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KRISS SPHINX SDP COMPACT

IMPORTER: KRISS USA (DEPT. AR), 912 CORPORATE LANE, CHESAPEAKE, VA 23320;
(855) 574-7787; KRISS-USA.COM
7.66 "

enough for competition, but not so
light that it might be considered dangerous for defensive use.
The pistol feeds from a 15-round,
double-stack, detachable box magazine that is released by a push button
located on the left side of the frame.
The pistol's interchangeable backstrap
is a one-piece rubber insert that wraps
around both sides of the grip, and extra
inserts included with the gun allow the
shooter to fine-tune the circumference
of the grip to the dimensions of his
or her hands. Completing the grip are
deeply machined finger grooves with
vertical striations cut into the frontstrap. Machined into the SDP Compact's
dustcover is a four-slot Picatinny rail for
the attachment of accessories such as
flashlights or lasers.
In a manner similar to the CZ 75
and its imitators, the SDP employs a
reversed-rail interface, whereby the slide
nests within the frame's rails rather than
overhanging them. This arrangement
minimizes slide height, resulting in a
naturally low bore axis, but also limits
the gripping area on the slide. To help
mitigate this issue, sharp cocking serrations were cut into the slide both fore
and aft, and we found them to be necessary for sure manipulation of the slide.
The extractor performs double duty
as a loaded-chamber indicator, allowing just a sliver of the case to show
when the chamber is occupied. At
the rear of the slide is a metallic rear
sight that is dovetailed into the slide.
This makes it drift-adjustable for
windage, however, no adjustment is
available for elevation. A fixed front
sight at the front of the slide features a white dot to aid in low-light
target acquisition.
Our range day consisted of accuracy testing with Federal's Syntech
training ammunition, as well as a
defensive loading from both Speer
and HSM. We achieved 100 percent
reliability through our 500-round
test and found the design to be quite
controllable. Most of us thought that
the deeply curved trigger bow greatly
aided in navigating the pistol's heavy
double-action pull, but it was still just
a little too heavy and gritty for most
of the evaluators' tastes.

3.75 "

5.25 "

SIGHTS: THREE-DOT;
DRIFT-ADJUSTABLE REAR,
FIXED FRONT

MANUFACTURER: KRISS
(SWITZERLAND)
ACTION TYPE:
RECOIL-OPERATED,
SEMI-AUTOMATIC,
CENTER-FIRE PISTOL
CHAMBERING: 9 MM LUGER
SLIDE: 4140 STEEL
FRAME: ALUMINUM
RIFLING: SIX-GROOVE;
1:10 " RH TWIST
MAGAZINE: 15-ROUND

TRIGGER: DOUBLE-ACTION,
13-LB., 8-OZ. PULL;
SINGLE-ACTION, 5-LB.,
9-OZ. PULL
WIDTH: 1.21 "
WEIGHT: 32 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S
MANUAL, HARD CASE,
EXTRA MAGAZINE,
INTERCHANGEABLE

BACKSTRAPS, CLEAN-

ING KIT, SPEED LOADER,
LOCK

DETACHABLE BOX

MSRP: $999

VEL. @ 10'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
LARGEST
AVERAGE
SMALLEST

FEDERAL SYNTECH
147-GR. TSJ

952 AVG.
6 SD

296

3.22

4.48

3.95

HSM
115-GR. JHP

1132 AVG.
14 SD

327

2.90

3.42

3.21

SPEER GOLD DOT
124-GR. GDHP

1128 AVG.
18 SD

350

2.31

2.61

2.44

SHOOTING RESULTS (15 YDS.)

9 MM LUGER
CARTRIDGE

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

3.20

N OTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS OVER A SHOOTING CHRONY
CHRONOGRAPH AT 10 FT . A CCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE , FIVE - SHOT GROUPS
AT 15 YDS . FROM A C ALDWELL REST . T EMPERATURE : 71o F. H UMIDITY : 30%.
A BBREVIATIONS: GDHP (GOLD DOT HOLLOW POINT ), JHP (JACKETED HOLLOW POINT),
SD (STANDARD DEVIATION ), TSJ (TOTAL SYNTHETIC JACKET).

However, while the doubleaction mode left a bit to be desired,
single-action was excellent, as it
broke cleanly and reset just shy
of the halfway point. Double taps
and transitions were smooth, and it
quickly became evident why many
choose to compete with this pistol. While accuracy at 15 yds. was
adequate but unexceptional, averaging slightly larger than 3 " groups,
we found it quite simple to keep our
shots within the " A " zone of a standard IPSC target. The best group of
the day belonged to the Speer Gold
Dot ammunition, measuring 2.31 " ;
we also saw respectable accuracy
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with the HSM 115-gr. offering and
wouldn't hesitate to keep a few boxes
of that on hand either.
At 32 ozs., the Sphinx SDP
Compact may be a bit heavy for IWB
carry for some, but it would make
a good pistol for OWB concealment,
particularly in cold weather under
heavy clothing. It also makes a terrific
home-defense pistol, where its 7.66 "
footprint is relatively easy to secure
in a quick-access safe. Overall, for
anyone seeking a well-made, goodlooking pistol with which to protect
the family or compete in practical
shooting sports, the Kriss Sphinx SDP
Compact deserves a serious look.

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