HB Industries CZ Scorpion EVO III AK Style Safety Selector

HB Industries has released a nontraditional safety selector for the CZ Scorpion Evo III pistol and rifles. Dubbed the “AK Style Safety Selector” for its manipulation techniques, the safety selector is purposefully elongated for those looking for the “sweep” style motion typically used on the AK platform.

The AK Style Safety Selector (perhaps I could dub it the “A.S.S.S?”) is a drop in replacement for the factory safety selector. Manufactured from 6061-T6 aluminum, the ASSS is then MIL-A-8625 Type III hard coat anodized and finished with laser etching.

The ASSS does not look to be compatible with the full-auto versions of the Scorpion Evo III. (I’m not sure I would want it to be, as then the selector would get in the way of the trigger finger).

MSRP for the HB Industries Scorpion EVO III AK Style Safety Selector (what a mouthful!) is priced at a reasonable $28.95. It is available immediately through HB Industries’ website. The ASSS is 100% designed and manufactured in the USA.

For those interested, HB Industries manufactures quite a few other products for the CZ Scorpion Evo III including:

  • Theta Forward Trigger
  • A reduced wight trigger spring kit
  • Red anodized “Theta” charging handle
  • 922r compliance kit for 30 round Scorpion EVO III magazines.
  • Paddle magazine release
  • A right-hand safety delete.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • insertjjs

    Meh, I already put the Manticore Arms Safety on my Scorpion SBR and bye bye Safety riding on the trigger finger.

  • hand_banana

    This might be the worst product of the year. Or am I misunderstanding, is HB Industries one of those companies that produces parts that reduce the effectiveness of your gun for political/legal reason? At this rate they may as well produce a Scorpion bullet button, 18″ heavy profile barrel, 15-pound sporterized trigger, and bundle it with this safety to make a “Ruin Your Gun Kit.” Haha I laugh to think that there are people looking to spend money to reduce functionality of their guns. I guess IMI had no idea what they were doing when they designed the Galil. They were probably thinking to themselves “the AK safety is so well-engineered and not neanderthal-like that it would be dishonorable to keep the design the same, we better add a thumb safety so that our soldiers can actuate the safety with their fire control hand just so it doesn’t look like we’re copying the AK.” Yeah, totally not because AK safeties are a joke. Any AK owners want to do a reload speed contest against my AR? Actuating that safety isn’t an extra two steps at all, guys! Sorry for all the sarcasm, just… why?

    • Darkpr0

      Consistency of training across platforms for people who run AKs. Don’t want it, don’t buy it.

    • Steve Milliron

      I’ve never shot an Evo, but every review I’ve read for the pistol version mentions that safety digs into the trigger finger, making the shooting experience quite unpleasant. Apparently, SBR’ing it solves the problem, taking the weight of the gun off the finger and moving it back to the shoulder. But some people can’t/won’t jump through the necessary hoops for that, and for those people, this product would be great.

      • Nicholas C

        False. I shot a SBR Scorpion in the Czech Republic before it was announced to importation in the US. This was back in 2014. The ambi safety was an immediate issue for me then.

        • Steve Milliron

          So, you’re saying the safety still digs into your finger, even with a stock supporting some of the weight of the gun?

    • iksnilol

      Meh, safety on, safety off, it all takes time.

      I honestly see no problem with AK safety.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I personally have zero issue with the scorpion saftey. Off with my strong thumb, on with my proximal joint of my strong hand index finger. Works awesome.

    I can appreciate that since the CZ Evo uses a smaller version of but practically identical AK trigger itself, that I get the point.

    But this is hideous.

    • Nicholas C

      I choke up on the Scorpion grip and the ambi safety dogs into my hand. I used to use the safety delete. But this is much nicer.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Yea that’s what people say… But I’m not seeing it with my hands. I feel it there on my finger, just like you’re supposed to. It’s a tactile notification the gun isn’t in safe, and when I want it in safe, I push it up with that finger because it’s already straight and off the trigger, so it’s a tiny movement to safe.

        Just like I have on my ARs with 60º throw.

        It’s just that this particular safety is hideous. At least they’re not wrong that the CZ Evo3 is VERY similar to the AK fire control.

        • Nicholas C

          Aesthetics is subjective. I like the function.

          Here watch this.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Yea, I’m not NEARLY as high. I ride high on handguns, but carbines I see no point.

            I don’t use the cocking handle on mag changes (to release the bolt) so it looked really wowed to me when you did that too. I had to figure out why the cocking handle was all the way forward. Since I always use the bolt release button, I’ge never noticed where it was.

            I like your enthusiasm for it, they’re good guns. Also you’ve seen CZ’s latest EVO shirts right?

          • Nicholas C

            Yep. The shirt is based off my design. I drew and made Scorpion Evo SBR shirts. Just like my Vector shirts, the drawing is 1:1 full size on the shirt. CZ sent me a message saying I can’t make them. But they would utilize my design later. Which they did with their carbine, and it is not 1:1

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Cool. Good job. I’d buy one, but I feel they have too much going on, it’s front and back AND the full name, not my thing.

          • Nicholas C

            Here is my original design.

  • mosinman

    Yes, i often complained about ergonomic safeties so this is just the product for me

  • Nicholas C

    I have this on my Scorpion. Love it. However it is a little too easy to sweep it off safe. So due diligence in trigger finger awareness is important.

  • If you just want to stop the stock safety from digging into your trigger finger you can file it down or SBR it. But I’ve been running this on mine for a while, and I like it quite a bit. I prefer sweeping the safety with the trigger finger, and the leverage it provides makes the safety much easier to purposefully disengage.

    • Cymond

      Since you have it, can you clarify the left side of the safety? Is it still a standard thumb safety on the left?

      • This only replaces the right side safety lever, leaving the left side as-is. And, to my knowledge, they do not make one for the left side.

  • Marty Ewer

    Personally, with the Scorpion, smaller is better on the trigger finger side.

  • Tim U

    Is it just the one side that gets altered to AK style? So right side is AK-esque and left side is standard? If so, I’m liking the concept – very Galil ace in design.

  • Squirreltakular

    Can’t imagine that safety is better than the original, but whatever. Different strokes, etc.

    Pretty sure this gun is now at the top of my “When I leave California” list, though.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    Why are gun companies catering to 10% of gun buyers? It should be lefties that have to go through the trouble of buying and installing parts like this.