March 17, 2023
By Jack Oller, Digital Editor
I purchased a CZ-USA Scorpion 3+ Micro Pistol shortly after they were launched in 2022. I’ve always liked the Scorpion EVO platform, but the new 3+ line of Scorpions is everything the EVO line should be and then some. Most of the improvements are ergonomic in nature, since the operation, reliability and function are great in the older EVO line. The modern 3+ Micro boasts upgraded controls similar to the AR platform along with a new, sleek M-LOK handguard, and the new grip is outstanding, too. It’s accurate, reliable, fun, and once I convert it to an SBR and install a stock, it will be an excellent home-defense gun. Truly, I could only find one fault in the gun — the trigger.
No gun is ever perfect, though, so I turned to Timney for the final piece of this gun and upgraded the factory trigger with a brand-new Timney V2 Drop-in trigger system. To say the difference is night and day is an understatement. According to my Wheeler Professional Digital Trigger Gauge, the factory trigger pull was 5 pounds, 1.6 ounces over 10 pulls. I found the trigger to be on the mashy side, too, so it’s a rough 5-pound pull. Some might ask why not put a nicer trigger into a new gun during development, and it’s a fair question. There are two parts to that answer. Firstly, there is the cost. A premium trigger can run up the cost quickly for a gun manufacturer, pricing themselves out of their target audience. Second, trigger preference is highly subjective. Even when companies go the extra mile to build their own premium trigger, they’re often replaced anyway by the end-user. The aftermarket trigger space is quite large with good reason; everyone has a favorite.
So, I don’t get worked up at the thought of replacing a trigger, especially when a drop-in trigger takes all of five minutes to install at any skill level. Timney has introduced the new Scorpion triggers at a great time, too. The new Scorpions have turned a lot of heads, but they also have people looking at the older EVO models again. The new triggers are compatible with the new line of 3+ Scorpions, and they also work with the older EVO models. New or old, there are a lot of Scorpions out there that will benefit from a trigger upgrade.
When it comes to precision machining metal, Timney sets the gold standard, and they assemble each trigger by hand and test and calibrate them before they can ship. The hammer has even been NP-3 treated for maximum lubricity. An NP-3 coating is a unique metal finish that is particularly effective for internal moving parts, especially intricate parts found in a drop-in trigger. The finish essentially works as a lubricant to keep the metal surfaces that rub together from wearing out without the need for actual liquid lubricant. It makes the operation smoother and helps prevent corrosion.
The trigger ships with the 3- to 3.5-pound spring installed, so you’ll have to swap to the heavier 5+ pound spring if that’s your preference. The directions are incredibly easy to follow, and they have clear pictures along with the written directions. With just a few loosened screws, it took no more than five minutes to make the swap. With the first function test after installation, I couldn’t help but laugh at how much better it felt. It was crisp! The reset was substantially shorter, and the entire operation was much smoother. Like I said, it’s night and day difference.
New Pull Weight
The next 10 pulls on my trigger gauge put the new pull weight at 3 pounds, 1.1 ounces. That’s exactly where I like my triggers for rifles, carbines, PCCs, etc. It’s a light but still safe for general use. With a white light on the accessory rail, a red-dot sight on top and a new Timney trigger, the CZ Scorpion 3+ Micro is a badass CQB platform. As a cherry on top of their quality and performance, Timney backs up their triggers with a No Hassle Lifetime Warranty. It’s hard to beat that. MSRP on the Timny V2 Drop-in trigger for the CZ-USA Scorpion is $250. That’s about middle of the road for Timney triggers, and it’s worth every penny. Whether you have an OG CZ Scorpion EVO or something from the new 3+ line, the aftermarket for the Scorpion just got even better.
About the Author
Jack Oller is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Military Police with one deployment to the Camp VI Detention Facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has extensive firearms training from military and civilian schools and is a passoniate shotgun shooter and hunter. Jack has an English degree from Illinois State Univerity, and he started his career in the outdoor industry as Associate Editor for Guns & Ammo magazine. After Gun & Ammo, he worked as Brand Manager for Crimson Trace and now is the Digital Editor for Firearms News.
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