Manticore Arms has announced a new suppressor system called Venom which they’ve designed specifically for CZ Scorpion EVO 3 pistols. The system consists of a suppressor core integrated into the replacement handguard. It will be manufactured and sold by Rat Worx (Research And Testing Worx, Inc.). The overall design concept is similar to the 9mm Tavor handguard/suppressor shown several years ago which was also the result of the collaboration of Manticore Arms and Rat Worx.
The Venom suppressor/handguard is a drop-in part designed to be used with CZ Scorpion EVO 3 pistols and SBRs with factory 7 3/4″ barrels. It is also compatible with CZ USA Scorpion EVO Bullpup Kit. In order to install the Venom, you’ll first need to remove the factory handguard and muzzle device, then install the mounting block, included new muzzle device and handguard, and lastly slide in the suppressor core and fix it in place with the eight screws.
The Venom suppressor is machined out of 6061 aluminum and has a mil-spec Type III hard coat anodized finish. The muzzle device that comes with the kit is made of stainless steel. The forend length is 12″ and the assembled system weighs in at 32 oz. According to the company, the Venom “adds 20.0 ounces of weight and only 4.0” of length over the OEM pistol forend and muzzle device and only 10.0 ounces of weight and no additional length over the OEM carbine forend with flash can extension“.
Other features of the Venom handguard/suppressor include the top Picatinny rail, integrated QD sling swivel socket, and M-LOK slots on the sides and bottom portion. An interesting design feature is that even if you have M-LOK accessories mounted at the bottom of the actual suppressor portion, the removal of the suppressor core does not require to remove the M-LOK accessory. The suppressor core is the serialized part and can be easily removed for maintenance and in case if you need to transport the gun without the suppressor.
The question that you are probably asking is how long will it take until it heats up to the level that it’ll be impossible to hold the handguard. After all, the front portion of the handguard is basically the suppressor “tube”. Here is what Manticore Arms tells in their press release regarding this concern:
The larger amount of overall material, larger surface area, and approximately 2.7 times larger internal volume than a typical 9mm suppressor allows the Venom to stay cool over long strings of fire. In testing the suppressor can still be comfortably held even after rapid fire of over 100+ rounds in rapid succession and can be fired all day long at a typical firing pace.
As mentioned above, the Venom is available via Rat Worx. The MSRP is $449.
Images courtesy of Manticore Arms and Rat Worx USA