As I’d list the location and functionality of the CZ Scorpion Evo’s factory magazine release as one of the gun’s great features, attempting to “upgrade” it hadn’t really occurred to me. Despite this, when I saw Gear Head Works‘ replacement unit I figured I’d give it a test drive in my ongoing quest to try out a bunch of aftermarket Scorp accessories. To my great surprise, the “fast paddle magazine release” crushed my low expectations and actually has succeeded in upgrading the factory unit . . .
First, the factory unit. It hugs both sides of the front of the trigger guard (fully ambidextrous), and releases the magazine when it’s pushed forwards towards the mag. The mag release swings on the roll pin you see just above it.
Pushing it forwards can be done with your trigger finger, but it’s best accomplished by pressing it with your support hand thumb while also grasping the magazine and stripping it out. The trigger finger thing doesn’t work so hot because, while the mag release is serrated, it’s also sculpted and tapered, making purchase suspect and the reach a bit of a stretch.
This is the first area of improvement on the Gear Head Works magazine release. The control surfaces on either side are now square — as in, perpendicular to the angle of travel, meaning you’re pushing it head-on. Changing this geometry increases grip and leverage.
Perhaps even more importantly, it’s much less of a stretch to push it all the way to the end of its travel, putting trigger finger-released magazines within reach of most shooters.
While it’s definitely nice to have that option, it still isn’t my preference. I really like reaching back and down (from the forend) with my support hand, grabbing the magazine with my thumb up and naturally depressing the mag release in that same action, and then stripping the magazine out on the way down to grab a new one.
Facilitating this is the addition of an MP5-esque paddle to the bottom of the magazine release. It’s a handy and effective thumb pad that’s extremely easy to find. Pushing the mag release from the sides up by the trigger guard still works fine, of course.
Like the sides, the bottom of the 6061 aluminum part is serrated for your pleasure. Machining and anodizing are both clean and well executed.
Parts fit is great, and installation was very straightforward.
The Gear Head Works Scorpion Fast Paddle Magazine Release is both well-made and well-designed. I truly wasn’t expecting this, but it’s a legitimate functional improvement over the factory magazine release.
Material: 6061 aluminum
Ratings (out of five stars):
Quality * * * * *
No flaws. Fits great. Functions properly.
Overall * * * * *
Necessary? No. Improvement? Oh yeah.