October 2013

Shopping for a Polymer 9mm: We Test CZ, Sphinx, & Walther

These foreign-brand pistols offered a range of features and prices. But we’re not sure we’d take the leap with any of them.

We recently had the good fortune to have three interesting 9mm polymer-frame handguns come our way. Two of them are new to these pages, the Walther PPX M1 No. 2790025, $450; and the Kriss Sphinx SDP Compact, $1295. This marks the first time we’ve ever tested a Sphinx of any sort, and the PPX is a new model. They were joined in this shootfest by a handgun we’ve tested two times previously, the CZ USA CZ 75 P-07 Duty, $528, but in a new variation, the No. 91178, which has tall sights and a threaded barrel to accommodate a suppressor. Those seemingly minor changes to what has been a Grade B gun improved it in our eyes, even if we weren’t going to fit it with a can.

This trio had a lot in common. They were very close in overall length, if you discount the CZ’s longer barrel. The CZ and the Sphinx are obviously related in bloodline, with the Sphinx being fairly described as a legal, but much higher end, copy of the CZ 75. Walther’s product has the most market-savvy approach, coming in many hundreds of dollars below the Swiss-made Sphinx and at least a few tens of dollars, maybe more, below the CZ. There are differences, too, with the Walther being a DAO action and the Sphinx and CZ being DA/SA, and the CZ being convertible to SA operation as well. But because of the Walther’s excellent trigger, it didn’t give up as much as you might think to the second-shot single actions.

But when the smoke cleared, our team said we had three above-average products that we probably would not purchase; therefore, we can’t recommend that you purchase them either. You may disagree; because in the stats and descriptions below, you may see silk where we saw sow’s ear.

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