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SCCY Industries CPX-2 9 mm Pistol

This 10+1 capacity carry pistol has a price to fit any budget.


There's one word that most folks would like to see included when reading a description of a personal protection pistol: affordable. Very few factory-fresh defensive handguns are available these days with suggested retail prices starting at $299 and stopping at $339, but SCCY Industries of Daytona Beach, Fla., offers just such a line up. In business since 2003, SCCY released the CPX-2 in 2010. This offering is the second-generation version of its CPX sub-compact 9 mm pistol. What separates the two models is an external thumb safety lever. The CPX-1 has one while the CPX-2 does not.

The CPX-2 is a double-action-only, hammer-fired, semi-auto pistol. The milled stainless-steel slide, sand blasted for a blemish-free satin finish, is angle cut and rounded at the corners to provide a practical and attractive shape. Five curved serrations are located at the rear of the slide to provide a good grip surface for easy cocking. The slide is topped with a three-dot sight system. The front sight is polymer, but the rear sight is steel and windage adjustable via a set screw.

The 3.1-inch, stainless-steel barrel is machined from solid bar stock and contains seven traditional lands and grooves. The receiver is milled and heat treated from 7075-T6 aircraft aluminum and held in place by two steel pins to the Zytel polymer frame. The receiver's rails are 3.5-inches long to provide solid support for the slide. This pistol has no external safety devices, relying instead on the heavy trigger to prevent unintentional discharges. The use of an inertial firing pin and recessed hammer prevent the pistol from going off if dropped.

The polymer frame is molded with finger grooves and is long enough to provide a full grip when the extended magazine base plates are installed.  The sides and rear of the grip are textured with a thumb index groove on both sides. The backstrap contains SCCY's integral vented Re-Coil Cushion. A steel slide catch, molded over with an extended Zytel lever, is located on the left side of the frame along with a large, square magazine release. 

The trigger guard is roomy for a pistol this size and can accommodate a gloved trigger finger. The wide polymer trigger has a serrated surface, making it comfortable for large and small fingers alike. Some companies reduce the price of its less expensive pistols by cutting corners. The CPX-2, on the other hand, arrives ready to use with a useful set of accessories in the box. These include a custom, removable trigger lock, two 10-round steel magazines, four magazine base plates (two extended, two flat), a pouch of lubricant and an owner’s manual. 

Field stripping the CPX-2 for cleaning is a simple process. After removing the magazine and verifying the pistol is completely unloaded, lock the slide into the open position. The disassembly pin is located on the left side of the frame. Using a small flat-blade screw driver or an empty 9 mm casing, remove the disassembly pin from the frame. Hold the slide in place as the slide catch is released, then slowly move the slide forward and off of the frame. Removing the dual-spring recoil assembly reveals the guide rod is steel, instead of polymer. With the recoil assembly out of the way the barrel can be lifted out of the slide. That's all there is to it. The pistol goes back together just as easily.

Although cheaply constructed guns may look good in photographs, they've got nowhere to hide once the shooting starts. Shoddy workmanship is quickly revealed as low-grade semi-autos sputter and choke their way through each magazine loaded into the grip. In contrast, the CPX-2 demonstrated that it is not a "cheap" gun in the course of range testing. The fit and finish all show a professional level of attention. The pistol was free of the molding lips and rough spots that indicate a lack of proper attention to the manufacturing process. It reliably fed, fired and ejected a variety of defense and practice-grade loads without any malfunctions. It should be noted that the CPX-2 is not rated for +P 9 mm ammunition. Only standard pressure loads should be used for practice and concealed carry.

The trigger is advertised as having a steady 9 pounds of trigger pull. A Lyman's digital trigger gauge said it was lighter at 8 pounds, 10 ounces. The trigger was smooth and consistent without any stacking, creep or grittiness. Shooters who like a good double-action revolver trigger will feel right at home with the CPX-2.  Working with tiny pocket pistols that have triggers in this weight range can be tough, but the hand-filling three-finger grip frame of the CPX-2 stabilizes the pistol nicely to make driving the trigger more comfortable.

The smooth-faced magazine release button reliably dropped the double-stack magazines and was easy to locate and operate. Whether or not the extended slide-catch lever is a plus or a minus will depend on the shooter's preferences. It may get in the way or be bumped into action by some shooting grips, but I didn't have any problems with it. The front edges of the polymer magazine base plates on this sample contained two forward points that were quite sharp and uncomfortable to handle. This is only a minor issue that is quickly solved with a bit of sanding, but is something to be aware of.

