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Sphinx Pistols

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Dacos, Dec 26, 2002.

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  1. Dacos

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    Any word yet on whether Sphinx has a U.S. distributor? It was supposed to be announced in late December. I got a chance to fire one and I'm hooked. I liked the finish more than my CZ 75, the pistol felt tighter, and the action butter smooth. B/c of the latter, I would probably purchase one in DAO which would be a first for me as far as autos go.

    Shoot well.
     
  2. PCRCCW

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    I just stumbled across an AT380m LNIB for around 350$.....I cant get it just in case anyone is interested :rolleyes: Very Very nice....too bad CZ cant shrink the 83.....just a tad.
    Shoot well
     
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  3. Walther P99

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    I, too, am very interested in the Sphinx line of pistols, and have been for quite a while. I'm looking at one of these to be my next CCW/home defense weapon.

    I've been in contact with Manuel Wipf (their COO) for a few months and he's said he'll inform me of their new distributor by around Christmas-time. He said they have everything worked out with their distributor and everything is ready to go. I haven't heard anything yet, but he's always been great about responding in a timely manner to my questions (always the next business day). Hopefully, he'll let me know sometime in the next few weeks.
     
  4. QB

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    I'm waiting for an email from Manuel also. Should be "any day' now. I have several Sphinx handguns and want to compare a newly produced one with the others I have. I don't doubt that they'll be just as good as my other ones but I'm still not sure I like the new titanium finish (versus the older palladium finish). I believe I can get the palladium finish as a special order but it may cost as much as $200 extra which probably isn't worth it to me since I already have some guns in palladium finish. Not sure if the frame/receiver will still be the polished silver or a titanium coating. I just HATE waiting :(

    Meanwhile I'm going to the range with a new Sphinx DAO police special model, a Colt Pocket Nine, and a Colt Special Combat Government. First time I've had a chance to go to the range in weeks and I've REALLY been wanting to try out the new guns.
     
  5. Dacos

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    QB - Did you obtain the DAO Sphinx on special order? I was told that was the only way to get one, unless bought on the used/NIB market. Let me know how it shoots. I'm really interested in a AT-2000P DAO if I can find one.
     
  6. PCRCCW

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    Just about every configuration of all guns is available....you may have to special order one new from Sphinx...but others have done it and sold them....thus..they are out there.....
    Keep your ears to the ground...one will turn up.
    Shoot well..
     
  7. QB

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    Over the past 2 years I've purchased 5 LNIB 9mm Sphinx handguns that people were selling "out of their safe" for one reason or another. They were absolutely new/unfired with all original materials. They were expensive but I am a Sphinx (and Colt) fanatic so you know how that goes!!! According to Manuel (Sphinx COO) the DAOs are special order only. He mentioned that a lot of body guards order them. This is the first DAO I have found and although it is two tone at least the frame is polished. My favorite Sphinx finish is palladium and I bought the only two I have found. Below are a few pictures of my two Police Special models and one of my AT380s. Sorry about the poor photo quality. Haven't taken pictures of the other 2 Sphinxes.

    The configuration I REALLY want is SA/DA with the decocking lever. I have NEVER found that configuration for sale. I was going to order another Police Special but since I found the DAO one I am now thinking about a couple of AT2000 P models also (one DAO and one SA/DA with decocking lever). I don't really have a problem with long trigger reaches but the DAO is probably a bit long for me but nothing to stop me from buying it.

    The DAO trigger in my police special and all three of my AT380Ms is SWEET. Some may consider the pull rather long but the "break" is fantastic. I just can't explain it. The DAO is just not like any other my other guns in that there's a definite break and the action is ever so smooth and light. I was VERY impressed with the AT380s but my new Police Special is even better.

    I can also say that all my Sphinx handguns have been 100% with all kinds of range ammo including Blazer as well as several brands of hollow point including Winchester Ranger SXT (the kind with a black coating), Gold Dot, Silvertip, HydraShok, Federal and a few I can't remember. I use Winchester Ranger SXT as defensive ammo in my Colt Pony Pocketlite and the Sphinx.

    I can't wait to see if there are any restrictions on what models and options we will be able to order once Sphinx announces the US distributor. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be able to order what I want.


    DAO Police Special (a little dirty....sorry)
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    DAO Police Special
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    SA/DA Palladium Police Special. "Contrast" is a little off!
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    Palladium AT380M
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  8. Walther P99

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    Mr. Wipf has sent me a brochure which details the 2000S and PS models as well as the 3000 models. I asked about the P and H models and he said that although they're not in the brochure, they can be made on request, which sounds like a special order to me. So with that, I'll most likely stick with the PS model in DA/SA.
     
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    Looks like I'm in for a long wait since the models/options I want will be a special order. I've waited a year (or it seems like a year) for the US distributor so I guess I can wait even longer for a special order. Once the distributor is named I'll have to email Manuel and discuss the P model and the other options I want....what to do.....what to do :confused:

    I hope to be able to see some of the new models "in person". Although I'm not particularly fond of the 3000 model (I've only had a brochure to look at & the web site) I may just change my mind once I handle one.

    Anyone heard that titanium galls really bad? Just a comment someone made on a forum....something about titanium galling unless processed correctly?????
     
  10. Dacos

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    QB and Walther P99 - As soon as you hear from Sphinx regarding who the distributor is and when it is official, PLEASE post the info. I will special order my gun once Sphinx has everything in order.

