Story and photos by Russell Purcell (@RoadTestRuss)
Czeska Zbrojovka (CZ) is a firearm manufacturer based in the Czech Republic that has been designing and building high quality firearms for the better part of 80 years. The company offers a wide array of handguns, rifles and shotguns for military, police and sporting purposes. I have long had a penchant for CZ pistols, of which I own three, and the outstanding build quality and reliability of my recently acquired CZ 512 Tactical .22 rifle lead me to banish my trusty Ruger 10/22 to the sheltered confines of the gun safe.
I now have my eye on the company’s latest offering, the much anticipated Scorpion EVO sub-gun. The Scorpion EVO 3 S1 is an intriguing model as it is imported to Canada as a pistol chambered in 9mm (9×19), which makes it economical to shoot. In reality, when fitted with a folding adjustable shoulder stock, the Scorpion EVO takes on the appearance and handling characteristics more associated with pistol calibre carbines like the infamous Heckler & Koch MP5, a weapon system which has become iconic due to its appearance in both movies and television dramas, as well as its use by special forces operators, SWAT teams, military and police departments. Unfortunately, for the Canadian firearm enthusiast the MP5 is prohibited, whereas the Scorpion EVO has been classified as restricted helping to partially quench the thirst.
The Scorpion EVO 3 S1 is a blowback-operated semi-automatic fitted with a short 7-3/4-inch barrel. It is equipped with a clever fold away adjustable stock (which features a magnetic closure to retain it against the frame of the weapon when you want to handle the Scorpion like a pistol – the stock can also be readily removed from its attachment plate at the touch of a button), low-profile fully adjustable open sights, and an assortment of steel Picatinny rails should you want to attach an optic, light or laser system. Overall, the Scorpion EVO 3 S1 is 27-inches in length, weighs a stout five pounds and features sling attachment points on both sides of the frame.
I recently had the opportunity to get some range time with Scorpion and came away impressed. The polymer pistol grip is wide and robust, but felt natural in my big hands. I was surprised to see that it is free of stippling or textured enhancements, but I didn’t note any slippage during my short time with the gun.
The trigger is adjustable for reach, and the fleet unit’s trigger offered a good balance of resistance and a nice crisp break off the rack. The trigger reset is short enough to allow for quick follow up shots, and the combination of the gun’s retractable stock and rail mounted hand stop helped me maintain a stable shooting position and stay on target.
Placement of the Scorpion’s controls has been well thought out and both the thumb safety and mag release are ambidextrous, while the over-sized slide release falls within easy reach of your right thumb. The EVO’s non-reciprocating MP5-type charging handle is also swappable should you be a lefty, and will stay open when the magazine is empty.
If you want some trigger time with a Scorpion you will be happy to hear that DVC has added a pair of EVOs to their rental fleet, but I must warn you, this gun is a smile generator and you may find yourself wanting to pick one up for yourself. I know it now sits atop my wish list.