SCCY: The Working Man’s Carry Pistol

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At the Blue August Gun and Outdoor conference, SCCY sent out some representatives to showcase their small, affordable line of pistols.

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The SCCY pistols can come in black, pink, or tan frame colors, and stainless or black slides. They are also available with or without a safety.

The fit and finish of the pistols is very good, and I was pleased with the machine work and finish:

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Disassembly also is very easy: bring the slide back to the takedown notch, remove a pin, and bring the slide forward off the frame. The rest is just removing the recoil spring and barrel:

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The most appealing part about the SCCY however is its warranty; If you are at all displeased with your pistol you can give it back for a refund. But it doesn’t end there. If your pistol is stolen, if you run it over with your car, if the police take it because you use it for a self defense situation, etc., they will get you a new pistol. They told us a story about a young man who bought a SCCY and had to use it to defend himself (it was his only pistol and the first time he had shot a gun), and the police took it as evidence (or for whatever reason) so the people at SCCY flew him to their factory to give him a tour and a new gun!

All this will run you is $275 too.

So how did it shoot?

Well we were all anxious to get to the range where the pistols were waiting for us.

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I grabbed the stainless model and loaded ten rounds.

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Recoil is sharp and the trigger is heavy on the SCCY, and pulling that heavy trigger ten times made my pointer finger grow its own set of biceps.

Again I ran a few more rounds through it with a more relaxed shooting stance and was trying to shoot a good group:

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I hit the paper every time, but I did not shoot a group I was proud of.

This pistol’s price is definitely appealing, but the trigger definitely put a damper on the shooting experience as a whole. That said, I am not going to write off SCCY; For the price, you get an adequate pistol with an excellent warranty.



Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • echelon

    I think they are pretty good little KelTec P11 clones. I wish KelTec would do more outsourcing of their products like this.

  • Phil Hsueh

    Ah, another pistol that probably won’t see the light of day in CA.

    • I’ve never heard if they are CA. legal or not.

      • Phil Hsueh

        I’d wager that it it isn’t/won’t be. I haven’t heard of anybody jumping through the hoops necessary to get a new gun on CA’s approved list, I think that the microstamping thing is the biggest deal breaker.

        • Yea if I owned a company I wouldn’t jump through all the hoops to get it approved.

          • Sulaco

            Now it they would just apply that law (micro stamping) to the cops it would go away pretty fast…or does it?

          • Phil Hsueh

            Wouldn’t that be a hoot if CA cops were only allowed to buy what’s available off the shelf in CA but somehow I doubt that, I imagine that most PDs buy direct from the manufacturer and they don’t have to have any of the “safety” features normally required to be CA legal. If so this also means that old pistols that are retired from CA LE service can’t be sold in CA, that’s assuming that PDs sell off their old pistols.

  • dan citizen

    TFB is always talikng about what a good buy a product is, but when I am compelled to buy all these neat weapons the cumulative price gets pretty high 🙂

    • There is no surprise with these $265 retail but can be found for less. This pistol is for the person on a budget. It can make the difference between being able to own a pistol or not. It’s a good buy for what it is. You do have to be close because the trigger prevents the user from accurate fire at a distance of 25 yards or more.

      • dan citizen

        At that price I spent half the day trying to justify buying 2.

        Over a long career involving firearms and being witness, investigator, and participant in a number of defensive shooting incidents I am strongly of the belief that the “21 foot average defensive shooting distance” is a little generous. In my experience it is more likely to have to shoot somebody at hugging distance than several yards.

        Once again TFB has reviewed a neat product in a well written article.

      • John Williamson

        For its intended purpose as a self defense weapon the CPX is fine.
        it has a nice smooth trigger with a fairly long pull that will keep you from accidentally squeezing one off.
        I’m pretty sure that if the “perp” is 25 yards away you shouldn’t be shooting at him anyway 🙂 probably have a pretty hard time justifying to the police and jury why that guy was a threat to you. LOL

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Why can’t you guys tell us more about the company itself? Are these guns imported or made in the US? Where are they made? How long has the company been around? Striker fired? The way you talk about the trigger makes me think it’s an internal DAO hammer.

    Hell. You don’t even report as to what CALIBER/Cartridge the gun fires.

    • Sorry, I assumed people knew about these since they have been around for a few years.
      Made right in Florida, been around since 2005, all 9mm, hammer fired DAO. The company makes one product: this gun.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        No offense, but as a journalist why would you assume that people would already know about every firearm you write about?

