Me: *Buys CZ Scorpion. Garand Thumb: “You have chosen… wisely”

The day after I impulse buy a CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 (because I found an FDE one) good ole’ Flannel Clad Master Blaster GarandThumb dropped his review on that very gun.

For anyone living under a rock the CZ Scorpion EVO 3, and the later more “westernized” S1, launched a few years ago and made a huge wave on the PCC/SMG market because it was… well… affordable. The base pistol was around $900. Accessories were cheap, magazines were cheap, and in keeping with CZ tradition it all worked. You could fully outfit a 9mm ‘carbine type pistola’ with light, optic, spare magazines, a bag, sling, and a stock to SBR it or a pistol brace, for well under $2,000.

CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 in FDE with RMR and streamlight tlr-1 9mm

Compare that to the SP5 at $2800? Yes, roller delays run smooth as glass, but the guns cost for that smoothie.

Not knocking them. I love them.

But to get essentially the same basic in role set up in a 9mm PCC type pistol ‘carbine’ or SBR your expenditure is going to double, and the difference is blowback vs. roller delayed blowback. We’ve forgotten that the MP5, a G3 derivative, was designed to be cheaper to produce with stamped metal than the ‘pricey’ FAL/G1. Oh well, market demand is what it is.

Anyhow, I jumped into another little PCC 9mm and I’m stoked.

Why? Four words.





Oh, and its FDE.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.