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Sa vz. 61 Skorpion

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The Škorpion ("Scorpio") is a compact Czech submachine gun/machine pistol manufactured by Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod and used by law enforcement agencies and military forces since the 1960s. Originally created by Miroslav Rybář in 1959 as the Š-59, it was adopted in 1961 as the Samopal vzor 61, and launched into mass production in 1963. Although it was developed for security forces, it was also adopted by the Czechoslovak army as a personal defense weapon for personnel of lower military ranks, drivers of vehicles, armored personnel carriers, and special forces. The incredible compactness and ergonomics of the weapon, coupled with its extreme controllability even with full-auto fire, made it popular and desirable. The Škorpion has been widely imported and used all over the world; while it has been accepted by a number of law enforcement agencies and military forces, it has also become notorious in light of its similar popularity among terrorists, most notably the Irish Republican Army and Italian Red Brigades.

A separate highlight is its use in the USSR; while it was never been officially adopted, there is repeated evidence of its use for special purposes, including use by special forces of the KGB and MIA, VIP guards, and service in the security of strategic facilities. While the standard .32 caliber version was mainly used, there are claims that the 9x18mm version was also used.


(1961 - Present)

Type: Submachine-gun/Machine Pistol (Arguments favoring both have been made)

Caliber: .32 ACP (vz. 61, vz. 91S, vz. 61 Pistol), .380 ACP (ZB vz. 64, vz. 83, vz. 91S, vz. 61 Pistol), 9x18mm Makarov (ZB vz. 65, vz. 82, vz. 91S, vz. 61 Pistol), 9x19mm Luger/Parabellum (ZB vz. 68, Sa 361), .22 LR (vz. 61 Pistol)

Capacity: .32 ACP, .22 LR: 10, 20-round box magazines; .380 ACP, 9x18mm: 12, 24, 30-round box magazines; 9x19mm: 10, 20, 30-round box magazines

Fire Modes: Full-Auto and Semi Auto (vz. 61 and other military variants), Semi Auto only (CZ 91 S aka vz. 91S, Sa vz. 61 Pistol, and other civilian variants)

The Sa vz. 61 Skorpion and variants have been used in the following films, television series, video games, and anime by the following actors:

Sa vz. 61 Škorpion

Sa vz. 61 Škorpion - .32 ACP
Sa vz. 61 Škorpion with 10 round magazine and stock extended - .32 ACP
CZ vz. 61 E / Yugoslavian M84 distinguishable by its black pistol grip - .32 ACP
D-Technik Sa vz. 61 sporting pistol - .32 ACP. Essentially a semi-automatic civilian copy of the Skorpion, imported into the United States from the Czech Republic, this gun also fell victim to the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban.

The Sa vz. 61 (Samopal vzor 61, "submachine gun model 1961") Škorpion is a Czechoslovak machine pistol. The weapon was also license produced in Yugoslavia as the M84.


Title Actor Character Notation Date
The Vengeance of the Winged Serpent (La vengeance du serpent à plumes) Philippe Khorsand Ratoff 1984
Who's That Soldier? (Copak je to za vojáka?) Ivo Helikar Sgt. Honza Dostál 1988
La Femme Nikita police officer 1990
Freejack Mercenaries 1992
Rage and Honor II Fake terrorists 1993
Detonator II: Night Watch Kay Siu Lim Mao Yixin 1995
Pierce Brosnan Mike Graham
Executive Decision David Suchet Nagi Hassan 1996
The Long Kiss Goodnight Geena Davis Charlene Elizabeth "Charly" Baltimore 1996
Cat's Eye King's soldiers 1997
Face/Off Alessandro Nivola Pollux Troy 1997
Ronin Various actors Bodyguards 1998
Half a Chance 1998
Jane Austen's Mafia! Deep Roy Small Hitman CZ Vz. 61 E, suppressed 1998
Commander Hamilton Andrey Smolyakov Barabanov 1998
Boondock Saints On the wall, near the door, in the armory 1999
There Once Was a Cop III: Major Maisner a Dancing Dragon A porter 1999
Virus Joanna Pacula Nadia 1999
The Matrix Keanu Reeves Neo custom-built with with barrel shrouds and 30-round magazines; dual-wielded 1999
The Point Men Terorists with 10 round magazine and stock extended 2001
Lion's Share (Lvinaya dolya) Simonov's henchmen 2001
Blade II Leonor Varela Nyssa Usually dual-wielded 2002
I Spy Various actors Gundars' henchmen 2002
xXx Richy Müller Milan Sova 2002
Equilibrium Various actors Resistance Members 2002
Lone Hero A biker 2002
Antikiller Criminals, SOBR personnel 2002
The Matrix Revolutions Merovingian's henchman 2003
District B13 (Banlieue 13) Various actors B13 gang member 2004
Various actors Montoyas' men
Smokin' Aces Tommy Flanagan Lazlo Soot with custom two-tone finish 2007
The Black Madonna Birthe Neumann Risberg 2007
Get Smart Steve Carell Agent 86 2008
Anne Hathaway Agent 99
Krstic's Security Guards
The Dark Knight Various actors Joker's gang 2008
Various actors Scarecrow's men
Body of Lies Leonardo DiCaprio Agent Roger Ferris 2008
Wanted Angelina Jolie Fox 2008
District 13: Ultimatum (Banlieue 13: Ultimatum) 2009
A Prophet Adel Bencherif Ryad 2009
Defendor Criminal 2009
Jerry Cotton Random criminals 2010
Outrage Henchman 2010
21 Jump Street Dominic 'Taz' Alexander One-Percenter #4 - Lukas 2012
Resident Evil: Retribution Sienna Guillory Jill Valentine Model 61(i) 2012
Seven Psychopaths Amanda Mason Warren Maggie 2012
Taken 2 Goon 2012
The Courier 2012
This Means War Chris Pine FDR alternate scene 2012
Battleground 2012
009-1: The End of the Beginning Shizuka Midorikawa Butterfly 2013
Snowpiercer Chris Evans Curtis 2013
Alison Pill Teacher
Red 2 Anthony Hopkins Dr. Edward Bailey Sa. Vz.61 Skorpian 2013
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan The Winter Soldier 2014
The Equalizer Andri's henchman 2014
Denzel Washington Robert McCall
Psychos Spetsnaz Yugoslavian made 2015
Gangster Ka Assassin 2015
7 Days in Entebbe Palestinian Hijackers CZ Vz. 61 E 2018
Black Widow seen in arsenal 2021


