Ampell Acro I S220

Thompson/Center Contender (various calibers)

Ampell Playtime Products, Acro I S220
Replica Of:
Thompson/Center Contender

Made In:

22, lead pellets, single-shot
Air Source:
CO2, 12 g Powerlet
Recommended Pellet or BB:
H&N Match-Kugeln (13.4 gr)
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
2.1, 11.5
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
metal, black, metal
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
8.4, steel, yes
Trigger Action:
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
4.7 (SA), no
Sights (front/rear):
fixed, fixed
Velocity (fps):
Not known from manufacturer
Sound Level: 93
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates:
85%, no, no
Serial Number:


Comments: The Ampell Acro I S220 is an all-metal airgun that was manufactured by Ampell Playtime products, located in Honeoye, New York. Most of the gun's parts were made by the Shakespeare fishing reel company in Canada (this is the source of the "S" on the grip covers). The model S220 and S177 differ only in the caliber of the pellet they use. The muzzle velocity of the S220 is low, but the good trigger and acceptable accuracy make this a good airgun for close-in target practice.The Acro I was manufactured and marketed for a little over a year around 1975. Ampell Playtime Products went out of business in late 1975.

Performance: Measurements were made on 2/07/07 at a temperature of 59 F and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using H&N Match-Kugeln pellets (13.4 gr). The highest velocity measured was 240 fps, the lowest was 225 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 233 fps). A six shot string fired with open sights grouped at 0.77". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.


Right Profile:
Front View:
Right Side Markings: The gun is cocked by pushing the knob shown in the photo forward (to the right). Once the gun is cocked, there is no way to decock it without firing it.
Left Side Markings:
Loading Pellets: Pellets are loaded one at a time through the slot in the top just behind the rear sight. The bolt is pushed in and turned to the right to seat the pellet and seal the breech.

Loading CO2: The CO2 cylinder is pierced by tightening the coin-slot screw at the base of the grip. The left grip cover is held on by clamping to the CO2 cylinder.



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