SCCY DVG-1 RDR Review: Pocket-Sized Red Dot Ready Power

Man's hand holding the SCCY DVG-1 handgun

SCCY has been around since the early 2000s, specializing in affordable, yet reliable, pistols. Even if you’re not necessarily familiar with the name, you’ve likely noticed one of its pistols in the gun case at your local gun store, as the frames are offered in 10 different colors.

The DVG-1 is SCCY’s first striker-fired pistol, which makes for some noticeable differences from its predecessor and SCCY’s flagship gun, the CPX-2. The CPX-2 is a hammer-fired DAO, so it has a heavier trigger pull and longer reset. For many of us, the striker-fired model is exactly what we were asking for from SCCY.

SCCY DVG-1 pistol with spare magazine, box and range bag
Packed neatly in the compact box, you’ll find the pistol, two mags, standard literature, and lock. The ammo pouch on the left was brought to the range by the author.

After handling the DVG-1 RDR (red dot ready) at Shot Show earlier this year, I’m glad I was finally able to get my hands on one to test and review.

Unboxing and First Thoughts

The SCCY DVG-1 is technically considered a sub-compact, but I would say it’s right on the border of being a micro-compact. Since it was several months since I handled the DVG-1 for the first time, I forgot how nice it fit in my hand. It comes standard with two magazines, both featuring pinky extensions. It’s a good thing they do, since without them I don’t believe my pinky would have been able to rest on the grip.

Before hitting the range, one of the first things I noticed was how slick the slide serrations felt to me. I was able to rack the slide fine, but I had to use a stronger than normal grip on the slide to do so. One last thought to note from the first few minutes with the DVG-1, I didn’t feel the grittiness I’ve heard some folks talk about with the trigger pull, even from the first pull. Overall, my second first impression was a positive one.

SCCY DVG-1 Features

SCCY did a nice job combining both aesthetic and functional features with the DVG-1. As far as the aesthetics go, like I mentioned earlier, the frames are available in 10 colors. The slides are available in black or stainless.

The two-tone black and stainless combo I have catches the eye and makes you take notice, without screaming, “I’m obnoxious look at me!” SCCY also added front slide serrations that make the pistol, overall, look more finished in my opinion. Even in the basic color schemes, it’s a good-looking gun.

white three-dot sight on the SCCY DVG-1
The author found the three white dot sights easy enough to pick up quickly when switching between targets, but does wish that they were a tad taller, especially given the fact this is a red dot-ready pistol.

Now to the more important features that increase its functionality and accuracy. The flat face trigger comes in around 5.5 pounds and has a clean break and quick reset. It also has a nice curve at the bottom of the trigger to help you keep your finger placement consistent. I didn’t have any issues adjusting to the trigger quickly.

Then, you have the optics-ready slide. After I completed my testing with iron sights, I mounted a UTG mini micro red dot. It required no additional mounting plates and took all of about two minutes to attach. The slide cut was very clean and came with a cover plate for when you’re not running an optic.

The most unique feature is the Roebuck Quadlock, which locks the barrel in four different areas. This helps it return to the same location after every shot. In turn, this helps to increase accuracy potential — especially when shooting quick follow-up shots. It’s not something you’ll necessarily notice right away while shooting it, but understanding it’s there, can help explain some of the accuracy in such a small pistol.

SCCy Dvg-1 left profile with Roebuck Quad-lock barrel
The SCCY DVG-1 has a simple and clean aesthetic. The two-tone slide/frame combo makes it stand out nicely.

There are some small features that shouldn’t go unnoticed. While some people do not like finger grooves on the grip, I really appreciated them on this one. Since the grip is somewhat small, the grooves helped me keep a hold of it — especially when shooting quickly.

Next is the lack of a manual safety. This can be a pro or con, depending on how you look at it. I personally prefer to not have a thumb safety, but I know many who do. To my knowledge, there is not a DVG model available with the thumb safety, like some of the CPX models have.

