Intratec .22 Scorpion Opinions


June 28, 2003, 11:22 PM
I am thinking about purchasing one of these, but I've never seen anything on them, good nor bad. Can someone give me some insight? I don't know why I even want it, but heck, just another fun gun makes good enough reason...


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June 28, 2003, 11:34 PM
I vaguely remember something about the early model Tec-22 Scorpion having a defect that allowed them to go full auto. From what I remember, they also had a reputation of FTF.

June 28, 2003, 11:37 PM
Easily going full-auto, eh? Doesn't sound like too much of a problem to me... :D

Tropical Z
June 29, 2003, 12:58 AM
I once had the misfortune of owning an Intratec Sport 22 that suffered from FTDE's.
Failure to do EVERYTHING!
I was glad to see it go.:barf:

June 29, 2003, 02:17 PM
There were (are) fun little guns. I had one of the early ones that would go full auto or three round burst at times. Just wouldn't do it when I wanted it to, dang it.;) After sending it back on the recall it was a fun little gun. Mine would shoot just about anything and was surprisingly accurate. It will accept Ruger 10/22 mags so a 50 shot .22 pistol was fun. I was hurtin for cash and let it go for far below what it was worth. If you can find one reasonable and some 25 or 50 round mags for it, do it.

June 29, 2003, 05:17 PM
I used one, never again. Looks cool though.

9 m&m
February 23, 2004, 07:07 PM
VERRRRRYYYY coooool gun!!!! It will not feed the cheap bulk packs like you buy at wally world but feeds any hyper velocity OR cci mini mags flawlessly!!!:D

Badger Arms
February 23, 2004, 07:45 PM
Ruger would do good just to 'pistolize' their 10/22 and you'd have a gun that was 1,000 times more reliable.

These guns had plastic ejectors. Yeah, read that again, this gun had a plastic ejector! The materials used to make the gun were so soft that after a few hundred rounds, you'd have galling, rolled over metal, and all kinds of bad stuff. My opinion: Each and every one was unsafe to shoot like most of Intratec's products. I will say that I enjoy my AB-10 for the price.

April 3, 2006, 01:53 AM
I have a tec 22 scorpion and it's my favorite pistol in the stable. It does accept ruger 10/22 mags and is a ton of fun, shoots straight and is cheap to shoot. As a machinist, I even have fun items for the threaded barrel, stricly cosmetic as I am truly a law abiding citizen. I need a new firing pin and spring at the moment, but I have fired well over ten thousands rounds through it rapdly, so whattya want? I have two ab-10's and a tec 9, and they don't compare to the scorpion. bottom line. lots of fun for plinking around and easy to clean. never had a ftf issue with mine, just keep it clean and slick.

April 3, 2006, 01:57 AM
can anyone post a link where i can order a firing pin and spring, my searches are coming up empty.

thanks in advance, dave

3 weelin geezer
April 3, 2006, 10:28 AM
I have 2 of those. One is a preban with the threaded muzzle. The other one I tried to stick a scope rail and warped the cover. I find that both of them are pos's but I guess its because of the :uhoh: ammo:uhoh: eh?? Why is that? It fails to load just about every time first time. The older one worked before but now they both do the same thing. Still, if one of them wants to go full auto I would keep it just the way it is because someday someone will come looking for one in original condition with flaws and all and it will be worth a lot more I think . Kinda like the old rugers. Actually the second (postban) one that I got was that I bid on it and actually won it. Didn't really need it though. How many of you who got yours to work tried to bumpfire it like in that hell fire video (with or without that spring)? Its a cool little gun I would dare say fits the definition of a so called 'saturday night special'. Special Ed maybe. Nice to have over the mantle though as a dust collector. As for the firing pin spring, here is an auction for one if you are interested:

M2 Carbine
April 3, 2006, 11:06 AM
I had a pre ban.
It was finicky about the magazines.
Would randomly fire 2 rounds.
Failed to extract and eject often.
Worst thing it would fire with the case not seated and blow the magazine out of the magazine well and spray brass out the ejection port.
Mine burned in a fire and I was glad to get rid of it.

