We’re back to drinking the Czech Kool-Aid with the CZ Scorpion pistol. At first glance, especially for the tabletop wargaming-inclined, the Scorpion has a passing resemblance to the Space Marine bolt gun from Warhammer 40,000. To others who are more building-block-minded, the side rails are begging to have LEGO stuck to ‘em (more on that later). Another meaninglessly reductionist analogue would frame the Scorpion as the cherished lovechild of an H&K MP-5 and a Nerf Blaster at about a third of the price of the MP-5 (the civilian version, natch).
A Cold War Icon Reimagined
I remember the venerable Škorpion vz. 61 from the equally venerable tabletop role-playing game Top Secret, and while the current firearm dubbed Scorpion shares a name and a manufacturer, they’re quite different creatures. The CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 (the trailing designations signallying “third generation” and “semi-automatic”) is available as a carbine and a much shorter pistol.
The pistol shares the same thought space/marketing sphere with a small army of pistol-caliber carbine pistols (e.g., Ruger PCC Charger, Kriss Vector, Noveske 9mm pistols, PSA’s PA-9/AR-V/AK-V, Foxtrot Mike, Extar EP9, and so on), but it cuts its own wake with a unique look and feel.
Set Your Sights on the Target
Unlike a lot of “optics ready” PCC pistols, the Scorpion has iron sights already installed, and like a lot of “optics ready” PCC pistols the first thing that gets added to the Scorpion is a red dot optic. In this case a Sig Sauer Romeo 5.
While the view through the tube is quite clear…
…the iron sights take on a tunnel vision view.
After a quick and rough calibration of the optic, here’s a handful of shots at 15 yards with the red dot.
And more shots at the same distance while squinting through the irons.
You Can Make It Work, But You’ll Feel Awkward About It Afterwards
A Rubenesque firearm like the Scorpion is a handful to hold. The first question one gets asked as a new Scorpion owner is “what kind of brace are you going to put on it,” and that doesn’t mean you can’t make holes without one. But it makes for a bit of an odd experience.
All the ergonomics that go with a rifle get swept off the table with a PCC pistol that’s not only front-heavy but just plain heavy. If one tries to shoot the Scorpion pistol using the expectations and kinesthetics of a long gun, I suspect the user experience will be poor. On the other hand, it is not only possible but reasonably practical to treat the Scorpion as what it is and get reasonable results.
Sans brace and all, the Scorpion pistol acquits itself well against a USPSA target at 25 yards.
And doesn’t do too badly against a scaled down target simulating a 100 yard distance.
You’re not going to be getting into sniper duels with the Scorpion, but even a mediocre marksman like myself can do handwavingly okay on the first outing with it.
Extended First Impressions
I’d be the last person to recommend the Scorpion pistol to those just starting their firearm journey. For home defense (as you’re not going to be concealing this gun while going for a jog around the neighborhood) there are way more appropriate choices for the newcomer, but there are also compelling arguments for PCCs and PCC pistols for that use case.
With all of that said, the sci-fi aesthetic of the Scorpion scores some massive points in my book, especially for all that real estate that’s ready for decals and similar decorations.
Oh, and as mentioned earlier, you can 3D print a LEGO rail adapter. Stick a 25,000 lumen weapon light on one side, a miniature LEGO Hogwarts on the other, and you can yell “Expecto Patronum!” when firing? Or not.