Lastly, I did enjoy the thumb notch in the grip. It was just big enough to rest my thumb in without it getting in the way if I didn’t want to. The small features aren’t going to make or break my thoughts on the SCCY DVG-1, but I do like touching on them.


Caliber: 9mm
Action: Striker
Capacity: 10+1
Width: 1.10”
Height: 5.06”
Weight: 15.50 oz.
Barrel Length: 3.10”
Three Dot White
Trigger Pull:
5.5 lbs.
Frame: Polymer

Range Report

The SCCY DVG-1 happily ate any ammo I put through it, whether they were FMJ or JHP rounds. 160 rounds over three range trips consisted of Federal American Eagle 115-grain FMJ, Blazer Brass 124-grain FMJ, and Federal Punch 124-grain JHP, which all cycled with no issue. I’ll eventually try some different lower-quality ammo to see if there are any issues, but I’m not too concerned there will be.

An interesting note from my range time, is that the grip began to feel a bit slippery after a few magazines. The reason being, that my hands were starting to sweat due to the higher temperatures at the range, but the grip texture on the DVG is slick and only really found on the sides of the grip.

Having large hands that barely fit on the grip to begin with, I had to slow down and take extra time. When my hands were dry though, I enjoyed not having too aggressive of a grip texture. However, if you have smaller hands that fit well on the grip, it may be less of an issue than it would be for me.

Accuracy wise, it performed how I expected. Four-inch groupings out to 30 feet were easy to obtain right out of the box. It was shooting a little low and to the left at first, but I wound up figuring out it was operator error. I was able to correct it by simply loosening my grip slightly when pulling the trigger.

SCCY DVG-1 pistol on a paper target showing several groups low and two the left
During the author’s first range trip, he found the himself shooting the DVG-1 low and to the left. After paying more attention to slightly loosen his grip while pulling the trigger, he was able to correct the groupings.

At distances beyond 30 feet, I began to have groupings I was not necessarily happy with. However, I felt I was asking more than a gun of this size was designed for. With it being such a small sub-compact, I don’t think many people are trying to shoot Pepsi cans at 100 yards anyway.

Final Thoughts: SCCY DVG-1

I liked the CPX-2, but I like the DVG-1 much more. SCCY made a good choice, in my opinion, to expand into the striker-fired arena. At this price point, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find such a reliable and optics-ready sub-compact. While it’s not a gun I would carry often, strictly due to the size of the grip in relation to my hands, I believe the value the DVG-1 brings to the table makes it an excellent option for the budget-minded concealed carrier.

Have you had the chance to shoot a SCCY pistol? Do you daily carry a SCCY? What do you think of the SCCY DVG-1? Share your review in the comment section.

  • SCCY DVG-1 with removable plate to mount a red dot optic
  • SCCY DVG-1 pistol on a paper target showing several groups low and two the left
  • Man's hand holding the SCCY DVG-1 handgun
  • SCCy Dvg-1 left profile with Roebuck Quad-lock barrel
  • white three-dot sight on the SCCY DVG-1
  • SCCY DVG-1 pistol with spare magazine, box and range bag

About the Author:

Ryan Domke

Ryan Domke is a freelance writer, photographer and social media consultant with a passion for guns and tactical gear. He works with some of the largest manufacturers in the firearms industry, allowing him the opportunity to continuously learn from and knowledge share with the 2A community. When he’s not spending time with his family, you’ll likely find him at the range or starting a new DIY project. If you’d like to check out some of his other content, you can find him on Instagram at (@TheGuyGearReview).
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Comments (14)

  1. Very nice looking for the price point. I would like a safety as well for pocket carry. Please make this in .45 with the same size as the 9mm. Maybe a metal frame?

  2. I toured the Sccy plant in Daytona with Joe Roebuck a while back and was very impressed with the process and testing. The value in these firearms is very impressive.
    I handled the CPX series and ergonomics are wonderful but I did not care for the manual safety on the CPX-1 because, unlike my S&W Shield, it seemed to easy to accidently hit flip it. I also didn’t like the trigger. Now that the DVG is out with a better trigger I intend to get one that is red dot ready.

