Firearms

SCCY DVG-1: SCCY’s New Striker-Fired 9mm

SCCY DVG-1 9mm striker fired pistol right profile

The SCCY pistols were introduced about 20 years ago. They have survived based on value and a low price point. The handgun is designed to offer affordable, reliable protection for those on a strict budget. The SCCY enjoys a favorable reputation for providing protection for those who otherwise could not afford a reliable handgun.

The pistol is concealable and practically snag-free. At one time, the standard model 9mm retailed for around $200. Like gas and groceries, the price has gone up. The pistol is a close-range handgun intended for simple operation. With its double-action-only hammer-fired action, it is simple to operate. However, there was room for improvement.

SCCY DVG-1 striker fired pistol with the slide locked back and spare magazines
Handling was good to excellent for a pistol this size. The slide lock was a model of ease of manipulation.

SCCY DVG-1

The newest development from SCCY is the DVG-1. This pistol offers several upgrades compared to the original pistol — most importantly, the conversion to striker-fired action. The appearance differs, but little.

The most noticeable difference is that the new pistol features forward cocking serrations. For some, forward cocking serrations offer greater leverage and easier racking. The rear of the slide is modified as well.

The trigger is a modern flat type. The pistol features a single-action trigger. Compression is relatively smooth, breaking at about six pounds average. Another version is available with a red dot sight mounted at the factory. I have not fired that pistol.

The new pistol features a sight set well suited to personal defense at typical combat ranges. The pistol’s sight dovetails now accept aftermarket sights cut for the Glock 43. TruGlo, XS, and others offer several types of Glock 43 sights. The pistol also retains the original handgun’s 10-round magazine. Fully loaded, the pistol will hold 11 rounds of ammunition.

The pistol is compact and light but not easily tucked into a trouser pocket. The SCCY would do for carry in a winter coat pocket. It disappears easily beneath a light covering garment if carried in a Galco Stow-N-Go inside-the-waistband holster.

flat trigger on a 9mm SCCY pistol
The new pistol is supplied with a flat trigger.

The barrel is 3.1 inches long. The slide is only 1.1 inches wide. The pistol weighs but 15.5 ounces. The magazine catch and slide lock are easily operated.

Takedown was simple enough. Triple check to be certain the pistol is unloaded, remove the magazine, lock the slide to the rear, and use a small tool to bump the takedown pin out. Uncock the action by pressing the trigger and allow the slide to run forward. The recoil assembly is pulled out and the barrel is easily lifted out.

The pistol was supplied with two finger-grip magazines. Two flat, base pads were also supplied. They were easily changed out. Some like the finger extension magazine pads. Some find the magazine extension pinches their hand. The flat extension offers greater concealment, but in the real world, there isn’t much difference if the pistol is carried under a covering garment.

rear slide view of the SCCY DVG-1 9mm handgun
The redesigned slide is snag free and compact.

While not designed for combat or competition, but rather short-range personal defense, the pistol offers a fast reload due to a well-designed magazine base pad, handy magazine catch, and a tapered magazine that is easily slipped into the magazine well.

The side of the pistol is marked Roebuck Quad Lock. This is a special advancement by the SCCY’s founder and chief engineer Joe Roebuck. The Quad Lock locks the barrel up at four points — forward and aft. This makes for superior accuracy potential. A tighter lockup results in less excess motion. This should result in less wear.

The adaption of the pistol to striker-fired operation wasn’t difficult as far as engineering goes but represents an improvement and modernization. The new pistol features a flat trigger. The trigger action was considerably lighter than the DAO gun’s 10-pound compression. My example broke at a relatively clean 6.1 pounds. There was take up, a hard spot or wall, and the action broke. The action was controllable.

SCCY DVG-1 striker fired pistol with the slide locked back and spare magazines
Handling was good to excellent for a pistol this size. The slide lock was a model of ease of manipulation.

If you liked the original SCCY, you will like the DVG-1 better, as far as shooting characteristics are concerned. Keep your finger off the trigger until you fire, not when you think you will fire but when you actually are going to fire the pistol.

A word on the magazines… my set was difficult to load to full capacity. Nine rounds were very tiring to load. For most of the test program, I loaded eight or nine rounds, although the magazine springs loosened up after some use.

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Specifications

Model: SCCY DVG-1
Caliber: 9mm
Type: 
striker-fired semi-auto
Capacity:
 10+1
Barrel:
 3.1 inches stainless
Overall length:
 6.0 inches
Height: 4.5 inches
Weight:
 15.5 oz.
Slide:
 stainless steel
Frame:
 polymer
Sights:
Fixed, sight notch is Glock 43 compatible

To cut to the chase, the pistol proved reliable. This wasn’t the pistol to abuse with +P loads — no, lightweight 9mm it is.

The pistol was fired primarily with inexpensive FMJ loads. At 5 to 7 yards, the handgun was controllable and kept most of its hit in the X-ring, the rest in the 8 and 9-ring. Aim, press the trigger, and then fire again only after you have recovered the sights after recoil. The SCCY DVG-1 is a pistol for close-range use. For home defense and as an answer to a stickup, this is a good pistol for a modest price.

