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19 January 2016

SHOT Show 2016: CZ SCORPION EVO 3 A1 Purchased by International Armed and Security Forces

The global war on terrorism has put pistol cartridge automatic firearms back to the forefront of interest of the armed and security forces, for reasons of ammunition, which functions sufficiently without the risk of injury to bystanders when used in urban environments. The CZ SCORPION EVO 3 A1 reflects Ceska zbrojovka’s (CZ) new view on submachine guns using pistol cartridges, being a light automatic firearm with a massive dynamic (unlocked) slide and hammer striking mechanism, which is stored in a removable trigger mechanism housing along with the trigger mechanism itself. The fire mode can be set at single shot, limited three-round burst and full automatic. Firing occurs with the slide in the forward position. The automatic firing pin block safety contributes to the drop safety of the firearm and is fitted as a standard requisite.

The CZ SCORPION EVO 3 A1 has proved itself in the hands of elite professionals in a variety of tactical and climatic situations. (Photo: CZ)

A tried and tested element is the recess on the right side of the slide, which is easily accessible through the spacious ejection port and which is used to push the slide to the forward position, should it become heavily fouled. The cocking lever does not move during firing. After firing the last cartridge, the slide remains caught in the rear position by its catch, with the release control on the left side of the trigger mechanism housing. The slide may also be released by briefly pulling the cocking lever backwards.

The Czech MoD decided to rearm the Castle Guard in 2010, which is in charge of providing security and defence of the Czech President’s residence and his guests. The SCORPIONs in the Guard’s weaponry replaced the original SCORPIONs (vz. 61) submachine guns. Next the Czech Armed Forces, the new CZ submachine guns have been purchased by armed and security forces from many countries around the world in various numbers, primarily for special units.
CZ has also developed an adapter for shooting with FX Simunition marking cartridges, an important tool for realistic combat training.