My experience of Rig and Gun

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My Rig

After using CR-Speed holster for many years I have change to Ghost Armadini holster (model CZ SP01) and it’s because Sphinx 3000 fits perfectly. The Ghost holster is a safe and reliable holster and it fits almost all types of gun. I have modified it a little bit and changed the spring that holds the gun with a much heavier one, and that gives you a much safer holster without using the lock.

My belt is a CR-Speed belt and I choose it because of the good stability and stiffness. The magazine pouches is Sickinger and I have modified the first pouch and mixed Sickinger and CR-Speed.

ghost1 magpouch rig

The perfect load for Production Gun

I have been reloading since I was a little boy with my father’s Lee reloading machine but it was primary for Bulleyes shooting and “Terræn” shooting in 9mm and cal. 32. For some years ago I shot 38. super in Open Class and was reloading with great success with my Dillon Square Deal B, but the Springfield pistol was crap and didn’t work. Now I am making reloads for my Sphinx 3000, but only for competition.

I have been looking for info about “the perfect load” on the internet and asking fellow shooters at big competition, and now I have collected some info about 9mm ammunition for Production Class. The big question is; a heavy or a light bullet?

I have tried 145 grains bullet for some years ago but it never really worked for me – I didn’t like the recoil characteristics. I like a fast closing time and fast bullets.

The table below with reloading data comes from various shooters that shoot Production Class.

Bullet Powder Load Primers Info from Tested in Gun
Weight Type Mfg. Type Weight Velocity PF Type Name  Type
(grs) (mm) (grs) (ftp)
124 Hornady FMJ 28,6 AS 4,2 132 Federal small pistol No. 100 Jack Rømer Sphinx 3000
145 HN-HP 29 N320 3,3 910,34 132 Federal small pistol No. 100 NN German Sphinx 3000
121 Hornady HAP N320 4,2 1090,9 132 Even Skaarer Sphinx 3000
121 Hornady HAP N310 3,8 1090,9 132 Even Skaarer Sphinx 3000
125 Zero JHP >29 N320 4,1 Angus Hobdell CZ SP01
124 RN 28,9 N320 4,2 Inge Pettersen
124 Storm RN 28,9 N330 4,5 130 Inge Pettersen
123 Partizan 29 N310 3,8 130 Winchester SP primers Rino Olsen CZ SP01
124  ? 29,1 N320 4,3 Mads Peter Bach SIGSauer X-fire
124 FMJ N320 4,2 130-135 Mannix Moya Glock 17
124 FMJ N320 4 134-135 Mannix Moya CZ 85B
147 FMJ 29 N320 3,5 132 Tommi Forsell CZ SP01
147 FMJ 29,1 N320 3,5 130 John van Uitert
124 FMJ 29,1 N320 4,1 132-133 John van Uitert
115 JHP Remington 28,1 N320 4,5 130 Winchester SP primers John van Uitert
115 JHP N-310 4,1 Winchester SP primers Venry d´Aiqillon 2011

Tips to choose a handgun for a completely new shooter

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Choosing a handgun may be a very difficult task for beginners. For a completely new shooter, knowing what points to look for is essential or else you may feel confused in an ocean of info and reviews etc… Basically, handguns are dangerous and can be fatal so you must be sure to have the best gun safe. Then you should consider the usage and specialty of the gun to choose. In this article, we will introduce a step by step guide on how to choose your first handgun.

1. Identify the reason why you need the gun

Knowing your purpose is the first thing to do when you buy something. If you need a gun for protection of your house, shotgun or rifle would be more efficient and also easier to use. However, if you need a gun to carry around for self-defense, handguns would be a better choice.

2. Know your budget

Handguns are available in various prices from as low as 100 USD to as high as thousands of dollars. However, too low prices may not go with high quality and reliability. Therefore, even if you do not want to spend too much on your first gun, try to go with the options from 400 USD upward.

3. Brand new or secondhand?

Some people want to have a brand new gun as their first gun, others can just be happy with a used one. In fact, whether new or used, you can also find a good gun. If you are going to buy a gun, buy it from a reliable brand. They offer a lifetime warranty for the gun they produce and sell. So even when the gun you choose to buy is a secondhand one, the possibility of a troublesome gun is pretty low.

