SCCY Industries Factory Tour

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As part of the Big 3 East Media event, we got invited to tour the SCCY factory. For those of you who are not familiar with SCCY, they make the CPX-1 and CPX-2 pistols.

SCCY CPX2 Stainless 10

 

SCCY was originally called SKYY. But the vodka people had issues with that. So they changed it to SCCY and it is pronounced “SKY”. Joe Roebuck, CEO and founder, is an aviation aficionado and it is apparent in the office and the inspiration for the name of the company.

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Joe Roebuck gave the tour himself with my group. Joe is a tool and die man by trade. He worked in the medical industry for some time. A California company contracted some firearm tooling and left him hanging. So to “make lemonade out of lemons” Joe decided to try and make firearms himself.

 

Below is an original slide that he made that was MIM (Metal Injection Moulding). He abandoned this process and started from scratch. He went with full CNC of all the metal parts. Other than the springs and polymer, everything else is made in house. They are already looking to expand their 21,000 sq ft facility to a 50,000 sq ft facility and bring the polymer injection molding in house as well as ramp up for their future product line expansion.

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The factory was remarkably pristine. A common comment was that it was like a clean room.

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Those long gray colored machines are a giant hopper for bar stock to feed the machine that makes the firing pins.DSC_0202

An employee inspecting some parts.

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Here is their tool inventory system. When a machinist needs to replace a tool for the CNC, They log into this machine, place the old tool in the tray and grab a new one, The Matrix maintains this inventory and will update their computers so they know when to order more when needed.DSC_0210

One of the primary ways Joe keeps costs down is to design and make is own tooling. He has a room dedicated just for this purpose. He uses a wire EDM for a lot of his tool making.

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This is the only manual machine he has.

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Here is a tray that an employee will load with barrels and a robotic arm will take each barrel and load it into the CNC.

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Here is the machine that loads the barrels to machine the chamber and feed ramp.

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Before and after the machine above does its work.

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Here are some raw slides.

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The process to machine their slide is only a 2 stage process. They take this hex shaped bar and machine it twice and out comes a slide.

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An impressive 50% of each part is tested against the specs.

 

 

 

Polymer frames ready for assembly

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Assembled guns ready for shipping.DSC_0220 DSC_0221

 

A sneak peak at a new color offering, white.

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It was incredibly intriguing to have Joe Roebuck give the tour himself. You can get him talking at length about the nuances of design for his tooling and the methods of manufacturing just those components. He is a fascinating person and loves what he does.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Andrew Hobby

    I’m very surprised that they went with a fully machined slide from a piece of raw stock versus starting with a forging. Did he talk about that at all?

    • Giolli Joker

      If they want to do everything internally that’s the way to go. They clearly don’t have forging capability and they seem not to want to be relying on a supplier for such a critical component.
      They would have to invest quite a lot in re-engineering the part and the process if they were to start from a forging.
      So, imho, there’s nothing really surprising.

      • MR

        Hope the recycling center gives them a good price on their scrap. 😀

  • Slim934

    It’s interesting that the slides shown above have 2 holes instead of one near the muzzle for the front site. I do not THINK my current model CPX-2 has this.

  • echelon

    Only issue I really have with my SCCY is the trigger. Bluntly, it’s just kinda terrible.

    If they could just make that one thing better it would definitely be at the top of the list for budget priced small pistols for sure.

  • dan citizen

    Great article, I enjoyed it.

  • IMHO

    Handled one of these at SHOT, couldn’t stand the trigger. Everything else checked out though, good price too. Trigger is the deal breaker though.

  • Adam aka eddie d.

    That white frame looks really nice!
    Certainly not a usual color when it comes to firearms, but I definitely like it!
    There aren’t many things like a nice shade of white when it comes to class.

    Aaand of course you can with a white Cerakoted slide and the black parts
    you can make a Stormtrooper gun, which is evidently one of the best things you can do to it.

    • MR

      Don’t forget MNU’s guns in District 9.

      • Ed

        How resistant is the polymer (or Cerakoat, for that matter) to staining? I’m concerned about how it’ll look after some hard use. Might just have to consider it “character”.

      • Adam aka eddie d.

        Well said!
        Probably Weta (or Mr. Blomkamp, or both) has a thing for
        colored guns, one of the key firearms in Chappie is also a very colourful piece. 🙂

  • RICH

    I saw a youtube video test on one of the SCCY’s. The pistol was caked & coated with all kind of crap; mud, syrup, ketsup, liquid soap, peanut butter, etc. It was then droppes off of the gable end of a garage roof (app. 20 ft.) onto the concrete drive and then run over a few times with a pick-up truck ! After each abusing test the pistol was run thru a full magazine….. flawlessly ! ! ! The video sold me. I bought one for the sole purpose of leaving it inside of my vehicle so I always have a pistol available. Granted… the trigger is lonnng but after you put about 100 rounds through the pistol you become familiar with where the trigger breaks. With a LIFETIME WARRANTY you can’t afford not to get one for the purpose I bought mine…. to have on hand in my vehicle, always !

  • Ranger Reverb

    I bought a CPX-2 a couple of weeks ago, and am very happy with it, especially for less than $300 out the door. The trigger’s not a delight, but for an old double action revolver shooter like me, it’s manageable. I have a couple hundred rounds through mine, with one malfunction that was ammo related. I’ve spent a lot more for pistols I liked a lot less.

  • Will

    REALLY nice little pistols. Only problem I had was the span from back strap to trigger was too great for my dinky little girl hands.
    I just could not get comfortable with it but that’s my problem not the pístols.