Scorpio EM332A 22LR Evaluate | The Looking Gear Man

Norinco EM322

The Scorpio EM332A is a Chinese language manufactured, bolt motion 22LR. The motion itself relies on the Anschutz 54, so accuracy might doubtlessly be excellent. Actually, the 322 motion is similar as that on the Norinco NS522 that I noticed wonderful accuracy out of. So, is the Scorpio EM332A an effective way to get wonderful accuracy out of a reasonable bolt motion 22? And is it extra correct than the favourite worth priced bolt motion 22LR, the Savage MkII?

A brand new NS522? From the serial quantity and high quality checks placard that got here on the Scorpio, it appears to be like prefer it was manufactured in 2016. My Norinco 522 is difficult to inform, however we all know these rifles have been initially manufactured for the US within the mid-90’s when the Chinese language arms ban occurred.

Scorpio 332A Specs

  • 2.67kg (5.9 lbs) on my scale
  • 20″ barrel, not as thick because the 522, nevertheless it’s nonetheless hammer solid
  • 10 spherical journal
  • Receiver grooved for 11mm dovetail (some 3/eight rings or bases may match)
  • Plastic thumbhole inventory

Capturing the Scorpio EM332A

Capturing the Scorpio is pleasurable once you’re on the bench, and taking pictures for small teams. The tight bolt turn-in, crisp set off, and excellent accuracy add as much as a unbelievable bench expertise. For fundamental plinking, operating the bolt is a little bit of a chore, and the protection isn’t very usable as a result of it’s to date out of your firing hand. The bolt deal with hides contained in the inventory and the bolt knob hugs the inventory very carefully. The journal launch is healthier than some 22’s, however that’s not saying a lot. A minimum of you’ll be able to activate the discharge and pull the magazine out with the identical hand.

Set off

The set off mechanism itself is great: providing no creep and a 4lb set off pull. That set off pull weight will be lowered with use of lighter set off return springs, identical to I did on my NS522.

Iron Sights

The iron sights on the Scorpio are tall, metal, and the rear sight is adjustable. In 2019, a fiber optic entrance sight can be good, however this can be a funds rifle so I think about they simply use what they’ve at hand. The larger disappointment is the rear sight changes: they use a flat blade screw for windage and a Philips for elevation. What’s up with that? With the entrance sight utilizing “wing” model screws, you’ll want a fairly full screwdriver set to drag off the sights. That every one stated, the rifle does include usable iron sights. They’re tall and peculiar trying, however nonetheless usable.

The dovetail rail on the highest of the rail allows you to mount a scope, however there’s not a lot adjustment backwards and forwards out there and it’d be good if it supplied Weaver or a size of Picatinny rail mount possibility on prime as a result of there are extra scope mounting choices out there for these at most looking outlets. That stated, it’s $170-$199, so we now have to simply accept some compromises.


I’m not too loopy concerning the thumbhole inventory on the Scorpio 322, however I just like the grippy textures on the forend and pistol grip. The agency rubberized butt hangs on to your shoulder properly. The metal sling swivels are good to see in a market the place plastic sling swivels or no sling swivels included are extra widespread. The cheek relaxation could possibly be larger for my style: it’s low even for the iron sights and actually low for scopes. You will have a cheek riser of some type to get cheek relaxation when utilizing a scope. However, the inventory is light-weight.


With a decent Anschutz 54 model motion, the rifle is already on step one in direction of being correct and repeatable. The barrel can be speculated to be rotary hammer solid, although the spiraling on the surface of the barrel is gone as a result of the barrel was turned down afterwards.

This rifle didn’t give me nice accuracy out of the field, however after operating by about 100 rounds, it began printing them inside about 0.5-.75″ at 50, and doing so very constantly.

Scorpio EM332A Execs

  • Low value: $169-199
  • Improbable set off out of the field: no creep, 4lb set off out of the field: simply tunable if you need lighter
  • All of the accuracy you’d want out of a rimfire rifle at this pricepoint
  • Very grippy inventory that options metal sling studs


  • The bolt knob is small and really tight to the inventory, so it’s troublesome to seize
  • Set off travels too far, wants overtravel adjustment
  • Magazine match was fairly tight on mine. This may be improved by sanding proud edges on the magazine clean
  • 2 completely different types of screws used on the adjustable rear sight. WTF have been they smoking on the manufacturing facility?
  • Very troublesome to search out mags and components
  • A thumbhole inventory is foolish for a rifle with a security on the left of the receiver
  • Very shallow crown on the muzzle that might be simply broken
  • Inventory cheek relaxation is made to be used with the irons. It ought to be larger so you will get near scope peak
  • I hate dovetail rails and like weaver or picatinny mounts

Is it higher than a Savage Mk II?

That is the actual query. The Norinco NS522’s at $199 are lengthy gone, in order that they’re not an possibility anymore however are the Scorpio EM332A’s higher than a Savage Mk II? At $289, a Savage Mk II is 50% costlier than the Scorpio EM332A however they arrive with some enormous benefits. They’ve established components and aftermarket, there are many fashions fashions with heavy barrels, common, and a mess of shares.

Actually, it’s arduous to match the EM332A to a Savage Mk II as a result of the Scorpio is half the value. That $150 might go into getting a greater scope or extra ammo. Despite the fact that the Scorpio could be very fairly priced, I feel it makes for a poor newbie’s rimfire rifle. It’s not as straightforward to make use of as a Savage Mk II or a Ruger 10/22, and I’d really feel dangerous giving a uncooked newbie a rifle with tight bolt flip in, tight magwell, and sharp checkering. If you have already got a semi auto 22 and also you desire a extra correct bolt motion 22 for CHEAP, the Scorpio EM332A may match the invoice.


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