Shots fired at 25 yards stayed center-of-mass on target, providing acceptable combat accuracy, but not forming tight groups. Moving the targets to 15 yards yielded better results, with five-shot groups fired from a bench tightening up into the 2-inch range. The best single group of 1.5 inches at 15 yards was produced using Hornady Custom 124-grain XTP loads, with the largest test group not exceeding 2.75 inches in size.

The CPX-2 was test driven for concealed-carry comfort in what turned out to be two excellent holster systems. For strong-side hip carry, the Bianchi Model 100, Size 10A, in-the-waistband leather holster worked very well. This holster provided a quick, smooth draw, held its shape for easy re-holstering and can be quickly removed while the pistol is inserted when the owner needs to disarm. The other carry method tested was the new CrossBreed Ankle Rig. Although the CPX-2 is a lightweight pistol, its size pushes the upper limits of what can be practically strapped to a person's leg for concealed carry. So it was a positive experience to see how this particular ankle holster, designed by Mark Craighead and manufactured here in America, was comfortable enough for all-day carry with the CPX-2.

Plenty of folks are wrestling with the challenges of tight finances while looking for a personal-protection handgun that can stand up to regular practice sessions and daily carry. The SCCY Industries CPX-2 is more gun than one would expect for a real-world price of less than $300. The company has performed 5,000-round endurance tests without any breakages. In fact, the company is confident enough in its product to offer a lifetime warranty that follows the pistol, not the owner. And it sure doesn't hurt this pistol's appeal that it is wholly manufactured and assembled here in the United States.

Manufacturer: SCCY Industries; www.sccy.com
Model: Gen 2 CPX-2 Two Tone
Action: Double-Action Only
Caliber: 9 mm
Slide: Stainless Steel, Natural Satin or Black Nitride Finish
Frame: Zytel Polymer
Sights: Steel 3-Dot, Rear Windage Adjustable
Barrel Length: 3.1”
Overall Length: 5.7”
Height: 4”
Width: 1”
Weight: 15 ozs.
Capacity: 10+1 Rounds
Twist: 1:16” RH
Rifle Grooves: 7
Accessories: Two magazines with flat base plates, two extended base plates, trigger lock, manual, lubricant pouch
Suggested Retail Price: $319

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53 Responses to SCCY Industries CPX-2 9 mm Pistol

Al Thompson wrote:
November 26, 2014

Good holster is Fobus TAM. Officially designated for the Taurus Millennium 32/280/9mm, it additionally fits the SCCY pistols quite well. This is a paddle holster.

Andy Glatczak wrote:
November 24, 2014

Love the gun, eats everything I put into it with no problems. The only thing that I see, that can use improvement is the trigger. It is smooth, but after the shot it needs to be released fully forward to reset the trigger. If this were to be fixed they would have as good a gun as any out there.

Billy Ray Ervin wrote:
October 28, 2014

I am looking for a IWB holster and OWB holster,and 2 magazine holders for my SCCY CPX 2 9mm and 2 more mag's any suggestions thanks.

f. pope wrote:
October 01, 2014

Traded recently for a CPX-2 with about 20 rounds through it. Polished the barrel and feed ramp, greased it and ran 50 rounds through it w/o a hiccup. Trigger actually pretty good for a DAO trigger. I would feel safe to carry it anywhere.

Billy Ray Ervin wrote:
September 30, 2014

I just got my SCCY CPX2 trying to find a IWB holster for the left side,there hard to come by any suggestions also need mag holders and 1 extra magazine for my cpx2 9mm thanks.

Keith Edwards wrote:
September 06, 2014

Had my SCCY for several months now, fired over 200 rounds without any problems. It did have a slide release failure sent it in and since then another 200 + rounds without any other problems. Love the fit and feel of the gun.

Gary wrote:
July 13, 2014

Bob I was wrong about not having to register the gun. I located the place to register the gun on their website.

Gary wrote:
July 10, 2014

Bob I think the point of this brand's warranty registration is unnecessary. They offer warranty regardless who owns it.

