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Number of Reviews: 3
Average Rating: 9.7 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $450

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Incredible Styling: The SIM-5™ is built to look and feel just like the real MP5. From the realistic MP5 style safety switch to the adjustable rear sight, you will think you are holding the real thing. Used by military personnel around the world the SIM-5™ is respected by player and professional alike. 

Easy Maintenance: With quick strip field pins and a unique quick lock barrel system allowing the barrel to be removed with no tiresome threading, the SIM-5 is a breeze to maintain and operate. The stock is also designed to be removed quickly and easily for quick velocity adjustment and maintenance. 

Accuracy and Distance: No longer will you have to shell out extra for a quality barrel. The SIM-5™ comes standard with a 14" precision honed, quick lock barrel designed for extreme accuracy, that any marker would envy. 

Durability: The Sim-5™ is engineered from the ground up to take a pounding. This isn't just an assembly line produced marker with some cosmetic add-ons the aluminum alloy construction will make it through even the roughest games. Each and every SIM-5™ is hand assembled and tested prior to leaving our facility to ensure you receive a marker ready to use the day you receive it. 

Compatibility: Because this marker was designed to look and function like its real counterpart, the SIM-5™ will allow you to use many of the actual accessories designed for the MP5. Everything from Scope Mounts, RIS Kits, to Night Vision systems, if it’s compatible with the real thing, it probably fits on the SIM-5™. 

RIS Fore-grip: The SIM-5™ also gets you our new RIS for-grip. This enlarged for-grip comes with 3 removable aluminum “weaver” style rails. These military grade rails can be used for mounting almost unlimited aftermarket components such as; tactical handles, flashlights, laser sights, night vision equipment and much more.

Features:
.68 Caliber
4.2 lbs
29 inches long
12 inch Precision Honed Barrel
High Flow Bolt 
Quick Field Stripping Barrel 
MP5 Style Trigger Frame 
Realistic Safety and Live selector switch
Angled Composite Feed
MP5 Style Cocking Mechanism
Semi-Automatic Fire
Single Trigger
Quick Removable Rifle Style Stock
Standard Co2 or Compressed Air Compatible
Adjustable Rear Sight For Windage & Elevation 
Uses All Standard Hoppers 
Product Availability 
The Ariakon SIM-5N is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
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zguy95135 Friday, January 28th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month12 of 13 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder. Can't compare the two
Marker Setup: SIM-5N stock
Recommended
Upgrades:
The only thing I would recommend is a clip kit (it comes out sometime this spring. Check out the ariakon website for all the upgrades available)
Strengths: *Very Quality Construction
*Lightweight
*Accurate
*Looks very realistic
Weaknesses: *Loud
*Cant use the iron sights with a non-flexing mask
Review: I got my Sim-5N just recently, and from the very moment I opened the box up I was impressed. It is a very quality marker. Yes it does have quite a bit of plastic, but it is very quality plastic. When you pick it up it does not feel loose and doesnt rattle around, but very well put together and durable. In fact, to test the durability of the guns Ariakon smashed one with a sledge hammer, threw it against a workbench and then dropped it out of a 2 story window and it still worked. The marker is also very light, (mainly because of the use of polymers) it is even lighter then my old spyder.

The SIM-5's accuracy is fantastic. In my backyard range I could get a shot pattern of 8-9 inches at 85 feet. This is with C02 on a cold day with 5 month old lopsided ZAP paintballs (I would recommend using .69 paintballs if possible because .68's fall out of the barrel). Ariakon included the quick disconnect barrel which is disconnected by pulling out a pin. It gives quick access to the barrel, the only thing is that when you are new to the marker it is somewhat difficult to get the barrel back in during a firefight, but once you practice on where it inserts you will be able to clean out a broken ball in seconds.

The best thing about this marker (to me at least) is the looks. It is an incredible replica of the MP5. The body is much more realistic then the new WG-75+ and the fire selector switch is very cool.

The only bad things I can think of is the fact that it is quite loud because of the non-ported barrel. But thats not a very big problem. And that you can't use the stock iron sights with a normal mask. But is does give you a good excuse to get a red dot.

