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Ariakon SIM-5 Basic
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Number of Reviews: 1
Average Rating: 9.0 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $350

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Knowing that today’s market plays tough, their equipment must also be as tough and take a beating. The body and barrel of the SIM-5™ is fabricated of a high quality aluminum alloy, while the stock, fore-grip, and trigger assembly is made of an extremely tough and virtually indestructible polymer compound. This combination of materials keeps the weight down to scale while remaining durable. No matter how hard you play, your SIM-5™ will play harder for you, and then ask for more.
In the heat of battle, we didn’t want you to be the one stuck on the sidelines or behind a bunker cleaning broken paint out of your barrel. Let’s face it; breaking paintballs is an annoying fact that every marker in the world has. As one of the many considerations we took, the SIM-5™ features the fastest barrel removal of any other marker. Its unique quick release barrel design allows you to remove, clean, reinsert, and secure your barrel in under 5 seconds. It is time saving features like these that make this marker and your team win a battle rather than lose a player.
One of the importance's of any marker’s design is the ability to maintain it. The SIM-5™ once again delivers what you need. Our design team went beyond the call of duty by engineering this marker to be disassembled quickly and easily without special tools or equipment. Thus, this marker brings down the maintenance routine to an enjoyable experience.
Looking for the most realistic and durable marker on the market without the sacrifice of performance or quality has just been made easy. Welcome to the realm of the new player. Welcome to the realm of the SIM-5™.
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The Ariakon SIM-5 Basic is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
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nachosanchezz Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
6 months
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Products Used:
BT Rental
Marker Setup: Ariakon SIM-5 Basic
Classic MP5 Handguard
Ariakon Sight Rail
UTG Red Dot Scope
Recommended
Upgrades:
A sight rail and sight/scope, unless you don't want to aim.
Q Loader, if you don't want a hopper in your way or just to make it look more realistic.
Sling, because the marker does weigh a bit.
Strengths: Realism
Accuracy (without the need of aftermarket barrel)
Quick Strip Barrel
Balance
Weaknesses: Loud (barrel not ported)
Weak Plastic Trigger Assembly
Review: ----DESIGN----

If you are after a paintball marker that looks like a MP5, you'll be a lot better off buying this than upgrading a Tippmann. The SIM-5 not only incorporated the overall look of the MP5, it has all the details as well, which Tippmanns cannot acheive without extreme modification. The two main things you cannot get on a Tippmann is the position and details of the cocking handle, and the trigger assembly (realistic safety).

----Performance----

This marker is accurate, but it might be a bit loud for some poeple. The '5 does not need a aftermarket barrel like most low end markers does, but it is also very hard to find an aftermarket barrel for it. The barrel itself does not have any ports on it, which results in the marker being quite loud. The quick release barrel is a nice feature as well. It lets you pull out the barrel just by pulling out a pin, which lets you clean the barrel on the field really quickly.

----MAINTANENCE----

The SIM-5 does require more maintanence than Tippmanns, but it would be well worth it. The maintanence is very easy though. All you need to do is pretty much keep the internals lubed.

----CUSTOMIZABILITY----

The marker is significantly less customizalbe than Tippmanns, but it doesn't need as much either. You do not need any upgrades to make the marker milsim. There is also no need for a aftermarket barrel. You can choose to purchase the sight rail and mount a sight on it. There are also 3 weaver rails on the stock RIS handguard. You can mount lasers, tactical lights, foregrips, Q Loaders etc on the rails.

----DURABILITY----

I do not have much problems with the durability of this marker, dispite many people saying the plastic parts break easily. The only problem I see it the trigger assembly, where it is screwed onto the upper reviever, it might crack if you screw it too tight. I do not see much need to disassemble the trigger assembly though.
Conclusion: I would recommend the SIM-5 to anyone looking for a milsim paintball marker, or even people who just want a reliable, easy-to-maintain, woodsball or rec ball marker.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, May 24th, 2008 at 10:05 pm PST
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