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Sphinx Model 3000 Open


Type:Pistol
Produced:2001 - 2012
Caliber:9 mm
Action:recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:frame mounted manual safety
Magazine:18-round
Frame:titanium
Grips:rubber,wood,aliminum or brass
Sights:variable
Notes:competition model
Barrel Length:5.31 in.
Overall Length:10.82 in.
Height:5.43 in.
Width:1.3 in.
Weight:49.41 oz.

Manufacturer:Phone Number:
Sphinx Systems Ltd.+41 33 821 10 05
Gsteigstrasse 12Website:
Matten Switzerlandwww.sphinx-systems.ch
Importer:Phone Number:
Website:
MSRP:$3200
Used Est.:$2975
Last Update: 9/5/2014

Caliber:9mm Luger
Alias:9mm Parabellum
Muzzle Velocities - from985to1500ft/sec
Muzzle Energies - from294to450ft-lb
Bullet Weights - from90to147gr

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Ranking Factors
Power Factor:146616- IDPA Rating Calculation
Recoil Factor:2.94 ft-lb- Standard Free Recoil Calculation
Total Capacity:19 rounds- Includes Chambered Rounds
Concealability:Very Poor
Defense Factor:81%

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 is 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 is 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 not mass produced and are fitted to tight tolerances, so Sphinx pistols are more expensive than mass produced products.
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.
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