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Valaska Friday, April 18th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
6 months3 of 6 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Piranha's - It's very compatible to this.. Considering I kept my Piranha over the SIM-4.
98c - May have sold my 98c.. But I would have kept it over this..
I've used plenty of other mechanicals
Marker Setup: SP-8
Orange Nano Unicorn Bolt
14" .689 Stiffi Barrel
Adjustable Stock
Laser+ Tac Rails
Aimpoint RedDot Scope
Remote Line
360 QEV
Um.. A red Dot instead of a bushnel scope, possibly that delrin bolt they have out now.. I can't see upgrading the SIM-4 though..
Strengths: Looks
It was accurate when it worked
Decent CO2 efficiency
Comfy feel
Weaknesses: The body Wobbles
They are unreliable
They are heavy, not bad for me, but some...
Ok.. I am going to try hard as possible not to rip this thing down in every possible way because every thunder cloud APPARENTLY has some sort of silver lining.. So I'll try to keep as professional about this marker as possible... I am trying very very hard keep in mind..

WEAKN.. Err, sorry I am jumping the gun.. Ok here we go..

S-strengths.. I guess..

***** Body*****

It looks great, I am not the biggest fan on the M16 but heck, this thing was intimidating to people on the field when I came on with it.. Until after they seen how it.. "Works", but thats for the next part of this review. The body was.. Sorta solid, like the 2 halves were solid they took a couple hard hits and survived I can tell you that.

***** Accuracy*****

Let me say this, it was accurate, when it shot, it could use pretty mid range paint like DUSK etc and it put them out pretty good at 65-70 feet, nothing that any other mid range mechanicals marker that costs 400-500 dollars cheaper.. Hell get an electro they can be cheaper and work ju, oh sorry I lost track again lol.
It was very accurate.

***** Efficiency*****

I have to say it was pretty good on CO2, this may be because it never worked, but it was pretty decent on CO2.


Ok ok, I skipped a few of what I usually review but god I couldn't keep pressing that out..

***** Body*****

Stock the body halves WOBBLE, it's the most retarded thing ever, you have to slip a shim IN BETWEEN the body halves to keep it from wobbling, what the crap is this! I- I- I am actually just stammering here this gun gave me a head ache. Other than that it was heavy, weighed a little more than a C7 full loaded.

***** Reliability*****

I have maintained some of the most horrible markers for about a year and sold them or traded them off and they break a few weeks later, so when a marker in my hands breaks, it's something else, I am pretty good to my markers I don't abuse them, But this thing broke within the first 3 weeks of me playing, that was 2 test firing sessions, and 3 games, and it was BUSTED, I had to open it up, it blew O-Rings and had some problem with the reg.. Under warranty I got replacement parts... Replaced them, and after that for 6 months of wobbling, and putting shims to keep it from doing so, honestly if I wanted to keep it I had some idea's of how to permanently fix it... But gosh.. In the first place your damn paintball marker should not be held together by 2 pins that manage to wobble anyways any who who rates this thing over mediocre is just pocket advocating (when someone purchases something expensive, knows its crap but stands by it).
I honestly liked this thing.. I did.. The local paintball store Rons Outdoors refuses to even stock them! If you like Ariakon, buy their pistols it's what they know, the SIM-4's, they need some damn pointers on.

***** Reliability*****

It's NOT reliable, trust me on this.. I sold mine at paintball and picked up an SP-8, not saying you should pick up an SP-8, great gun but it is just a body kit for your Ion, but I am saying buy something else.. Trust me you'll be happy.
Conclusion: Just don't get it, unless looks is all you base purchasing something off of.. I have to give it a 4.. It worked pretty good, WHEN it worked. Which was VERY on and off, even after I replaced the Reg, sometimes it just would not fricken shoot. Thing that ticked me off most is Rons Outdoors wouldn't let me return it because they couldn't figure out the reason, sent it to paintball gear and they figured out the problems, good thing is some sucker bought this thing for 670 bucks which let me purchase a REAL marker. Sorry for being so blunt, but these things are horrible. Get an Overlord or an ACP, get a stock and a foregrip, you have the closest thing to a rifle that Ariakon makes, because this, this is nothing.
4 out of 10

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