CZ’s Scorpion EVO Carbine – Feel The Sting

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The World of Pistol Caliber Carbines has only grown in the last few years. In fact, it’s become one of the most substantial growing subsections of both rifles and SMG lite pistols. One I was excited for was the CZ Scorpion. As a CZ fanboy, and PCC fan I was excited to see them bring the Scorpion EVO to the states in a semi-automatic configuration. Today we are going to be reviewing the Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine.

What is it?

The CZ Scorpion EVO S1 Carbine is a 9mm, semi-automatic, magazine fed rifle. It features a 16.2-inch barrel, weighs 7 pounds and comes in at 34.75 inches long with the stock extended. The Scorpion EVO carries a $999 MSRP.

The Scorpion is a fun rifle for a variety of tasks. The gun comes with two 20 round magazines, but 30 round magazines are widely available. That’s a smart business move by CZ because if there are bigger mags available, I’m buying them. There are also magazine loaders and mag couplers available, too.

The carbine variant features a healthy degree of M-LOK compatible slots for direct attachment of accessories. The top of the weapon wears a full-length scope rail, and it comes with an excellent set of iron sights. The stock can fold and is adjustable for different lengths. The carbine comes outfitted with a muzzle brake or a faux suppressor. This is a very modern rifle, and it shows that CZ put a lot of thought into its design.

CZ Scorpion On the Range

The first thing we want to talk about is ergonomics. The gun features a variety of ambidextrous controls to make it left-hand friendly. The charging handle can be swapped from side to side. The charging handle is well forward of the shooting hand and very easy to reach with the nonfiring hand.

Doing the Old HK Slap…

The magazine release is an AK/MP5 style paddle that’s quite wide and easy to engage. The bolt release is for righties only, but with the charging handle, it’s redundant.

The biggest ergonomic downside is the ambidextrous safety. This safety digs into your hand as you fire the gun, which causes some slight pain after firing the gun for an extended amount of time. There are several aftermarket selectors which delete the safety, and it’s a five-minute Dremel adjustment.

Safety Digging into the Trigger Finger

Recoil

One surprising thing about this weapon is the recoil. It’s not bad when compared to a 12 gauge shotgun. Compared to other PCCs though it’s surprising. This is due to the blowback action and the need for a massive bolt. It recoils right around the same as a standard AR-15.

Accuracy

The CZ Scorpion isn’t a precision rifle, but the accuracy is impressive. The 16.2-inch cold hammer forged barrel, the well-made sights, and long sight radius make this thing easy to shoot accurately. With a good position, I can make a 1.5-inch group pretty regularly at 100 yards. The downside is the 9-pound trigger that has that slight plastic on plastic feeling. It’s a firm pull, but it is a short one.

Reliability

The Scorpion has proven to be an extremely reliable rifle. I’ve used a little bit of everything in this gun, and it just chugs through it. From cheap TulAmmo to high-end defensive ammo, this gun eats it all. I’ve used Lead-free zinc ammo, Freedom Munitions reloads, polymer jacketed rounds and more. The gun has yet to have a malfunction. That’s one of the advantages of the simple blowback action.

The Final Word

This is a fun gun. It’s reliable, looks cool and is extremely modern. The gun is super fun for ringing steel and could make a great home defense carbine. I should also mention the CZ Scorpion proper has recently entered the US Army’s subcompact weapons trials, so the SMG variant could eventually be in use by the US Army.

  • W B

    My Scorpion is easily my favorite gun. Every time I go to the range it manages to weasel its way into a range bag. It is ergonomically the most comfortable gun I have ever shot (Once I got rid of the right side safety.) and the only mods I have done to it is add an extended charging handle and swapped the muzzle brake for a flash hider. CZ just came out with enhanced mags as well for added durability. I cannot overstate how much I love the Scorpion, it is an awesome gun.

  • Kevin

    Nothing the Scorpion or any Pistol Caliber Carbine does that a M4 doesn’t do much better. The weight of the gun and the ammo is about the same. Sub-Guns are obsolete and hopefully the same “Adults” who killed the new general issue .308 Battle Rifle Program will kill the submachine gun program. It’s just a silly idea.

    • Cymond

      I might agree with you when talking about a 16″ barreled semi-auto, but a short barreled select-fire version has advantages. The 9mm works out of a shorter barrel (4-6″ vs 7-10″), shorter action, less recoil, less muzzle blast and suppresses better. The M4 doesn’t work with a folding stock, either.

      All together, a subgun is much smaller and more appropriate for small, enclosed spaces.

      A carbine is a better general purpose weapon, but subguns fill a niche (and make no mistake, the Army wants them for the niche role of dignitary defense).

      • Kevin

        The Army and the Navy already use the H&K MP-7A1, the gun that sent UBL to Hell. This gun already has a NSN assigned and has been fielded. It weighs in around 4+ Lbs unloaded and their are tons of accessories available for it.

        I don’t see any reason to go backward and adopt a 9mm sub-gun that weighs more, is heavier, harder to control, with no native AP capability, etc.

        I don’t think the FN P90 is a contender because of the ergonomics and the fact that it’s too big to fit in a chest or leg holster, which the MP-7A1 barely accomplishes.

      • Brian Mooney

        Cymond, you are pretty much spot on and hit all the main points.

        We should take a look at what the military and police of our NATO allies are using as well, to broaden our our own horizons and improve our thinking about personal weaponry.

        The US military has a long, sad, and expensive (in terms of lives, time, and dollars) history of ultra-conservative (to put it mildly and politely) group-think in this area, nothing to be proud of in any way. In the busines world, such people would be fired, or the business would fail. Overall, our weapons adoption process is an inefficient, consistently over budget mess. This has been fully documented time and again by historians. Our fighting military women and men deserve better.

        • David Higginbotham

          Amen.

  • Brian Mooney

    I don’t see why I should pay hundreds more for this carbine over my Beretta Storm in 9 mm. This CZ gun certainly has some very nice features -and some shortcomings- but for the additional $$$$ it still needs some dremel tool adjustment?

    As far as the other discussion that predominates on this page, there is a generic, knee-jerk, anti-subgun animosity which always creeps into these discussions. It seems to come from a very rigid set-in-concrete mindset, rather than careful consideration of the pluses and minuses of the pistol-caliber carbine. A stream of an endless number of objections will always be the result.

    “Subguns are obsolete”. End of discussion. For one -with all due respect, sir,- says who? These are “[A]dults”?

    (Are these the same “adults” who took ten years and many tens of millions of dollars to pick a new service firearm? Perhaps they need to travel to Denmark, where they have “adults” who can do the same thing in a month. Makes me think we should ask the Danes to review that .308 proposal for us.)

    What’s lost in the “conversation,” alas, is any consideration of how much easier it is to train for superior marksmanship, with a 9 mm carbine, than with a handgun.

  • Mac Vo

    It’s a great gun as long as you make certain upgrades. Never would believe cz would put out a 9-12 lb trigger pull and that right hand safety was aggravating. The good news is that they’re some inexpensive upgrades like the hb industries replacement springs for $9 (down to 5lbs) and the mini AK safety selector $18. Added the theta red trigger…. Just because. Now waiting on the red theta charging handle to complete the look.

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