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Dempsey and Makepeace Various terrorist 1985-1986
Gaby Dellal Leila "Blood Money" (S02E06)
Bergerac Israeli commandos Suppressed; "The Sin of Forgiveness" (S06E05) 1988
Bergerac Seen in Hapgood's gun collection; "The Assassin" (S09E09) 1991
Nestor Burma - Season 2 Kemal's friend "Un croque-mort nommé Nestor" (S2E5) 1993
Kommissar Rex - Season 1 Grzegorz Emanuel Kaschinski "Tanz auf dem Vulkan" 1994
Henryk Nolewajka Borek "Tanz auf dem Vulkan"
Medicopter 117 - Jedes Leben zählt - Season 1 Thure Riefenstein Paul Tamroff second episode 1998
JAG Russian Secret Service "Hemlock" 1995-2005
The Shining Path members "War Cries"
Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei Thugs and Terrorists 1996-????
Stargate SG-1 Alien Museum security personnel "Bad Guys" 2007
Ultimate Force Various terrorists Ep 3.1 "Deadlier than the male" 2005
Ultimate Force Jalaal Hartley Alan Eastwood Ep 3.1 "Deadlier than the male" 2005
Julie Lescaut Krilof's henchmen "L'orphelin" (S14E02) 2004
Battlestar Galactica Katee Sackhoff Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace Dual-wielded 2004-2009
The Unit South African terrorists 2006-2009
Iranian Embassy guard "Security"
Michael Irby Sgt. Charles Grey "Sudden Flight"
CSI Andel (Kriminálka Andel) - Season 1 Police officer "Záchvěv lidskosti" (S1E01) 2008
Romanzo criminale - La serie - Season 1 Francesco Montanari Libanese 2008-2009
NCIS David Dayan Fisher Trent Kort "Dead reconing" 2009
Survivors Security guards 2009-2010
Supernatural - Season 7 Jensen Ackles Leviathan Dean Pistol / "Slash Fiction" (S07E06) 2011
Crossing Lines Russian mobster 2013
Clona Dyml's henchman "Práskac" (S1E5) 2014
Specialists (Specialisté) David Prachar Mjr. Pavel Vondráček "Útěk podle jízdního řádu" (S1E01) 2017
Leos Noha Vojta Pokorný
Wynonna Earp Revenant "Bury Me With My Guns On" 2016
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier M84; "New World Order" (S1E01) 2021
The Continental: From the World of John Wick Bowery member "Loyalty to the Master" (S1E02) 2023
Nhung Kate Yen "Theater of Pain" (S1E03)