  3. I was delighted to hear about SCCY’s new striker-fired DVG-1 model through CTD’s linked Review by Ryan Domke! I’ve been waiting and hoping far too long for SCCY to scrap its former heavy hammer-fired, overly-long reset trigger system (on its CPX models) with a lighter, shorter-reset striker-fired trigger. I really like all of its major features of my CPX-1 EXCEPT for its trigger! The pistol has an excellent ambidextrous manual thumb safety; fires very accurately for a sub-compact, has easily spotted/aligned 3-dot sights; flawlessly recycles virtually every brand of cartridge and size and type of bullet that I run through it; and the hand-grip is the most comfortable and controllable of all my 9mm pistols, including a Ruger LC9S and a Sig-Sauer P365, which I prefer overall over the SCCY CPX-1 ONLY because of their lighter, shorter/fast-resetting, striker-fired trigger systems. So, with this very good news about the striker-fired DVG-1, the only thing that SCCY still needs to do, in my opinion, is offer it with a manual thumb safety (just like they did with the CPX variants). Oh! One more wish-list request to SCCY: how about offering a down-sized micro-compact in .380 ACP that employs the same striker-fired design as its new big brother DVG 9mm model…and with a manual safety as well?

  4. Greetings . I have the “1st. Gen.” Of the sccy gun . and it love it . I’ve talked to people who also own 1 and they truly love theirs also . good product at a excellent price . right on sccy . keep up then good work . Cudos ..

  5. I have a sccy GPX-2 I have owned it about 2years, I’ve had no problems at all no miss fire, no jams !! It seems to be vary dependable, I carry it 90 percent of the time!! I really like it ,would recommend it to anyone!! Fairly low price gun but it’s well worth it!! I think , it’s just my opinion!! Thank you Darrell Torman

  6. James enjoy your comments about the SCCY dvg I own3 of the CPX models 1& 2 my first cpx was purchased as a CCP I liked the feel of this gun in my hand as I have copelssimdrone and this pistol is great for my needs the latest purchase of the other two were just by chance they were offered for sale on the Internet new with red dot scopes all for the sum of 215.00 with free shipping total with tax 235.00 each gun so I have Cpx1 and a all black Cpx2 great buy don’t you think

  7. I have the CPX-2 and it functions as intended. Hundreds of rounds through it thus far. My truck gun on a magnetic dashboard mount near the steering column. No safety, so what? The 357 revolver I carried long ago as a Deputy Sheriff didn’t have one either. Your finger is the safety. Now having said that, I confess I still alternate between revolvers, 1911 compacts and my long time favorite, Browning Hi-Power. The 1911 and Hi-Power do have safeties and when carried, they are cocked and locked. Never ever carry a revolver that way and the reason should be obvious. LA

  8. The photo illustrates the slide holdback lever, the DVG-1 does not have a manual thumb safety.

  9. I carry a SCCY CPX-2 most days. I am quite pleased with it. Is the DVG-1 that much of an upgrade? Are the magazines interchangeable between the two?

  10. My luck with all SCCY firearms, including the new DVG-1, has been poor. None have proven to be reliable. If you have one that works well, good for you. I can only judge them based on my personal experience.

  11. I like the idea of a pocket 9mm, but I’m concerned about the risk of accidental discharge while carrying a striker-fired pistol with no safety and one in the chamber, especially in the pocket. For my part, I currently carry a DAO M&P Bodyguard .380 in a pocket holster, chambered and safety on.

  12. You mentioned the DVG does not come without a thumb safety.

    Yet the pistol illustrated has a thumb safety. So what is going on?

    o my knowledge, there is not a DVG model available without the thumb safety. Lastly, I did enjoy the thumb notch in the grip. It was just big enough to rest my thumb in without it getting in the w

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