Watch the video below to see the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol in action!

The CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol is the civilian-legal version of the Scorpion EVO 3 submachine gun upon which it is based. Made by Česká Zbrojovka (better known as simply CZ) in the Czech Republic, this is a very innovative and feature-laden semi-automatic, 9mm, blowback-operated handgun.

The Scorpion EVO 3 features a receiver and trigger group assembly made from a tough polymer as well as a threaded, 7.75-inch, cold-hammer-forged barrel with a removable flash suppressor. Aftermarket suppressor adaptors are available. Along the bottom and sides of the forend are 4-inch Picatinny rails for conveniently mounting accessories. Along the top of the receiver is an 11-inch Picatinny rail for installing optics or red-dot sights. Fully adjustable, low-profile diopter sights are included and can be easily removed.

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All of the controls are also constructed from polymer and are almost entirely ambidextrous, including the magazine release, safety selector and a reversible changing handle. The pistol grip can be adjusted to move the hand further or closer to the trigger for a better fit to the user’s hand size. On the full-auto version, there is an adjustable folding stock, but the pistol version features a simple end cap. However, CZ also includes a separate aluminum end cap with an AR-style buffer tube extension ideally suited for installing the Sig Sauer SB15 stabilizing brace for added stability while shooting. I opted for the Command Arms Accessories (CAA) Stock Saddle mounted on a Sterling Arsenal Pistol Receiver Extension Sleeve (SAR-PRES).

The Scorpion ships with two translucent 20-round magazines, but 30-round magazines are also available. For range drills, I installed a Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro laser and tactical light just under the barrel on the accessory rail. Keep your eyes peeled for a full test and review in an upcoming issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. To subscribe, go to

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