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Sphinx Compact SDP 9mm Initial Impressions

Posted 01-26-2014 at 9:06 PM by RoundEye
Updated 10-25-2018 at 11:42 AM by RoundEye

Editorial | by Chad Cheung

Yesterday, at the Green Beret Shooters Cup, Sphinx Arms had a demo booth, and I was able to get behind the trigger of the recently released (08/13) Compact Sphinx SDP in 9mm. The Sphinx is Swiss made, and imported by Kriss USA.

Just based on look of the pistol, it reminds me a lot of the new CZs that have been released lately with things like ambidextrous controls, and slide rails that are full length and ride inside the frame except that the frame is made of aluminum, and the slide is steel rather than polymer. The gun feels great in the hand, and comes with three 3/4 encompassing rubber interchangeable backstraps (small, medium, large). The grip angle is not to steep or slanted, and it overall just points really well. Surprisingly, the double action pull at 10.14#s is smooth and not overly stiff, and the SA pull at 3.3#s is light and crisp. The recoil in 9mm was pretty much non-existent which they claim is partially due to a stiffer recoil system. The compact comes in a 15+1 magazine capacity, but they expect a standard (17+1) and sub compact (13+1) version to be made available in the near future.

Unfortunately, it will not be California approved so I am told. It was explained that with the new micro stamping requirement, the current magazine disconnect, and loaded chamber indicator it will only be available to The DOJs established elite or through a SSE. MSRP is targeted high at $1295.

Chad Cheung
Director, Calguns Shooting Sports Association
Freelance Writer,
My YouTube Channel
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