About the Handgun:
The Sphinx 3000 pistols are direct descendants of the company's Sphinx 2000 series pistols. Notable differences in the 3000 series is its higher capacity and the use of titanium in various models. The Sphinx 3000 pistols are available in various versions and calibers, for sport (IPSC and IDPA), self-defense and security/police services. Sphinx 3000 pistols offer extremely high workmanship and reliability, which is reflected in their price.
About the Manufacturer:
This was a Swiss based manufacturer of high quality pistols used mainly by special forces, elite police units and sports shooters. This machine-tool and engineering company started in the gunmaking business when it acquired gunmaker ITM of Solothurn in 1989, along with the rights to its handgun designs. Sphinx was best known for its ongoing development of the original Czech designed CZ 75 pistol, which has been evolved into the Sphinx 2000 and Sphinx 3000 designs. Sphinx pistols are were mass produced and were fitted to tight tolerances, so Sphinx pistols are more expensive than mass produced products.
The Swiss company KRISS Arms Group purchased Sphinx in November 2010. By 2012 KRISS Arms ceased production on all previous Sphinx handgun models and began development of the SDP line of handguns under the Sphinx brand.
KRISS USA is the North American extension of the Swiss based KRISS Arms Group. Product development, manufacturing, and distribution currently take place across the US, from Virginia to California.
About the Cartridge:
This cartridge was introduced along with the Luger semi-automatic pistol. The pistol and cartridge was first adopted by the German Navy in 1904 and then by the German Army in 1908. This cartridge has since been adopted by the military of practically every non-Communist power. It has become the most popular and widely-used handgun cartridge in the world. Performance wise, the 9mm cartridge has somewhat more power than the .38 Special but falls well short of the .357 Magnum.