Sphinx Standard and Compact Duty Overview

The Sphinx pistols made and imported by Kriss USA are a series of hot-rodded handguns sharing some key features with the much loved CZ75. Having reviewed the SDP Compact and Subcompact already, in this episode of TFBTV we take a look at the new “Standard” model as well as the Compact Duty.

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– Hey guys, Alex and Patrick here and we’re back out of the ranch with these Sphinx SDP Duty and this Sphinx SDP Standard.

– You know, this is the one I’ve been excited about for a long time.

When I shoot a pistol, I generally want a full-sized pistol because I shoot for recreation, I shoot it long distances and back in the day, I used to shoot in competitions, so I guess I’m more comfortable with a large gun.

Patrick and I both have the SDP Compacts.

I believe you carry the SDP Compacts. – [Patrick] Yeah, I do, I do.

I carry the Compact and this is the Duty, which has got the full-sized grip on it.

– You know, these are remarkably well-made pistols.

The fit and finish is great.

Like I said, I’ve always been looking forward to the full-sized to hit the market.

I’m glad it’s finally getting there, so.

– Yeah, no.

I’m really excited to go ahead and get behind the Standard.

This one’s pretty cool but that one’s really got me excited.

– I’d say so.

– Alright, let’s get to shooting.

– Let’s do it.

(gun fires) – Alright guys, so I’m going to give the SDP Standard a go.

See how it goes in double action.

(gun fires once) Ah god, that’s good.

(gun fires) (chuckles) Alright, Chris might not be getting this one back.

– Alright guys, now it’s my turn with the SDP Standard.

I’m going to try it one-handed as if I’m bullseye shooting.

(gun cocks) (gun fires) Really nice, great recoil impulse.

Feels tight.

It’s like shooting a CZ 75.

It’s nice and tightened up.

Everything I’d want out of a gun like this realistically.

(gun cocks) (gun fires) – Alright, one shoot is just as good as the Standard but it’s just a little bit more concealable with that shorter barrel for short guys like myself.

– Alright, guys.

We’re going to shoot both handguns side by side.

See who’s the better shot, once and for all.

(Patrick laughs) (guns cock) (guns fire) – I thought it’s not a race? – It’s not a race.

– Oh.

– Alright guys, so between us, we probably have at least, what do you think, 4000 rounds? – [Patrick} Yeah, probably.

– We both have the Compacts.

We really enjoy them like we said and I’m going to be honest with you.

I really like the Standard.

I wish they had some kind of trade-in program where I could trade up to the bigger pistol but I’m just as happy having both.

– Yeah, no, I would be happy.

I’m happy with having both.

I always want more guns.

I want the Subcompact too.

– Sure.

I do like the tan coating on this gun as well.

– See, I’m a fan of glossy black.

– Sure.

Realistically, guys, these are fantastically accurate.

We did some good shooting today and I shot fantastically with it.

I was on point.

It doesn’t happen very often with me and pistols.

I really a love-hate relationship with handguns.

Patrick shoots them a lot more but I picked these guns up today and I was just doing very well.

– It’s alright.

I mean, I still won that competition earlier.

(bell dings) – Whatever, anyways.

These are quality pistols.

The SDP Standard.

Look for it on the market soon.

I’ll put the MSRP right here and I’ll put the MSRP of this guy right here.

– Yeah, I think they’re all about the same and you guys should take a look into getting one of these things.

If you like CZ 75s, this just does everything better.

– I would equate the CZ 75s as maybe an off-the-line Suburban and these guns are definitely Cadillac.

– Yes.

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  • iksnilol

    Sphinx: making HK seem like cheap Glocklike tupperware since 2003.

    • Wolfenstein

      HK: Making mediocre overpriced desk pieces since 1949.

      • ostiariusalpha

        I’m guessing you’ve never owned an MP5 or P7.

        • Wolfenstein

          I’ve shot both. I prefer Uzis and CZ’s.