Bob wrote:
June 23, 2014

Love the weapon! I guess I hav'nt looked in the right place, but how do I register the gun for warranty?

josh c wrote:
June 18, 2014

Got my sccy 9 cpx2 love it works great shoots very well put over 150 rounds thru it no jam ups or mis fires

Lhshtr wrote:
May 19, 2014

Im just looking for a LH cross draw at right hip. Something that stays hidden and can pull with seatbelt on.

elliot wrote:
May 18, 2014

Bought a new cpx2 last month for $255 delivered off of gunbroker.com. Good quality gun for twice the money. Straight out of the box, shot about 150 round of cheap wolf ammo through it, with no misfires or stoppages of any kind. Delayed trigger takes some getting used to, but I am beginning to appreciate it. It's better then having the safety on the cpx-1. Buy a mag loader. I am a decent size guy that works out, and I could only get 7/8 rounds in the mags. My 11 year old girly-girl daughter had no problem shooting it.

Jack gibson wrote:
May 05, 2014

I just did some trading an got my first sccy and i can't complain at all it is as nice as all the glocks i have owned i put about 250 rds threw it an no problems

Tony bishop wrote:
March 29, 2014

Bought my cpx 2 on a recomend from a local gun shop had 2 failure to feeds sent back yo sccy got a new slide no problems since even got a call from them to see if that fixed the problem love mine and the service wish they would develop a 40

Phil wrote:
March 06, 2014

Best value out there. I have put several hundred rounds through this gun without a single issue and you can't beat the quality for the price. I bought an extra one for good measure.

Gary Klein wrote:
November 23, 2013

Bought yesterday (gen 2) and went to Range immediately. No cleanup or prep. Wanted a cheaper ammo range gun and/or carry gun. Shot over 100 rounds-115 and 124 grain bullets. HAD NO PROBLEMS!!! Repeat, NO PROBLEMS!!! Good quality-I can compare to my Glocks, Colt, Rugers and Smith and Wessons. Has a VERY even and smooth trigger pull and an expected break. DA feels exactly like my S & W Bodyguard .308 trigger pull. Both great. I like the pull amount for safety reasons. LESS recoil snap than my Glock 27 (.40)!!! Same snap as my .380. Shot all 3 guns at same session so could compare. Shot all at 7 yrds and then went to 10 yrds--every shot put in chest-head areas!! From ALL guns. No difference in accuracy. No hand discomfort after 1 1/2 hr at range. Got home and field stripped and was very clean and was lubed good from factory and looks nearly like my glock in quality. Mags were stiff to load but went home and used UpLULA and put all 10 in without any drama. Will leave in few days to see how spring loosens up. Was worried about buying because of other reviews. Glad I bought it!!!! Thus, this gun exceeded by expectations. In my opinion, I will use as a range gun and as a carry gun. How can you go wrong for $250. Also don't forget lifetime guarantee. This is my first ever comment to any you tube video, wanted to give my experience in detail, so sorry for the length.

slenzi wrote:
October 29, 2013

Just got my CPX-2 last week. Great first CCW pistol. The good news is that is seems to thrive on FMJ ball ammo, so you can save the more expensive ammo for your personal defense clips. Agree with use of the Uplula loader and a package of dry fire rounds.

tom snyder wrote:
October 19, 2013

I bought the SCCY 9mm new for $306.02, in Oxford NC. Took it home and after reading the manual started to load the mags. Lord have mercy I am a big man 315.lbs. Loading extremely difficult process. First ten round, 3 miss fires, 4 jams. Pistol blew blow back fire in my face on the 3 shots that did fire. Item sent back to SCCY for inspection and corrective repair. I'll wait for reply from SCCY.

John wrote:
October 16, 2013

Just receive an email from SCCY saying the CPX-2 will use +P ammo for self defense, but not to use +P for regular target practice.

Paul wrote:
October 14, 2013

Very Good Gun CPX-1 Shot About 200 rds No Probelms. I would Like to Buy A 380 to If they Start to Make them For My Wife.