4. The correct size

The size of the gun may concern you a lot. The point is a full size gun will be easier to shoot and more enjoyable to use. Yet it is not convenient to carry around. There are now gun options that try to combine the ease of shooting and the convenience of carrying. Yet they may be quite expensive.

5. Do not neglect the hand feel

The hand feel is important for a gun user. You can only be confident with a gun that fits your hand perfectly. Do not go with guns that make you feel uneasy or uncomfortable.

Some review of my old gun

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CZ 75 the master of the clones

The father of SPHINX CZ 75 pistol is made by Česká Zbrojovka Uherský Brod (CZUB) in the Czech Republic and the brothers Josef and František Koucký designed it. The first pistol was introduced in 1975, and it has a good reputation amongst pistol shooters for quality and versatility at a reasonable price, and is widely distributed throughout the world. Today World Champions as Adam Tyc uses a new and highly improved version of the CZ 75.

“Jeff Cooper, a long-time advocate of the Colt 1911, hailed the CZ 75 as the best-designed double-action autoloader available at the time”.

CZ-75 is a short recoil operated, locked breech pistol. It uses a combination of a standard Browning locking system and a Swiss construction made by Charles Petter, with cam-shaped cut below the barrel, which lowers the barrel on recoil stroke. Barrel locks into slide with two locking lugs, located just ahead of the ejection port. The slide rides on the internal rails, machined on inside of the frame. This system, originated by the Swiss SIG P210 pistol, provides more smooth cycle and better tolerances, resulting in greater accuracy. In basic models, the double action trigger system with exposed hammer has a frame mounted manual safety, which allows for “cocked and locked” carry.

The design became popular and other manufactures got license to produce clones based on the CZ75 design and worth mention are Tanfoglio Limited, Jerico 941 and Springfield P9. I really like the grip design and the shooting characteristics and that’s probably why it is so popular among shooters around the world.


Chronologically development of SPHINX

The history of SPHINX Systems Limited is a little confusing and I have tried to make a chronologically history line from all the sources I could find on the net, in books and articles. One thing is for sure “they” have produced pistols since mid ’80, but the real big step was when Armin Landolt took over I 1997.


The first version of the SPHINX evolution is AT-84 and -88 made by International Technology & Machines AG (ITM) in Solothurn – most likely a part of the Swiss Government. The design was very similar to the pre-B CZ guns and was assembled from parts largely purchased from Tangfolio in Italy. All the ITM pistols were based in the city of Solothurn and were marked “Solothurn ITM Switzerland” on the side of the slide. The AT-88 introduced several improvements, including the firing pin safety and slightly different barrel / slide locking.


SPHINX Engineering SA who made machine-tools and engineering components in Porrentruy started weapon production when they acquired ITM AG of Solothurn in 1989, along with the rights to its handgun designs. A rumor says that the Swiss Government stopped the manufacture of these pistols by ITM because they were being marketed in various 3rd world countries for paramilitary use. If it is correct or not is hard to say, but the merge of the two firms gave birth to a new and improved generation of pistols named Sphinx 2000. SPHINX name replaced “ITM” on the slides and the gun was a fixed BBL blowback chambered for the 9mm short round, with an automatic firing-pin safety, a self-cocking action and automatic de-cocking like the AT-88. The SPHINX AT 2000 pistols are based on the earlier ITM AT-84 and AT-88 pistols and were produced since 1990/92. It is unclear for me who and when they stated to produce the SPHINX AT-380 because I have seen this pistol in a “SPHINX and Solothurn” version and without Solothurn.


SPHINX continued to develop the SPHINX 2000, original CZ 75 design, which a decade later evolved into SPHINX 3000 model. Through the years SPHINX pistols has made thousands of pistols, but they are not mass-produced and are carefully fitted to tight tolerances, so SPHINX pistols are more expensive than mass produced products. The slide and frame is made from solid blocs of steel and fits each pistol with high quality barrels. Each pistol part is machined to very close tolerances and assembled by SPHINX master gunsmiths.

