My first look at Sphinx pistols

The 2012 SHOT Show was the 1st time I had even heard of the Sphinx, but the company has apparently been in existence for some time and focusing on CZ 75 style pistols and the SDP is no different.  However, looking at the entire line the SPHINX Arms company is very interesting and somewhat hidden from the masses due to the placement of the booth and its association with the KRISS.

What make the SPHINX line so interesting is that the line offers an almost endless combinations of features with the same manual of arms.

While most pistols are constructed of 2 major assemblies, the slide and frame, the SPHINX line breaks the frame into an upper and lower frame as well.  This allows SPHINX‘ to have the strength of an all steel gun, but the cost/weight savings of polymer or alloy guns when desired.  When combined with the 3 different trigger types (DAO, DA/SA, SA) offered and  the 3 different grip inserts to fit different sized shooters, there are 27 different configurations of the pistols available to fit any mission.

For example, you could select an all steel model weighing 42oz with a cocked and locked SA trigger for competition and 27.5oz polymer SDP with a DA/SA trigger for carry.

All of the guns at the show had a very high degree of fit and finish, they could be set-up for right or left handed shooters and the slides were machined from a piece of aeronautical grade aluminum.  This level of quality should e expected from a gun that is expected to retail for $1400.00 when it becomes available in Late March/Early April.


Caliber: 9×19 Parabellum
Finish: Black, TiAIN coated slide
Mag cap: 15 + 1
Action: DA/SA with ambidextrous decocking lever or manual safety
Safeties: Loaded chamber indicator (visual and tactile), Internal firing pin safety, Drop safety, Integrated slide position safety, Hammer safety
Grip: Interchangeable – 3 sizes (S, M, L)
Overall Length: 7.4 inches/ 188 mm
Height: 5.5 inches/ 140 mm
Slide Width: 1.0 inches/ 27 mm
Width: 1.3 inches/ 33 mm
Barrel Length: 3.7 inches/ 95 mm
Weight: 27.5 ounces/ 780 gr
Trigger pull: DA – 8.16 lb/ 3.7 kg
SA – 3.30 lb/ 1.5 kg
Sights: DEFIANCE® Front Day & Night Green Fiber/Tritium
DEFIANCE® Rear Tritium 2-Dot Red
Features: Advanced pyramidal slide design
Aluminum MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail incl. 4 notches
Integrated polymer recoil buffer
Double trigger bar for maximum precision, strength and safety
Full length guiding rails
Options: Adjustable sights, lanyard attachment


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