    QB - Thx for the pics! Although I'm not planning on carrying the Sphinx, I do like the idea of the DAO model as a bedside gun.

    Shoot well.
     
  11. Walther P99

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    Will do.
     
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    I had a Sphinx AT380M, The Wife carried it around for a bit. Without a doubt the nicest pistol I've ever owned. Incredibly well made. Long but very smooth trigger pull. If I was going to go back to carrying a .380 it would be my first choice.
     
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    Attractive but for the money, I think you could find more parts and other shooters with EAA Witnesses, CZs, and the like.

    In the realm of Star. great pistol just never caught on in the US. My old Megastar looked similar.

    But if you like them, go on with your big bad self. It's your cash. you worked hard, buy it.
     
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    Dacos -- that's exactly where I've decided to keep my DAO. In my bedside safe with another backup gun (I can just fit it and one other compact gun in the little safe). Both guns function the same in that I just draw the gun from my safe and pull the trigger. I certainly didn't want to mix action types (i.e. DAO and SA cocked & locked) ..... kept it simple and practiced my "home defense" tactics so that my reactions "should" be fairly ingrained.

    I say "fairly" ingrained because one night several years ago my house alarm went off. My dog was howling at the top of her lungs (it hurt her ears) and I jumped out of bed, ran into the living room where a control panel was (my control panel in the bedroom was inop) and shut off the alarm. Then I stood there and thought "oops"....if this was a breakin I guess I am "dead"!!!!! So much for "planning" what I'd do if the alarm went off!!!! Since then I have practiced what I'd do and hope that when I jump up from a deep sleep, I will follow my game plan.

    STILL WAITING FOR THAT DARN SPHINX DISTRIBUTOR NOTIFICATION :cuss:
     
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    Anyone got their website address handy? I thot I had in my Favorite folder. Thanks.
     
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    Many thanks, Dacos.
     
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    I took a look at their compact 2000H. Hmmmmmm. Something to consider. Anyone's got any additional info on this baby?

    Walther99, have you handle any of the Sphinxs before? How would you compare the Sphinxs to the P99? I'm curios. I have a modified CZ75 SA that shoots like a dream and it seems these Sphinxs are replicas of some sort.

    Thanks.
     
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    Actually, I haven't. Once I get ready to buy I'm going to go to the gun show and at least handle a CZ (doubt if I'll find a Sphinx at the show) to see how it feels, etc. Once Sphinxes start being imported here, then I should be able to try out the different models. The main thing is I want a high-quality, steel-framed ( I think all Sphinxes are steel) DA/SA pistol for my next gun. I'm just hoping that there's nothing with the gun that'll cause me to not buy one, but I don't think there should be; I've handled several full-size autos (owned a full-size USP) and there really was no problem with them....


    I agree, but the only thing I'd be concerned about is the grip looks a little too short to handle solidly. If I could get a good grip on it, I may consider that since concealing anything larger (PS or P) will be difficult (but NOT impossible) in the San Antonio climate.
    The added benefit is that the 3.75in barrel is optional, adding to accuracy.

    I hear you, I'm checking my email everyday hoping to see it in there... :)
     
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    Oops, one more thing, I think all Sphinxes are ambidextrous, and since I'm left handed, that's another reason I'm interested in them. Hard to find a truly ambi pistol from the factory... :banghead:
     
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    Are Sphinx pistols modernized CZ-type pistols made in Switzerland, supposedly with better fit and finish than the original Czech make?

    If so, where do I sign up?
     
  22. Walther P99

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    Get in line, right behind the rest of us! :D
     
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    I hope Manuel didn't forget about us...:(
     
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    Sphinx guns arent really a moderized CZ...in fact if the new production methods for the internals of the CZ Po1 hold true..it should be quite a jump in CZ's technology/modernization.

    Sphinx guns are actually just a better fit/finish quality CZ clone..one that is "polished and tuned" from the factory.
    THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL! Sphinx makes them with just that extra touch of class....
    The triggers on the ones Ive shot/played with are excellent...
    Much like the better CZ triggers Ive felt....very nice.
    Heres a link to their site....for those who want to do this
    :banghead: :cuss:
    http://www.sphinx-systems.ch/e/index_e.htm
    Shoot well :neener: :evil:
     
  25. Walther P99

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    Jackpot!

    After months of waiting, I finally got the distribution notice...

    I'm going to email these people and hopefully I can get some pricing info, etc.

    **************************************************

    We are proud to announce our new US distributor,


    Rocky Mountain Armoury
    591 Blue River Parkway
    P.O. Box 1835
    Silverthorne, CO 80498


    Mr. Felix Lesmerises and his staff will be happy to provide you with
    information and take your orders.


    Contact possibilities:


    Phone: 970 468 5001

    Fax: 970 262 1499

    e-Mail : tekarms@yahoo.com


    For a fast up-date on our products, please refer either to our official
    web-page www.sphinxarms.com or our inofficial web-page in English,
    http://sphinx.weapons.be


    Please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail info@sphinxarms.com or Rocky
    Mountain Armoury at tekarms@yahoo.com for any questions or comment.



    SPHINX SYSTEMS LTD.
    Manuel Wipf


    SPHINX - Swiss quality firearms since 1876
     
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