Review: ASG CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1

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Outdoor Empire top pick for sub-machine gun

The ASG CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1, referred to as the Scorpion from here on, is a 9mm SMG, handgun and rifle series of firearms. It is a licensed ASG replica that looks and functions extremely well. It retains the modern styling and similar ergonomics that of the CZ Scorpion S1.

Aside from the obvious real gun – airsoft gun differences, the only thing lacking is the iron sights. A set of actual CZ sights can be purchased from CZ and will work on this model.

What is quite interesting is owners of the real CZ Scorpion pistol often use the stock from this airsoft gun to complete their short barreled rifle build. That is how well this weapon is built.

 

Specifications

Magazine Capacity: 75 rounds mid-capacity
Fire Modes: Semi, 3rd Burst, Full-Auto, Safety
Muzzle Velocity: 394 FPS
Hop-Up: Adjustable
Length: Adjustable 24.5 in – 16.7 in
Weight: 5.3 lbs
Battery: 7.4V / 11.1 V LiPo Small Tri-Cell Type (recommended)

 

 

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Tokyo Marui Scorpion VZ61

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The Tokyo Marui Scorpion VZ61 is smaller, and sits between a machine pistol and a submachine gun. It uses a top folding stock and can be wielded as a pistol and one handed.

The Scorpion is more modular though. It’s suited for being outfitted with modern accessories like flashlights and optics. The Scopion’s larger size and better internals make it easier to take long range shots, and has a high FPS.

Both airsoft guns have adjustable hop-ups and multiple firing modes. The ASG Scorpion has 4 firing modes, and the Tokyo Marui Scorpion has only 3. Both are well made and have excellent reputations for quality.

 

H&K MP5-A5 by Umarex

hk_mp5-a5_by_umarexThe MP5 is the father of modern SMG design, and the fully licensed Heckler & Koch MP5-A5 by Umarex is one of the best options for a submachine gunner.

There are a lot of accessories already produced for it, including internals and things like magazine pouches. The Umarex MP5-A5 has also 4 different firing modes, roughly the same FPS as the Scorpion, and an adjustable hop-up.

The MP5-A5 is a lot like the ASG Scorpion. The Scorpion has a few advantages though. First it has tons of rail space for mounting accessories, something the Umarex lacks. It also has a collapsing and folding stock, again the Umarex lacks this style of stock.

The Umarex H&K MP5-A5 has a full metal upper receiver and barrel assembly, but this makes the weapon almost a pound heavier. A clear winner here is difficult to determine.

 

 

Rating the ASG CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 

The following is based on a one to five stars rating.

 

Ergonomics

five star rating

The stock collapses and folds which makes it an excellent addition to those wearing armor or load bearing vests. It allows the user to adjust the length of pull and compensate for armor and LBVs. The folding feature of course makes it ultra small for transport and storage.

The safety and fire selector is ambidextrous.

The fire selector gives the user four total options. You can move from safe, to single shot, to three shot burst, to full automatic. These safety positions are not for looks but are actually functional. The different options are nice, and provides a realistic appearance.

The magazine release is completely ambidextrous and placed behind the magazine. It is released by pressing the release forward. The bolt release is located on the left hand side of the gun, but the bolt can be released via the charging handle.

The charging handle is placed forward, just above the hand guard. It can be moved to the left or right hand side with ease, just like the real CZ Scorpion. The Scorpion’s real magic is how ambidextrous it is, so 5 stars are given for ergonomics.

 

Ease of Use

four star rating

Loading, firing, and activating the gun is quite simple.

All the controls are solid, and everything is quite apparent from the start. Swapping the charging handle from right handed to left handed couldn’t be easier. The magazines are easy to load, both with BBs and into the weapon.

Maintenance is also easy. The weapons come apart without tools and swapping parts isn’t difficult either. Accessing the battery is easy but you need to be cautious.

Once you remove the orange flash hider and the locking ring, the handguard comes off. With the handguard off, you can access the battery but the charging handle and spring are quite loose when you do this. It’s very easy to drop pieces here. 4 stars for ease of use.

 

Externals

four star ratingYou get multiple sling mounting points on both the left and right side of the gun. The fore end is covered in picatinny rails. You have four rails for accessory mounting. You also have a complete top rail for mounting optics, magnifiers, and the like.

The body is well made; it even features the authentic roll marks from CZ. The amount of extra accessory spaces makes it possible for a good deal of upgrading. The body is nylon reinforced polymer, not metal.

The stock locks solidly into place, and the 4 adjustment positions are easy to activate. When closed, the stock relies on a small magnet to keep it closed which isn’t foolproof.

The lack of external sites is a let down at the price that the airsoft gun comes in at. 4 stars for its externals.

 

Internals

three star ratingThe Scorpion has an awesome auto cut off. Meaning, when the weapon has fired its last round it automatically powers down. This lets you know that it is time to reload. There can be zero confusion in the heat of the moment.

The battery fits in the front handguard, so you only have a little room for a battery. You are limited in battery size unless you want to wire it outside the gun. You may need to purchase an extra battery for longer games.

The internals include a reinforced gearbox, MIM steel gears, and a torque motor. It’s simply made to last.

The big problem here is the use of proprietary parts in  the gearbox. This means you are stuck at a stock gearbox, and can only swap it with ones made by ASG for the Scorpion. 3 stars for its internals.

 

 

 

Summary

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The ASG CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 receives a total vote of 4 out of 5 stars. ASG did a great job with the Scorpion. They faithfully replicated the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 to an impressive degree. This is an excellent SMG choice for airsoft players.

Pros

  • Incredibly ergonomic and lefty friendly
  • High quality internals
  • Lightweight
  • 4 firing modes
  • Excellent looks, has authentic roll marks

Cons

  • Stuck with proprietary gearbox
  • Easy to drop parts when swapping battery which is a pain while playing
  • Small battery
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Travis Pike
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes

1 COMMENT

  1. The gearbox internal is compatible with Version 2 internals, so you are able to upgrade it. The gearbox shell is the only proprietary part on the inside. You should change your description and rating

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