SCCY has a storied history and fills a particular niche for pricepoint reliability. However, the SCCY DVG-1 brings its offerings into the striker-fired arena and will certainly catch the eyes of many who overlooked it in the past. Are you one of them? Share your answer in the comment section.

  • Woman holding and pointing a handgun
  • two dot rear sight on a pistol
  • rear slide view of the SCCY DVG-1 9mm handgun
  • Woman holding the slide of a SCCY 9mm pistol open
  • SCCY DVG-1 9mm striker fired pistol right profile
  • forward cocking serrations on the SCCY DVG-1 pistol
  • SCCY DVG-1 striker fired pistol with the slide locked back and spare magazines
  • flat trigger on a 9mm SCCY pistol
  • SCCY CPX-1 pistol left profile white
  • SCCY DVG-1 right profile with spare magazine

About the Author:

Wilburn Roberts

When Wilburn Roberts was a young peace officer, he adopted his present pen name at the suggestion of his chief, as some of the brass was leery of what he might write. This was also adopted out of respect for families of both victims and criminals. The pen name is the same and the man remains an outspoken proponent of using enough gun for the job.

He has been on the hit list of a well-known hate group, traveled in a dozen countries and written on many subjects, including investigating hate crimes and adopting the patrol carbine. He graduated second in his class with a degree in Police Science. It took him 20 years to work himself from Lieutenant to Sergeant and he calls it as he sees it.
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Comments (7)

  1. I have owned a CPX-2 in bright orange for about four years. It is reliable and surprisingly accurate at 12 to 15 yards. It’s lightweight, so hang on during the recoil, but it will give you the confidence of being armed with a reliable firearm of a substantial caliber. It’s not my Glock 21, but it gets the job done.

  2. This is the best value of a pistol in the market. An old Star comes close but is no where near as reliable. If you don’t like the trigger weight change out the springs with a MCARBO spring kit. 25 bucks and 15 minutes of your time will reduce pull to 3 to 4 lbs. Accuracy greatly improved from a pistol that was pretty darn accurate. I don’t know why the guy with all the problems had them from different pistols. Never have had a misfire, not one. Other then a heavy trigger this pistol is GREAT for it’s intended use. The heavy trigger is a very easy inexpensive fix. I certainly would not have my wife carry this if I did not have 100 percent confidence in the pistol.

  3. I have a SCCY CPX2 and my only gripe is the 9lb trigger pull of it’s DAO trigger. But it looks like they’ve addressed the trigger in the newer gun. The gun is reliable, have never had an issue with this gun.

  4. I recently (October ’21) picked up the DVG-1 at a local show for $275, which I thought was a good deal considering its newness and availability. I have shot a CPX-2, and hated the DA action and mile-long trigger pull, but enjoy the form factor. The DVG-1 is no Glock, but is a vast improvement over older hammer-fired designs, and has a trigger reset. The flat-faced, aluminum trigger feels good, though there is still a bit of squishiness to it. I replaced the factory sights with TruGlo Brite-Sites, the process was just as simple as with other guns. I have now shot over 300rnds through my DVG-1, testing its reliability and getting a feel for the gun. I am happy to report I have had zero failures (your mileage may vary). I am not ready to replace my G19 for daily carry, but if I knew someone looking for a sub $300 gun, I would not hesitate to loan them my DVG-1 and recommend it as a candidate.

  5. Sir,
    Why did you keep buying unreliable handguns?

    My SCCY isnt the easiest gun to shoot well but it is reliable.

    No complaints at the local gun shop

  6. I own four different SCCY pistols (CPX1, 2, 3, and DVG-1) and three of them have proven to be unreliable. The CPX-1 and CPX-2 quickly developed a reputation for misfires which SCCY did not notify its early customers about. I later found out from reading the forums that SCCY had revamped the design and were offering free upgrades, so I contacted them. They offered to fix the pistols for me or send me replacement parts to install myself. I made the mistake of telling them to send me the parts, not realizing each pistol had to be detailed disassembled to install them. They also sent me some replacement magazines because the early mags have a tendency to rattle when loaded. Last month I received one of their new DVG-1 pistols and right out of the box it repeatedly misfired 50% of the time. It took several attempts before SCCY responded to me, but they did repair it fairly quickly and it now appears to be working. As for the CPX-3, I have yet to test it. With 380 ammo only now becoming available and affordable again, I had put off any testing. On the plus side I have found the DAO triggers of the CPX-1 and 2 to be smoother and lighter than the trigger of the Kel-Tec P11. The SCCY is a complete rip-off of the Kel-Tec, the only outward differences being the uncomfortable finger-groove grips which make the pistol too fat and awkward for me, and the awful backwards mounted manual safety of the CPX-1. This was the primary reason they developed the CPX-2. I do wish they would come out with a svelte version of the pistol sans the needless bumps and grooves. They should also offer Hi-Viz sights for all their pistols. Not everyone wants to use red dots, particularly on a discreet hideout gun.

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