Gun Review: CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine in 9mm

By: Ian Jacobs

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As CZ puts it, their Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine is a “whole new animal.”  With an enormous variety of semi-automatic AR-15 style firearms in rifle and pistol calibers on the market, the Scorpion surely stands out.  I decided to get a better idea of what its sting felt like.

History

CZ, or Ceska zbrojovka Uhersky Brod, originated in Czechoslovakia in 1936.  The newer CZ-USA arm of the company was formed in 1997, acquiring the renowned Dan Wesson firearms in early 2005.  The CZ-USA headquarters are currently located in Kansas City, KS, while the parent company remains in what is now the Czech Republic.

A primitive variation of the scorpion was the vz. 61 Skorpion, which was designed and manufactured in the early 1960s.  This machine pistol was chambered in .32 ACP, among other small cartridges.  A semi-automatic civilian model was later created, but discontinued in 2010.

CZ introduced the first in a newer line of Scorpion models as a submachine gun in 2009.  Following its success and adoption by security and military forces worldwide, CZ released a semi-automatic pistol version in 2015, built off of the same platform.  The pistol is now in its second iteration, with the latest offer including a longer forend with room for most suppressors. Subsequent to the pistol, CZ released the semi-automatic carbine version of the Scorpion in mid-2016.  It is available with either a compensating muzzle brake or faux suppressor specially built by SilencerCo.

Features

Like many submachine gun and pistol variations, the Scorpion Carbine is blowback-operated and chambered in 9mm Luger.  The carbine has a sufficient number of US-made parts to make it 922(r) compliant.

At the rear, the Scorpion has a folding, adjustable stock.  It also has a 16.2 inch hammer-forged barrel topped by a ½ x 28 threaded muzzle (plus muzzle brake or faux suppressor).  The forend has several M-LOK attachment points and there are two sling attachment points on each side, plus a ¾ inch sling slot on the left.  At the top resides a generous Picatinny rail, along with low-profile aluminum adjustable sights, with the rear sight having four different apertures.

The Scorpion offers ambidextrous controls, including the swappable, non-reciprocating side-charging handle.  Even the trigger reach can be adjusted.  Research indicates that the trigger pull is around nine pounds, but one of many after-market accessories can reduce this to somewhere in the range of six pounds.

The Scorpion I purchased came with a single 10-round double stack magazine, but additional magazines are available that hold 20 or even 30 rounds, where permitted by law.  Replacement magazines are incredibly affordable, with each being $20 or less on CZ’s webstore.

The frame and magazines are both made of polymer, the former being certainly noticeable when handling the carbine.  The faux suppressor model weighs in at seven pounds, while the muzzle brake version comes in at 6.38 pounds.

Range testing and initial thoughts

The MSRP for the Scorpion ranges from $999 to $1,040 for the muzzle brake and the faux suppressor models, respectively.

Since purchasing the Scorpion with the muzzle brake, I have fired over 200 rounds with a variety of target ammunition and have not experienced a single malfunction.  This ammunition included Federal, Winchester White Box, Winchester Forged (steel cased) and also at least 50 reloaded cartridges.

The side-charging handle was a big draw, and it has not disappointed.  This can be slapped MP5-style to close the bolt, or there is a separate bolt release.  The handle itself is a bit on the small side, likely to keep the profile slim. If desired, there are aftermarket replacements available which allow for a size increase.Overall, the Scorpion was easy to shoot with very little recoil, and it was also very comfortable to handle, not to mention fun.  The controls are certainly different than the AR platform, but they are very easy to adapt to.

The ambidextrous safety switch has occasionally pinched my right hand when shooting.  However, I mostly view the switch as advantageous, as it is sometimes easier to reach with my index finger than the one on the left side is with my thumb.  Fortunately, CZ has an inexpensive part referred to as a “safety delete”, which will replace the switch with a flat circular piece of plastic.

With the aluminum sights, I was able to shoot some tight groups at 25 and 50 yards, and even made a few shots out to 100 yards.  The four rear aperture options were much appreciated when changing distances.

Disassembly of the Scorpion is quite simple.  All one has to do is remove a single pin and pull out the trigger pack.  The bolt/slide assembly comes out fairly easily from there.

The only other slightly unfavorable experience I have had with the Scorpion has been upon insertion and removal of the magazines, but this problem has not been persistent.  Occasionally, when inserting the magazine, it would not fully catch.  It would either have to be inserted again, or the release pulled outward slightly for it to seat properly.  Upon attempted release, the magazine sometimes did not drop freely and I would need to remove it manually.

A call was placed to CZ-USA to inquire about a potential easy fix or to perhaps identify if there was an oversight in manipulation.  The Customer Service department proved superior, as the call was answered within moments.  The initial representative was unable to resolve the inquiry, but the call was immediately transferred to a warranty gunsmith, who indicated it was a novel complaint.  The gunsmith suggested mailing the item back for further investigation, but as the glitch isn’t too bothersome, I opted not to.

