SCCY 9MM Review [VIDEO]: Read this before buying

by Ryan Cleckner

May 3, 2023

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Chances are if you’re new to guns — particularly handguns — a budget 9mm seems like a good place to start. However, as with many things in life, there can be a trade-off in quality and performance when you’re saving some money on a product.

Let’s look into a full review to see whether the SCCY meets my seal of approval. 

SCCY CPX Specs

  • Firing Mechanism Double Action Only
  • Caliber 9mm
  • Weight 15 oz
  • Barrel Length 3.1″
  • Sights 3 Dot Sights

SCCY CPX-2 9mm: A Pistol Under Fire

At first glance, the SCCY CPX-2 handgun looks like it could be a strong candidate for those looking for a cheaper option when it comes to handguns.

It’s a sleek-looking pistol that seems to have improved from the major design complaint (the manual safety) of its predecessor–the SCCY CPX-1. The SCCY weighs in at right around 15 oz. and measures out to just above 5″ making it relatively comfortable as a carry gun.

But… that doesn’t necessarily mean that the SCCY CPX pistols are a great option.

A horrible trigger and serious reliability issues make this gun less than optimal.

At any price point, a gun should not sacrifice its basic purpose: to provide the shooter with a safe and and reliable way to fire a gun.

SCCY CPX-2 Key Features and Changes

1 Double Action Trigger

The trigger pull of the SCCY CPX is around 9lb and although long and heavy, it is relatively smooth.

2 Removal of Manual Safety

The Manual Safety was removed from CPX-2 after complaints against the previous model’s safety placement.

3 Internal Hammer Firing System

The SCCY CPX is equipped with a double action firing system. The hammer is a semi-internal component coupled with an inertial firing pin to prevent accidental discharge in the event of dropping.

SCCY CPX 9mm Pistol – Our Take

Here’s a quick summary: Based on our testing, we do NOT recommend the SCCY CPX 9mm pistol. If you’d like to see a review of a budget pistol that we liked, check out our Canik TP9SF Review.

What we liked about the SCCY: We loved the idea of a budget handgun. Despite what you might see/read online, not everyone needs the best handgun for ccw, home defense, or range use. Sure, a nicer handgun is better (to a point) but not everyone can afford $500’ish and up for a handgun.

So, we purchased and tested a SCCY CPX in 9mm hoping that it would be a great budget option. More on this below.

We also liked the color options – we purchased a bright orange frame with a stainless steel slide because we thought that the CPX, as a budget gun, might be a great gun to pack away in an emergency kit and the high visibility and corrosion resistance might come in handy.

Believe it or not, the gun was decently accurate.

What we didn’t like: This is the worst trigger we’ve shot on a handgun – especially one that is supposed to be for ccw/defensive shooting. Sure, a long and heavy double action trigger isn’t normally desirable but we were willing to overlook these qualities because there are other good pistols with these features and because of the price point of the gun. Also, the SCCY seems to be for new shooters so the heavy trigger might (repeat, might) be a little safer for those that haven’t had proper training.

Our big problem with the SCCY 9mm trigger was the reset. It is super easy to “short stroke” this trigger by not allowing it to return all the way forward. This is because it has to go so far to reset, because there is NO audible nor tactile reset indication, and because the return spring is so weak that the trigger doesn’t easily jump back to its reset position – more than once we had merely contact pressure on the trigger and that was enough to keep it from resetting. The only way we could get the trigger to reset was to completely remove our finger from the trigger after every shot. And, because it is so weak, we could easily see a bit fo dirt/grime giving enough resistance to prevent the weak trigger return spring from doing its job.

Despite the bad trigger, there is another major problem with the SCCY pistol we tested: it wouldn’t function for more than a couple rounds in a row.

It was heartbreaking because I wanted to like this pistol. However, I can only base this review on my personal experience and when I tested it, I had more than one malfunction for every magazine I fired using factory 9mm Magtech ammunition that we use in every other gun we test without a problem.

Ergonomics – the gun looks ergonomic but it was uncomfortable to shoot.

Finish – Simply taking the gun out of the box on delivery to inspect it and then opening the box one week later on range day resulted in rust on the “stainless” slide. This is unacceptable for a pistol. We’re not sure if it is actually stainless steel or if it is just a color.

