The Swiss do a lot of things right: Swiss Cheese, Swiss Chocolate, Swiss Watches, and even Swiss Banks and Multi-Tools. But they also make pretty solid firearms, too. Besides being the “SIG” of SIG Sauer, Switzerland is also home to Astra Arms, RUAG, KRISS Arms and their subsidiary, Sphinx Systems. Sphinx’s main defensive handgun is a CZ-75 clone, the 9mm SDP. The Sphinx SDP is this week’s test subject in Patrick Kelley’s Box to Match review series. In this video, Patrick gets a brand new Sphinx SDP, gives it a quick clean and lube job, then takes it to a Steel Challenge match to see how it performs without any aftermarket upgrades, adjustments, or replacement parts. See how the SDP performed:
Despite the chilly weather, it seemed the Sphinx SDP performed wonderfully in the match. There were a few missed shots, but finding the point of aim and getting on target with a new handgun not only takes skill, it takes practice. The fit and finish were beautiful (an improvement over last week’s Smith and Wesson). The 4.5 pound trigger was crisp single action with a short reset, and only got a little gritty in double action. The hammer drop allows for a slight reduction on the double action trigger pull.
On the accuracy test, Patrick shot five different loads from his Sphinx SDP: Freedom Munitions Super Match, American Steel, Hornady 115gr XTP, Hornady 124gr TAP CQ, and Blazer 115gr FMJ. The Super Match yielded a 1.2″ group, the American Steel gave groups between 2.25″ to 2.8″, Hornady’s 115gr load grouped at about 2.6″ while the 124gr TAP CQ loads clocked in at 1.5″, finally, the old stand-by Blazer ammunition grouped at 2.5″ to 2.65″ inches. Overall, Mr. Kelley saw an average of sub-2″ groups at 25 yards, which is pretty impressive…especially in the cold Washington state weather.
What did you think of the Sphinx SDP? Think you might want to try one out? Tell us what you think below.
Video courtesy of Patrick Kelley. Give him a like or follow to help him keep making these videos. Firearm courtesy of Sphinx and KRISS USA via DefenderOutdoors.com. Got a question for Pat? Leave a comment on his video or on here and he’ll get back to you as soon as he can!