SCCY CPX Pistol Review

Quick SCCY questions (and answers) for the impatient : Does the SCCY CPX-2 9mm pistol operate safely? Yes. In our testing we have had zero safety issues with the SCCY CPX-2. Is the […]

29-SCCY_CPX2 (27)Quick SCCY questions (and answers) for the impatient :

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41-SCCY_CPX2 (43)How I found the SCCY

I am not a dancer.
I don’t dance, nor do I enjoy watching people dance.
So, when my better half sent me to take one of our mini-gear-heads to her dance class, I wondered what in the world I would do for an hour.
As I pulled up in front of the dance school I saw that a gun store had opened 2 doors down.
Ah yes, my problem was solved. I dropped my daughter at the door the dance school and hot footed it to the comfortable confines of the gun store. Among the many guns on display, the one that intrigued me the most, was a little 9mm pistol from a company I had never heard of: SCCY.
It looked a lot like a Glock in terms of manual of arms and mechanisms. There was no built-in trigger safety, and one of the 2 models in the display cabinet had a manual safety, the other did not.
On picking it up, I quickly found a few things the:

  • 39-SCCY_CPX2 (41)grip fit my hands nicely, with the included finger groove extending onto the front of the magazine at the base
  • weight and size felt about right. Looked like about the right size to make a good concealed carry gun, but not so tiny that my big hands overwhelmed the gun
  • grip texture was “grippy” enough, without feeling like it would take a bite out of my hand
  • DAO trigger pull was long and heavy, with a distinct springy vibration after the hammer dropped
  • price was too low. Seriously. I thought it was a misprint, as they had this brand new pistol on sale for $215

I left the LGS with a SCCY pamphlet and a bit of motivation.

Excuse me… while I kiss the SCCY (apologies to the ghost of Jimi Hendrix)

It didn’t take long to track down a contact or two at SCCY and send a few emails inquiring about getting pistol to review. The marketing  person obliged and promised a pistol was on the way. I think that email to me was one of the last this person sent before leaving the company… as no one was told and the pistol was not shipped. A few weeks later I turned up a new contact who promptly sent a SCCY CPX-2 and SCCY branded kydex OWB holster for review.

SCCY CPX-2 pistol and holster boxes compared to MP Shield and Canik TP9SA

SCCY CPX-2 pistol and holster boxes compared to MP Shield and Canik TP9SA

Presentation

One might be excused for expecting every new pistol to come in a plastic case, these days, thanks to the likes of Glock, FNH, Canik, and Springfield all going the black plastic case route.  Well,  to be fair,  other makers like Smith & Wesson and Ruger still ship new pistols in cardboard boxes. SCCY ships the CPX pistols in a rather elegant looking black cardboard box with red foil lettering and logo. Inside is an excellent Instruction Manual, a spent case (to satisfy the gun nazis in some jurisdictions), an ad for ArmaLaser, child lock with 2 keys, and a “No-Questions-Asked” Warranty card (complete with a QR code). Oh… and the pistol is in a custom foam cutout, along with an extra magazine and a set of flat mag floor plates. Although I can’t imagine many people actually use the flat mag floor plates.
Overall, I was impressed that this dirt cheap pistol was presented well above it’s price-point.

So what. How does it shoot?

As noted in Best Concealed Carry Pistol – 7 guns reviewed, the SCCY CPX-2 shot well, but has a long, heavy DAO trigger that takes some getting used to if you are accustomed to the lighter striker fired arrangements in Glocks, and the like.  My GPS Firearms Trigger Scale showed the trigger breaking at 9.5 Lb, 8.5 LB, and 9.25 LB, for an average of  9.08 Lb. I think the SCCY CPX-2 came in pretty low on the rankings for that test mainly because it was one of the only DAO triggers and it has such a different trigger feel from all of the other guns that it threw the testers off a bit since they were switching from gun to gun to gun, etc… If this were a shooter’s primary concealed carry pistol and they practiced with it regularly, like they should, then I think the heavy, long trigger would be a non-issue. With that said, as I have adjusted to the feel of the SCCY CPX-2 I like it more and more.  At 17 oz empty, 22 oz loaded (My digital scale shows 15.09 oz with no magazine, 17.4 oz with an empty magazine), the SCCY CPX-2  has enough mass to dampen the 9mm Luger recoil a bit, making it a bit easier to keep on target during strings of shots vs some of the lighter pocket gun options.

46-SCCY_CPX2 (48)A small concealed carry pistol is most likely to be used in a defensive situation at 15 yards or less. Sometimes much less.  The accuracy of the SCCY CPX-2 is more than sufficient for these ranges.

