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I’m a big fan of the Scorpion platform. It’s the right combination of an effective firearm, a clean and aggressive aesthetic and it’s a fairly affordable firearm. I own three of them, and I’m betting I’ll be owning a fourth by the end of this year. CZ has combined the CZ Scorpion that I love with the affordable rimfire .22 LR. My first impression of the rimfire Scorpion exceeded my expectations.

The Rimfire Scorpion – A Stealthy One

Typically, when we see a rimfire version of a popular firearm, it looks kind of chitzy and cheap. Lots of cheap plastic and polymer make the weapon feel and look cheap. When I hit CZ’s booth to find it, I was a bit lost.

I had to stop and read tags to figure out which one was the rimfire variant. It looks and even mostly feels like the 9mm Scorpion. The rimfire Scorpion takes after the rifle-length carbine design of the Scorpion. It is a full-sized rifle and has the look and controls of a standard rifle.

The rimfire Scorpion is a bit lighter than the 9mm version. Both are blowback-operated firearms, and the .22 LR needs a much lighter bolt than the 9mm model. The charging handle offers very little resistance.

The rimfire Scorpion gives you all the Scorpion features you know and love. This includes the awesome sights, the long optics rails, a big M-LOK, a handguard and almost entirely ambidextrous controls.

The trigger didn’t impress me, but no Scorpion trigger has ever impressed me. I don’t mind it too much, and it’s certainly not enough to dissuade a shooter from wanting one.

I think this could be a great training rifle or even a good competition rifle for something like a more casual Steel Challenge match. For me, it’s going to be a fun gun, and one I can’t wait to throw some lead down range with. The fact it’s light with a very easily adjustable stock also makes it a solid option for new shooters, including younger shooters.

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  1. That’s all very well and nice but doesn’t mean much here. The CZ75BD is extremely rare around these parts. Since the pandemic began, most CZ handguns have dwindled to nearly nothing as far as what gets stocked in the local stores.

    I doubt I will ever actually desire a 22lr Scorpion. I guess it has it’s place in life though.

  2. Paramilitary this and Tacticool that.
    What can this do that a Marlin Mod60 cannot.
    And I’m just guessing that Mod60 will be spitting bullets long after the Scorpion takes a swim on a frogs back.

  3. I can see the 9mm being of use however when it’s .22 rim there’s this 10/22 thingy that can be made to do everything but wash dishes.

  4. Snore.
    Give me big and bad Scorpion in +P .45ACP 200grn!
    Give me big and bad Scorpion in 10mm!
    Heck, give me Scorpion in 5.7×28!

  5. In the take over Colt was supposed to become CZ, but it is slowly becoming clear CZ is becoming Colt and this hints at disaster.

    They appear to be closing out the left handed all American Shotgun for about half off, so I bought one, but beyond that I have decided to swear off CZ until this mess sorts itself out if it ever does short of bankruptcy.

    • 7.62×25.
      There is a story about sturgeons working on the wounded during the Korean war. Story goes the doctors would see a purple entrance and tiny hole not thinking it was to traumatic, until they started the surgery. The bullet did a lot of internal damage. Supposedly a lot of GI’s perished on the fix him later list.

  6. as if the 9mm cz scorpion
    wasnt already overpriced enough
    for what its actually capable of
    vs how much it costs

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