CZ Scorpion Evo 3 Pistols To Hit Market in 2015

CZ USA has collaborated with Colion Noir to bring us an announcement regarding the availability of Scorpion Evo 3 pistols in 2015:

2015 brings the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol to the US market. Easy to shoot, accurate and reliable, its only drawback is how fast it encourages you to pull the trigger. It’ll eat through your ammo stash in no time flat.

The best part is that the Scorpion’s MSRP is a mere $849, leaving plenty of extra cash for ammo. Spare mags? $19.95 for 30-rounders and $17.95 for 20- and 10-rounders.

It’s been a long time coming, so to tide you over until they’re here is MrColionNoir putting all three variants to work on the range:

I have to admit, that’s an unconventional but effective way to do a press release. The Scorpion Evo 3 is a current generation submachine gun intended to eke into the MP5’s market, and is similar in some respects to the H&K UMP series that was designed to replace that weapon. Like the MP5 and UMP, the Scorpion Evo 3 operates from a closed bolt, and like the UMP (but not the MP5), it uses a straight blowback mechanism. The construction is a durable-feeling polymer, and the magazines are translucent double-stack double-feed items that look simple, cheap, and very serviceable. The controls are comfortable and clearly designed around the sort of user input that H&K seemingly ignored for years on the MP5. Not only does slapping the charging handle drive the bolt home, but so too does activating the very AR-15-esque bolt release. The gun comes standard with rails for optics, and a threaded barrel with a removable flash hider. When I handled one at SHOT, the biggest negative I came away with was that field strip procedures for the Evo 3 are not obvious – stripping the gun is not hard when instructed on how, but having a teacher the first time is extremely helpful to say the least.

The Evo 3, like its stablemate, the S805 Bren rifle, takes the name of a famous historical Czech small arm; in this case the unique to a fault Vz. 61 submachine gun. The Vz. 61 almost has no equal: It is a small, lightweight automatic weapon, that is simultaneously and inexorably both controllable and somewhat impotent. While my firing impressions of the weapon are mixed, there’s no doubt it is different.

Unlike its namesake, the Evo 3 is a very conventional submachine gun in 9mm. Neither small nor large, it represents a return to par for Czech submachine guns. As Colion Noir points out, the gun is evidently designed as an MP5 killer – but I have significant doubts about its ability to compete with the short-barreled ARs that finally did that teutonic wonder in. The pistol, though, will find a niche among enthusiasts of that type of weapon. For what it is, it’s extremely attractive. A low MSRP firearm from one of the great firearms manufacturers of Europe with a whole lot else going for it; and it comes with a SIG brace.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • FrenchKiss

    Commiefornia legal?

  • Nicholas Chen

    I loved shooting it in the Czech Republic. I am over the moon with joy that we can have one and at a very reasonable price. The SB15 has really helped, I think, make this much easier to release as a pistol. Otherwise it would suffer the fate of the Vector Carbine. Not that the Vector Carbine is suffering, but the long barrel and shroud leaves to be desired by some.

    I dont have a pistol AR but I prefer this over one. Even though I am planning on building an AR pistol in 2015. I still think I will have more fun with the Evo3 than with a pistol AR. I have ARs for fun. My go to is my Troy Carbine. It does everything I want it to. Except be small like the Evo3. Shooting a 9mm vs a 223 has its advantages if you are shooting an action match with steel at relatively close distances. Not every club has AR500 steel and even then you arent really supposed to shoot them at pistol steel distances with an AR.

    Can you elaborate on the AR15-esque style bolt release? The one I shot in Brno was only similar due to the location of the bolt release. But rather than pressing a paddle like button in, toward the receiver, I had to push the lever down toward the floor to release the bolt.

    AR-15-esque bolt release
    AR-15-esque bolt release
    AR-15-esque bolt release

    • BattleshipGrey

      Looks like the bolt release button is just forward of the selector. The UMP has a bolt stop/release button just like the AR, but this seems to be just an oversized release. It’s more AR15-esque in it’s placement than design.

    • Xanderbach

      I am currently building a Colt RO633 DOE replica, in 9mm. It’s costing me about $1K to do it. This will be WELL under that once the street price stabilizes, has similiar ergonomics, and is made for 9mm, instead of “kinda” 9mm. While a 300blk AR pistol may be more “effective”, people aren’t like in video games. 30 rnds of anything should do the job. I think this will sell like hotcakes, and look forward to picking one up in the next year.

      With a Sig brace.

