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Old August 7th, 2011, 05:39 PM   #1
 
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Zastava EZ9 & SIG

Serbian made Zastava EZ9 with 4 1/4" barrel. These tough pistols are built like tanks & used by military all over the world like Serbia, Iraq, Croatia, Isreal & more.



EZ9 & SIG P229. The EZ9's are often called SIG clones & have the same functions. Although not popular in the U.S., they are one of the most widely used pistols in the world (under different model numbers) & probably built as tough as any SIG. Both have a low recoil & are great shooters.




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Old August 7th, 2011, 07:01 PM   #2
 
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Cool! I like the Sigs, but have never owned one, That may have to change soon.
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How does it compare in price to the Sig? And where can I find them?
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How does it compare in price to the Sig? And where can I find them?
EZ9's are usually in the $325-$400 range new. About $50-$100 less used. Their U.S. importer, EAA just dropped their partnership with Zastava so they may be hard to locate. I was unsure about the quality because of the price, but after doing research and owning one, this pistol really surprised me. Poor marketing is what hurt their sales in the U.S., not poor quality. If they were marketed right, they would go for $600-$700.
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Zastava tends to make sound guns, if sometimes a little rough. The list of nations using this one is hardly impressive.

The Serb image is hard and rough. They may be difficult to deal with. Their nation has not been too friendly to the USA. The only two Serbs I know (one a US immigrant) are both girls, and both are a little abrasive by American standards.

If the guns get a reliable importer and aftermarket support, they'd be fun to try. Maybe if we do more business with Serbia, attitudes will improve as both peoples get better acquainted.

Are the receivers on these steel or light alloy? I'd trust SIG more on light alloys.

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Their U.S. importer, EAA just dropped their partnership with Zastava so they may be hard to locate.
That sucks, I saw the EZ9 a few months back and really wanted one since I love Sigs but can't afford them.
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Never heard of them before, but I sure like their look
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If the guns get a reliable importer and aftermarket support, they'd be fun to try. Maybe if we do more business with Serbia, attitudes will improve as both peoples get better acquainted.

Are the receivers on these steel or light alloy? I'd trust SIG more on light alloys.
The frames are aluminum alloy. Lone Star, you've got a good point. They were imported by EAA, but they did a terrible job marketing them to the U.S. partly because Zastava had a different model number for the exact same pistol in each country they were sold in. It made it confusing. The U.S. sold them under Charles Daly ZDA & the EAA EZ9. It was also sold elsewhere as the CZ-99, CZ-999 Scorpian (without rail), & the CZ-05, but was the same pistol.

I found it interesting that Zastava has a TOP XX target model with a documented 102,000 rounds through it & when disassembled and inspected was still within factory specs & had lost zero accuracy. I'm not trying to say these are better than a SIG (I love my SIG), but they have really surprised me at how well they are made for what many consider a no name pistol. I'm just a gun lover & thought some of you guys might find it interesting too. They're worth a look at & if nothing else are fun to shoot. By the way, I also found it funny that on Zastava's main site, you can shop for grenade launchers, belt fed 12.7x180mm naval machine guns w/chair mounts right along side the EZ9.

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Purchased one EZ 9 mm and I'm very impressed, it's a great gun and I'm already thinking about the 40 S&W.
EAA dropped the import of the EZ (CZ in Serbia) I'm waiting to see who will be the new importer.
I owned a Sig, but I prefer the Zastava.

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In the $400 range you might as well get a Sig 2022.

The polymer gun gives up nothing to it's alloy siblings, and may have the best of the Sig triggers. Just as reliable and accurate.
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Does Zastava make some Remington long guns/barrels?
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Just trying out my camera & figured I'd do something new. Another view of the EZ9.

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