Conclusion

I currently own both an AR platform carbine as well as the Scorpion. After purchase of the latter, I assumed I would eventually decide to sell one. Thus far, however, this has not been the case.  Each has a unique feel and it is enjoyable to have the ability to practice with 9mm ammunition, switching to .223 or 5.56 for some extra punch and distance.  I currently plan to continue use of the Scorpion primarily at the range, but can easily see this reliable firearm being used for home defense.  It doesn’t hurt that it is incredibly fun for plinking as well.

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Smith & Wesson Adds Compact Model to M&P M2.0 Series

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Move over Glock 19. Move over Glock 23. Less than a year after the release of its M&P M2.0 pistol, Smith & Wesson Corp. has grown the family by adding the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol series. Available in 9 mm and .40 S&W, the series builds upon the popular platform in a versatile, carry-size configuration, and is designed for both personal and professional use.

President and CEO of American Outdoor Brands Corporation James Debney said, “When we introduced the M&P M2.0 pistol family back in January, we announced our plans to expand the next-generation M2.0 product platform beyond the full-size design.” He said the M&P M2.0 pistols represent a growing family of products developed through feedback from Smith & Wesson’s professional and civilian customers to deliver the performance and features they desire.

The compact pistol series features a 15- or 13-round capacity (depending on caliber), and a 4” barrel, blending a feature set that offers both shootability and concealment. “The M&P M2.0 Compact pistol series bridges the gap for those who want a single firearm for professional use, personal protection, carry, or practice at the range,” said Debney. “We believe the new M&P M2.0 Compact series will be sought after by consumers whose purchase option in this category has, until now, been limited primarily to the Glock 19 or 23.”

M&P M2.0 Compact pistol features include:

  • Low barrel bore axis
  • Four interchangeable dimensional palmswell grips: S, M, ML,
  • New aggressive M2.0 textured grip for enhanced control
  • New front cocking serrations
  • New M2.0 crisp trigger with lighter trigger pull
  • Tactile and audible trigger reset
  • Accurate 1:10″ twist barrel in both 9 mm and .40 S&W
  • Extended rigid embedded stainless steel chassis to reduce flex and torque when firing
  • Tactical white 3-dot steel sights
  • Ambidextrous slide stop, reversible magazine release, and optional ambidextrous thumb safety
  • Simple M&P pistol take-down lever
  • M&P pistol sear deactivation lever
  • Armornite-hardened nitride durable corrosion resistant finish on barrel and slideThe M&P M2.0 Compact pistol is available both with and without an ambidextrous thumb safety, and priced at an MSRP of $569. The pistol ships with two magazines, including two magazine extender sleeves for use with full-size magazines, as well as a limited lifetime warranty and lifetime service policy.

For more information about the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol series, including spec sheets and images, please click here. For more information on Smith & Wesson products, please visit smith-wesson.com

Umarex to Produce Glock Replicas

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Germany-based Umarex, known for producing replica firearms of some of the industry’s most popular models, will soon add Glock to its lineup. Umarex is the first replica-pistol manufacturer to receive the worldwide license from the Austrian gun maker.

“For years now, the trust between our two companies has been growing and we are looking forward to further developing this relationship with Glock,“ said Eyck Pflaumer, managing partner of Umarex. “From November 2017 onward, gun fans will find the first replicas of these famous pistols in outdoor retail locations almost everywhere in the world.” U.S. distribution is expected to begin first quarter 2018.

Umarex will build Glock pistols in the categories “Airguns” (4.5 mm / .177) and “Airsoft” (6 mm). Particularly attractive for collectors, the license allows the replicas to carry the original markings and be marketed in authentic packaging.

The Glock replicas will be distributed worldwide through sporting goods dealers, except in France and French territories. Umarex USA and the Elite Force Airsoft group of Umarex USA will distribute the world-leading Glock pistol replicas exclusively throughout North America.

For more, visit umarexusa.com.

SilencerCo Releases First Suppressed Muzzleloader

For the first time since the National Firearms Act (NFA) was created in 1934, civilians can enjoy suppressed shooting in nearly all 50 states with SilencerCo’s latest innovation: the integrally suppressed Maxim 50 muzzleloader.

With the invention of the Maxim 50, SilencerCo has created a product that is 100 percent legal for civilian ownership under federal law (some state laws may not allow it, though, depending on how they define muzzleloaders) while providing hearing-saving suppression at a reasonable price point. How is this possible? By paying very close attention to federal law. 