Peter wrote:
August 28, 2013

Got a CPX-2 at the Orlando Gun Show 2 weeks ago for $249.95, Very impressed by the feel and looks of this gun. Easiest gun to field strip and clean that I have ever had! Took it to the range and it performed flawlessly. Like many guns the mags have strong springs. I have an Uplula loader which is fantastic and I use it to load both double and single stack mags on all my semi autos. At first the slide would not lock back after the last round. Called the factory, the folks there were very courteous and I spoke to the armorer. He suggested I take the mags apart and stretch the top coil of the spring. Took me only a couple of minutes to do this. Reassembled and the lock back works like a charm. I was invited to call if I had any future problems. Looking forward to taking a tour of the factory in late November! I have a Kel-Tec P-11 which works fine., but I like this gun better. I was also told that it can be dry fired for practice, but a snap cap is a good idea, and that the long trigger pull will lighten up with continued use. All in all this is a great gun at an excellent price, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

colorivergal wrote:
August 25, 2013

Bought a cpx-2 as my first handgun, intended for CCW. Have put 500+ rounds through it of all different varieties with no problems. I'm about 5'0' and tiny and find the recoil to be very reasonable to handle (significantly better than my friend's Keltec). Everyone at the range starts is curious about my cpx-2. They start off looking dubious about the less familiar brand and walk away quite impressed (even the LEOs). So proud this gun is made in USA!!! ~ A very satisfied owner

John B. wrote:
July 24, 2013

Only been shooting for about a year now. Own a Shield 9mm and this CPX2. I love them both for diff reasons. Had trouble with feeding until I realized I should just let go the slide and let the spring do it's thing. 350+ rounds through it and it's worked fine. Great purchase. I have now problem carrying this for EDC.

Kevin wrote:
June 17, 2013

Best CCW for the price!!!! Got mine at a show for $265 including tax. A little sandpaper on the mags and bottom of the mag well and I am one happy camper!!! Can't believe the price vs. the quality!!! MADE IN USA!!!!

robert o wrote:
May 30, 2013

shoots well, cycles everything i've tried. had some minor issues; supplied flat magazine baseplates had to be replaced. have had inadvertent magazine releases in pocket and iwb holster due to high profile of mag release button. good customer service. gun is currently back at factory for trigger upgrade and hopefully modification of mag release button.

j.m. seniuk wrote:
May 28, 2013

to follow up my previous comment,the mag issue was resolved by loading 9 rds and leaving for a day. today I shot 100 rds of 115gn cheap ammo,result..no ftf no fte Im sold on the the cpx-1 as the best small frame gun I've ever shot

j.m. seniuk wrote:
May 27, 2013

just purchased a new cpx-1 at a local gun show for $299.00. this is a great small frame gun. I read reviews that there are some mag problmes and I have encountered one right off,hard to load 10 rds as the spring is really stiff but the remedy seems to be to load it with 9 and let it sit a bit.this not some cheap weapon,it is as well made as any handgun I've owned and the action is smooth and the trigger pull is constant. the recoil isn't bad and the shot grouping was excellent. conceals well and I like being able to carry with a chambered round in complete safety. if youre looking for a great conceal weapon this is it.

Jerry Boyd wrote:
May 18, 2013

My CPX-2 has fired everything I have fed it. Quality of fit and finish is more on the order of a weapon costing twice as much. 10+1 is good capacity for a weapon this small and light. It is my off duty carry gun without hesitation

James T. McKlveen wrote:
May 10, 2013

I bought a CPX-2 a few weeks ago at the gun show in Chantilly, Virginia. It was priced at $360 but the let it go for $335. Everything else I had looked at started at $510.00 and went up from there. I had never heard of the company before but the gun felt good in my hands, thin frame and light weight. I could not be happier with this gun. It fits well in a hip holster and does not bump my arm. I also like the fact that its double-action and is always uncocked even with a round in the chamber. This paticular gun seems to have about a 5 lb. pull but I could be wrong and it may be stronger than that. Maybe its just that the gun fits so well in my hand that it seems easier to fire. It breaks down and goes back together easier than any gun I've had in the past. I took it home and fired about 30 rounds thru it and loved the way it shot.I wasn't being too careful about my aim but was in a 12" square at around 50 ft. I haven't cleaned it since I got it and took it out back last weekend and fired 10 rounds, no problems so it seems to fire nicely even if its dirty. I have a Cold Mustang .380 that fires great when its clean but carry it around for three or four weeks and try to fire it and it jams on the first round every time. The SCCY has been on my hip since the day I bought it and I haven't cleaned it once and it fires great. I've been shooting Eagle ammo thru it and it fires fine. The only problem I have is it ejects the empty rounds so high and so fast I can't find my brass.

