CZ Skorpion EVO III

CZ have introduced a new 9mm submachine gun called the Skorpion EVO III. Contrary to what the name suggests, it shares no heritage with the classic CZ Škorpion vz. 61 subgun.

Letak Web
CZ’s 2009 military weapon line up.

Since the 1993 split of Czechoslovakia into the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic, the Slovakian arms industry has gone into decline and is now only a shadow of its former self. The fact that the Czech arms industry is doing well seems to be a source of irritation to the Slovak government.

The Skorpion EVO appears to be a cosmetic update to the Laugo LG 205 submachine gun that was designed by a Slovakian firm sometime in the last decade. They must have been unsuccessful in generating interest in the product and appear to have sold the design to CZ.

Slovak Arms
From the excellent site Small Arms Illustrated.

I know very little about the gun other than it is chambered in 9mm Luger / Parabellum, made of lightweight polymer and has all the picatinny rails you could want.

CZ are marketing it as a PDW (Personal Defense Weapon), although I cannot see any feature that distinguish it from any other 9mm submachine gun. You can see in the top image that they have given it the same stock and pistol grip as the new CZ S 805 rifle, which their marketing department are using as a selling point.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of this gun. At one point the designer (I have no idea who designed it, despite an hour and half of research) had it on display with a thumbhole stock and carbine length barrel. Personally I think it would have a great 9mm civilian carbine.


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  • Looks to me like that SMG has a quick swap barrel extension add on at the front. About time someone did this. If they would release a civilian model I’d get it for sure.

  • It kind of looks like an HK UMP and an FN SCAR had a dirty night of passion and this was the result.

  • Patrick

    Does anyone know if there is an official page for this PDW or the S805 rifle? I would like to know the full specs of both firearms.

    • Patrick, not that I can find (and I spent 1-2 hours looking)

  • R.A.W.

    The Czechs have been pretty cagey about the S805 during its development. I haven’t been able to find much either.

  • Vitor

    The S805 looks very G36ish.

  • XxleoxX

    The CZ s 805 kinda looks like a SCAR,the CZ 750 S1 M1 looks alot like an SSG 3000,the CZ 75 P-07 Duty kinda of looks like a P226,and the CZ 75 SP-01 Phantom in my opinion looks like a P226 crossed with a 1911

  • JR

    Wow would make a great civilian SBR for ‘social use’.

    Hopefully would be a lot cheaper than the Kriss I’ve been looking at.

  • That gun pretty much looks like the Heckler & Koch UMP. Straight magazine and side-folding stock, but it seems that they don’t use .45 ACP becuase it is only popular in the U.S, not Slovakia(maybe that can uses 7.62 x 39 mm M43 just in case LOL)

  • Project CZ S 805 A

    Technical documents to download here (PDF)

  • Curik