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.

    Richard Johnson

    An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is