I spoke with Colin Thompson, of Lapco…

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I spoke with Colin Thompson on the phone yesterday.
Hoping to go and do an interview next month sometime after I’ve finished a few of the 5 video interviews I’m (WAY) behind on.

Colin Thompson, pictured in this Lapco ad, in the September 1989 issue of Paintcheck Magazine.
Colin Thompson, pictured in this Lapco ad, in the September 1989 issue of Paintcheck Magazine.

During the conversation ColinĀ mentioned this Lapco ad as his favorite. I looked through a couple magazines and got lucky, finding it on the third try in the September 1989 issue of Paintcheck.

Aside from the Grey Ghost and various other early Lapco creations, Colin was one of the first to mark bore sizes on Unibody Ghost barrels, he created (or at least was the first to market) the bottomline, made early long barrel nelson barrel kits (Colin Guns) and worked with Stan Russell (who I also spoke with today, attempting to set up an interview) on stocks, barrel honing, and various other projects.

Anyone have any suggestions on questions to ask? As usual the interview would be focused on 1985 to 1995 or so. I really want to get as much about his early days at Quest / Conquest as possible.

For probably the best write up on Colin take a look at the article, originally published in (I think) Paintcheck and written by Ken Kelsch but now archived onĀ Vintagerex.com:
http://www.vintagerex.com/index.cgi?action=spotlight&man=Lapco

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I worked with Colin at Lapco, in San Diego around 1990-91. He was an amazing man with great ideas. I still own a grey ghost, although years of sitting in a gun case with paint residue has corroded the barrel.
    I lost contact with him somewhere around ’94 or so. I wish you well on your search.

  2. I worked with Colin at Lapco, in San Diego around 1990-91. He was an amazing man with great ideas. I still own a grey ghost, although years of sitting in a gun case with paint residue has corroded the barrel.
    I lost contact with him somewhere around ’94 or so. It’s sad to hear he passed. Truly a legend in paintball history.

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