After hearing and seeing some reviews, my interest was piqued. I had a client who also had been reviewing the SCCY and came to me to see if I could get one. I could, and actually got two, a CPX2 and CPX1. The customer preferred the CPX1 with the safety, so I kept the non-safety version. The takedown to clean and lube was pretty simple, typical of most modern polymer guns. It did require a bit of prying (not to be done with a fingernail) on the retaining pin to get it out. It wasn't stuck, just recessed in the frame. After a cleaning of the factory lube, I lubed with Froglube and off to shoot.
I started the shooting with some dry firing to familiarize myself with the double action trigger. This trigger is factory set around 9 lbs, as advertised. The trigger felt about in that ballpark, but was smooth throughout the pull. You could easily pull to a break point with little practice and follow through on the trigger well. This gun does have a covered but visible hammer, which won't snag on apparel if carried in a pocket.
The shooting time was enjoyable. I was surprised at how little the recoil was for a small 9mm. I think a little less than a comparable Glock 26. I feed the little nine: ball, hollow-point and lead in semi wadcutter and round nose. Ammo was sized from 115 gr to 147 gr. It ate all I could give it. I will admit a few times maybe 3 out of 150 it didn't go completely into battery. This has seemed to be a common thing until broke in, even mentioned by the customer.
Accuracy? I shot mostly at a distance of 30 feet at B-27 targets and I was again surprised how easy it was to shoot tight groups with such an inexpensive gun. Granted I am no professional but this gun would have no problem putting defensive shots where needed. Even moving and firing was not as bad as expected with a DAO gun.
The feel of the gun is very similar to the aforementioned G26. It is actually slightly smaller and lighter by an ounce or two. It did take me a few minutes to warm up to the grip, but after shooting several hundred rounds I had no problems with it.
All-in-all, I like this gun. As a reasonable entry level gun priced under $300 this thing is something I would not have a problem defending my life with. With 10 rounds of good 9mm hollow points you could walk with confidence and concealed ability.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: Fills a market for an inexpensive compact 9mm semi auto.
Target Market: Best serving concealed carry. With easy concealablility in climates where compact is a benefit.
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):
- 2- 10 round magazines incl.
- Nice visible sights
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: The SCCY CPX-2 Pistol is available in black, black/stainless, pink/black, and pink/stainless. You can get each of these colors with an optional manual safety, as well.
What others are saying?: “Thankfully I had brought a couple brand new shooters with me the day I was testing it, and out of all the handguns we fired, this was the one they seemed most interested in buying. They had been thinking about getting a handgun for home defense, and even with the FNS-9 and Glock 17 sitting on the table, they kept asking about the SCCY CPX-2 and wanting to fire it.
There is something to be said about a good looking, cheap gun.” – Nick Leghorn, The Truth About Guns
+ Consistent trigger ever time + Easy sighting with slightly raised sights
- Magazine reloads can give you a bite, pinched between the mag and mag well on fast reloads
Score: 7.5 Good