Having just come from the KRISS demo at Machine Guns Vegas which was held in conjunction with a well put together cocktail party, I got a change to not only handle the new line, I was also able to shoot each of the new offerings. All of their pistols are made in the CZ pattern, with a low bore axis and slide that rides on the inside of the frame on a full length rail. All of their pistols are DA/SA and offered in 9mm for the time being. According the KRISS rep, they will begin to offer other calibers when the full line has been released in 9mm first, which would put a possible announcement around the 2015 SHOT Show, and release sometime in 2015, but these dates are merely speculation at this point.
The pistols also feature an interchangeable grip system, match grade trigger and reversible magazine catch. The compact version will be offered in stainless steel, aluminum and a polymer frame versions, and can hard anodized in black, krypton green and sand. Personally the krypton green looked more like a FDE, but there might have been some green hues in there as well.
The new line is also available in standard size with a 4.5″ barrel, compact with a 3.7″ barrel. The polymer framed sub-compact has a 3.13″ barrel. The full size model also features a manual safety, while the compact and sub-compact have a decocking lever.
Shooting these pistols was pretty amazing. I have never shot the CZ pistols well, but because of the changes Sphinx has made shooting them was very easy, and actually a very pleasant. Because of the weight of the stainless, the recoil was very controllable and follow up was very fast. The DA trigger is about 10lbs, but a smooth pull all the way to trigger break while the SA was crisp and right at about 5lbs. Speaking with the reps, they are looking into the possibility of trying to lighten up the DA pull, but nothing has been worked out at this time.
All in all a very worthy line of pistols coming out. MSRP have not been set yet, but was told to expect them to range from between $700-$1200 depending on the model. I look forward to being able to get a hold of one of their pistols at a later date to be able to really get out, put it through some paces and get some opinions from some fellow shooters.Related