Review: SCCY’s Affordable 9mm

Bob Campbell racking the slide of the SCCY CPX-2 pistol

A few years ago, when SCCY introduced the CPX 9mm handgun, I found the piece to be reliable, well designed, and offered at a fair price. The early versions with a frame-mounted safety sometimes suffered from the safety moving to the on position during firing though. While SCCY has corrected the issue, and the shooters thumb contacting the safety may have caused some of it, I recommend the version without a safety. A pistol with a 10-pound double action only trigger may be carried without a manual safety.

White SCCY CPX-2 left profile with a box of Fiocchi ammunition
The SCCY CPX-2 and Fiocchi 9mm loads are a good combination.

I wished to test a new model SCCY CPX 9mm in order to see if there were any improvement in the pistols performance and finish. The stainless slide and polar white frame version tested is clearly more attractive than the all black pistols I had previously tested. I recall a reliable handgun from previous testing, and the new pistol follows this line closely. Perhaps the most attractive feature of this handgun is its price. At $227.63 (at present) the SCCY CPX-2 is priced at almost exactly half the price of the Smith and Wesson Shield or Glock 43. While they are different handguns, this is an important frame of reference.

For this modest outlay, you get a locked breech action, self-loading pistol with a double action only trigger mechanism, 3.1-inch barrel, stainless steel slide, well designed sights with three dot inserts, two 10-round magazines, and a trigger lock with two keys. The CPX is light enough for constant carry at 15 ounces. A heavier and more powerful handgun might be left at home, as I often say, and there is little excuse not to carry the SCCY.

The trigger both cocks and drops the hammer. The action is not reset by the slide. The trigger may be pressed repeatedly in practice with a triple-checked unloaded pistol. This is an advantage for those wishing to master the trigger action by dry fire practice. The pistol is hammer fired. The CPX-2 is only 6.0 inches long, 4.6 inches high and a little over an inch thick. The grip fits most hands well.

SCCY CPX-2 pisolt in box with spare magazine
The CPX features a spare magazine, flat magazine bases, gun lock and instruction manual.

The pistol is supplied with finger grip extensions on the magazine. There are flush fit flat baseplates supplied. I think that a good program is to deploy the flush fit magazine for concealed carry—particularly pocket carry—and use the finger grip magazine for the backup load as the finger grip makes for good leverage when grasping the magazine.

The leverage of the trigger is such that the 10-pound trigger compression feels lighter. The magazine release is positive and keeps the magazine in place but also drops the magazine smartly when pressed. The slide lock features an overmolded extension. The slide lock is easily worked quickly.

The pistol isn’t designed to handle +P ammunition. In a handgun this size, +P would be difficult to control. Slide velocity might outstrip the ability of the magazine to feed properly. +P loads would also cause excess wear on the small parts of the action if used extensively.

I selected a standard practice load that has consistently given good results, the Fiocchi 115-grain FMJ loading. I also fired a smaller quantity of the Fiocchi 124-grain FMJ. As an example of a quality defense load, I included the Fiocchi 124-grain EXTREMA and the Fiocchi 147-grain JHP. The pistol is comfortable to fire without excess recoil. The long double-action trigger provides good control.

extended slide stop on the SCCY CPX-2 pistol
The CPX-2 features a slide stop with an extension.

As you press the trigger to the rear, allow the pistol to reset during recoil, and then as soon as the sights are back on target fire again. Reset wasn’t as fast as some pistols, but the action is consistent and reset was smooth. I fired the pistol extensively at 5, 7, and 10 yards. At 7 yards, the most likely defense range, I was able to put the entire 10-round magazine into a space the size of a hand. That is life saving accuracy. None of the loads were difficult to manage, but the 147-grain JHP seemed most pleasant. I would most likely carry the 124-grain JHP as a defense load. The final result of any defensive encounter depends upon the gunhandling and determination of the defender. The SCCY is plenty accurate for most defensive encounters.

Firing such a handgun at long range for accuracy isn’t relevant, but it is useful in gauging the ability of the shooter and the pistol. After all, we do not wish to be helpless if confronted with a threat a longer range. I took the time and made the effort to fire the SCCY CPX-2 from a braced barricade firing position at 15 yards.

