Rebel Bottomline - more dependable, louder, slower.
Tippmann 98 Custom - rock solid performance, tough as nails, slower.
Spyder TL Plus - more dependable, lighter, smaller
Black Rebel Xtreme 02 Electronic
Black 12" Quiet Riot Barrel
Ricochet 2K Hopper
12 oz CO2
Possibly a better barrel, not necessary.
Better Expansion Chamber
Short and light trigger pull
Heavy (if you like that.)
Poor Cold/Wet Weather performance
Angled Feed Tube
Heavy (If you dont like that.)
When I bought this gun, I assumed that my friends would be greatly impressed with it, and they were, until I got on the field. I had problems with it breaking balls in warm weather, after which, you should THOUROUGHLY clean out the gun to acheive mediocre performance. Then i had problems with the spring not providing enough velocity, and had to buy a spring kit to fix the problem. I've had problems with the ball detent needing to be replaced because the balls would roll straight out of the barrel, the plug at the end of the feed tube falling out, and, in cold weather, most of the gun's O-rings and seals froze or blew. And, most recently, I had problems with the gun's hammer and sear, which I am still trying to get replacement parts for. The gun has a potentially nice sight rail, but the right feed tube, which can't feed balls as fast as a vertical feed tube would, is totally blocking view down the barrel. This not only nullifies the sight rail, but makes the gun rather hard, but not impossible, to aim with.
This is not a completely worthless gun in my opinion, it just has a few bugs to work out.
There have been a few times when it did work well, and I was impressed with its performance those times. With some upgrades and fine tuning, I am hoping it will reach its peak performance. I would not recommend this as a first gun to anyone, and maybe if you have more paintball experience. I went against my better instincts on this gun, and bought the electro version, I prefer totally mechanical markers due to their usual superior dependability as compared to the electronic models. I have not heard anything about the mechanical version of this gun, but have heard that generally, many people prefer Spyders over the Rebel line. I would have to agree with them on this issue.