SHOT 2015—CZ Scorpion EVO 3

Black, polymer framed CZ Scorpion EVO 3 9mm pistol

Seems like the thing for 2015 is pistol-caliber carbines designed to work with SIG’s stabilizing brace. One such contender is the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 pistol—a solid competitor to SIG’s MCX.

Based on the CZ submachine gun, the Scorpion EVO 3 A1, the S1 pistol looks exactly like the select-fire model without the stock and full-auto fun button. Chambered for 9mm, the Scorpion EVO 3 is blowback, closed-bolt operated with a fiber-reinforced polymer frame. It has a 7.72-inch barrel and fires in semiauto-mode only.

Many of the CZ Scorpion’s features are H&K-influenced, as noticed on the safety lever and slide release. However, unlike the similar MP5, the Scorpion EVO pistol has an AR-15 type bolt release. It has ambidextrous controls and a charging handle that can be switched from either side for left-handed shooters. Though not the lightest of triggers, it is adjustable for reach.

Since the ATF very recently shot down our fun with reclassifying the SIG arm brace, you might find the Scorpion EVO a bit awkward at first. However, CZ built in a number of impressive ergonomic features to help fire this pistol accurately. The grip has a large swell at the bottom and a hand stop placed at the bottom of the barrel help make point and shoot feel natural once you get used to holding it. The large, newly designed sights help, too. The front is fixed and the rear is adjustable. The rear sight has four aperture sizes for shooting accurately from a variety of distances. There is an 11-inch Picatinny rail for adding optics. Another different and nice feature is the magazine release paddle located in front of the trigger guard.

The Scorpion holds 20 rounds in a clear polymer magazine, selling for less than $20—which is good news. Even better news is the $850 MSRP for the Scorpion. Not only is the Scorpion a fun range gun, it works well for home defense and many will snatch it up for a truck gun.

CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 7.72 inches
Caliber 9mm
Overall Height 9.4 inches
Overall Length 16 inches
Overall Width 2.4 inches
Weight Unloaded 5 pounds
Sights Low-profile fully adjustable aperture and post
Grip Polymer
Capacity 20
Magazine 20 and 30 rounds
Frame Fiber-reinforced polymer

Some have said there is no use for the Scorpion EVO 3. What do you think of it? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.


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Comments (8)

  1. I have one and the only thing that needs to be changed is the safety. Whether you shoot right or left handed the safety hit you in the knuckle of your index finger of either hand. The safety should have been designed to flip away from the hand. Other than that it’s a great gun and shoots great.

  2. 850.00 Seems a little steep. A guy can buy a Glock with a fifty rnd drum for a lot less than that. Or even a S&W M&P. withna stick mag that holds twenty-five or more. Is it just the cool factor, which it is. 850.00, I can think of a lot of other guns I would spend that kind of money on first.

  3. very nice design ,with the rails system on it ,it can be set up for a variouse different shooting styles.Even with the a2 it would work very well, the recovery shot would be right on target .two thumbs up

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