particularly straight with her stock barrel. She weighed in similarly to a C8. She was comfortable and felt right at home at milsim events.

Pros:
Ariakon had finally eliminated the issue of buttstock mounting depth by ridding of a threaded stem. Instead, it was a flush rod, with a groove, to allow for a locking screw. They also eliminated fouling of internals, by keeping the cocking mechanism enclosed. They did that by putting in a T-bar. Ariakon also began using slimmer spring, that would allow a wider range of velocity settings, compared to the big-old spyder springs.

Cons:
It was originally marketed to allow for alot of mods. Therefore, Ariakon split the receiver in half. THe bolt half, and the ram half. The two parts would be held in by two steel pins. This was a great idea, where you'd only have to dispose of half your marker when it came time to slap on mods to make the revceiver look like... oh... lets say, a Kalashnikov? or maybe an FN FAL? The mods never came.... and the children cried.... The top and bottom halves of the receiver became flimsy over time. An incessive wobble. This little bit of flex increased stress to the link-pin, that runs from the ram to the bolt. Fractures may/have occured.

The last con is the material. I haven't figured out if the body is made of aluminum, or white metal, maybe even die-cast? Regardless, its stiffer than die-cast, and about as light as aluminum. Thats all great and dandy; but the velocity plug, and cup-seal plug are both made of white-metal. This means that if you miss the thread, it'll strip faster than a single mom, at her "part-time" job. Regardless, all i'm saying is that if the plugs were made of the sae material as the receiver body, this wouldn't be an issue. Everyone knows about the feedneck, so i won't waste time.


Overall, not a bad marker. It requires tedious maintenance like all dual-core markers. so be ready. It definatly looks cool. It needs very little to complete teh Carbine look.
Conclusion: If you are willing to be patient, and willing to maintain it, it'll be good to you. Don't let a small problem create bigger ones, because it will! Take care. When you do repair it, be sure to be gentle with the parts, tehy are not up to standard, but you got what you paid for. In the field, GO NUTS! These markers will put up with lots of beating and still work. But as mentionned prior, when you take them apart, be gentle.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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