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SCCY CPX-2 Review

by James Tarr   |  February 19th, 2013 35

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Most people can’t afford expensive custom guns, and the truth of the matter is they usually don’t need them because when it comes to handguns intended for defensive purposes, there is only one important question: Is it reliable? If it isn’t, don’t consider that firearm suitable for self-defense.

After reliability, the rest boils down to options or aesthetics. Options include size, magazine capacity, sights, safeties, trigger pull and so forth. Aesthetics are simply whether or not you like the pistol’s appearance. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the new CPX-2 from Daytona Beach, Fla., firm SCCY (pronounced “sky”). It’s a 9mm pistol intended for self-defense and concealed carry, and I found it completely reliable with every type of ammo I fed it, including hollowpoints. The pistol is made in the U.S.A.

The CPX-2 has a 3.1-inch barrel, is 4.25 inches tall (not including the magazine) and is over an inch thick. Unloaded it weighs 15 ounces. I consider it a bit too big to be a pocket gun, but it is on the small side for a belt gun.

The exterior of the pistol is clean, and the only controls you’ll see are the magazine release and the slide stop. The magazine release does not stick out very much, and you shouldn’t have problems dropping the mag accidentally. (For those of you who just can’t do without a manual safety, SCCY makes the CPX-1, which has a manual safety at the rear of the frame.)

The CPX-2 has a polymer frame and superficially resembles a few other pistols on the market, but that resemblance disappears when you pick it up. This pistol has a rather beefy grip for its size and fills the hand nicely. With the finger-groove base pads on the magazine I was able to get all of my fingers on the gun, but I have skinny fingers.

I feel pistols should come with a minimum of two magazines, and not only does SCCY supply the CPX-2 with two magazines, it provides both flat and extended finger-groove magazine base pads. I commend the company for this.

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