        Even when you guys write about “new” AR15’s you generally mention the caliber/cartridge and where they are manufactured.

        • If I was doing a feature then I would, but this article is one out of ten that I wrote at a 2 day conference. It was a lot to take in and a lot to write about. I hope I can be forgiven in this instance for not getting into specifics.

        • I wrote this to another reader with a similar question. Hopefully this explains the brevity.

          When we attend these events we hit the high spots with general information. You have 2 maybe 3 days to cover a lot of products which makes it difficult to write full detailed reviews at the time. After the event I contact the companies we decide to follow up with and do a complete review at a later date.
          The SIG event I attended was different in that I wrote the articles after the event which allowed me to write full reviews.

          • John Williamson

            Good article, don’t worry about it 🙂
            Thanks.
            P.S. I held one this morning, took it down and studied it inside & out very carefully and I thought the fit and finish were excellent. my trigger was more like eight and a half pounds, nowhere near 10. very smooth, consistent and linear with no “stacking” or burs of any kind.
            Like a nice double action revolvers trigger.

        • Hank Seiter

          Good grief, anyone who doesn’t know what a SCCY is, what caliber it shoots (9x19mm, of course), and that it’s been around for eight or so years aren’t qualified to criticize the author on this thread. The arrogance of some …

          Yeah, yeah, there are plans for a .40 caliber but they’re not here yet and SCCY was never offered in .380 though I will stand to be corrected on that point.

    • Risky

      They’re 9mm. I believe the company was developed by some of Kel-Tec’s engineers that left to create their own start up. I believe they are US made. The pistol is essentially an updated Kel-Tec P11, being a DAO hammer fired pistol with a short double stack magazine.

      • Daisuke0222

        That explains why the slide, barrel and magazine look exactly like my KT P-11…

    • Michael R. Zupcak

      I have to agree. I love this site but a lot of the articles are little more than 3rd party press releases.

      • It should here, because that is what this is.

      • When we attend these events we hit the high spots with general information. You have 2 maybe 3 days to cover a lot of products which makes it difficult to write full detailed reviews at the time. After the event I contact the companies we decide to follow up with and do a complete review at a later date.
        The SIG event I attended was different in that I wrote the articles after the event which allowed me to write full reviews.

    • Made in the USA and based in Florida. It is an internal DAO with what they call second strike capability if the round doesn’t fire the first time pull the trigger again.
      Trigger pull from my shooting experience is close to 10–11 pounds. 9mm with plans for a 40 caliber.

      In 1998, Joe Roebuck recognized the increasing demand for a safe, simple to use, and affordable firearm as a growing number of states enacted legislation to allow concealed-carry permits to law-abiding citizens. With more than three decades of experience in the manufacturing industry, Roebuck set out to apply his skills as a Tool & Die Maker and Mechanical Design Engineer to design the CPX series of 9mm firearms.

      September 2003, Roebuck founded Skyy Industries, LLC, (now known as SCCY Industries, LLC), to produce the innovative CPX line.

      Our first offices and manufacturing facilities were located in South Daytona, Florida. In February 2010, we relocated to our present 21,000 sq. ft. facility located in Daytona Beach, Florida, just a half a mile from the famous Daytona 500 speedway.

      • TZH .

        I really dig the goal of this SCCY pistol. If it proves reliable as it is affordable, I hope it would help open doors for people looking for a very entry level protection gun. It will certainly encourage more folks to get into the shooting sport or hobby.

        If only it had a rail for a light!

        “I mean, I have a gun, I might as well practice with it. Hey, this is fun! Maybe I wanna buy a 1911…”

        I own a P3AT and a bigass 1911 hi-cap for IPSC. Having a double strike DAO carry gun that has the option of an external safety appeals to me. Its like my pocket gun and range toy got married and had a baby. hahaha

        • Hank Seiter

          Have “a rail for a light”? Wouldn’t that defeat the very purpose of a sub-compact pistol like this? How about adding that shoulder stock option, too. Sheesh!

        • Jake

          They don’t have a mount for a light, but a company does make a laser sight for it asking with a holster that does the pistol with laser.

    • John Williamson

      Christian SCCY has been around since 2003 they build only one model, the %100 American made and manufactured CPX line in Daytona Beach Florida in a beautiful new factory and the hammer fired CPX 1-2 only come in 9mm.

