Kriss Markets Sphinx SDP 9mm Pistols

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LAS VEGAS — Swiss gun-maker Kriss International SA will soon be selling its entire line of Sphinx Special Duty Pistols in the U.S., a company official said.

The 9mm SDK series includes the 13-round subcompact, which will retail for $795; the 15-round compact, for $995; and the 17-round standard version, which doesn’t have a retail price yet but will probably sell for slightly more than $1,000, according to Michael Hou, business development manager for law enforcement and military at Kriss USA.

The pistols are production models based on the company’s custom-made guns for competition shooting, Hou said. They’re unique in featuring a steel slide, aluminum upper frame and a polymer lower frame, he said. The design makes it easier for users to experiment with multiple configurations, he said.

“We wanted to set out to make a pistol that was at a lower price point, making it a little bit more affordable for people to use, especially in the law enforcement and military market,” he said during an interview with Military.com this week at the SHOT Show, the country’s largest gun show.

The magazines are designed to be compatible from the top down, meaning the subcompact can take a 15-round clip, Hou said.

The firearms have tight tolerances and sit low in the hand, giving shooters less recoil and more accuracy, Hou said. They include an ambidextrous decocker, a reversible magazine release to account for left-handed shooters and multiple safety configurations, he said.

The full-size version and the compact also have an adjustable hand grip that can accommodate three different sizes, Hou said.

Here’s a video of Hou giving a demonstration of the SDP compact and the Defiance APS 4GC silencer:

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14 Comments on "Kriss Markets Sphinx SDP 9mm Pistols"

  1. U-G-L-Y

  2. KRISS won't answer their phone, return messages, or support pistols already sold here. It does no good to own a Sphnix if you can't purchase spare magazines or repair parts. Just say no. We make as good or better pistols here and owners can get them serviced when needed.

  3. Too expensive for a 9mm service pistol.. Excellent 9mm polymer framed pistols are selling for half that price.

  4. The magazines are designed to be compatible from the top down, meaning the subcompact can take a 15-round clip, Hou said.

    i've never seen a subcompact with a 15 round CLIP before…..

    maybe i've been looking in the wrong places….

  5. “We wanted to set out to make a pistol that was at a lower price point, making it a little bit more affordable for people to use, especially in the law enforcement and military market,”

    I wish it was more affordable for the avg civilian gun owner. For now I'll stick with my Glock, Sig's and Springfields for several $100's less.

  6. “We wanted to set out to make a pistol that was at a lower price point, making it a little bit more affordable for people to use, especially in the law enforcement and military market,”

    So when does the lower price point weapon come out????

  7. So it's a rip-off of Glock's design- that costs twice as much- is an uproven model- has no aftermarket accys and poor customer service…DUH!!!!!!

  8. "They’re unique in featuring a steel slide, aluminum upper frame and a polymer lower frame, he said." Sorry there was guns who already have that cough Glock Cough.

  9. No one else is at least a little interested in that low bore axis? CZ pistols have one of the lowest bore axis there is (they are amazing pistols in terms of price/quality) but these look even lower. Do these pistols utilize the recoil redirection of the smg?

    At the very least I am interested in the bore axis. I am surprised more gun makers aren't worker on newer designs incorporating this like the new Chiapa revolvers.

  10. Cool looking pistol.

    That said, I'll stick with my proven, and affordable Ruger P95 that will eat any ammo I run through it. If I could ever afford a $1000 pistol, I'll roll with a Kimber or slightly more inexpensive Sig or Springfield.

  11. They want an affordable pistol? What's so affordable about 800 to 1K for a pistol? If they want to get into the market they really should think about competing at the Springfield or Glock price point.

  12. Just got a new SDP have noticed a lot of discoloration on the inside of the slide, has anyone else noticed this?

  13. A Sphinx will outshoot a Glock anyday, is made to higher tolerances, and will still be working 50 years from now. It's amazing; but with guns, yoyu generally get what you pay for.

  14. I stumbled across one of these at my local gunshop when I was actually looking for a sig 229 elite( wich I owned one before but sold it) and the store manager showed me the sphinx. As soon as I held it I could tell it was well made. I love da/sa pistols so I took this home with me. Took it to the range and man was I impressed. It blows a 229 out of the water. I have smaller hands and was able to change the blackstrap to the small choice. Hands down a great gun. I actually went back and traded 2 xds for a second one. I just wish they were more popular here in the states no one has really had the chance to shoot or even hold one of these pistols. Anyone who says this isn’t a great pistol obviously hasn’t held one. If you like the sig 229 you will love the sphinx alpha sdp

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