Lately I’ve been researching when Paintball Connection opened and closed to try and build a more accurate timeline of where and when Colin Thompson was employed.
This article from the December 1989 issue of APG announces the grand opening of Paintball Connection in San Diego and shows an earlier photo of a Lapco Ghost with the NW/Carter style frame. This advertisement ran in the December 1989 issue of APG and was likely submitted 3 months earlier for print meaning that Paintball Connection was likely opening around September.
By the end of 1989 I believe Wintec had already started manufacturing Colin’s slide frame and standardized sight rail.
I don’t think Colin had moved to Mirmar to work at Paintball Connection at this time though and Paintball Connection was likely just distributing for him.
Colin wrote me:
“In 1991, I moved from LA to San Diego to set up a manufacturing business to build [Lapco pumps]. John Seivers funded it. He hired Russ [Maynard] after that and we worked together…”
Features shown on this Ghost include:
•NW/Carter frame (likely manufactured by Tri Jay Machine
•Stan Russell / Lapco Stock in Ghost Grey
•Grey Anodized Knurled Thermo Knob
•1/8th inch npt valve body
•Lapco knurled front grip frame screw
•Possible 14 inch barrel, standard nelson spec with side valve body screws coming straight out
•Possible standard High sight rail
•Nylatron one piece pump and arm with later rounded corners
•Ammo box with extender
The Ghost pictured looks to have a standard Lapco Sight rail with an NW/Carter frame. I think this Grey Ghost was photographed earlier in in 1989 and used in earlier ads and then used by John Seivers for this ad.
When I had the chance to meet Colin in March of this year I grabbed what Lapco items I had on hands to show him. This included a parts Ghost I had been slowly rebuilding. I didn’t think the parts I had slapped together were too accurate but Colin enjoyed it.
I’ll be changing a few parts around on this Ghost including the front grip frame screw, the back bottle asa (to a 1/8th npt valve), adding a stock and matched tank and thermo knob.
Unique features on this parts Ghost include:
•Engraved Receiver to Body rail
•The Sight rail on this Ghost is lower than normal.
•The body has more of a greenish grey tint to it.
•Grips are attached with two screws rather than one. From what I’ve seen this was unique to Lapco pumps.
•Side valve body screws coming straight out of body.
•Straight corner Nylatron pump arm back.
•The current screws (except for pump arm screw is correct) are taso and need to be changed to Lapco brass screws.
I’ll be posting this parts Ghost again probably next year when I have time to switch the parts.