Edit: I have since gotten new paintballs and done extensive target practice. With new Zap Torks I can get a shot pattern of 7 inches at 100ft. I am very impressed.
Conclusion: The Ariakon SIM-5N is a very quality marker and I highly recommend it.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, March 13th, 2005 at 11:57 am PST
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deader Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
1 year5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
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)
ARIAKON OVERLORD
Dye/Proto Matrix (with Virtue Board)
Spyder Imagine (loaner)
Spyder Rodeo (loaner)
Viewloader Triton (loaner)
Recommended
Upgrades:
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.

ACCURACY
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.

DURABILITY
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.

MAITENANCE
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.

DOWNSIDES
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.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, November 16th, 2005 at 8:14 am PST
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tropicaldude Sunday, May 15th, 2005
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Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Similar
Products Used:
Tippman 98 Custom
Marker Setup: Tippmann 98 Custom
Tactical CAR Stock
J&J Ceramic
32 bolt
PMI Remote Coil
RT system

Sim-5n Stock (no need for many upgrades, besides none available really)
Recommended
Upgrades:
I think that a Q loader would work very nicely with this gun, the hopper seems to stick out even further than my tippmann. I also hear that there will be a hose line magazine comming out this summer, however i don't think that it will affect the performance of the gun, just something to make it look even cooler than it already does. Also if you want to get the grip that has all the tactical mounts on it you can buy that through Ariakon and switch then out, but i heard that it would be cheaper to buy the one that already has the mounts and then buy the sleek grip seperate. really its up to you, but think about it, how often are you going to really need a tac light? and how accurate is a paintball gun to need a laser sight. lets face it, it is just not a real gun.
Strengths: Accurate!
Light!
Just looks awesome.
intersting way to strip it (will explain)
Weaknesses: Loud (but no much louder than most prorted barrels)
sights
Review: This gun is in - f*ing - credible. I was origonally going to buy a tippman A-5 and put all the upgrades to make it look more like and MP-5 however i thought that by the time i was done with all that work and money it would just be better to buy a SIM-5. I was right. It might not have the cyclone feed system, but it looks better and in my opinion shoots just as well. I also have to say that it really feels just as sturdy as a tippman. I haven't thrown it against anything or hit it with a hammer, but thats just because if i did manage to break it i just don't have the kind of money to buy another. A lot of people ask me about my A-5 and how much i put in it and i tell them that it is no A-5, I am shooting a Sim-5, and then they wan't to know if they can use it for a game or two, i just smile back and say that she isn't allowed to date until she is 16. but anyway back to the review. I mentioned a neat way to strip it. I was taking it all apart the other night and i found that then you take the top sight rail off, the stock, and the grip you have something that looks a bit like and "evil omen". I have never used an omen so i could say if it shoots like one, but the point i am making is, if you take it apart like that you have a decent speed ball gun. I have played speed ball only once and intend to keep it that way ( i just don't like the attidudes of most of the people who play, and if you are a little whiner get over it, it is a game) but i know that have gun with a stock or un-necisarry bulkage going on can be problem. so with the Sim-5 you can go from a great senario gun to a speed ball gun. I mentioned that the the sights are a weakness, thats just because you can't use them with the mask on, but hey lets face it chances are a paintball wouldn't go exactly where the sights put it anyway.
Conclusion: It is just beautiful, it is one of those things where you get a certain ammount of respect just by walking on the field with that gun. It is great, not only for looks but for performance as well. I know that every one writes reviews saying "this is a great gun, buy it." well it is a great gun and i would recomend it, but please don't buy it, i don't want to lose the franchise on the field, i like being the only one with this gun, but if you insist. It really is great and if you like realistic guns then consider it strongly. Like every gun out there, for some it is great, but for some it might not work so well.

Oh and by the way for all you people who imeadiatly crap thier pants when they see and Angel on the field or what ever, please keep in mind you play against the player not the gun. and don't use the excuse that it can shoot 30+ BPS because if you get shot out by it think of it like them wasting $80 doing it. You play against the player not the gun!
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, May 15th, 2005 at 1:36 pm PST
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