  • echelon

    They’re also releasing an 11″ barrel version of the Bren in 2015 as well. Good year for CZ! Can’t wait!

  • hydepark

    I was wondering whether the original factory stock will be available at some point. I heard from a sales rep that they will be but not immediately.

  • Bill

    “MP5 Killer” is about 10-15 years too late. While the MP5 is arguably the best subgun in the world, the development of advanced 5.56 ammo, short ARs and effective suppressors have relegated subguns to niche weapons, and of course I’ll have to have one of these, just because.

    The VZ62 is as ubiquitous at the AK and Makorov, and anyone spending quality time in Europe or the 3rd world needs to know how to run one, but even the Krinkov has cut into its popularity it seems. But for assassinating people from a motorcycle, assuming the .32 round will penetrate their window glass, it was the go-to gun for the well-heeled 1970s -1980s terrorist

    • Well-said. The MP5-killer was basically the advent of the Colt Commando, Galil SAR, Sig 552, etc. Simply put, there’s no US market for this thing outside of civilians who like range toys. And I say this as a guy who owns a fair few PCCs.

      • Bill

        We both forgot to mention that none of these PCCs will punch body armor, which may not be a huge issue to some people, but is to a lot of cops and astute civilians when it comes to working long guns.

        I’ll still have to have one, and would love to see it chambered in .357 SIG, but I’m not sure that the case design will adapt well to straight mags.

        • Frank

          How often to cops run into people with body armor?

    • Wetcoaster

      Well, those and the Uzi, FAL, and G3 to round out the ubiquitous Cold-War guns, and I’m sure the Uzi’s seen use in more than its share of motorcycle assassinations

  • MountainKelly

    Would be a delightful sbr

  • Wetcoaster

    You know, it looks kind of looks like a Warhammer 40,000 bolter when combined with late 90’s – early 2000’s ‘sleek’ shapes and plastic (XM8, early G36’s, ARX-160) and rails

  • SM

    CZ needs to apply this pricing idea to their P-0X series magazines. $40+ for a magazine sucks.

  • Ian Thorne

    They are not made in the US and 922r should not be a factor as this is mad from pistol, and not a rifle.

    There are plenty of SBR’d Glocks out there with no US parts in them. Plus the old Skorpion VZ61 is another example of there being plenty of SBR’s with no US parts in them.

  • FrenchKiss

    We need to get that roster abolished. I was at the range today and saw a guy firing an AR with 20 and 30 round magazines. That didn’t look kalifornia legal, so I asked him to look at his firearm. Hmmmm, no bullet button either. When I told him he wasn’t legal he said, he was with the secret service! Showed me his id and badge. Pretty cool. Anyway, he checked out his gun from work. He said he would never abide by kalifornia’s stupid gun laws.

    • USMC03Vet

      Must be nice to be the man and just ignore pleb laws when you want. It’s pretty atrocious how often the califnorina lords violate the constitution with their garbage decrees.

      • FrenchKiss

        It’s traitorous.

      • FrenchKiss

        The Feds can ignore any state law.

  • Patrick Mingle

    Need need need

  • whskee

    I smell a new tax-stamp in the works… As soon as there’s a decent M4 stock adapter available I’d Form-1 to SBR, slap on a suppressor, and have a ton of fun burning the little money I could spare on ammo.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Excellent news from CZ, and their collaboration with Colion Noir doesn’t hurt either. The comment by Nathaniel F. about it’s ability to compete with AR-style pistols will depend upon a great many variables such as market timing ( the most important single factor of all ), perceived user-friendliness, parts availability and general attractiveness factor ( yes, visceral appeal and attractiveness do count, like it or not, even if they mean little in the end ), Insofar as sheer reliability and functional consistency are concerned, I have little doubt that the EVO 3 has it all,, and probably at a higher level than any AR-based pistol regardless of origin.

  • SP mclaughlin

    So, you can deduce quality from a video?
    Nerf rails is the dumbest thing I’ve heard this year

  • Bolide

    I hope it fits in my Lethal Lace holster.

  • Madcap_Magician

    Most importantly, you can SBR it, factory shoulder stock, stamp, and all, for less than the Sig MPX (not to mention that the latter gun may still prove to be vaporware).

  • BuzzKillington

    Never planned to get a pistol caliber carbine, but with some spare cash….I would definitely have interest in getting one of these as an SBR.

  • Carlos Velazquez

    Practical? Probably not? Want? Yes! After a few tax stamps I can hit the range with same effect as pulling into the parking lot of the flea market with a Ferarri.