The BATFE defines a silencer as a “device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm . . .”  By that definition, a silencer is only a silencer if it can attach to a firearm. The Maxim 50 is built on the base of a Traditions Vortek Strikerfire Muzzleloader. For those who know muzzleloaders, you’ll also know that they are not considered firearms by the BATFE but are instead antique firearms, a definition and difference that is very distinct under federal law. Because of this, a moderator that is permanently affixed to a muzzleloader is not legally defined by BATF as a silencer, since it does not attach to a firearm. With this realization, the Maxim 50 was born. 

“It took a lot of creativity to arrive at this solution,” said Josh Waldron, SilencerCo CEO and Co-Founder. “We have been working on this product for three years, with most of that time spent waiting on a determination from the Technology Branch of the BATFE as to how this product would be classified. As soon as we received official word that it wouldn’t be considered or regulated as a silencer, we got to work on bringing the Maxim 50 to customers across the country.” 

SilencerCo expects the Maxim 50 to be a hit not only with the NFA-loving crowd, but also with hobbyists and hunters. In many states, muzzleloader hunting begins days (sometimes weeks) before standard rifle season, giving hunters using this platform an edge. But this edge does come with caveats—antique firearms are usually loud, have lots of recoil, and the shooter has to battle the thick cloud of black powder smoke billowing from the barrel as they try to see if their shot connected with their game. The Maxim 50 solves all of the issues experienced by muzzleloader shooters while also drastically reducing the resulting smoke by more than two-thirds, allowing hunters to see the location of their shot and track their game.


SilencerCo is honored to finally be able to bring suppressed shooting to its customers across the country, and, in most places, sans a long wait or a tax stamp.

For more information visit silencerco.com

SIG Sauer Rifle Safety Warning and Recall Notice

By: American Rifle Staff

SIG Sauer has issued a press release announcing a recall notice for certain rifle models:

SIG Sauer, Inc. has determined that a limited number of rifles in the SIG716 DMR, SIG516 Carbon Fiber and SIGM400 Predator models were built with a two-stage SIG Sauer trigger that may have an improperly heat-treated hammer. Over time this could result in a trigger malfunction creating a significant safety hazard. SIG Sauer is issuing a mandatory recall to replace the hammer and trigger assembly in these specific rifles. This recall does not affect any military or law enforcement rifles or any SIG MCX/SIG MPX products.

SIG Sauer says it will correct any of the affected firearms at no cost to the customer.

The firearms affected by the recall can be identified by the presence of a SIG mark etched into the hammer.

To determine if a rifle is subject to the recall, take the following two actions:

  • Enter your firearm’s 9-digit serial number on the SIG Sauer website.
    • The serial number is located on the left side of the lower receiver.
    • NOTE: The serial number will never contain letters “i” or “o”.
  • If your firearm’s serial number is identified to be one of those affected by the recall, stop using the firearm immediately and follow the four corrective steps.

CORRECTIVE STEPS

  1. Call SIG Sauer Customer Service at (603) 610-3000, Option #1, and have the rifle’s 9-digit serial number available.
  2. SIG Sauer Customer Service will send you shipping instructions that include a pre-addressed shipping label and box.
  3. Upon receipt of the shipping instructions, follow instructions found in the Owner’s Manual.
    • Remove the magazine from the rifle.
    • Clear the firearm of all ammunition.
    • Separate the upper receiver from the lower receiver by removing the front and rear take-down pins.
  4. Using the pre-addressed shipping label and box that was sent to you, ship the lower receiver to SIG Sauer.

Once received by SIG Sauer, the lower receiver will be repaired and return-shipped to you within 2-3 weeks.

SIG Sauer apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused and will service any affected rifle in the most expedited manner possible.

For further information visit sigsauer.com

Crimson Trace Options for Glock Gen5 Pistols

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Crimson Trace wasted no time in producing laser sight options for the newly released Glock G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 semi-automatic pistols. Options include:

Laserguard laser sight LG-637 with red laser diode
Laserguard LG-637G with green laser diode
Laserguard LG-639 (red)
Laserguard LG-639G (green) laser sights
Laserguard LG-436 laser sight

The Crimson Trace Laserguard LG-452 green laser sight will also fit the Glock pistols.

In addition, the soon-to-be released Crimson Laserguard Pro with LED white light and laser diode—the LL-807 with red laser diode and LL-807G with green laser diode—will fit the new Glock G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 pistols. MSRP for Crimson Trace laser sights begin at $249 for the LG-637 laser sight.

The Crimson Trace Laserguard family is one of many laser sight and tactical light products the company offers that securely fit firearms by Glock and many other manufacturers. The company now offers more than 30 laser sights, firearms lights, and combination units for installation on nearly all Glock pistols.

For owners of the new Gen5 pistols, Crimson Trace’s Laserguard Pro laser sights combine a 150-lumen LED white light within a compact housing along with either a red (LL-807) or green (LL-807G) laser. Features of the Laserguard Pro include Crimson Trace’s Instinctive Activation firearm laser sight engagement system located under the trigger guard, a master on/off switch on most models, and easy-to-use elevation and windage adjustments. An adjustment wrench and battery are included in each package. All of these innovative products are covered under Crimson Trace’s Free Batteries for Life program.