SPHINX 3000 high precision pistols

From the year 2000, the new construction of SPHINX 3000 series began. Armin Landolt who still is an active IPSC shooter took the basic idea, needs and requirements from this sport and based it on the modular system. The first production line began in 2002 “in house” and the evolution of this model is a still ongoing process with improvements almost every year. The next description of the new 3000 model is written by Matt Berger from Combat Handguns, because it is so well written and I couldn’t have don it better myself!

The evolution of the modern handgun

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SPHINX Systems Limited is today known for its high quality pistols for Special Forces and sport shooters. The company has been in business since 1876 and started to produce screws and other turned parts made of steel. Later the company started making precision tools and today the company is divided into 2 different groups; SPHINX Tools Ltd. and the only remaining Swiss manufacture of handguns SPHINX Systems Ltd.


The current owner Armin Landolt took over the production and manufacture of SPHINX pistols in 1997 and founded the SPHINX Systems Ltd. based in Matten near Interlaken where he had a shooting range. This was a turnover for the development of SPHINX pistols and today the pistols are officially accepted and registered as “Swiss Ordnance Pistols.” In order to obtain this highly regarded certification, Sphinx went through official governmental quality tests and trials.

The evolution of the modern handgun

To understand the development of the SPHINX 3000 pistol we have to go back in time where they only had revolvers and bolt-action rifles. The self-loading pistol was an almost solely middle-European invention, but with American know-how (revolver development) the first commercially successful semi-autopistol appeared in the late 1800. The first step from revolver to the modern semi-automatic pistol started in 1866 by the Swiss Frederick Vetterli, who had developed a tubular-magazine bolt-action repeater with a box magazine, which sat below and behind the breech. It was actually built for a bolt-action rifle, but other engineers such as Hugo Borchardt used his idea for developing semi-autopistols.


In 1884 Hiram S. Maxim designed a self-loading system, he invented a gun which, once the first round was loaded into the breech, would continue firing as long as fresh supplies of ammunition were present and the shooter kept his finger on the trigger. He was later on preoccupied with develop machine guns for the British Army. However, the application of his principle of using bullet energy to reload the weapon led to development of several self-loading pistols in the 1890s. During the end of 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century many test’s of self-loading pistols was carried out, such as Mauser (the C96 “Broomhandle”), Mannlicher (the Steyr Mannlicher M1894), DWM (Luger 1908) and Colt (the Colt M1900). Hugo Borchardt continued Maxim’s idea and produced the C93 in 1893 with further innovation, a pistol with 8 round removable magazine that was housed in the pistol grip.

In late 1890s John Browning designed one of the most famous autopistol M1911, originated in .45 caliber, and this self-loading handgun rose to become the greatest type of the 20th century modern centerfire pistols. Today it is popular with civilian shooters in competitive events such as IDPA, IPSC, and Bullseye shooting. Meanwhile the Austrian Georg Luger introduced the Luger pistol (P08) in 1898 and he also developed the cartridge 9x19mm Parabellum for this pistol. The German Army used the Luger pistol in World War 1 and 2.


The most widely used military pistols of all time, having been used by the armed forces of over 50 countries is Browning Hi-Power 9mm semi-automatic handgun. The design was based on John Browning design, but he died several years before the design was finalized, and later Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Belgium improved it. The Hi-Power name alluded to the 13-round magazine capacity; almost twice that of contemporary designs such as the Luger or Mauser 1910.

Now the brigs are laid for the foundation of the SPHINX 3000. But there should go more than 75 years and many different pistols with more or less success before the first SPHINX saw the light. Some of the most important and used pistol is listed below:

Tokarev TT-33 – Soviet Union 1930
Radom Vis-35 – Poland 1935
Walter PPK – Germany 1935
SIG P210 – Switzerland 1949
Makarov PM – Soviet Union 1951
Beretta 92 SB – Italy 1975
SIG Sauer P220 – Germany 1975
Heckler and Koch P7 – Germany 1976
Glock 17 – Austria 1982

My old gun- Sphinx 3000 reviews

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I have been shooting with Glock 34/17 since 1997 and it’s probably the most reliably gun on the marked today – that’s for sure! In 2006 I ordered a Sphinx 3000 Production Competition gun because my friend Ralf K. Jensen recommended the Sphinx company. Ralf had been shooting with Sphinx 2000 for many years and the first time I meet Ralf back in 1995 he was shooting bowling pins at a match here in Denmark. I like quality, precision and good craftsmanship. That’s some of the reason’s for choosing this pistol.