Using the Fiocchi 124-grain XTP EXTREMA, I carefully fired three 5-shot groups. The time I took to do so isn’t relevant to personal defense shooting, but I took the measure of the pistols accuracy. I fired a group that measured 3.5 inches at 15 yards. The largest of the three groups measured 4.25 inches. Based on my experience with the SCCY CPX-2 9mm pistol and Fiocchi ammunition, the piece is capable of striking a threat in the chest at 25 yards. That is a lot of reach for a 15-ounce 9mm.

The pistol is intended for personal defense and that means close range. This isn’t a field pistol for dusting off coyote and pests. Home defense would also entail close range use and gunhandling is as important as marksmanship. The pistol handles well and offers 10 shots fast to save your life. The pistol is compact and has been carried in a Blackhawk! pocket pistol during most of the trail. The CPX-2 hasn’t failed to feed, chamber, fire, and eject in several range sessions totaling over 250 cartridges. The SCCY is a neat little pistol with good performance for the price.

Do you own a CPX-2 pistol? How does it shoot? Share your answers in the comment section.

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

Published in
Black Belt Magazine
Combat Handguns
Rifle Magazine
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns

Books published

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (14)

  1. I’m buying one of the -2’s this afternoon. I own several handguns (even a Hi-Point 9) and am excited to play with this thing. My wife wanted Purple, so that’s the color of the grips… I’ll follow up when we’ve shot it. Thanks for all of the info, folks!

  2. Got a CPX-1 couple weeks ago. They had the CPX 2 also but being military police over 22 years I don’t mind a safety, becomes reflex to take it off. Went out to our 60 acres last week and familiarized myself with the weapon putting 45 rounds thru. 40 jacketed practice and 5 carry rounds. 2and round had a fail to feed but no issues after that. I have small hands and the grip was perfect. Did not use regular targets, used couple empty soda bottles on tree branches, a plastic coffee can lid and empty paint can. Grouped pretty well at 10ish yards and 15ish yards. Had one high shot about 3 inches high at 15 yards but most likely my fault, was bit cold and standing in snow plus new weapon and haven’t practiced in awhile. Will definitely hit the bad guy at a reasonable distance. I have been carrying in a cheap blackhawk inside the waistband every day all day very comfortably. I’m fairly thin and just wearing t shirt, flannel shirt or sweatshirt there is not much profile at all. I had really wanted to like the Taurus but this felt more comfortable grip and is bit smaller than the Taurus so more comfortable to carry. I couldn’t be happier with this little carry gun. Great self defense caliber, small enough for comfortable carry, accurate enough for its purpose and super easy to breakdown and clean.

  3. I just ordered a brand new SCCY CXP-1 (WITH THE SAFETY). I will let you guys know what I think about it at the range in a few days !

  4. I have owned many different hand guns . I have never seen a hand gun that I didn’t like in one way or another . But I am not comfortable carrying any gun with a light TRIGGER! The SCCY cp-x 2 nails it for me as a carry gun .
    If you purchase a sccy and have a problem with it let the folks at sccy help you get the bugs out of it . I had a problem with one of my mags but was an easy fix , i took care of it myself. No problem after that. Goes bang every time .These really are great fire arms ! Not my favorite range gun but is my EDC !

  5. I have nothing but good things to say about the SCCY CPX2. Let’s start with price; in my area there is only a $20 difference in price between a Hi-point C9 and the SCCY. That’s a no brainer right there. Then we get to SCCY’s excellent customer service; I was having issues getting hollow points to go into battery. I contacted SCCY via email, and two new magazines were in my mailbox in less than a week. This had solved the problem. This also happens to be a reliable firearm; I have put hundreds of rounds down range without any problems so far. It doesn’t seem to be picky about Ammo, It likes all of the usual (Winchester white box, Federal champ, Blazer brass) common 115 grain ball varieties I buy. It has fed my preferred defense load, Federal HST 147 grain, with zero issues. I don’t recall if I tried any Tulammo, and I never buy aluminum cased anything, but I doubt it would be an issue. It has about the same footprint as a Glock 26, so concealment is very easy. Another promoter is the availability of holsters and accessories; due to their price point, these firearms are selling well. That means there are a lot of them out there and the aftermarket has incentive to make things for the SCCY. One thing I recommend you immediately buy would be a set of Talon grips; the grips aren’t horrible, but given the small size of the CPX, the added traction of the Talon grips are very benificial.