We really wanted to like this gun as a budget option for those that can’t afford something nicer. If we didn’t have any hope for it, we wouldn’t have purchased it.

However, after our testing of the SCCY CPX pistol, here’s our advice: stay away. We understand that you might be tempted by the price point but a gun that doesn’t work reliably is dangerous.

If you’re looking for a budget firearm, take a look at the Canik instead – it is the same/similar price and it is a great firearm.

SCCY CPX-2 Pros and Cons

  • Inexpensive
  • Comes Available in Many Colors
  • Trigger Reset
  • Doesn’t work!

Report Card

RELIABILITY

It can’t even make it through one magazine. It can’t even make it through one magazine.

F
ACCURACY

Decently accurate for a pocket pistol

C
CUSTOMIZATION

Not much you can change.

C
ERGONOMICS

Horrible – it actually hurt to shoot.

C
VALUE

Horrible. It’s cheap, but it doesn’t work.

F

Our Grade

D+

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C

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Better CCW’s in its Class to Check Out

As you know we were not fans of the SCCY CPX.

I am not trying to be mean or vindictive, however when you are talking about a firearm (even a budget gun) that you want to carry and use for self defense…that firearm MUST be reliable in every sense of the word.

In my usage, the SCCY was not reliable, as you could tell from my review and videos. So below, we have some better options for you to review. The guns we have below have MUCH better grades and I feel much more confident in recommending.

#1 Glock 43x

Glock 43x

A single-stack “slimlined” Glock pistol specifically designed for CCW.

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  • Shootability A+
  • Reliability A+
  • Ergonomics A
  • Accuracy A+
  • Value A+

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A+

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A

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The Glock 43X is way above the SCCY CPX in our opinion It is a mixture of the Glock 48 and Glock 43. We don’t like that it has a smaller capacity compared to the P365 but we did love its accuracy amongst other things You can see more by READING HERE.

#2 Sig P365

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Sig P365

The Sig P365 set a new definition for what a great concealed carry handgun can be – it quickly became the go-to 9mm for many shooters.

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  • Shootability A
  • Reliability A+
  • Ergonomics A+
  • Accuracy A+
  • Value A+

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A+

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A

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Here’s what I can tell you, for sure… this handgun is the absolute best concealed carry option for me. But, you can read MORE HERE.

If you own the SCCY CPX or are looking to get one, here would be some minimum upgrade options that you could get with your gun. You most likely own some of these items already, but if not, it would be worth grabbing some of them for yourself.

Also, I am giving you some possible options to upgrade your SCCY CPX 9mm. These suggestions are specific to the SCCY:

Best Holster for the SCCY CPX

If your getting a CCW or any handgun, a holster is most likely needed. Keep in mind some tips when choosing a proper holster. First, you don’t need anything fancy, just practical. Get something you don’t mind wearing around and you can easily draw your firearm. Next, you need to be sure it will fully conceal your firearm. When it comes to my CCW, I think practical and ease of use first, before any other factors.

EDITORS CHOICE: I am a fan of Kydex made holsters because they are well made and are known to hold your firearm perfectly. This holster is perfect for the SCCY, you will get great use out it. Check Amazon Price

Best Gun Laser for the SCCY CPX

Ok, I am going, to be honest…I am not a personal fan of lasers on my firearm.

However, they give some people a level of comfort to see what they’re aiming at. 

EDITORS CHOICE: You have multiple colors to choose from with this attachment. (Personal note: not a fan of the pink!) It easily attaches to your SCCY. Check Amazon Price

How to Care for Your SCCY CPX

The most important thing I can do for my firearm is to keep it clean and maintain it. The SCCY CPX or any firearm needs to be taken care of in order to keep it operational. By keeping up with the maintenance, it helps extend the life of the firearm! To help you do this, here is a video on field stripping and cleaning the SCCY CPX.

To start cleaning your gun right away, here is the recommended cleaning kit for the SCCY CPX:

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About Ryan Cleckner

Ryan is a former special operations sniper (1/75 Ranger) and current firearms attorney, firearms industry executive, university lecturer, and bestselling author of the Long Range Shooting Handbook.

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