Sphinx SDP: The only copy better than the original. After the Soviet Invasion in 1968, Czechoslovakia began developing a new handgun and Ceska Zbrojovka unofficially commissioned the newly retired František Koucký to design the CZ75. The CZ75 was based off the Browning High Power linkless locked breech action combined with the Petter SACM Modèle 1935 bushingless barrel and SIG P210 internal slide rails. The CZ75 was sold to Industrial Machine and Tool (ITM) in Switzerland and copied by Tanfoglio in Italy. After the relationship with CZ diminished, ITM obtained tooling from Tanfoglio to produce the AT84S with an internal firing pin block. When ITM offered the AT84S to unfriendly countries they were shut down and rights were sold to Sphinx. While CZ75 and Tanfoglio were cast or forged, Sphinx were milled from billet steel with tighter tolerances. In 1996 the AT2000 was based on the ITM AT84S and compact AT88S with interchangable fullsize and compact slides/frames. In 2003 the AT3000 was tailored for IPSC / IDPA competitors and law-enforcement with hand-fit slides/frames, full-length dust-cover, Picatinny rail, 3.7", 4.5", or 5.3" barrels and premium stainless, palladium or titanium frames. In 2012 the Special Duty Pistol (SDP) was designed for mass production with polymer, aluminum, or steel frames, wrap-around grips, and 3.7" or 4.3" threaded barrels. While the AT2000 and AT3000 have manual safeties and can be carried cocked/locked, the SDP has no manual safety and replaced by ambidextrous decockers. Initial production was imported and Made in Switzerland and later manufactured by KRISS in the United States while rights in Switzerland were sold to Brügger & Thomet (B&T) for production of the Universal Service Weapon (USW) with folding stock and Aimpoint Nano optic. The Sphinx is hands down the highest quality CZ75 you will find - muchless handgun under $1000.
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