Review & Range Report > CZ 999 ... From 'Serbia' with Love ?


November 14, 2010, 12:04 AM
Review & Range Report > CZ 999 (

Eastern Europeon Countries have always been known for producing quality firearms over last many centuries. Gun smithing in countries like Russia, Czechoslovakia, Hungry, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Poland etc is a cultral aspect. This industry gave this world handguns like CZ75B, Makarov, TT-33, Feg, XD, CZ999 and Viking.

CZ999 Scorpion is a Serbian handgun and is basically a clone of Sig P226 whereas the frame of the gun takes a few things from Walther P88. The first handgun in the series was developed in early 90s by a Yugoslavian company, Crvena Zastava. CZ999 Scorpion is a later derivative of CZ99 and is being manufactured in Serbia by the same company which is now called Zastava Arms. Even today, the old CZ99 is the official sidearm of most units of Serbian Army, though many have been equipped with newer models. CZ99 was a little smaller in length and had thicker grips. In 2000, CZ999 was developed by CZ which was the same gun as CZ99 but had slightly thinner grips and was overall a bit longer in length. In addition, it also had a Firing Mode Selector on the slide (DAO & SA/DA modes) and a Low Shot Indicator (a pin that used to protrude in the grips indicating last three shots). In 2004, Crevena Zastava developed CZ999 Scorpion which is same as CZ999 but does not have firing mode selector and last 3 shots indicator.

Though a clone itself, Israeli Golan pistol and South African TZ99 are licensed copies of CZ99, the grand father of CZ999 Scorpion. CZ999 Scorpion was imported in US as Charles Daly ZDA and later as EAA EZ9.


Model: CZ999 Scorpion
Manufacturer: Zastava Arms, Serbia
Caliber: 9x19 mm Parabellum
Dimensions: 198x140x34 mm
Barrel: 108 mm
Weight(unloaded): 840 grams, 1140 grams with loaded magazine.
Capacity: 15 rounds.
Sight Radius: 155 mm
Slide: Forged Steel
Frame: Aluminum Alloy
Sights: Fixed three dot sights.
Trigger Pull: DA….. 4,5 daN, SA…… 2 daN
Finish: Blue.

Note: CZ999 shown in this review is not NIB. The pics should be viewed keeping in mind this aspect.


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November 14, 2010, 12:55 PM
Any information about the performance of Charles Daly ZDA, which is supposed to the same gun, manufactured by Zastava Arms??

November 14, 2010, 08:27 PM
Have you checked out

November 15, 2010, 12:00 AM
Yes, I have. However, I wanted some user feed back, specially about the performance and current availability of Charles Dally ZDA. Thanks :)

November 18, 2010, 03:43 AM
Any updates on Charles Dally ZDA?

November 18, 2010, 05:09 AM
I think that S. African cops would be well served with the TZ99
instead of the RAP and Z88 pistols, if not real deal modern CZs
like the P-01 and P07 Duty.

That said..I know that TZ99 owners seem to really like them.

November 18, 2010, 11:17 PM
Actually I found the Serbian made model CZ999 Scorpion decently accurate. The manufacturing quality is also quite good and the barrel is very well made. Here are some of the targets that I shot with my CZ999.

30 rounds fired from 15 M, off hand, shooting with both hands

20 rounds fired from 20 M, off hand, shooting with both hands

November 19, 2010, 01:29 AM
Great accuracy KBW

November 19, 2010, 12:44 PM
CZ99 = EAA EZ9.

I love mine, especially for the price!

November 19, 2010, 04:29 PM
There is no love lost between Serbia and the United States. Serbs do make good military type firearms. I looked over Yugo era Model 57 made by the Serbs in 7,62x25 and have to say machining, fit and finish was first rate of military spec gun.

November 20, 2010, 03:22 AM
+1 Pablo re. fit and finish.

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