          But go ahead and believe what you want.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Thanks, I certainly will. Preferring the CZ-75 (which is perfectly understandable, it’s a fantastic pistol), does not make the P7 a mediocre “desk piece.” And whatever the Uzi may or may not bring to the table, will not change the fact that the MP5 does everything and more that you could ask of a 9mm SMG. Even if the rest of HK’s products actually were overpriced crap, they would still be justifiably proud to have created those two masterpieces.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            You’re not wrong. I had a fullsize Uzi and have an MP5, it’s not even close. I’ve had unique errors like a brass over bolt in the MP5 which required field stripping, which can’t really happen in the UZI, but the Uzi has choked enough times that I wouldn’t ever consider that an MP5 disadvantage.

            I’m not HK fanboy, and even got to meet Uziel Gal once, but the MP5 is still kicking for a reason. The Uzi has been dead.

          • Don Ward


          • Preferring the Uzi over the MP5 is a thing?

            Hmm. Alright then.

        • Budogunner

          If HK got new P7M8’s on the US market again I’d be interested. I used to have one as my EDC but sold it. Nowadays, you’d have to pay Wilson Combat prices for one.

          Likewise, if they open a US factory and make sub-$1000 MP5 semi-autos that lack that evil MG pin, I’d be interested.

          Right now, it feels like HK doesn’t want my money, despite the high prices.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Glock: Works.

    • lockwood

      yeah to bad they couldn’t be reliable for all that money

  • Wolfgar

    How would you rate the Sphinx to a Sig 226? I have never shot a Sphinx but I have a lot of shooting time with the Sig 226 and the Legion 226 SAO.

    • Mutenri

      I’ve shot both, albeit only once with the Sphinx. The Sphinx felt much better, mostly because I like the low bore axis (my main pistol is a Cz 75, go figure), but in general it felt like a smoother and more refined gun.

      • Wolfgar


    • The Sphinx SDP Compact that my friend has (and I’ve fondled extensively) is an all around much nicer feeling gun than the 226. It’s a truly beautiful looking, feeling, and shooting pistol. The ergonomics are excellent, and it’s very mild recoil when firing +p+ 124gr @ 1350 fps.

      DA is a bit on the heavy side, but SA is phenomenal, nearly as crisp and light as the SA on a S&W Revolver.

      The factory sights are my favorite factory sights on any pistol. It has a blacked out, Novak-esque wedge rear, and a very bright and crisp white front. Combined with the beveled slide, it really draws the eye to the front as soon as the pistol is at eye level.

      Given that both pistols are selling for right around the same price, I think Sphinx is the way to go. Since Sig has moved to the US, the 226 is really a mass production item, while the Sphinx is a semi-custom.

      • Wolfgar

        Thank you for the information Mark. The Sphinx looks like a great hand gun and one I will look at much closer in the future.That is code for I’m saving my money to purchase one in the future 🙂

  • john huscio

    Hear the subcompacts have been having a lot of problems

  • USMC03Vet

    Can you guys cut the crap popup subscription notification on mobile browsers, please? Literally takes up half the screen and one is unable to get rid of it without submitting information. Having this popup every time I attempt to look at this domain on my iphone results in going to a different web domain altogether.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      There is nothing that will ensure I don’t subscribe to a channel more than popups in the video. It’s the modern equivalent to GeoCities webpages in terms of classlessness.

      I’ll give them credit, at least they don’t have a 30 second into with animations and flames and pew pews.

      • Hyok Kim

        No free lunch.

    • I dont put them there but I can see how it would be annoying. Send an email to Steve and he will get it sorted out.

    • Hyok Kim

      No free lunch

  • Anton Gray Basson

    Oh look a classy P07.

  • VF77

    Oh cool, I could have paid twice as much for my P07 and P09 and had neato grips.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Good job Alex, nothing of comment. … “Guys”.

    Patrick, how many times did you flag your own hands, body and knees with your handgun? WTF bro? I counted 7. (Should I predict a “doesn’t matter, wasn’t loaded” incoming?)

    • Don Ward

      I think Jump wants people to pay attention to him.