We have shot the SCCY CPX-2 with Winchester 115 gr “white box”, Remington UMC 115 gr “green box”, PolyCase Inceptor ARX 74 gr (polymer/copper injection molded bullets), and 124 gr Xtreme Bullets reloads. The SCCY CPX-2 has run like a top the whole time, eating everything we have thrown at it, even while other, more expensive guns experienced some feed issues. In fact, some of the reloaded rounds were from a batch that had case dimension issues which has caused Failure to Fire on the first attempt in about 20% of the rounds in the Glock 17 Gen4. We keep these rounds for practicing weapons failure drills. While the S&W M&P Shield 9 9mm struggled and choked on around 30-40% of these rounds, the SCCY CPX-2 fired more than 95% of the time with these crappy rounds (that is one failure to fire on the first attempt out of each pair of 10 round magazines, 1 out of 20). Even better, the SCCY CPX-2 is a true DAO, so if the round didn’t fire on the first attempt, I simply pulled the trigger again. In all cases, the round fired on the second try.

42-SCCY_CPX2 (44)From a shootability standpoint, the deep grooves on the rear sides of the slide make for an easy grip to rack the slide, even with wet or gloved hands. And sights… the sights are STEEL! As a rather loyal Glock owner I can say without hesitation that the little plastic sights that come stock on Glock pistols are a joke. SCCY chose to put real steel sights on this budget pistol. Why the #$!@ doesn’t Glock put steel sights on their guns?

Are you listening Glock? SCCY just kicked your butt on something simple that you should already be doing.

Yeah. I have some unresolved issues around Glock’s sight choice.
Anyhow, the steel sights on the SCCY CPX pistols are small enough that they don’t snag on things, but big and stout enough that the rear sight can be snagged on a belt, tree, wall, etc. to aid in one handed slide cycling.
Although the double-stack magazine makes for a slightly larger grip than some of the competing pocket guns, the SCCY CPX grip measures only 1.1″ thick on my digital calipers.

size comparison: SCCY, M and P Shield, Canik TP9SA

size comparison: SCCY, M and P Shield, Canik TP9SA

I have to admit that I am a big fan of striker fired handguns, with the Glock 17 Gen4 (with TruGlo sights) and Ruger LC9S Pro 9mm  making up 2 out of 3 in my EDC rotation (Ruger SR1911 is the 3rd). However, the ability to pull the trigger again in the event of a round that didn’t fire on the first try makes more sense to me, the more I think about it.

What if it breaks?

No worries here. SCCY sports a No-Questions-Asked Lifetime Warranty that stays with the gun. I’ve heard folks argue that a warranty won’t help you if the gun breaks when you need it to defend your life. However, I have been in business long enough to know how obscenely expensive warranty work is for a manufacturer. The way I see it, offering such a straight-forward, strong warranty is evidence that SCCY has a durable, reliable product that they do not expect to need warranty service. While I haven’t shot this SCCY CPX-2 enough to be able to report definitively on the long range durability on this gun,  I haven’t seen anything to make me expect problems. Unlike some of our pistols from other major brands which have shown alarming wear after relatively low use. The SCCY CPX-2 has had a several hundred rounds put through it by a variety of people and the various wear surfaces look nearly new.

Specifications

Here are the spec from SCCY:

18-cpx2-stainless-prod01CPX-2 TT 9MM
Two-tone, no manual safety

Barrel: machined from bar stock with 7 lands and grooves having a 16‐1 right hand twist.
Receiver: 7075‐T6 aircraft grade heat treated aluminum alloy, machined from bar stock.
Grip/Frame: Made from Zytel polymer, with ergonomic finger grooves and an integral “RE-COIL CUSHION” on the back‐strap.
Recoil Spring System: all steel, fully encapsulated for ease of disassembly and reassembly.
Slide Lock/Release: steel with a Zytel over molded polymer extension for ease of operation.
3 dot sight system: steel rear sight, adjustable for windage only with locking screw.
Hammer firing system: double action only, internal hammer with inertial firing pin to prevent accidental discharge if dropped.
Double action trigger: specifically designed for shooter comfort and accuracy by designing the system to have a smooth effortless, consistent 9 pound trigger pull.
Magazine: included with (2) double stack, 10 round capacity magazines with finger extension base installed and 2 flat magazine bases included.
19-cpx2-stainless-prod05Trigger Guard Lock: custom designed to properly fit and be child resistant. Includes 2 keys.

Dimensions/Weight

Barrel Length: 3.1″
Height: 4″
Length: 5.7″
Width: 1″
Weight: 15oz

Stainless Steel MSRP $314
Natural stainless steel finished by ceramic abrasion, producing a non-reflective satin finish.

Stainless Steel Black Nitride MSRP $314
Self-lubricating, hard nitride treatment with scratch-resistant black nitride surface.

Overall

I have been impressed with the SCCY CPX-2 and see no reason NOT to recommend it. In fact, the SCCY CPX-2 has a lot to like, including a great price and warranty that won’t quit.

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Mid-sized compact pistol for concealed carry at a great price.

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About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits. A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management. Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.