SCCY Factory Tour

SCCY Factory Tour

I recently had the opportunity to tour the SCCY factory in Daytona Beach and get a look at one of the company’s new pistols.

All of the company’s employees and management were very accommodating and allowed me unlimited access to their facility. Anything I asked was directly answered, and I was allowed to photograph nearly everything.

The following photos are from the tour.

raw steel

SCCY makes nearly every part in their pistols – springs being the sole exception. These lengths of stainless steel (above) will become slides for the company’s new CPX-3 pistol. The CPX-3 will be a new .380 ACP pistol that incorporates a new recoil system and other changes from its existing line of pistols. Read more about the new gun on my site here.

soon to be slides

Cut down, these pieces of steel will be machined into pistol slides.


The hex steel at the top of the photo is heat treated and ready for machining into slides for the CPX-1 and -2 pistols. The round steel below will be for the CPX-3.

CPX-2 slide

This image shows the stages of CPX-1 slide development from hex steel.

9mm barrels

9mm barrels ready for tolerance checking.

more barrels


SCCY employs more than 100 people in its factory. However, it uses custom built robots to handle repetitive tasks that are ill-suited for human workers.

laser welding

SCCY builds its own magazines. This photo shows magazines being laser welded.

SCCY magazines

Both guns and magazines go through extensive testing to ensure reliability.

tolerance checking

SCCY employs a variety of testing procedures, including precision laser tolerance measuring machines (not shown) to make sure it delivers reliable guns.

laser engraving

SCCY handles all of the laser engraving work in house.

gun assembly

Once all parts are measured and checked, finished guns are assembled in a secure part of the factory. SCCY frames, the serialized part, are securely stored and access to this area is limited. On the right side of the photo is a two position repair station for guns that are returned for service. No guns were in for repair when I was on tour.

SCCY frames

SCCY frames

SCCY frames

SCCY boxes

Once guns are assembled, they are boxed and readied for shipment to distributors.

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  • Nicholas Chen

    Nice. Did you talk to Joe Roebuck? He gave us a tour back in March for Big 3 East.

    • Yep. Gave us a pretty detailed view of the new Quad Lock system in the CPX-3 and some early insight into another new system the company is beginning work on.

      • Griz

        With the popularity of 9mm carbines lately it would be cool if they introduced one to compete with high point that didn’t look like a cheap brick of plastic space trash.

  • Joe

    SCCY has the best warranty in the business, and I respect the hell out of them for it.
    I understand the target market (owner’s 1st handgun, for self-defense), which justifies the traditional DAO action.
    I would have preferred a striker-fired or cocked-and-locked SAO, but I’m not the customer they’re courting.

    More power to them.

    • Slim934

      I appreciate that their setup allows them to be easy and effective to do dry-fire practice. I really wish they had designed a better trigger geometry though.

      • MR

        After shooting a striker fired Lorcin for several years, then upgrading to a Glock, I can’t imagine trying to get good hits from my SCCY during a high stress situation. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fun little gun, and a good tool for practicing trigger control rather than just jerking the trigger, but when fine motor skills go out the window, I’m afraid it will become little more than a dangerous noise maker, spewing projectiles everywhere but the target. Maybe you can over come that with enough practice, just seems like your handicapping yourself choosing a lousy trigger for a self defense gun.

        • MR

          “‘You’re’ handicapping yourself”. Dang it.

  • FLdeepdiver

    I hope they work better now. I really wanted them to work too. But nothing but issues from them in the past: mag problems, sights falling out, triggers not resetting, light strikes, and safety’s coming apart. All repaired, but so many lemons we just cant sell them anymore. and for a target market of a first time gun-owner, this is simply unacceptable. Repair stations empty? Suspect. Not to mention the sales and marketing teams repeatedly bad-mouth customers choices for better guns. Bring it on SCCY hounds, I am sure to get a bashing for this one…

    • Slim934

      I have one and do not seem to be experiencing any lemon-ing yet.

      I do wish that they had designed the trigger to be a little more ergonomic. Even revolvers do not have nearly perfectly flat and wide triggers. Makes shooting the things really irritating.

    • I imagine any new design will have bugs to work out of the system. I was initially interested in the brand when one of my local shops began selling them more than a year ago. With dozens sold, the shop owner said he’s gotten only positive feedback from the owners, and he has had very good support from the company when he has had a question about anything.

      Regarding the marketing/sales things you mentioned – I don’t have any knowledge of those things, so I didn’t ask them about your concerns. They do have a new marketing team and relatively new CEO, so your concerns may have been addressed.

      • ben

        It’s not a new design though, its a copy of the kel tek p11

  • PeterK

    I love these posts. Here’s hoping the master’s I am working on will help me get into a cool factory like this one. 🙂

  • John

    Huh. I haven’t seen any SCCY guns for sale in any of my gun shops, and I’m in Nevada. I’ll keep looking.

    • Breno1212

      If your in the Reno area check out Juggernaut Arms.

  • USMC03Vet

    Love the frame colors. I don’t know why the larger manufacturers won’t do it.

    • I can’t speak as to why others do not do it, but SCCY does all of their own frames. So, they definitely have the flexibility to do different color runs if they want to test the market.

  • Jim Dean

    Did they really not have any in for repair? I’m part of a couple of SCCY groups on FB, and see enough issues that I wonder what the chances would be that you would catch them at a time when they actually had no guns at all in for repair.

    • I can only tell you what I observed. That doesn’t mean they get no returns, or even that they don’t get huge piles of returns. Since, I don’t imagine that many repairs take very long to resolve, I would expect that turn around time is fairly quick. It’s possible FedEx dropped off a dozen guns in the morning, and they were turned around by lunch time.


        A friend had a CPX-2 that needed work, and he had it back within a week. From Illinois to Florida, and back, in less than a week. I’d say you’re probably right about them turning them around so quick that you could have just missed them. His was in for the pins walking out, and it having FTEs. To quote him, “SCCY is back, less than one week turn around. New slide, trig bar, cam, mag bases, recoil rod, trigger, and frame pins! Way to go @sccyfirearms now let’s see how it runs… Stay tuned.”

  • floppyscience

    “SCCY builds its own magazines.”

    Ah, so that’s why they ditched the Keltec’s S&W 59 mag compatibility.

    • X-CalibearUSA

      Where did you ever read that? They have never been S&W 59xx compatible. The notch is higher on a SCCY magazine.

      • floppyscience

        I didn’t think it was a secret that the SCCY pistols are clones of the Keltec P11, which features S&W 59 magazine compatibility. The SCCY pistols are certainly better quality than the P11s but that feature is conspicuously absent for no apparent reason.

  • RaiDei

    Wow, going on 17 years living in the Daytona Beach area and had no idea that there was any type of industry here, haha. Jokes aside, it makes sense why I see their firearms pretty regularly at the shops here in town!

  • Jimmy

    I’ve read a lot of these lately, and now finally decided to just get one and see what the fuss is about. It would make a good truck gun.

  • jimaggie

    I recently purchased a CPX-2 (who needs a safety!) and I absolutely love it! I was carrying a Glock 43, but the SCCY has become my new carry. It’s good to see arms manufacturers building in the South. I’m not a big fan of supporting companies in the liberal states (Conn, Mass, etc.).

    • MR

      For most items, I try to avoid supporting liberal states ( I switched deodorants because my old one was made in New York), but for firearms, I’ll overlook it. I figure if firearms companies and their employees contribute enough to the tax base, legislators might be hesitant to kill the goose that laid the golden egg. Plus the employees might be less likely to vote for someone who wants to outlaw their livelihood.