Czechpoint VZ. 61 Scorpion .32 ACP Handgun Review

Cold War’s SMG launches its assault on the US markets with the Czechpoint VZ. 61 Scorpion .32 ACP handgun!

The D-Technik Samopal Vzor 1961—Submachine gun Model 1961 (Sa Vz. 61) design dates to the late 1950s at the height of the Cold War. Although the Czech’s were part of the Soviet-dominated Warsaw Pact, they marched to the tune of their own drummer as far as small arms design was concerned, exemplified by the Sa Vz. 58 rifle and the Sa Vz. 61 “Scorpion” pistol. The original Vz. 61 was a compact submachine gun intended for non-infantry personnel to use for personal defense. While the Scorpion’s .32 ACP cartridge isn’t currently considered a particularly effective defense load by most, at the time it was in development there were many .32 ACP pistols in production and in use by military and law enforcement, particularly for the European market. The Czech Interior Ministry standardized the .32 ACP, so it was only natural that a weapon would be designed around the standard cartridge.

Although not widely known in the US, the Scorpion was adopted by a number of non-Warsaw Pact countries, including Egypt, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Serbia and Yugoslavia, which acquired rights to produce the Scorpion and manufactured an identical submachine gun designated Model 84. Scorpions were designed in several other calibers, including .380 ACP (9x17mm), 9x18mm Makarov and 9mm (9x19mm), although the only version manufactured was the .32 ACP variant. Because of its compact size, the Scorpion was also a favorite of special operations forces.

Czechpoint has direct links to D-Technik in the Czech Republic and is the sole importer and distributor of D-Technik products in the United States. In addition to Vz. 58 and Vz. 61 firearms and accessories, Czechpoint carries a full line of repair parts and offers technical support for all products they import. Czechpoint is also establishing a nationwide distribution system for D-Technik products and is the single point of contact regarding all things related to D-Technik for dealers, distributors, and individual consumers as well.

Czechpoint has a unique dealer support system. CzechPoint will ship a Vz. 58 and/or Scorpion as a “demo models” to approved dealers at no charge for display in the gun store. When a customer decides to buy a Czechpoint firearm, the dealer can sell the “demo model” to the customer. Only after the dealer receives customer payment for the “demo model” does the dealer send payment (dealer price) to Czechpoint. Upon receipt of payment, Czechpoint ships a replacement “demo model” to the gun store. Or, the dealer can direct the customer to purchase the gun directly from Czechpoint and have it shipped to the dealer. Included with the customer’s gun is a commission check made payable to the dealer for completing the transaction. The commission check also serves as payment for the transfer so the customer pays nothing at the gun store.

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  • Victor F.

    I have the gun it works great but don’t use 71 grain my Scorpion ripped the bullet apart because the bullet did not go off, 71 grain jams a lot.

  • Josh

    Your statement regarding needing a class 3 license to own a Short Barreled Rifle, or even a machine gun for that matter, is incorrect. SBR’s and post-86 or “transferrable” machine guns require nothing more than an approved ATF Form 4,providing there are no further laws restricting ownership in your state of residence (at this time, approximately 40 states allow machine guns). In the case of SBR’ing a semi-auto skorpion pistol like the one in your article, an individual must submit a Form 1 to the ATF and have the approved copy in hand prior to the conversion. For more information regarding the legal ownership of machine guns, SBR’s, and other Title II firearms you can refer to the NFA section of the BATF’s website: http://www.atf.gov/firearms/nfa/
    There is a lot of mis-information out there regarding NFA items and it is disappointing to see a major publication contributing to this. Please do your research in the future.

    P.S. If you have made corrections to your article you may want to post a link or edit the information.