Crimson Trace products for Glock pistols can also be easily installed without modification of the firearm—or special gunsmith skills.

For more information visit crimsontrace.com

Glock Announces Gen5 G17 and G19

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Glock, Inc., has announced the 5th generation of its G19 and G17 pistols, which feature more than 20 design changes that distinguish them from their Gen4 predecessors.

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“The development of our Gen5 pistols was the result of the constant pursuit of perfection and a desire to meet the requests of the consumer market,” said Glock, Inc. Vice President Josh Dorsey. “We have combined the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements to improve durability, accuracy, and performance. The benefits enhance the shooter experience at the range and in high-stress situations where fractions of a second matter.”

The Gen5 pistols are a variation of the M pistol used by the FBI. Through rigorous testing and development, Glock has combined the historical reliability and trust in the brand with precisely engineered design changes to meet the demand of consumers world-wide.

Among the design changes are five key features. The Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) utilizes new barrel rifling to deliver improved accuracy. The removal of the finger grooves and an added ambidextrous slide stop delivers improved control and flexibility. The nDLC finish is a tougher and more durable finish that is exclusive to the Glock manufacturing process. Introduction of a flared mag-well increases performance by making it easier to funnel the magazine into the mag-well, particularly in high-stress situations.

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The roots of the Gen5 pistols lie in a request by Federal Law Enforcement for a new service pistol. “Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of law enforcement agencies while maintaining our standard of perfection,” said Dorsey. “Once the pistols we submitted proved themselves in testing and were adopted, consumers began asking for those pistols. The Gen5 pistols we are introducing today meet that demand.”

For more information visit us.glock.com/Gen5

New Glock Model! The Glock 17 & 19 Gen5

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The new features on the Gen5:

1. nDLC finish for barrel and slide – GLOCK‘s nDLC provides tougher, more durable protection than previously used finish. The nDLC finish is exclusive to the GLOCK manufacturing process. The nDLC finish increases protection against corrosion and scratching and improves the ability of the pistol to function in degreased or adverse conditions. The nDLC finish will be exclusive to Gen5 pistols at this time.
2. GLOCK Marksman Barrel – The GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB) features new barrel rifling which delivers improved accuracy.
3. Removal of the finger grooves on the grip – Removing the finger grooves improves the ergonomics of the grip. The absence of finger grooves improves the ability of the pistol to deliver a consistently comfortable grip to a wider range of consumers, regardless of their finger size and whether or not gloves are worn.
4. Ambidextrous Slide Stop Lever – The ambidextrous slide stop lever makes it easier for gun owners to quickly, safely and comfortably manipulate the slide whether they are left-handed or right-handed.
5. Flared mag-well – The larger opening of the flared mag-well makes it easier to funnel the magazine into the mag-well, particularly in high-stress situations where fractions of seconds matter.
6. GLOCK Gen5 Magazine – The new GLOCK Gen5 magazine comes with an orange follower and a floor plate which is extended at the front for faster magazine change.

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First Look at Walther Arms P22QD Pistol

By: SI Staff

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Walther Arms added a number of updates to its popular P22 rimfire pistol, relaunching the gun under the P22QD line.

The new Walther P22QD features many of the same elements found in the company’s original P22 pistol. The frame offers the same ergonomic fit as the original gun, and much of the profile is unchanged, ensuring that shooters have access to the same look and feel as the company’s previous offering, as well as the reliability that comes with the system.

However, Walther made a select few changes to improve the versatility and safety of the pistol. The company added a decocking safety. The new setup ensures that users cannot cock the pistol with the safety engaged. If owners load the gun and then engage the safety, the external hammer will safely move into a forward position, decocking the P22QD and allowing users to operate the pistol with a double-action trigger pull on the first shot. All Walther P22 pistols operate using a DA/SA action.

Each Walther P22 pistol comes equipped with three-dot combat sights made from polymer. The rear sight is adjustable for windage, and the sights feature a low-profile design that won’t catch on clothing or holster during a draw. The pistol also features a Picatinny accessory rail that allows users to attach an optional light or laser.

The double-action/single-action system used on the pistol provides users with an 11-pound trigger pull on double-action shots, while single-action follow-up shots can be performed using the gun’s 4-pound single-action pull. The pistol includes an ambidextrous, paddle-style magazine release, as well as a loaded-chamber indicator and an external slide stop that locks the magazine back on an empty chamber.

The Walther P22QD, like other P22 pistols, can be used with an aftermarket adapter that allows users to equip a suppressor onto the company’s M8x.075 target barrel with 1/2-28 TPI threads. The suggested retail price on a Walther P22 pistol starts at $319.