Zastava CZ 99

The Zastava CZ 99 is a semi-automatic pistol produced by Zastava Arms.[4] It was developed in 1989 to replace the M57 in the Yugoslavian Military and Police. The frame design was influenced by the SIG P226[5][6] albeit with some ambidextrous controls like the Walther P88 Compact. The CZ 99 is primarily chambered in 9×19mm Parabellum with a 15-round magazine.

Zastava CZ 99
Zastava CZ-99 pistol presented to General Sir Mike Jackson when commanding British troops in the ex-Yugoslavian theatre in the late 1990s. On display at the Parachute Regiment exhibition of the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.
TypeSemi-automatic pistol
Place of originYugoslavia/Serbia
Service history
WarsSecond Liberian Civil War[1]
Kosovo War[2]
Bosnian War[3]
Production history
ManufacturerZastava Arms
Mass970 grams
Barrel length108mm

Cartridge9×19mm Parabellum and .40 S&W
ActionRecoil operated (DA/SA or DAO)
Effective firing range50m
Feed system10- or 15-round magazine


  • CZ 999 Scorpion (ЦЗ999): While initially intended for the 9×19mm, there is a variant of the CZ 99 chambered in .40 S&W, primarily for foreign importers, with many of these handguns imported by the US in 1990. Over time though, newer versions of this firearm have been developed: The Zastava CZ 999, with DAO and DA/SA selector, as well as the CZ 999 Scorpion without this selector. Also features a loaded chamber indicator. Comes in compact model as well.[7]
  • Zastava EZ is the fourth generation CZ 99, with an under-barrel picatinny rail, a loaded chamber indicator as well as an indicator for the last three rounds remaining in the magazine. Service- and personal defence gun, single/double action, ambidextrous. Exists in two calibers.[8] There are compact versions of both calibers.[9]
  • KSN Golan is an Israeli clone of the CZ 99, with rights being purchased after Zastava halted production. Though the Golan lacks the CZ 99’s loaded chamber indicator and has a shorter slide and barrel, different grips, and other minor cosmetic variations from the CZ 99, it is virtually identical in internal design, and some parts are interchangeable between the two.[10]



  1. United Nations Security Council (25 October 2002). Report of the Panel of Experts concerning Liberia (S/2002/1115) (PDF). p. 18.
  2. "Structure of the Serbian forces involved in Kosovo in 1999". Prosecutor v. Vlastimir Đorđević: public judgement with confidential annex (Report). 1. International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991. 23 February 2011. p. 22. : IT-05-87/1-T.
  3. Bosnian Soldier holding his CZ99 during the Bosnian War, 1993
  4. "Pistol CZ99". Zastava Arms. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  5. "Serbian SIG for under $400: CZ999 Scorpion (VIDEO)". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  6. "Zastava Yugoslav CZ-99 Review - The Armed Lutheran". The Armed Lutheran. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  7. "Pistol CZ999 Compact". Zastava Arms. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  8. "Pistol EZ9/EZ40". Zastava Arms. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  9. "Pistol EZ9 Compact/EZ40 Compact". Zastava Arms. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  10. "GOLAN DOUBLE-ACTION PISTOL" (PDF). American Rifleman. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  11. "Brigadno takmičenje u disciplini "Pištolj"". (in Bosnian). Ministry of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 5 April 2010.
  12. "First arms shipment bound for Iraq". B92. 2 June 2008. Archived from the original on 3 June 2008.
  14. "Annual Report on The Transfers of Controlled Goods in 2008". Republic of Serbia Ministry of Economy and Regional Development. p. 54. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  15. Republic of Serbia: Ministry of Economy and of Regional Development. "Annual Report on the Transfers of Controlled Goods in 2008". p. 37. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014 via Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
  16. Davison, Phil (17 May 1999). "Kosovars suffer new ethnic hatred". The Independent.
  17. "Пешадијско наоружање - Пиштољ 9 mm ЦЗ99" [Infantry weapons - 9 mm pistol CZ99]. Serbian Army (in Serbian). Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  18. "This Week in Pictures: May 10 - May 16th, 2014".

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