The Bottom Line
- Very Basic
- Minimal Upgrades
- Stacked-tube Blowback Paintball Gun
- Spyder-Threaded Barrels
- Can run on CO2 or Compressed Air
- Center-Fed Feedneck
- Manufacturer's Website
Guide Review - Piranha GTI
DesignPiranha paintball guns have long been known as a reliable blowbacks and the GTI is no exception to the standard they have set. It has a simple aluminum body with some basic milling accompanied by a polymer trigger and 45 grip. It is a Spyder-clone complete with Spyder threading and many of the internals are compatable with other stacked-tube blowbacks so upgrades are replacement parts are not a problem. One thing that I really like is its quick-strip pin and how easy it is to access the internals with no tools.
PerformanceI have used many Piranhas throughout the years and the GTI I used seemed comparable to others I have shot. It has an easy, if somewhat long, trigger pull and its double trigger can come in handy. It has decent accuracy and does fine shooting almost any kind of recreation grade paintball with minimal chopping. I was initially concerned with the polymer (plastic) trigger on Piranhas, but I've had no troubles to report.
MaintenanceThe GTI only asks for a little bit of oil and an occasional new o-ring. Other than springs eventually losing some of their power (especially if you leave your gun cocked for long periods), there really isn't any regualr maintenance. A complete breakdown to access every component can be done in less than 5 minutes.
ConclusionI've introduced dozens of people to paintball over the years by loaning out Piranhas and the GTI seems like the same reliable product with a new name and some slighty updated designs. Its simple reliability makes it an excellent choice for new paintballers or whoever wants a hassle-free paintball gun.
Note: The GTI is the base model that the GTI+ or GTI+ Rampage are based on.