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NOTE: This article is about Sa-61 Scorpion SMGs featured in the main ArmA games. For Czechoslovakian Sa-61s in ArmA 3's CSLA Iron Curtain Creator DLC, see Sa-61 (CSLA).

The Sa-61 Scorpion is a 7.65 mm submachine gun featured in both ArmA: Cold War Assault and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

« The Scorpion submachine gun is blowback operated weapon, with original rate-reducing mechanism. Its development was initiated in late 1950s, with the intent to provide various non-line infantry units with a lightweight personal defense weapon that is more effective than a pistol.
Weapon Description

Sa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Soviet Union
Icon-side-neutral.png Civilians
Type Submachine Gun
Calibre 7.65×17 mm
Dispersion 0.003 rad (semi)
0.004 rad (full)
Variants None
The Sa-61 Scorpion 7.62 mm submachine gun.

The Sa-61 Scoprion is used by both Nogovan law enforcement officers and Soviet Spetsnaz operatives in ArmA: Cold War Assault.


The Sa-61 Scorpion is a selective-fire submachine gun that is chambered to fire the 7.65×17 mm round.

It loads from 20-round curved magazines, and is able to attain a fire rate of up to 600 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 320 m/s. It has a maximum effective range of just 100 metres.

Compared to the American-made Ingram wielded by the Nogovan Partisans, both weapons are remarkably similar in that they're both compact personal defence weapons that can be carried as sidearms.

Although slightly weaker damage-wise due to firing a rather underpowered cartridge, the Sa-61 serves as an excellent backup weapon that can be used in lieu of other handguns or the Ingram. With the combination of a large magazine size as well as the ability to fire in full auto, it's highly effective in close quarters.

However, just like the Ingram it isn't useful for engaging targets that are further than 100 metres away. This is simply because the Sa-61 has rather poor ironsights and low accuracy, meaning that the user will simply end up wasting ammunition trying to shoot at distant targets.


Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
6 320

The Sa-61 can only load one type of magazine. It requires one inventory slot to carry:

Scorpion Mag.

Standard 20-round curved magazine.


  • Along with all other sidearms, the Sa-61 was not actually included as part of the default set of weapons that could be used in Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis (the initial release name of Cold War Assault) and was only added with the Resistance expansion pack.
    • However unlike the Ingram, the Sa-61 was added following the release of Resistance and can therefore be found/used in the campaign.


ArmA 2

« The Sa-61 Scorpion is a Czechoslovak 7.65mm submachine gun, developed in 1959. The weapon is designed to be used by the security forces, vehicle crews and the special forces. Due to its small size and rate of fire, it became a weapon of choice for terrorists across the world.
Armoury Description

Sa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Faction Icon-side-factionless.png None
Type Submachine Gun
Calibre 7.65×17 mm
20 / 10
Dispersion 0.018 rad (semi)
0.018 rad (full)
Variants None
The Sa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm submachine gun.

The Sa-61 Scorpion remains unused by any faction in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.


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This is a premium asset that requires ownership of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.

Returning from Cold War Assault, the Sa-61 mostly remains identical and continues to occupy the user's sidearm slot rather than primary.

It still loads from 20-round curved magazines but can now load 10-round magazines as well. Its fire rate has been increased to 800 RPM, and now retains a muzzle velocity of 318 m/s. The Sa-61 does not support being fitted with any optical sights or accessories and cannot be suppressed.

Takistani bandit wielding an Sa-61.

Like the PDW, the Sa-61 is unique for being one of the only two fully-automatic sidearms that can be used in ArmA 2.

Although this is what would make it seem ideal to carry as a backup weapon, the Sa-61's combination of poor accuracy and the lacklustre damage of its 7.65 mm round make it a terrible choice for use in any situation. Its ability to fire full auto is also made redundant by the fact that it has such a small magazine capacity. Unless there's no alternative, it should be avoided as the PDW is far superior recoil-wise and can also be suppressed.


Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
3 -0.00195 318

Scorpions can load two types of magazines. Both only take up one secondary weapon inventory slot apiece:

20Rnd. Sa-61 Mag.


20-round curved magazine. Does not contain any visible tracers.

10Rnd. Sa-61 Mag.


Alternate 10-round magazine.

Remains statistically identical to regular 20-rounders (aside from capacity).


  • Like in Cold War Assault, ArmA 2's Sa-61 is technically classified as an SMG but is treated as if it were a sidearm in-game (it cannot be equipped as a primary weapon).


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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA: Cold War Assault
Handguns 92F 9 mmCZ-75 9 mmGlock 17 9 mmS&W .357Tokarev TT-33 7.62 mm
Submachine guns Ingram .45MP5SD3 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mmUZI 9 mm
Shotguns Kozlice
Carbines AK-74 SU 5.45 mmXM-177E2 5.56 mm (XM-177S)
Assault rifles AK-47 7.62 mm (AK-47 GL, AK-47 CZ) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GL) • AUG A1 5.56 mmFN-FAL 7.62 mmG3A4 7.62 mmG36 5.56 mmM16A2 5.56 mm (M16A2 GL)
Sniper rifles Hunting Rifle 7.62 mmM21 7.62 mmSVD 7.62 mm
Machine guns M60 7.62 mmPK 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers 6G30MM-1
Launchers 9K32 Strela-2AT-4 SpigotCarl Gustav M2FIM-92 StingerM72 LAWRPG-75NH
Static M2
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
OFP-factionicon-sovietunion.png Soviet Union - Armoury (ArmA: Cold War Assault)
Handguns Tokarev TT-33 7.62 mm
Submachine guns PP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Carbines AK-74 SU 5.45 mm
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GL)
Sniper rifles SVD 7.62 mm
Machineguns PK 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers 6G30
Launchers 9K32 Strela-2AT-4 SpigotRPG-75NH
Static M2
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
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