Get the best and the rest is up to you!


I wanted to eliminate all excuses and therefore I optimized all my gear, pistol and ammunition. An A-Class or a Master Class shooter can probably earn some extra points if they choose the right gear. The Sphinx pistol has some great advances that Glock 17 or other PD guns doesn’t have. For example: better trigger, fiber optic, adjustable sights, better recoil (heavier) and a beavertail (G17 bits me).



It took me almost half a year to get use to shoot with a heavier pistol (almost twice as heavy as G17), but now I am making some good results and I am quite satisfied with my new pistol. I can only recommend the Sphinx pistols, it’s probably the best pd-gun in the world! Remember to order spare parts especially the slide stop, they will normally break after 5.000-10.000 rounds. I have until now only brooken one slidestop on my first Sphinx. I had some problems with my first Sphinx, but Sphinx Arms have made me a new and improved gun with several new features like: finger grips, titanium grip, back-checkering and much – you can see the changes

IPSC Champions

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IPSC is today the fastest growing shooting sport in the world! Since the beginning of 1976 there has been a lot of Champions and today we have 5 Divisions with many categories as Lady, senior, super senior and junior and so on….But one thing is for sure, they have all worked hard to be a Champion. Through the years the competition has increased and now we have professional top shooters and semi sponsored shooters. The competition in the top has never been harder and it is a constantly race where shooters and weapon manufactures are optimizing gun, gear, shooting technique and training. But IPSC is still a virgin sport and 99% of the shooters are happy amateurs that just like guns and challenges.

IPSC is no more a sport for a few people in the inner circle – it’s a sport for verybody. The first IPSC World Champion was Ray Chapman. In 1975 at Zurich, Switzerland Ray Chapman almost ended with a perfect score, dropping only one point throughout the match.


The champion over all champions was Robert Leatham he has won the World Shoot 5 times and that’s an incredible performance! He won his first WS title in 1983 and 22 years later he won his 5th WS title – fantastic performance to be on the top for so many years.

Erik Grauffel is already a living legend and he Europe’s answer (x3) to Rob Leatham and Eric has won 4 World shoot and 4 European Championships in his young life. He is a shooting machine no one can beat him and Eric is the most winning IPSC champion ever!


The most winning Champion in the north of Europe is Jörgen Björk. Jörgen has won the Nordic title 5 times first time I 1993. Flemming Mark Pedersen from Denmark now living in Norway won the European Championship in 1992, but he was not the first Scandinavian shooter who has a EHC title. Back in 1980 when IPSC had their first EHC Vidar Naklingwon the title. Arnt Myhre also from Norway also won the title in standard in 1995 and hopefully there will come more titles to Scandinavia.


