By John Crump
I went into this review with a preconceived notion that I wouldn’t like the brace, but now I admit that I am a SB Tactical SBTEVO convert.
I really was torn whether to go through the NFA process to turn it into a short barreled rifle (SBR) or just keep it as a pistol. The wait times are 8 to 9 months for the ATF to issue a tax stamp, and that was off putting. In the end I decided to go through with the process, but wanted to get something in the meantime to help when shooting the Scorpion at the range.
I started looking around for a brace or stabilizer to use on my Scorpion. There are a lot of different braces and stabilizers out there, but one kept coming up during my research and through talking to people. That brace was the SB Tactical SBTEVO .
It seemed like a good choice. Everyone I talked to that owned the brace just raved about it.
I went ahead and ordered my SBTEVO from SB Tactical. When it arrived I couldn’t wait to get it on my Scorpion. In the package was the brace and a hex wrench which I assume was to help with the install process. Instead of reading the instructions I just looked up a video on youtube on how to install the brace.
SB Tactical SBTEVO Brace for CZ Scorpion EVO 3 Pistols
The SBTEVO was very easy to install on my Scorpion. All you have to do is depress a small button on the back of the Scorpion and the backplate simply slides off. Then you slide the brace on where the old backplate was in place. At this point the old backplate is no longer needed.
A lot of others braces and stabilizers for the Scorpion use an adaptor for the backplate that lets the user connect a buffer tube from an AR15. I am not a fan of these type of adapters. I don’t think they look as clean as braces such as the SBTEVO. I think it destroys the look of the Scorpion and I am very happy that SB Tactical did not go this route with the SBTEVO.
The SB Tactical SBTEVO Brace is very well built. It is sturdy as well.
If it was to be used as a stock it would hold up fine even though legally it can’t be used in that manner. I think that the SBTEVO is built intentionally that way incase the ATF reverses its stance on whether that braces can be shouldered or not. SB Tactical built a very solid brace that seems like it would stand up to the wear and tear of frequent use.
The SBTEVO tactical looks great on the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 pistol. I have always had an issue with the way braces looked installed on pistols. This is one of the reasons I have avoided them in the past but the SB Tactical design is a great mix of form and functionality. It isn’t too thick like past braces and isn’t too thin like some of the blade stabilizers on the market. It is the right mix to give it that stock look without the tax stamp wait.
The SBTEVO brace is also a side folder. When the brace is folded to the side it holds in place. I would have loved to have some sort of locking mechanism that locked the brace to the side, but the brace held in place pretty well regardless of not locking. It does lock when fully extended. When folded to the side I was still able to shoot the Scorpion, and the brace did not interfere with the trigger like some braces on the market.
Bracing the SB Tactical SBTEVO Brace against my cheek was easy to do and very comfortable. It gave me that third point of contact. With a 9mm the kick was negligible so follow up shots were no issue. The third point of contact made shooting the Scorpion pistol feel a lot more natural.
The SBTEVO brace did help my accuracy when shooting the Scorpion. I was able to put my rounds on target with the brace within a small pattern at 100 yards which was the max distance of the range that I was using for the test. I believe I could have been just as accurate at a longer distance if I was at a bigger range. Since shooting the Scorpion pistol without the brace felt unnatural I was only able to accomplish this feat at 45 yards without the brace on my firearm. The brace more than doubled my effective range with the Scorpion.
WARNING : the SB Tactical SBTEVO Brace is NOT a Stock
I was shooting with a friend, and I had to remind him not to shoulder the Scorpion with the SBTEVO. Since it feels natural to do so this is the biggest challenge for people who don’t shoot much when they shoot with the brace. New shooters and some old shooters are not aware of the murky rules set up by the ATF.
By shouldering the SBTEVO could make the Scorpion a SBR. I say could because the ATF is not too clear on this ruling. The ATF has also given conflicting answers on whether shouldering a brace would change a pistol to an SBR. Even people who do understand the rules are sometimes confused by this gray area in the ATF rule book. This is one thing I hope the ATF would clear up. For now I would say don’t shoulder it to be on the safe side.
As of this writing the SBTEVO is $249 which might be out of the reach of a lot of people. There cheaper options, but I didn’t feel those to be as nice or as practical as the SBTEVO made by SB Tactical. It is a lot of money, but it is a substantial upgrade to the CZ Scorpion that converts it to more than a toy.
I have to admit that I went into this review with a preconceived notion that I wouldn’t like the brace, but now I have to admit that I am a SBTEVO convert. If I didn’t already submit my paperwork for the tax stamp I would have saved the money and just stuck with the SBTEVO. If you own a CZ Scorpion Evo 3 pistol, and have the funds to get one I would highly recommend it. I love mine and don’t plan on getting rid of it anytime soon.
SB Tactical can be found at https://www.sb-tactical.com/
About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on the history of the patriot movement and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss or at www.crumpy.com.