Flex Your Guns Photo Contest: Entry #5

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our fifth entry into the Flex Your Guns contest is this Skorpion VZ61 from B. R. Kurtz, author of Size Matters, a book about personal point defense weapons.

skorpion v61



This NFA registered Skorpion SBR is chambered in .32ACP. The conversion was done by Red Jacket Firearms and features an authentic folding stock. The 20-round magazine is shorter (but thicker) than a 1911 magazine, and while the entire pistol is a little bit larger than a 1911 it is still very small and much lighter than other SMGs. At approximately 2.8 pounds, it’s half the weight of my PPS-43C SBR and my .300 Blackout AR15 pistol.

According to Mr. Kurtz, shouldering the Skorpion is like shouldering an AR pistol. If you’re small chested and long-armed like me that might be acceptable, but he also recommends the Czech jaw / cheek weld technique.

skorpion v61 unfolded

Here’s what Mr. Kurtz has to say about shooting the Skorpion:

“OMG, it’s .32acp, that won’t stop a grandmother armed with a wooden spoon…”  Sure I’ve heard lot of those comments.  As you might guess recoil is non-existent, and while .32acp isn’t 10mm; the stock means FOUR points of contact and that equals stability.  Stability + zero recoil + 20 rnds = a nice large hole, with lots of options for zippering if necessary.

Makes some sense, and reminds me of the saying about the best caliber being shot placement.

Dammit, now I think I want one, too.

Keep Mr. Kurtz’s build in mind when we vote on the top submission on May 29, 2014. Don’t forget to check out his book “Size Matters” on SMGs, PDWs, SBRs and other firearms.

You can still enter!


  • At least one photo of your firearm. Send me photos of short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, point defense weapons, SMGs, AR pistols, or any type of firearm that would fit the theme of this blog.
  • Any details about it that you think other readers would find interesting, such as barrel length, important or unusual components, rarity, etc.
  • One reason you love it or hate it.
  • Email photos of your gun to [email protected]

Here are the contest details:

  • Make sure you’re signed up for my email list – and don’t forget to verify your account!!
  • I will choose the firearms to feature each Thursday by myself.
  • You can enter as many times as you want, but once your firearm is featured on a Thursday you can’t submit again for the same contest.
  • Once we hit 10 weeks, the readers (that’s you!) will vote on who wins out of the pre-selected firearms. My own submissions (f any) won’t count.
  • If your photo is chosen by the community you’ll have five business days to email me a picture of the firearm you submitted plus a piece of paper with your email address on it. This is very important to make sure the firearm is actually yours. Our friends in law enforcement may enter their unit’s firearms as long as they can provide the evidence linking their email address to their photo.
  • The contest will end on May 28, 2014.
  • Judging will start on May 29, 2014 and close at 11:59PM CDT June 4, 2014.
  • Winners will get their gift card via email, so make sure you send me your photos from a valid email account that is also on my email list!

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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