Year Division Danish Champions Nordic Champions European  Champions World Champions
2011 Production Lars Hagemann Rasmus Gyllenberg (SWE)
Revolver  Henrik F. Nielsen
Standard  Bo Stampe Madsen
Open  Eli Huttner
2010 Production Lars Hagemann Rasmus Gyllenberg (SWE) Eduardo de Cobos (ESP)
Modified Zdenek Henes (CZE)
Revolver Kristian Petersen Ole Eilertsen (NOR) Sascha Back (GER)
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Ralf K. Jensen (DEN) Juan Carlos Jaime (ESP)
Open Eli Huttner Lars-Tony Skoog (SWE) Eric Grauffel (FRA)
2009 Production Lars Hagemann Vesa Kaunisto (FIN)
Revolver Kristian Petersen Ole Eilertsen (NOR)
Standard Ulrik Birkjær Steinar Haugli (NOR)
Open Frants Pedersen Raine J Peltokoski (FIN)
2008 Production Lars Hagemann Matti Manni (FIN) Adam Tyc (CZE)
Modified Jojo Vidanes (USA)
Revolver Henrik F. Nielsen Ole Eilertsen (NOR) Ricardo Lopez (ECU)
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Steinar Haugli (NOR) Travis Tomasie (USA)
Open Frants Pedersen Faj Tran (SWE) Eric Grauffel (FRA)
2007 Production Lars Hagemann Even Skaarer (NOR) Adam Tyc (CZE)
Modified Zdenek Henes (CZE)
Revolver Hans Jørgen Jensen Igor Rosa Brusin (ITA)
Standard Mats Bäckström Matti Manni (FIN) Josef Rakusan (CZE)
Open Henrik F. Nielsen Steinar Haugli (NOR) Eric Grauffel (FRA)
2006 Production Henrik F. Nielsen Jörgen Björg (SWE)
Revolver Frants Pedersen Frants Pedersen (DEN)
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Manni Matti (FIN)
Open Frants Pedersen Johan Nordberg (SWE)
2005 Production Henrik F. Nielsen Even Skaarer (NOR) Adam Tyc (CZE)
Modified Jeufro Lejano (PHI)
Revolver Jerry Miculek (USA)
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Hans Roger Loe (NOR) Rob Leatham (USA)
Open Frants Pedersen Matti Manni (FIN) Eric Grauffel (FRA)
2004 Production Jack Rømer Jörgen Björg (SWE) Adam Tyc (CZE)
Modified Edoardo Buticchi (ITA)
Revolver Frants Pedersen Frants Pedersen (DEN) Bjoern Dietrich (NED)
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Steinar Haugli (NOR) Adriano Santareagelo (ITA)
Open Frants Pedersen Steinar Haugli (NOR) Eric Grauffel (FRA)
2003 Production Jack Rømer Morten Klöv (NOR)
Modified Kristian Poikonen (FIN)
Revolver Hans Jørgen Jensen
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Steinar Haugli (NOR)
Open Frants Pedersen Henning Wallgren (NOR)
2002 Production Henrik F. Nielsen Jörgen Björg (SWE) David Sevigny (USA)
Modified Austen Stockbridge (RSA)
Revolver Ivar Edfelt (NOR) Jerry Miculek (USA)
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Robert Söderström (SWE) Rob Leatham (USA)
Open Frants Pedersen Johan Hansen (SWE) Eric Grauffel (FRA)
2001 Production Jan Knapp (CZE)
Modified Edoardo Buticchi (ITA)
Revolver Guenther Knaus (GER)
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Marian Vysny (SVK)
Open Hans Pette Lie (NOR) Eric Grauffel (FRA)
2000 Modified
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Hans Roger Loe (NOR)
Open Frants Pedersen Johan Hansen (SWE)
1999 Modified Pavel Jasansky (CZE)
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Hans Roger Loe (NOR) Michael Voigt (USA)
Open Frants Pedersen Eric Grauffel (FRA)
1998 Modified Mario Riillo (ITA)
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Jörgen Björg (SWE) Marian Vysny (SVK)
Open Frants Pedersen Rune Olsen (NOR) Eric Grauffel (FRA)
1997 Open Frants Pedersen Henning Wallgren (NOR)
Standard Ralf K. Jensen Johan Hansen (SWE)
1996 Standard Ralf K. Jensen Jörgen Björg (SWE) Ted Bonnet (USA)
Open Frants Pedersen Todd Jarrett (USA)
1995 Standard Ralf K. Jensen Arnt Myhre (NOR)
Open Frants Pedersen Angus Hobdell (ENG)
1994 Standard Ralf K. Jensen
Open Frants Pedersen
1993 Standard Ralf K. Jensen Jörgen Björg (SWE) Ted Bonnet (USA)
Open Frants Pedersen Matt Mclearn (USA)
1992 Open Flemming Pedersen (NOR)
1991 Open Flemming Pedersen
1990 Open Flemming Pedersen (NOR) Doug Koenig (USA)
1989 Open
1988 Open Rob Leatham (USA)
1987 Open
1986 Open Flemming Pedersen (NOR) Johnny Hoffman (NOR) Rob Leatham (USA)
1985 Open
1984 Open
1983 Open Rob Leatham (USA)
1982 Open Robert Dunkley (ENG)
1981 Open Robert Dunkley (ENG) Ross Seyfried (USA)
1980 Open Vidar Nakling (NOR)
1979 Open Jimmy Von Sorgenfrei (SA)
1978 Open
1977 Open Dave Westerhout (ENG)
1976 Open Jan Foss (NOR)
1975 Open Ray Chapman (USA)