In mid-2012, I first read about a new gun manufacturer, SCCY, that was making an affordable CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) in Florida. Needless to say, I was curious and wanted to test it. Over the years, I’ve always tried to review a variety of guns, at a variety of prices. I understand that anyone would love a $1,000+ gun, but for some that is a currently unattainable dream. Every socioeconomic class in the U.S. has the right to self-defense as well as the ability to defend those they love.
SCCY manufactures two main styles of its gun in 9mm: the CPX-1 (has a manual, external, safety) and the CPX-2 (no external safety). My personal preference is the CPX-2. In my opinion, the more features you have that disable a gun from firing when being stored in a drawer or holster are the same features that will trip you up when you need it to work.
SCCY’s guns feature a 7075-T6 aircraft aluminum slide that rides on a Zytel polymer frame. It holds 10 rounds of 9mm. The frame is offered in 9 different colors and the slide can be made in black nitride or natural stainless. The CPX-2 ships with two 10-round magazines that have the option to have flat baseplates or finger extensions. It’s also important to note that SCCY’s guns are 100% made in America with American materials. But at $269 MSRP, does SCCY offer both affordability and reliability?
Before shooting the CPX-2, I dry fired it several times. After 6 pulls in on the trigger, the internal trigger spring broke. My test was over before it began. SCCY does offer a lifetime warranty that follows the gun. Now I had an opportunity to test just how good the warranty was. A testament to SCCY’s customer service, within one week I had a new CPX-2.
I had no issues dry firing this new gun. Over the next few months, I fired 500+ rounds through the CPX-2 and had zero issues. The double-action trigger pull was relatively smooth and the recoil was very manageable. There was no slop once the magazine was locked into the frame. This is important, as when I find issues with failures to feed they can sometimes be traced back to the magazine rocking too much in the magwell.
I was looking for a low-cost CCW and SCCY delivered. I prefer a single-stack CCW to carry, but the CPX-2 has a prominent place in my daily life. I have it in my car as my emergency backup CCW. I have no doubt that when I need it, it will perform.
Do you own a SCCY pistol? Have you fired one? Which model would you prefer? Share your SCCY experiences in the comment section.
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