Shooting the Lapco AutoSpirit

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During the winter of 2012 I recorded this short video shooting my Lapco Autospirit in Northern California.  I thought I had some additional advertisements to go with the video but I couldn’t find them and eventually forgot about this footage.

Last week when sorting through hard drives I came across it again so I finished it up and posted it.

Left side view of the Lapco Autospirit.
Left side view of the Lapco Autospirit.

Likely produced by LAPCO in 1993-1994, as Colin was moving around his shop after the unexpected and abrupt end of Paintball Connection.

Right side view of the Lapco AutoSpirit.
Right side view of the Lapco AutoSpirit.

 You can notice a few things in the video, first, the AutoSpirit isn’t a quick paintgun, the lack of an inline regulator and the body is cut for pump arms on either side.

Right side view of the Lapco AutoSpirit's Pneumatic Block.
Right side view of the Lapco AutoSpirit’s Pneumatic Block.

The pump arms on either side makes me wonder if the AutoSpirit came about because of Colin’s left over parts and too many questions about the possible release of a semi automatic from customers? Colin was working on a prototype (non nelson?) Semi Automatic but I don’t have any photos or (prototypes of that guns unfortunately).

Front view of the Lapco Autospirit pneumatic block.
Front view of the Lapco Autospirit pneumatic block. Barrel removed.

I’ve never played with this Auto Spirit but out of the several times I’ve shot it I haven’t had too much trouble.  It is easy to chop with though. 

End of the AutoSpirit barrel on the Lapco Auto Spirit semi automatic.
End of the AutoSpirit barrel on the Lapco Auto Spirit semi automatic.

Find more articles on the AutoSpirit at:
https://paintballhistory.com/tag/autospirit

And more articles on Colin Thompson and Lapco at:
https://paintballhistory.com/tag/lapco

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