    • Bob Duffey

      The pistols are completely made in the US, in Florida. They are comfortable to wear everyday. If you’re worried about the trigger pull, get a grip and finger exerciser and use it. For self defense, it’s better to have it on the heavier side t prevent unintended discharges. Believe me when I say you won’t notice the trigger pull with the adrenaline coursing through your veins.

  • Captain Obvious

    Hmmm, an “adequate” knockoff of an already cheap P11. Sounds uh…great.

  • patrickiv

    I put about 50 rounds of 9mm through one of these with the safety. Recoil was sharp, DOA trigger was smooth, and it had zero malfunctions. The dealbreaker was that the plastic lip underneath the safety would jam into a pressure point on my hand with every round fired. Three others in my group tried it and had the same issue. It’s not enjoyable to shoot at all but it does its job. I’d be interested in trying the one with no safety.

    It’s cool that they have that warranty. I had no idea.

    • OldNorthState

      I own the CPX-2 (no external safety) in stainless/black, as well as many other firearms (this was not an “entry level” purchase for me, and in fact you will see quite a few reviews, including A/V’s, online, where those doing the shooting/reviews are obviously not “entry level” folks who apparently own the weapon), and most are quite complementary. (And some of them can shoot the h*ll out of the thing… they are inherently reasonably accurate, but similar to a heavy-triggered DAO snubnose revolver, say in .38 Sp. caliber, require some practice. Also as a plus, the ballistics of today’s 9mm self defense round, even out of a 3″ barrel, “better” the venerable ol’ .38 snubby’s overall capability by a pretty good margin). I believe the CPX-2 is the biggest seller, as the long, heavy but smooth DA trigger with NO finger on it acts as a “safety”, while eliminating the safety lever inconveniences. Again, awareness, training and practice are key to owning and using any weapon, and apply all the more, here.
      After experiencing some feed issues w/mine initially, I contacted the fine folks down in Fla., returned it with a cover letter (just for clarity for them), rcv’d. it back in short order, and now it runs in a serious way with not a hiccup since. I carry this piece, loaded w/Hornady XTP 124 gr HP’s, quite often when dress mode doesn’t conveniently support CC of, say, a Glock 19. Yet the SCCY, even though often looking “smallish” in online retailer’s photos, is NOT some itty-bitty “girly gun” when you handle it fully loaded (10 + 1), and though a 3″ brrl, still looks/feels substantial, belying its actual light weight. Some of the more petite ladies find the stocks/grip to actually be a bit large for them, and first round chambering action of the slide to be barely within their capability. Not a “negative”, as that’s not uncommon with many pistols, but something to be aware of if you’re thinking it’s really small, like some of the single-stack sub-compacts.
      I appreciate my CPX-2, and the company’s willingness to be of good service, and will be hanging on to it gladly.

    • Hank Seiter

      Hmmm, I never had that problem with my SCCYs. Of course the hammer of a 1911 is known to bite the hand that holds it, but that wouldn’t mean the 1911 platform is a piece of crap and not engineered very well. Maybe people with fat hands shouldn’t be shooting certain pistols, but that wouldn’t make the pistol at fault, particularly when there are far more happy customers than unhappy critics.

  • JohnnyBGood

    I bought one of these to try because it is exactly what I want on paper (DA, double stack 9 that still fits on my smaller frame). It has not been reliable at all (rtf, fte). I sent it in once but it was not fixed. Don’t really want to do it again. Too bad really, really liked the concept. Trigger is heavy though.

  • Don Ward

    I bet the “recoil is sharp”. Stop selling – and buying – super-duper-ooper light featherweight handguns. Carrying around another couple ounces won’t kill you and will help burn off that extra helping of freedom fries.

    • I am 6’4″ and 175 pounds (built like a pencil). Carrying a large gun for me isn’t an option, lol!

      • Don Ward

        Concealed Carry = Crossfit. Now post about it nonstop on Facebook so all your friends know you’re doing it.

  • Ko I

    We had one of these at our range. It was dangerously, incompetently short on the headspace. It wasn’t an “if it blows up,” but a “when it blows up.”

  • Nergyl

    I misread that first line as “their small, adorable line of pistols.”

    • Fred Johnson

      “Adorable”
      LMAO

    • James Burdick

      I own one of these and use it as my primary conceal. Gun torcher test guy put it threw there paces and its a nice gun for the price. I give it 5 stars for the price. I’ve ran thousands of rounds threw it with not a single problem. From cheap ammo to defense rounds. Gonna buy the pink one for my wife. Check it out on YouTube.

