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Any Sphinx love out there?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by bc1023, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. bc1023

    bc1023 Member

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    To me, they are the finest pistols to ever use CZ's design. They are jewel-like in their fitting, refinement, and attention to detail.

    ...and just flat-out beautiful to boot. Even the roll marking is done with amazing precision.

    I'm not really speaking about the production grade SDP guns, but the 2000 and 3000 series are special pistols, in my opinion. If I had to choose the top five highest quality post war semi-autos ever built, these Sphinx would make the list, namely the AT2000S. That's how highly I think of it.

    Any thoughts or pictures to add?

    Here's one of mine. AT2000S with a stainless frame and carbon steel slide with the palladium plating.


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  2. bannockburn

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    A fine example (and great photos too), of Swiss perfection of an AT 2000 S! Thanks for sharing!
     
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  3. ATLDave

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    Beautiful. It's like they intentionally made it look very machined.... like something that just came off a very high quality machinist's bench.

    This is actually the first Sphinx I've seen that I would actually be interested in owning... many of the others seem to have decockers, rather than the well-positioned safety that is one of the CZ-based-design's big plusses. I like it!
     
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  4. 460Shooter

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    Beautiful gun man. Simply beautiful.
     
  5. Tallball

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    GORGEOUS! :)
     
  6. Walt Sherrill

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    That's because the older Sphinx models WERE high-quality guns requiring a lot of hand work, and they were very well-machined..

    While Sphinx may have made some decocker-equipped AT2000 series Sphinx pistols, I've never seen one. I suspect you've only seen the newer Sphinx guns, which are now being made by the importer, KRISS, here in the U.S.. Kriss also makes other guns -- mostly long guns.

    The original Sphinx companies -- there have been several over the years -- had a history of making high-quality CZ pattern guns, but the companies failed financially several times, were bought out and given new life, and repeated the cycle. The newest guns were subtly redesign to allow them to take advantage of the latest technology while still maintaining their high level of precision in production and performance.

    Here's my current Sphinx SDP, which was made in Switzerland. It is apparently identical to the ones now being made by Kriss. It's a very nice gun, and a bit like a CZ on steroids -- but you can get the "steroided" models of CZs from CZ Custom or Cajun Gun Works, too.

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    I also had two of the older 2000 series Sphinx models -- a full-size DAO, and a compact. They were very nice, with high-gloss stainless frames (which were almost as much trouble to keep nice as a high-gloss blued guns). The were very handsome weapons, and well-made, but they didn't look as nice as the one that prompted this discussion -- but the still really impressed people who have not seen Sphinx guns in real life.

    Here's one of the newer models made by a newer Sphinx company -- and it was the only other Sphinx I was really interested in. (I had a chance to get one at a reduced price from KRISS, but it was more costly than I could justify.)

    I don't know if these models are being offered by Kriss. The one pictured above was made in Switzerland.

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  7. Coal Dragger

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    Those older Sphinx models are very nice as far as I can tell from photos.

    I’d love to see one in person and have an opportunity to shoot one.
     
  8. hemiram

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    The AT2000 is/was one of my "If I ever find one" guns. I've shot one a couple of times and just the feel of it made me want one.
     
  9. paulsj

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    Never seen one of those lovely shiny ones before. I examined used one at LGS imported by some company in Virginia. My assessment it was worth few hundred over CZ product as marked on tag.
     
  10. Walt Sherrill

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    This is a picture of one of the AT2000s I owned, an AT2000P -- a compact designed for police use.

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  11. Comrade Mike

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    Beautifully built, beautiful to shoot, god help ye if something breaks.
     
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