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The Ampell Acro

Here’s a rare bird- the Ampell Acro, a .177 break barrel CO2 gun that was manufactured briefly in the 1970s. It’s been described as a replica of the Thompson Center Contender pistol, but while there’s a strong resemblance, I don’t think that was necessarily the only inspiration. When I look at the Acro, I see a classic free pistol design from the 19th century of the sort that probably inspired the Contender as well.

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