Sphinx Clarifies Weapon and Ammunition Tracking System

From the press release, in response to concerns about tracking technology being used in Sphinx firearms:

SPHINX Denies Information Stating Development and Deployment of New Firearms Tracing Technology 

Sphinx Arms denies information stating that it has developed and deployed a new tracing technology powered by Nano-Particles and confirms that this system is not deployed in any of its firearms.

Interlaken – 25.03.2013 –  Sphinx Arms denies the information provided during a segment of the Swiss National Television’s news, wrongly stating that it had developed a ground-breaking technology to be used for firearms and ammunition tracing. This technology has been developed by Nan0-ID Security Systems, a Swiss based company, which has requested Sphinx Arms to test and evaluate this technology only in conjunction with a project for sensitive material tracing and authentication in Switzerland. One of the key features of this technology is to prevent alterations or defacing of serial numbers.


Sphinx Arms confirms that no identification solution has been deployed and will not be deployed in any of its firearms produced and exported to countries out of Switzerland, unless mandated by law from a sovereign country or state. A project, exclusive to Switzerland, is currently being evaluated as a potential marking solution for special categories of firearms. The adoption of such a marking solution, based on Switzerland’s political system, would first require to be submitted to Swiss citizens for voting and adoption, prior to its deployment by Swiss authorities. As a Swiss based manufacturer, Sphinx emphasizes that it will comply with any Swiss state and federal laws, as well as foreign government policies that would be required for firearms importation, exportation and distribution.

The Nano based identification system, applied on firearms, does not allow any form of remote identification, real-time tracking or energy output, making it impossible to transmit or compromise sensitive data. Data can only be accessed through specific readers, similar to a bar code system, that are only made available to Law Enforcement and Governmental entities which would require a maximum of 10 inches of distance, with an unobstructed line of sight, between the reader and the tag to be effective.


Sphinx Arms is a small arms manufacturer based in Interlaken, Switzerland. With a long history in manufacturing and design, Sphinx pistols have been a standard and preference among elite competition shooters seeking the perfect blend of precision engineering, craftsmanship, and accuracy. Sphinx products are engineered and designed in Switzerland and manufactured in both Switzerland and Virginia Beach, Virginia. KRISS USA, Inc. is the exclusive distributor for Sphinx products in North America.

To download the Press Release PDF click here.

  • So if they have a government contract / ties to our gov then No means YES. SF. Rich

  • Moondawg

    Sometimes I wonder if the ability to track a firearm, or round of ammunition may not be overrated.

  • Moondawg

    I looked up Spinx and Kriss. Neither one advertises anything that resembles a competition pistol. KRISS produces what you might call a submachine gun, and Spinx has the polymer pistols pictured, which hardly look like precision competition pistols. Who wrote this article?

    • Pablo

      It’s probably the blurb straight from the company website, relax. The pictured pistol looks to me like a modified CZ-P07 Duty.

    • Marc

      Look up the Sphinx 3000 competition series.

  • Moondawg

    Yuppers, it looks like a CZ 75 clone. That being said, I think you will find more STIs being shot in IPSC/USPSA than you will Shinx.

  • Marc

    So? You’ll find more Glocks than either.

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