I also had a Tec 9 that would go FA. I don't know how that company stays in business.

3 weelin geezer
April 3, 2006, 11:25 AM
You didn't by any chance save the cover off that tec 22 somewhere in your junk box did you ? What ya mean talking all bad about that gangsta gun? Its supposed to go full auto real easy I hear and thats why its the 'weapon of choice' for all the gangsta's. But then again so are the little .25 pocket pistols and the uzi's and steyr rifles and....... or so they say. Ya sell it already? I have a grendel p10 that is a pos that I left laying around at the shooting spot. Its still there. right where I left it last year behind some grass .

April 3, 2006, 01:35 PM
I also had a Tec 9 that would go FA. I don't know how that company stays in business.

Last I checked, they didn't. Isn't Intratec closed and buried these days?

April 3, 2006, 01:48 PM
Co-worker received one --> Firing it when something like this: POP - JAM - POP - JAM

After a few minutes of this, "Screw this... get me my Russian SKS"...

April 3, 2006, 05:03 PM
I also had one of these "guns". I had the Tec-22 and the Tec-9 (actually AB-10 is what I had). They were two of the worst guns I have ever owned. I will say that the Tec-22 was slightly worse only because of the cheaper build quality if that is even possible.

My Tec-22 started off almost working. I could get through almost a full 30rd mag with only 2-3 jams. The next range outing was more like two or three and then a jam. The next time I went to the range, it was a single shot. The next time, it was a no shot. I may have got 500rds total before parts started to break. I went though the parts ording thing and spent about $50 but the parts didn't fit quite right and it never worked after that. I spent a lot of time and money trying to get it shoot and in the end, I couldn't do it. I have been able to get almost every other non-workign gun I have had to work after doing some work to it but not this one. There were deep problems with this gun that had to do with soft metal and the cheap plastic it was made out of. I had parts break and parts wear out in only a few hundred rounds.

I give it high marks for the idea behind it. A cool looking semi-auto pistol that takes 30rd 10-22 mags is still a good idea but anything made by Intratec is junk. The AB-10 was a jam-o-matic as well. It was also totaly inaccurate due to a bore diameter of about .40 cal even though it was a 9mm.:banghead:

April 3, 2006, 10:10 PM
hey, the auction is over, any other leads?

Tropical Z
April 4, 2006, 05:22 PM
Intratec .22 Scorpion Opinions
:barf: One of the worst guns I ever owned.Dang,I didn't realize how old this thread was!

April 2, 2007, 02:23 PM
I have one of these and it is a fun gun. I did have feed and eject problems until I futzed with the non-existant feed ramp. Now it has one. Still wants to ram home on empty cases before they clear the ejector; sometimes after 2 or 3 rounds, sometimes after 10 or 15. Any ideas??:confused:

April 4, 2007, 12:49 AM
I have two tec 22's. They are fun to shoot when they are working. I can usually keep one up and running. The firing pins, more of a plate, are really prone to breaking. Expensive now to replace. I forget where I got them from, but they weren't cheap. About 27 a piece. I have two more of them that I am hanging onto. If you are really wanting a pistol of this nature, I think the money would be better spent buying a volquartsen cheatah. I looked at doing a build up, but no one has the 10/22 receivers for sale registered as a pistol. I even spoke with some people at volquartsen, and they are considering adding one to their line of products. I know I could buy a "virgin" receiver and build, but that is kind of on a slippery ground in my opinion. I suppose the other option is registering a 10/22 as an AOW, then chop it down. Which would probably be the cheapest way to go in the long run.

Found where the parts are....

May 1, 2007, 11:36 PM
I took mine to the range today and started with the standard operating procedure for this fine piece...

Pull bolt back shake out crushed shell
Pull bolt back shake out crushed shell

This has been happening on every trip to the range. Not one to give up, I've set out to figure out how to get this *!$ feeding properly.