  • Rocket Jockey

    I’ve had very limited trigger time with this pistol, but I was not at all favorably impressed. When my wife and I took our Texas CCW practical test, she used my Glock 19 and I used the loaner gun for the class, which was a 9mm SCCY. I found it to be hard recoiling, and disliked the trigger. We had an older gentlemen doing the test alongside us who really struggled with putting the weapon in battery, and cut his hand rather badly when he placed it too high and caught some slide recoil.

  • Gary Goel

    I had one but a relative needed a back up and this gun shot well enough and operated reliably enough to serve that purpose. I liked it well enough that I just ordered 2 guns in two tone color of earth and metal like satin finish for $220 bucks

    Two mags and a great warranty. I own plenty of the expensive guns and I have just as much fun with these and my ATI $299 .45 s , I didn’t have any issues with the trigger as described in this abbreviated article.

  • gunslinger

    what? no pictures shooting the pink pistol?

  • OldNorthState

    I own the CPX-2 (no external safety) in stainless/black, as well as many other firearms (this was not an “entry level” purchase for me, and in fact you will see quite a few reviews, including videos, online, where those doing the shooting/reviews are obviously not “entry level” folks who apparently own the weapon) and most are quite complementary. (And some of them can shoot the h*ll out of the thing… the pistol is inherently reasonably accurate, but similar to a heavy-triggered DAO snubnose revolver, say in .38 Sp. caliber, require some practice. Also as a plus, the ballistics of today’s 9mm self defense round, even out of a 3″ barrel, betters the venerable ol’ .38 snubby’s overall capability by a pretty good margin in some cases). I believe the “safety-less” CPX-2 is the biggest seller, as the long, heavy but smooth DA trigger with NO finger on it acts as a “safety”, while eliminating the safety lever inconveniences. Again, awareness, training and practice are key to owning and using any weapon, and apply all the more, here.

    After experiencing some feed issues w/mine initially, I contacted the fine folks down in Fla., returned it with a cover letter (just for clarity for them), rcv’d. it back in short order, and now it runs in a serious way with not a hiccup since. I carry this piece, loaded w/Hornady XTP 124 gr HP’s, quite often when dress mode doesn’t conveniently support CC of, say, my Glock 19. Yet the SCCY, even though often looking “smallish” in online retailer’s photos, is NOT some itty-bitty “girly gun” when you actually see it and handle it fully loaded (10 + 1), and looks/feels substantial, belying its actual light weight. Some of the more petite ladies find the stocks/grip to actually be a bit large for them, and manual operation of the slide to be barely within their capability. Not really a “negative”, as that’s not uncommon with many pistols, but something to be aware of if you’re thinking it’s really small, like some of the single-stack sub-compacts.

    I appreciate my CPX-2, and the company’s willingness to be of good service, and will be hanging on to it gladly.

  • Hank Seiter

    I own several SCCY. I enjoy shooting them, they are reliable but accuracy is nominal at best. I’d certainly use it as a back-up weapon, but never as my first-line conceal carry pistol. Though a bit larger, in my opinion the M&P Shield is lightyears ahead of the SCCY in build quality, accuracy and ergonomics. That being said, the SCCY does have ten rounds instead of eight, but if I find myself in a situation where eight rounds and a quick mag change can’t keep me alive, then I’ve made a big mistake in being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    That being said, I would unhesistatingly recommend getting several SCCY since their low cost could facilitate the desirable scenario of potentially arming of others on the cheap if the SHTF.

    BTW, it’s virtually impossible to double-tap a SCCY with any kind of center-of-mass accuracy … or any other double-action only semi-auto pistol. The Kel-Tec PF9 suffers a similar fate.

    • Sulaco

      I have no problem double tapping a target with my Kahr9 or .40 for that matter…

  • High Altitude

    I own one of these pistols and have put three hundred or more rounds through it with out a failure to feed or eject. The quality, fit, and finish is equal to my Glock, Sig. Or Springfield. Yes the trigger pull is long, but I can safely carry with a round in the chamber. Yes
    The recoil is stout but so is my Glock 27. Stop being a bunch of wimps. Gun goes bang every time I pull the trigger, that’s what counts. Great value for the money. Lifetime warranty on the gun.
    You are missing out if you don’t add one to your collection.

  • Sam Pensive

    does this come with any reasonable method to mount a laser/
    i’m of the opinions groups and overall shooting accuracy are
    improved with those aides.
    also – most bad guys seem to know that when they have
    a laser dot on them it’s time to behave.

