Of all the guns that we saw and wrote about from Range Day, the Sphinx line is the one I didn’t really understand. They have been available for several years in Europe, but Europe has very few handguns in civilian hands. It isn’t like the US where we have the 2nd Amendment as part of the structure of our country. You just aren’t talking about tens or hundreds of thousands of guns. In fact you probably aren’t even talking about thousands. To come in to the US market at what will most likely be a high price point is a gamble at best, but KRISS USA seems prepared to take it.
The guns themselves are really cool, which helps, and they reek of high end Swiss quality, like when you pick up a real Swiss watch and you just know it is real, just by the feel. It is the same with these guns. You just feel the precision and quality in them. At range day we had show guns, which always shoot well so you can’t go by that, but I was impressed by the conviction of the members of the Sphinx company who were at the booth. They know they have great guns here and they are counting on KRISS to bring their message to the US market.
In five years we will either look back at 2011 and Sphinx and remember a really neat gun that didn’t make it, or we will remember their humble beginnings before they made it big in the US. I feel that new guns that challenge the market to get better are always a good thing, and that could be what Sphinx is today. Hopefully we’ll get some review guns soon and take them apart to see how they differ from those they hope to gain against in the market. That there piece design he is kind of explaining seems interesting. I don’t disbelieve him. I am just curious to see how the gun keeps itself together. The guns are supposed to be available in the US in March, so hopefully we’ll see then.