    I bought the CPX2 because my CZ-75 clone (a SARK2P) was just a little bit uncomfortable for all day carry, and the handle would print just a little bit more than I’d liked. I’ve always preferred double action pistols for carry because I just felt safer with a round in the chamber due to the heavier trigger pull. So if you carry a revolver for that very reason, and would like to step up to a semi auto for higher round capacity, then the SCCY is for you. The trigger pull is about 10lbs, pretty close to many revolvers when fired in double action.

    If anyone from SCCY is reading this, please build us a slim profile single stack version, I would buy it tomorrow!

  6. I bought my CPX2 in early 2015. Since then it has functioned without any issues. Once the frame pins are removed for the first time, they do have a tendency to walk, but blue loctite will take care of that problem, or the company will send you over sized pins I have been told. I had some issues with a magazine, and the customer service was great. Overall, it is a well made handgun. It’s light and easy to conceal. It is my daily carry during the week. I recommend these to people without any reservation.

  7. I own 2 SCCY CPX-2. They’re awesome guns for the $$ Watch IraqVeteran8888 Torture test video on this gun. I paid $190 a piece for 2 of them this past Xmas plus the $10 for permit holders to pick up from my FFL. Can’t beat this gun for the money. Only downside is a 10lb trigger pull isn’t for everyone.

  8. The TWO SCCY’s I have shot, both with multiple types of ammo, quickly showed themselves to be completely and utterly unreliable. One of them was used, the was brand new. I would trust NEITHER as my concealed carry gun. It doesn’t matter if it holds 10 rounds. If you can only get two of them off, it might as well be a Derringer…

  9. Their customer service is excellent. I had an issue with one of their earlier models and they were very helpful, in sending TWO free parts that fixed the problem. For the money, this is a very good choice for an EDC, in the popular 9mm caliber. The recoil is manageable, and the size makes it easy to carry. What more could anyone want?

  10. I purchased the exact pistol a few years ago as shown in the review. I experienced chronic FTF and FTE problems. The front frame pin also migrated. I saw online reviews of other owners having the same issues. I contacted SCCY and they promptly sent me a new barrel and magazines. The problems continued to a lesser degree. I mostly practice with factory reloads which function flawlessly in other pistols. I finally experimented with various brands of new ammo including Fiocchi 115 gr after ~400 rounds of the reloads. Eureka! I’ve had no chamber problems with my little storm trooper gun since. The pin still moves a bit, but that is something a little bit of loctite can fix.

  11. I like the SCCY, my wife and I both carry one. The author is correct, long range pistols they ain’t but they are reasonably accurate at 10 to 20 yards and they are dependable as hell. Neither of us has ever had a jam, misfire or FTF or FTE in over 600 rounds between us. They are light enough not to be a burden to lug around like my Radom P 64 9mm Makarov was, but they are a bit harder to conceal because they are thinker. The recoil is more than manageable and the pistol will fire as fast as you can pull the trigger. For self/home defense I think they are an excellent choice. As I said, from my training as a Police Officer, I know that the farther away you are shooting at someone armed with a weapon other than a firearm, the less likely it is that a self defense assertion is going to fly. If they’re that far away, you should be thinking about finding appropriate cover because, when you miss, and at distance you will miss, that bullet is going SOMEWHERE, and possibly that somewhere could be an Innocent bystander. The one thing I do suggest is to get the trigger kit and and retention rod and recoil spring kit, because, like most of the polymer guns in use today, the retention rod is plastic and I’ve seen way too many Glock’s fly apart on the firing range because the cheap plastic rod broke. Also,the trigger kit makes the trigger pull fully adjustable, which contributes considerably to the accuracy of the weapon. You can get the kits for these complete for under $100.00. To me it’s worth it for the added confidence in my weapon that might have to save my life. I don’t think you’ll find a better value for South of $250.00. Be safe.

  12. Got one of the CPX-2 pistols when they came out, had some problems w/the ejector but the company heard the problem and sent me out a new stainless slide in a week, Great company to deal with. I got a IWB soft holster and carry out w/ Dog walking, in yard and when I can’t carry my regular carry gun.. Love the little pistol. i got a laserlyte red dot laser for it and it is perfect little around the neighborhood gun or a back up gun.

  13. Had one of the first SCCY’s produced, and yes had issue with the safety. Took the SCCY down to Daytona to the factory, and the superb customer service took care of the issue. Use primarily for self defense which fabulous for the size of the weapon. On the range, the SCCY shoots great.

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