Standard cartridge for the Zastava Nosle M22. Functionally, this round is a midpoint between 5.56mm NATO and 9mm Parabellum. It is currently banned, and is used only by special forces units such as Section 9.
Ed: elsewhere, the 9-weapon is stated to use the FN P90’s 5.7×28mm cartridge.
This is the compensator fitted to the 9-Weapon muzzle. Compensators have openings on their upper surface in order to direct the muzzle blast upwards, the push-back from which prevents the gun jumping up too much when firing. On this gun, the right side openings are larger, an innovation which provides push-back to the left and down.
A Fusion of Assault Rifle and SMG
“Assault rifles,” which constitute the mainstay of man-portable military weaponry, can be said to have been introduced as rifles with an added full-auto firing feature. The problem is that rifle ammunition is relatively high-powered, so simply full-auto firing the same ammunition destroys any hope of maintaining consistently high accuracy. (In fact, several full-auto, man-portable weapons were produced that used rifle ammunition, but they all turned out to be pretty useless to all but the most heavily-built operators).
As such, the powder load was reduced, and the stock type changed to a straight stock (rifles up until this point employed a downward-curving stock to allow recoil to dissipate upwards). That is the assault rifle we know.
The lower-powered rounds of the assault rifle, then, gave it slightly less range and stopping power than its rifle forebears, but at the time, infantry was already beginning the march towards mechanisation, and pure range was no longer particularly emphasised. More importantly, the requisite battlefield movement speed had risen to an incomparable level, and this “man-portable firearm” was suddenly burdened with the essential need to be capable of area suppression in order to be considered effective at all.
Meanwhile, submachine guns (SMGs) also emerged, also as man-portable full-auto firearms. Despite significantly lacking in range and stopping power, they were praised for the simplicity of using existing handgun ammunition, and were effectively put to use in urban warfare and anti-crime roles, where larger ammunition would not be needed in combat in enclosed spaces.
However, the increased severity of urban crime and the greater power of firearms in the hands of criminals meant that situations where the SMG was insufficient were on the rise. To meet the new need, various companies developed weapons that would act as a midpoint between assault rifle and SMG. The 9-Weapon is one of those.
This is the optical aiming device for the 9-Weapon.
Fine adjustments can be made to the rear sight by means of a screw.
Ed: I must give copious thanks to my anonymous benefactor and translator, without whom none of this information would ever have been read by Western eyes.
9-Weapon – A New-Concept Firearm
Crvena Zastava Nosle got its start as a gun manufacturer in the 90’s, as an offshoot of Z.C.Zw (Zavodi Crvena Zastava), after Serbia’s democratization and separation from Yugoslavia.
The Model 22 is the company’s third marketed product. Following the end of the twentieth century, as the world faced a constant rise in the number of terrorism incidents and the severity of urban crime, demand grew for a new style of firearm with different capabilities compared to the traditional categories of “assault rifle” and “SMG.” The 9-Weapon was developed as a man-portable firearm fit to meet that demand. In terms of performance, it is truly a midpoint between its two “parents,” as the newly-developed 5.7mm round affords it stopping power and range that far outstrip the capabilities of an SMG, yet the gun retains high portability. Additionally, since the gun was released as an all-inclusive weapon system with its own versatile kit, it is able to meet a broad variety of needs. However, despite its favourable characteristics, the 9-Weapon has come to be considered too high-powered (especially for urban scenarios), and so popularity has been gravitating toward guns designed for lower-powered ammunition. The 5.7mm round itself ended up banned, and is now only used by certain special forces units. What this means is, we can assume that the weapons in use by Section 9 represent some of that dead stock of a once successful weapon.
A little more of a complex back-story than you expected, right?
Crvena Zastava Nosle CZN-M22
Official name: CZN-M22 (Crvena Zastava Nosle Model 22, Serbia-produced) Classification: Submachine gun (However, the weapon does not use handgun rounds. It uses specially developed cartridges that make the weapon a kind of midpoint between assault rifles and traditional submachine guns)
Editor: Zastava is a real firearms manufacturer in Serbia:
According to Google translate, Zastava means ‘flag.’
Crvena is apparently Serbian for “Red.”
Nosle does not seem to mean anything….
The fire selector is integrated into the front of the grip.
This means the user can operate it with their finger still on the trigger.
The selections are safe, semi-auto, and full auto.
Since this weapon has been developed for use by cyborgs, there’s no burst fire mode.