The CZ Scorpion went from being a single sub-gun and large format pistol to an entire series made up of rifles, pistols, and even a bullpup. One of the latest models is the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S2, aka the Micro Scorpion. The Micro Scorpion took the standard Scorpion and shrunk it a fair bit. They sell it with a folding brace, a collapsing brace, and a brace-free variant. This little (but big) pistol gives you something PDW-sized for home defense and for a ton of fun at the range.
I’m a PCC/subgun fan, and out of the three Scorpions I have, the Micro Scorpion is my very favorite. The Micro Scorpion is just plain cool. I’ve always had an affinity for the so-called K model submachine guns. Guns like the Micro Scorpion represent the closest I’ll ever get to a real K-model anything. The Micro Scorpion keeps things short but fairly stout.
The barrel is 4.12 inches long but covered with a SilencerCo No Octane faux suppressor. Once removed, the Micro Scorpion is the perfect host for a suppressor. Plus, in 9mm, the weapon just wants to be suppressed, and it keeps things super quiet with 147-grain subsonic rounds. The overall length of the firearm is 16.35 inches with the brace collapsed and 23.35 inches with the brace extended.
The Micro Scorpion weighs 5.5 pounds and is 9.4 inches tall. The Micro Scorpion has an MSRP of $1,349 dollars and appears to retail for around $1,000. It’s a tall order for a 9mm subgun, but for fans like me, it’s the cost of entry.
Inside the Micro Scorpion
The Micro Scorpion utilizes a very simple straight blowback system that’s been trusted by the world of submachine guns since the very beginning. It’s not refined or fancy, but it works. Part of the downside with such a system is the requirement of a big heavy bolt and some stiff recoil springs. That translates to the 5.5-pound overall weight and the rather stiff action when the shooter charges the weapon.
Over the top, we get a full-length optic rail and CZ’s impressive set of Scorpion iron sights. The front sight features an AR-like front post, and the rear sight is where the magic happens. The rear sight has a rotating system of rear sights of varying width peep sights. They go from fully opened to tight and narrow for varying degrees of precision and speed.
Around the barrel sits a very short M-LOK rail system that’s the right size for small lights and the basics. I added a QD slot for a front sling post, and that’s really it. The rail itself is all metal and quite robust. Previous Scorpion rail systems utilized a polymer rail system, so it’s nice to see an upgrade in design.
The brace is rather nice. It’s mostly metal, including the arms. It can spring into action with just a single pull. It lacks at one setting, so hopefully, your forearm is fairly long. Collapsing the brace requires a quick hit of a button mounted to the top of the brace. Press it, collapse it, and call it done.
The Ergonomics Of the Micro Scorpion
CZ did ergonomics right…mostly. My main complaint came from the safety. It’s ambidextrous, which is great but also digs into your hand every time you pull the trigger. CZ has yet to fix this, and you can do so with a Dremel or with any of the numerous safety deletes. I used the strike industries safety delete to make it a right-handed only design.
The pistol grip is perfectly acceptable, but I wanted to swap it for a more American grip with a sharper angle and went with the Strike Industries model as well. It’s a little thinner and short as well, so it fits the theme of the Micro Scorpion.
Other than that, the Magpul Scorpion is fantastically ergonomic. The safety throw is short and sweet. It’s tactile and moves without argument. The magazine release is AK-like and allows you to drop mags easily and reload on the fly. Magazines do drop-free, so it’s a nice touch.
The charging handle can be swapped from one side to the other, and it’s very easy to do so. The bolt release is positively massive and L-shaped. Push it down a bit, and the bolt slams home. For lefties, the charging handle also works easily enough to drop the bolt and send it home. HK fanboys will be happy to know that the charging handle is locked upwards, and a slap sends it home.
Overall the Micro Scorpion is a well-balanced weapon that’s easy and fun to use. It’s my wife’s favorite gun, and she’s become quite proficient with it. Executing reloads, clearing malfunctions, and blasting through boxes of 9mm is lots of fun.
On the Range
Speaking of blasting through 9mm, I’ve been lucky enough to own this firearm for years. As such, the Micro Scorpion and I are close friends. The cold hammer-forged barrel squeezes out a fair amount of accuracy from the short 4.12-inch barrel. If the trigger was better, it would be a card splitter. Even with the long, heavy, and spongy trigger, the Micro Scorpion can produce tight 1 inch groups at 50 yards and easily ding steel targets of various sizes.
With good trigger control, you can back out to 100 yards and let the lead fly. I can go ten for ten with a good holdover. On a man-sized target, it’s as simple as aligning the sights and letting the rounds fly even at 100 yards.
Recoil isn’t bad per se, but blowback actions create more recoil than necessary. It’s plenty controllable with very minimal muzzle rise. I’d put it in the same vein as an AR pistol in 5.56. It’s mild, but recoil is present. Since it’s 9mm, the muzzle flash and concussion are almost non-existent.
The Micro Scorpion excels at being maneuverable due to its short size and well-balanced design. Moving rapidly from target to target takes just a slight spin of the body. With all the weight near your body, it moves very naturally, and you won’t ‘overshoot’ your target’s vitals with your sights. Even small targets like clay pigeons on the berm are easy to acquire and destroy.
From a reliability standpoint, the Micro Scorpion eats it all. The blowback system has been around so long and used so much because it works. That’s readily apparent here as this thing chews through 9mm ammunition without complaint. Even really crappy steel-cased stuff operates the feeds, fires, and ejects.
The Really Big Pistol
The Micro Scorpion puts some sting into the really big pistol world. As far as really big pistols go, it’s quite light and fairly maneuverable. The little gun always goes bang, and with a few upgrades, it’s one of the most ergonomic platforms on the market. It’s a niche product for sure and does have a high price point, but if you want a K model subgun, this might be the most common and affordable option.