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SCCY CPX-2 9mm Gun Review: Cheap Isn’t Always Better

SCCY CPX-2. Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot.

SCCY CPX-2 9mm Review in 2 Minutes – The SCCY (pronounced “sky” not “sick-ee”) CPX-2 9mm is a pretty mixed bag. To be very honest, even at the low piece point they offer, I think there are better options out there for concealed carry. This is a pistol you can find for really cheap, less than $300 if you find a deal – but of course due to the pandemic, prices are pretty much all over the place from region to region around the county. It’s not refined or fantastic to shoot, but it works most of the time.

Know this: The SCCY CPX-2 isn’t a horrible gun, but you could get something like a Taurus GX4 for a little more cash and have it run perfectly. If you want to know more about the SCCY CPX-2, read on.

SCCY CPX-2, Explained

I’m not one to say looks are everything, but they certainly play a part in choosing a gun for me to buy – and I would suspect for many others. The CPX-2 is unremarkable in appearance and wasn’t a deciding factor in my purchase to be very honest. It has some rear serrations on the slide, but none on the front. That’s not a negative, but keep it in mind if you prefer front serrations being included.

You’ll also find that the grip has some mild texturing on it as well as some finger grooves that I felt extremely lukewarm about. It comes with a slide release but no safety. That’s not a problem for me.

SCCY CPX-2, The Trigger

What is an issue is the trigger. The CPX-2 is double-action-only or DAO, for short. So with every trigger pull, you‘re cocking the hammer back. That force is felt in the trigger and makes it a pretty heavy pull at around 9lbs.

I’m not a fan at all. I get that it’s to prevent snags while carrying it around in a pocket, but I still hate it.

Plus a heavy trigger can really throw off your shots, especially at far distances but I don’t expect you to have to engage someone with a pistol 50 yards away. I prefer to have my guns super responsive and with little trigger travel.

As a side note, if you’re carrying concealed, you need a holster that covers the trigger anyway.

SCCY CPX-2- Can You Trust It? 

Reliability was hit-and-miss for me. Some brands worked alright others turned this into a jam factory. I’ve heard quite a few people say otherwise, mine however was not what I would call reliable and certainly not something I’d consider carrying. I think you might be gambling on getting a reliable pistol if you pick this up. 

SCCY CPX-2, Accuracy 

The accuracy turned out to be pretty dang good, though as long as you can get used to the DAO trigger. My first 50 rounds or so were abysmal because of the trigger pull, but as the day went on my groups were getting tighter and my shots were consistent. If anything, you can rely on the CPX-2 to be accurate.


SCCY CPX-2. Media handout.

I’m not going to mince words: I don’t like this pistol and I don’t think you should buy it unless you’re down on your luck and need a pistol in a hurry. Yes, it’s cheap, but you get what you pay for and self-defense items are one of those things you should spend a little bit extra on. The SCCY CPX-2 is a mixed bag, to say the least. 

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at the National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller, and other publications.