I tried re-inserting the mag, wiggling the mag, applying pressure with my hand on the mag, but those things didn't help. The bolt either smashed the spent shell into the front of the receiver OR if it did eject the shell, it failed to feed the next round into the chamber. I did that 50 times on my first magazine.

Then after about 5 rounds into my second 50 round clip, I tried pulling the bolt back and holding it, then inserting and seating the magazine. Let the bolt go. And for the rest of the clip, not a single failure to feed or failure to eject.

Following the same loading procedure again on two more clips, one of which was the first one I was working with with all the jams, no problems.

I was using both RamLine current production 50 round clips and the original 30 round factory clip on the range today. I had given my Eagle 30 round clips to a friend. I may have to borrow those back to give this a try to see if they work.

If anyone is still reading this thread looking for ideas to get your classic hi-cap Tec-22 pistol working better, it worked for me for at least half of my range time today.... Would be interested to see if it works for anyone else. Maybe it was just dumb luck and my next trip to the range will be back to status quo again. Doesn't seem to be very much info out there on how to actually fix the FTF FTE problems.

May 2, 2007, 04:36 PM
If only the intertec would last as long as this post has.

March 9, 2010, 02:03 AM
Ladies Ladies Ladies... gather round... First off Intratec had a few different "series" of the Tec-22. The first being the scorpion edition which I own that has the word SCORPION on the side. Later as the years past on to 1991 the SCORPION was replaced with TEC-22 the difference being the ejecter pin and spring are of bigger dimensions than the original Scorpion. Also some small differences with hammer. Now, it is true that the only "reliable" magazine to feed your hungry little scorpion or tec-22 is the butler creek steel lip magazines. HOWEVER...... if you are so inclined there is a method that will cease the ejection problems i.e your in the middle of firing when low and behold an empty casing is jammed in the bolt :( Well the problem is when intratec made your gun they made the ejector rod, if you will, too small. If you pull the bolt out of the gun you will see a small piece of plastic protruding from the plastic housing that has your trigger and hammer parts in it. This piece protrudes toward the magazine well. This is what knocks the empty casing off the ejecter on the bolt face throwing it clear of the ejector port..... BUT since it is too small the casing is cast out too late causing JAMS not good unless some bread is handy. SOOOOO we take a 3/16 allen wrench and cut a straight piece to .620 of an inch. drill a 3/16 hole in the end of the plastic ejector, and drill almost through but stop just short, if you punch through your screwed. Now when I say drill in I mean the hole should face the hole your bullet goes in, its not rocket science... Now you only want .416 sticking out of the plastic. Once you have the correct measurement you will want to bend the allen wrench piece, take it out of the ejector to do this, so that it is up against the bolt where the plastic piece would be. I suggest taking the plastic insert out and putting the bolt on top so you can see where they line up, the hammer will have to be removed so you can set them on top of each other. Do NOT let the allen wrench drag on the bolt. NOW this only works right off for Butler Creek HOT LIPS magazines. For other magazines such as the Steel Lips you will have to take a dremel grinder and do the following..... open top, remove bolt, STARE at the allen protruding from ejector, while STARING stick your magazine in until it hits the allen wrench. This is where you need to take your grinder and grind where the wrench hits. Grind ONLY where the wrench hits until you can stick the magazine in WITHOUT moving the wrench. Take care in your grind as too much to the right will cause the bullets to no longer be held down. NOW the steel lips + the wrench = PERFECTION. Intratec simply made the ejector too short. Oh and as for bullets go the MINI MAG CCI are the best to load. However with the ejector problems fixed I have been able to feed the new federal semi auto load .22 LR MADE for reliable feeding(so the box says) with no problem and they are about $15 for 325 as opposed to $21 for 300 Mini mag.

March 9, 2010, 02:23 AM
Almost made it 3 whole years without someone dredging this thread up. Not sure if I should be insulted or complimented by being called a lady. Truth is, even if I were blessed enough to be a female I doubt I would ever be able to claim the title of "Lady".

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