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
GoldenEye 007 Klobb With 20-round magazine originally called the "Spyder", can be dual-wielded 1997
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear 1999
S.W.A.T. 3: Close Quarters Battle used by hostile NPCs 1999
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear usable in MP only 1999
Perfect Dark KLO 1313 can be dual-wielded 2000
Fallout Tactics Scorpio 2001
Operation Flashpoint Only available in the Resistance expansion pack 2001
America's Army Non-player weapon 2002
Conflict: Desert Storm 2002
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield CZ-61 w/ variety of accessories 2003
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater laser dot sight 2004
Vietcong 2 2005
Project Reality fitted with 20-round mag 2005
Chameleon 2005
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories 2006
The Suffering: Ties That Bind dual-wield 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms As the "Skorpion vz 61" 2007
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Skorpion 2007
Cross Fire "Dual Scorpion VZ.61" dual-wielded 2007
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Skorpion Only available via console commands 2009
Combat Arms Skorpion can have various upgrades Two-tone version available 2008
Wet 2009
Resident Evil 5 VZ61 laser pointer Can be upgraded to hold 300 rounds, 50 in the PAL version 2009
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Desert Spider Appears larger than actually is 2010
Splinter Cell: Conviction not usable 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops Various upgrades folding stock removed 2010
Counter-Strike Online Kart Blue
Kart Red
Heavily modified 2010
Project Reality: Vietnam With 20-round magazine 2012
Far Cry 3 Skorpion 2012
007: Legends 2012
Payday 2 "Cobra" Added in Hotline Miami DLC (2014) 2013
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Skorpion VZ 61 suppressor, 10 or 20-rounded magazines 2014
Squad Vz. 61 Skorpion 2015
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades VZ61 2016
Mafia III 2016
Ghost Recon: Wildlands 2017
Black Squad Skorpion stock unfolded 2017
Far Cry 5 Skorpion 2018
Vigor Skorpion 2018
Call to Arms Sa vz. 61 Škorpion 2018
Far Cry New Dawn Skorpion 2019
Far Cry 6 Skorpion 2021
Military Conflict: Vietnam 2022
Marauders (video game) "VZ Klobb" Incorrect 24-round mag, stock folded Incorrectly chambered in 9mm, erroneous 3-round burst 2022


Film/Television Title Character Notation Date
Heartwork: Love Guns Yakuza thug 2003
Yukari Morikawa
Burn-Up Scramble 2004
Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex Marcelo Jarti 2002-2003
A robber
NSS Agents used to plant evidence
Gunslinger Girl Padania Terrorists 2003
Gungrave Orcmen members 2003-2004
Milleninum members
Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd GIG Individual Eleven members 2004-2005
Dejima Uprising refugees
The Strange Case Files of Ryoko Yakushiji Mercenaries 2008
Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino Franco 2008
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky 2010
Witch of Steel - Annerose Vigilant "Punishment of the Witch: Witchpunish" (E3) 2012
Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3 Yura Yamato Airsoft 2013
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion Homura Akemi 2013
Sword Art Online II Player 2014

Sa vz. 82 Skorpion

Sa vz. 82 Skorpion with spare magazines - 9x18mm Makarov

The 9x18mm model vz. 82 is denoted by its straight magazine, unlike the curved magazine of the .32 ACP vz. 61 Skorpion. The first version of the prototype also featured a two-piece extendable telescopic stock (which was supposed to help with the original's short length), but this feature was never adopted. Note: this weapon was never produced in large quantities (despite statements in some sources that it replaced vz. 61 in the service), therefore, the variants available for appearance in live-action media will likely be civilian semi-auto (initially) versions, such as the vz. 91S and vz. 61 Pistol.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Splinter Cell unusable 2002
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Vz 83 Visible laser sight Labelled as Vz 83 but shown firing 9x18mm Makarov rather than .380 ACP 2008
7.62 High Calibre w/ various attachments 2008
Grand Theft Auto V Mini SMG 2013


Film/Television Title Character Notation Date
Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought There Chinese MSS Operators Suppressed 2015

Sa vz. 83 Skorpion

Sa vz. 83 Skorpion with 30-round magazine - .380 ACP

The Sa vz. 83 is a Skorpion chambered for .380 ACP. Also uses straight magazines. Note: this weapon was never produced in large quantities, therefore, the variants available for appearance in live-action media will likely be civilian semi-auto (initially) versions, such as the vz. 91S and vz. 61 Pistol.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 Skorpion VZ83 w/ various attachments modeled w/ 20-round magazines but holds 30 rounds 2008
Warface Metasoma 83 (Warface West) 2012

CZ Sa 361 Skorpion

CZ Sa 361 Skorpion - 9x19mm

The Sa 361 is a modernized version of the experimental 9x19mm ZB vz. 68 Skorpion. Originally known as the CZ Škorpion 9x19, it was introduced in 1999. But, it was never put into mass production, because it could not find customers, and until 2004 the plant only produced 85 of these submachine guns. Further attempts led to the improved CZ 868 (also known as the XCZ 868) prototype in 2005, but in the end it was decided to develop a fundamentally new submachine gun chambered for 9x19mm, which led to the CZ Scorpion Evo 3.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Splinter Cell: Conviction "Skorpion" Can be upgraded with a better stock for improved accuracy, a reflex sight, and hollow point ammunition has an old Bakelite pistol grip 2010

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