    • Zachary marrs

      Its a cc pistol, unless you are out at night lasering people 25 feet away, chances are the the laser won’t make a difference. Remember the rule of three, three yards, three rounds, three seconds.

      • Sam Pensive

        ok i understand the rules but not too many cc pistol discharges in real life follow all the rules… i think the mfg COULD have provided an option to fit or integrate a laser to this model… given the articles comments about
        recoil and accuracy (or lack of it) it seems any improvement in
        aim would be of benefit to the person carrying.

        • bad habit

          armlaser.com/tr10,$139.00

    • James Straight

      There are at least 2 after market lasers for the CPX-1 and the CPX-2 that I am aware of:

      http://www.armalaser.com/tr10.html

      http://www.laserlyte.com/products/sight-tgl-sccy

      I have not used either of these.

  • Will

    American made pistols that hold 10+1 of full house 9mm.
    Shoots great, not unpleasant BUT….not for we who have little girl hands and stubby fingers.
    I had one and traded it because it simply did not fit my hand.
    If a smaller griped version with a better trigger comes out I will certainly give SCCY SERIOUS consideration.

  • Steve

    They need to start adding a return label in addition to the extra mag and trigger lock. The gunshop where I work has only been open 5 months, and we have sent 8 SCCY pistols back for warranty issues. We got a customers pistol back from “repair” (they adjusted the magazine – say what?? – replaced the recoil spring and extractor) and it experienced the same issues it was sent in for.

    If you want a range gun, get one – you’ll learn how to clear FTE’s and double feeds real fast. I can not in good conscious recommend SCCY’s to someone looking for a defensive pistol. They would be better off buying a Hi Point.

    • PizzaZombie

      I haven’t had any FTF or other issues with mine. I love it, and the locally owned dealer that sold it likes it too. I like it much better than the .40 Taurus I’d previously owned (and sold). No offence, but looking online at reviews, most really like these. I hear much less negative comments about them than I do Taurus or especillay Hi Point.

    • Bob

      Never any issues of any kind with my CPX-1 in nearly a year and with over 500 rounds of mixed ammo through it. Small, light, double stack mags and it runs like a machine.

  • Justin James

    I live right around the corner from the manufacturing facility, I own 2 of these firearms….The problem I have with this article is the author keeps referring to the “heavy trigger” as a downside…keep in mind, this is a “conceal carry firearm” NOT a pistol you will take to the range every other day, (i guess you could take it every other day if you wanted to). There is a reason for the heavy trigger, especially on the CPX-2 with no safety.

  • Mandy

    I work with my family at our family owned and operated pawn shop, we’ve been around for 13 years. We carry quite a few new and used firearms and carry the CPX-2. We’ve carried the SCCY for around 5 years and I recommend it to any customer looking for a reliable, reasonably priced 9mm for personal protection. I shot the CPX-1when we first began to stock them and absolutely fell in love. I am recoil sensitive so this firearm was perfect for me. I personally don’t mind travel on the trigger but do warn more seasoned shooters. After taking the CPX-2 out for a run recently, I still feel the same about SCCY Industries as I did when I shot the CPX-1.

  • Darrell Dunn

    I bought my wife the stainless model. Took it out to shoot and liked it so much I went back and bought myself one.
    Now as to all you big strong men complaining about the heavy long trigger pull….well my wife is 5 FT tall, and 96 pounds soaking wet. She states she does not know why anyone is complaining. She has no problem at all. Moral of the story….don’t be a wimp!

  • big daddy

    It can’t be worse than the .380 Bodyguard I have. You could not be accurate with it due to the trigger. A Galloway trigger kit made it better but…..my gunsmith used my original trigger with the kit. I did not like the Galloway trigger. I’ll shoot it this week. It’s not the trigger pull it’s when it breaks. The problem with the bodyguard was that you had to exert more pressure on the trigger to get it to break. That caused you to pull the whole gun down, it shot low because of that. That little extra pull at the end was it’s downfall. These types of guns should have a heavy trigger but a clean break and reset. I like the idea this is 9mm. These types of guns are made for one thing, being small enough to carry without showing you are and close range like up close and personal, oh that’s 2 things.

  • roger

    have about 800 rounds through mine with not 1 failure. Trigger has really smoothed out over time. Carry in front pocket and really don’t want a piece that goes off if you blow on the trigger. Match your weapon to its purpose, you want to shoot bullseye s , use a full size pistol with target sights. Think of the sccy as an11 round J-frame.