Sphinx 3000 To Return To The Market | SHOT 2017

Like many CZ-75 fans I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Sphinx SDP Standard, that was announced at SHOT 2016. Sadly it appears that Sphinx is not going to be releasing the Standard. All is not lost though! They announced at SHOT that they will be re-releasing the Sphinx 3000 series of pistols.

The 3000 series is a high-end CZ clone that became very popular with competitors overseas in practical shooting disciplines. When the 3000 was discontinued it went largely unnoticed in America but the loss was felt with overseas competitors who now had to turn to custom shops that specialize in tuning CZs. Then a further blow to the Sphinx line was dealt with Sphinx Systems AG declaring bankruptcy in 2015.

It was starting to look like there was no chance of us seeing a full sized Sphinx in the US late last year, but KRISS USA, the sole importer and now manufacturer of the pistols said they are no longer interested in releasing the Standard and will be rolling out new production 3000’s, likely built right here in America. We were not able to shoot the 3000 on display and there was sadly only two at the show. At this time there is no release date or MSRP, a common phrase heard at SHOT.


  • Keiichi

    Comes standard with all the bore height…

    • B-Sabre

      ALL the bore height…and more!

  • Alan

    Carry melt is so 2013.

  • Cz 42

    You might be mistaken by the slide in frame design, as far as bore height. I cannot speak to the sphinx, but most cz copies are exceptionally low due to this feature. Also, why would melted edges be desirable on a race gun? The precision machining inside is what matters. This seems like a very purpose built full size, if you don’t get the purpose just don’t get the gun! I just bought a blemished 75 omega, and I think for under 700 total it’ll be a fine all arounder, match competitive even.

    • Chris Lubowski

      Those older 3000’s are PURE SEX to shoot. And I’m not even a CZ guy…

  • Amplified Heat

    “Sphinx!” –Shore Leave

    • Beju

      [snaps fingers]

    • mazkact

      Race Bannon approves.

  • PersonCommenting

    They soon will be coming out with the Sphinxter


    I want to get something from KRISS just ‘cuz I lived in Virginia Beach for 20 years, but there’s nothing I really want. 🙁

  • Phillip Cooper

    Did they consider, you know, *finishing the machine work* on the darn thing?

    Seriously, that’s basically a piece of bar stock with the bare minimum work done to it to make it resemble a CZ75.

  • Justin

    I’m actually amazed, it’s even more block like then a Hi-point.

  • Andrew

    That is nothing like the original Sphinx 3000. Maybe that was a prototype?

  • Nick

    Sphinx: For when you want to out-block a Glock!