      • JK

        To be fair, Patrick actually did flag himself a few times in this video. Unlike the Kriss Vector video where Jumpy tried to claim that the driver was downrange of the shooter, when that plainly wasn’t the case. At a certain point, you avoid looking at his comments unless you want that cheap “Real Housewives” drama. Which seems to be a pretty hot seller, so I guess he has that going for him.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          On sunroof, say what you will. But I’m not going to argue with the guy who was there and using the “well, not from our angle”. Even though I suspect that clip was less-than-legit not only in terms of saftey. You know how I know these guys likely need adult supervision? Because…..

          Yes, Patrick did flag himself (I now wonder how many people here don’t know what flag means in this context) at least 7 times in a 5 minute video. I personally, would have never posted that, but surely would have pulled it the second I realized! But you know, I’m kooky about when it comes to not looking like a clown.

          • JK


          • CapeMorgan

            Actually, you are looking a little clownish. Let it go grasshopper.

      • adverse

        You would be right.

  • Ben Loong

    Correct me if I’m wrong on this, but didn’t Sphinx just go out of business with the rest of their inventory and the brand name being transferred to KRISS?

    • Marc

      No, Kriss simply bought Sphinx to expand into the pistol market a couple of years ago. Sphinx had been a semi-custom shop with very low production numbers and just a few employees (2009 it was 7 people) for decades and Kriss invested to make them a more industrial-scale manufacturer, bought new buildings and machines etc.

  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    You should really take a look at the SDP Duotone Production. It is glorious. It is comparable to the 3000 now that Sphinx has upgraded their machines.

  • E.D. Sartin

    Bears a striking resemblance to the CZ P07 – 09

    • Jon Hammett

      The sphinx is the tuner version of the P0s.

  • Rog Uinta

    I’ve been interested in these since well before Kriss bought them, but availability in my area has been non-existent.

    Finally my local gun store had gotten one of these when I was last there two weeks ago. I’ll bet it’s still there, because the damned thing had the most atrocious heavy, gritty, stagey double-action trigger pull I have ever felt. Single action the trigger was mediocre at best.

    Maybe it was just that one example, but egad, nothing should ever leave the factory like that. Imagine if I had bought one sight-unseen? I won’t bother trying another one.

  • mechamaster

    The Sphinx .45ACP Tactical ver. is interesting. Not much review CZ75 derivative in .45.

  • Sunsale

    Your reviews are always poor. You never tell barrel lengths or weights loaded or unloaded. You don’t show how they break down. Just lots of macho bang bang. Real exciting watching you shoot with no real information on the weapon.

  • Steve_7

    I’ve owned various Sphinx pistols – the 9mm models are good, but the .40 models not so much…

  • LazyReader

    There are US made versions of the Sphinx, either way it’s 949 dollars for a single pistol. You can buy 3 glocks for that much.

  • phauxtoe

    Hey Patrick (aka Mr Barrel Awareness),
    Food for thought…

    • maodeedee

      That looks like it would hurt. This is why I don’t think forward slide serrations are a good idea.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        This isn’t an issue that could result from proper use of serrations on a handgun. This is what can happen when you have poor muzzle discipline.

        • phauxtoe

          JumpIf NotZero Very true, i believe his point is that the Front serrations can help lead to Poor Muzzle Discipline. Watch Patrick manipulate the gun using the front serrations, his hand crosses the muzzle repeatedly.

  • Hyok Kim

    Slide inside the frame design gives one a better control of the firearm, especially when firing fast.

    It also gives one more ‘purchase’ for both better accuracy and control, especially when firing from side support (such as vertical edge of the wall).

    However, when it jams, it gives one less ‘purchase’ for clearing the jam due to less ‘purchase’ available for one’s hands due to the slide being inside the frame, especially when wet or one’s wearing gloves.

    Also, due to the frame being have to be wider for the slide to be inside, the grip angle on the upper side of the mag well is wider/and or thicker than the slide outside the frame design (given everything else equal). This doesn’t serve people with small hands or short fingers well.

    • maodeedee

      Those are some interesting observations. I’ve never fired a cz75 or clone al though I’ve handled them and they feel good in the hand.
      But unless it can be carried cocked and locked I’m not interested.