New from Sphinx: SDP Sub-Compact 9mm

Sphinx SDP SUBCOMPACT (courtesy 

$1195. That’s the price of admission for Sphinx’s SDP Subcompact 9mm due in your LGS this summer. When I asked the rep the riddle of the Sphinx—what could possibly justify spending the better part of a grand for a subcompact pistol—he didn’t hesitate: durability. My Schweizerdeutsch isn’t as good as it used to be, but I think the Sales Manager said the bitzeli handgun would last longer than Uranian 235. Which you’d kinda hope for a firearm made from unobtanium that feels as solid as my alibi for Kennedy assassination. The gunsmith next to me at the stand couldn’t praise Sphinx highly enough (though God knows he tried). I’m not a big fan of DA to SA triggers but the gunmaker’s Communications Manager assures me the Sphinx will be a baby in the morning, a man in the day and an old man at night. Or something like that.


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17 Responses to New from Sphinx: SDP Sub-Compact 9mm

  1. avatarmatt says:

    So um… what exactly did that gunsmith say made it so long lasting or worthy the price?

  2. avatarSilver says:

    Looks a lot like the CZ P07 Duty, which I’ll stick with at that price.

  3. avatarDracon1201 says:

    Hope they weren’t banking on this. Unless it can show up Glocks in general durability, then it may be the worst marketing ploy I have ever seen.

  4. avatarCZJay says:

    An ounce of gold or a Sphinx pistol? That is the question.

  5. avatarNick says:

    Is the trigger guard really as massive as it seems in the photo?

  6. avatarA Trusted Friend in Science says:

    Excellent reference to the riddle of the Sphinx.

  7. avatarSteve in MA says:

    Sorry RF, the only Deutsch I remember the meaning of is “Du bist eine scheisskopf und Du bist eine schlampe” Ein eine einer is rusty too.

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  9. avatarJonathan says:

    What problem do people have with a $1195? Is it because it isn’t a high dollar 1911? These guns are known for their fit and finish. They are the Swiss watch of pistols because errrr they are made by the Swiss. Be more open minded!

    • avatardin says:

      pretty much. they’ve taken their sweet-ass time getting their guns released here in the states, though; after last year’s shot show I was chomping at the bit to pick one up, but it never materialized. I won’t hold my breath on this one, either, though I’d love to have one.

  10. avatarg says:

    Wow… what is it made out of? Admantium?

    If so, I’d rather pay the money to have it bonded to my skeleton, thank you.

  11. avatarJames says:

    That is not the correct pistol

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