HS Produkt HS-95
Civil war across Yugoslavia forced the Zastava CZ99 to become the Croatian HS-95.
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While there was still a unified Yugoslavia, Zastava Arms delivered the short-lived CZ99 semi-automatic pistol in 1991. However, civil war soon ripped the country apart and the end result produced smaller nations divided into various religious and ethnic collections. As such, the CZ99 remerged in 1995 as the "HS-95" under the Croatian banner and as a product of RH-ALAN out of Zagreb.
The HS-95 was of a most conventional design with many elements thought to have been copied (illegally) from the existing SIG 220 pistol family - particularly the double-action, automatic firing pin safety and decocking mechanism. The design was stout and fit firmly into the hand with a large pistol grip housing a 15-round detachable, spring-loaded magazine of 9mm Parabellum cartridges. The weapon operated from the movement of the slide which covered the whole top portion of the receiver. Sights were noted front and aft along the slide top. Grooves were etched to either side of the slide for a firmer finger grip when operated. The trigger was curved and protected in a thing oblong trigger ring. The safety was set to the left side of the gun body.
The HS-95 was offered to the national Croatian Army and accepted into service while it was also marketed for export. It was noted as a solid firearm though some issues followed it throughout its use.