Curtis A wrote:
May 04, 2013

After months of research I decided to purchase the CPX-2 due to all the positive comments not only on the quality but the customer service appears to be second to none. I could not decide on SS or all black so I bought both. Have not taketn them to the range yet but I can hardly wait. A big thumbs up for Sccy Industries.

Roy L wrote:
April 10, 2013

Where can you buy one

BrokenDream wrote:
April 09, 2013

Bought my CPX2 a month or so ago. Absolutely love it! Well balanced, solidly made and has excellent accessories. Larry thanks for the heads up on the laser. Appreciated!

Larry W wrote:
March 12, 2013

I purchased my CX-1 this past Jan. and was having ejection problems with 115gr FMJ ( 3 out of 10 ) but not with my protection 147gr hollow. emailed the sales dept. and they suggested I try 124gr FMJ which I will do this weekend and follow up then. Also anyone looking for a laser site for it, Armalaser has made one for both generations. I just ordered on for mine but wont be here for about 4 weeks. I'll check in then. Tight groups all.

Scott N. wrote:
March 09, 2013

Just purchased CPX-2 today brand new in box for $259. Feels great and looks great. Also very good price. Can't wait to go to range.

Larry R wrote:
March 08, 2013

I bought a CPX-1 from a friend in the summer of 2012. My first test shot was FTE. I read up on SCCY's warranty and bought it anyway. I contacted the company and they not only treated me well, they seemed downright folksy. When I explained the issue, they asked for the serial # and immediately said to send it in and they would replace it. All I had to do was choose which one. I talked at length with one of the techs about pros and cons of models and decided on the CPX-2 Blue. Quickly recieved it and started shooting. Probably put 400-500 rounds through it.Not one single FTF or FTE. I carry it every day and occasionally blow the lint out of crevasses that accumulates. It shoots well and groups respetably for what it is intended. I'm not hunting deer at 400 yds. with it, but have no doubt I can hit a threat severly at 0-35 yds. Over that, the problem is more me than the weapon. This little gun is great, and for what I paid is unbelievable. The Company sure treated me right as well. Incidentally, I have dropped it unintentionally a few times. No accidental fier and 0 damage. Still looks pristine.

alt0182 wrote:
March 08, 2013

Thanks for the review! I just ordered one from CTD.

Bob C wrote:
March 03, 2013

I had an issue right out of the box. A burr on the load end, right side of the barrel..more like a notch. Living in Daytona, I just drove to the factory, they nicely took the piece in back and in 10 minutes it was back in my hands. Just love this thing. Feels soooo good in the hand. Also use a "easly loader" to fill the clips. Heard a rumor sowhere they may have a .380 version coming out to compete with the "mouse guns".

greg clark wrote:
February 28, 2013

I'm having problems What the bullet ejecting 115 grain federal then I tried 125 grain blazer same problem

basshnter1 wrote:
February 27, 2013

250 rounds with only small issue quickly handled by SCCY's excellent customer service. This is not a range gun,but for it's intended purpose,great. My everyday cc gun.

John Barone wrote:
February 14, 2013

Just picked up a two-tone in the black box this weekend for $289. Haven't made it to the range yet but having been raised around firearms and in the military I'm very impressed with this little pitbull of a semi auto feels really nice in my hand and I love the 2 tone look found the magazines a bit stiff to load a full 10 but after reading some other reveiws mentioning stiff mag springs I have loaded them full and plan on letting them sit loaded for a couple of weeks and the problem should be resolved. Ever since getting out of the army right in the middle of the transition from the 1911 to the 9mmrange I vowed I would never own a 9mm but I feel in love with this pretty little gun can't wait for range time. I think it will make a nice little carry gun. Thanks for the great reveiw.

Killer B wrote:
February 09, 2013

Owned my CPX-2 for 3 months, and only issue was one magazine slightly tight fitting. Wouldn't fall out after pressing the release, but not a big deal. I simply use that magazine as backup, not primary. My shot groups are amazing for this type of pistol. I've had (2) friends buy them after my recommendation. Nice pistol, especially for the $$$.

Chris wrote:
February 08, 2013

I have been target shooting for over 28 years, and have shot a lot of different makes and models. I will say that the CPX-2 is a great value for the money and looks to be of high quality at a low price point. I am very happy with mine, and will buy the two tone when funds are available.

Jon wrote:
February 07, 2013

I've have decades of experience with handguns, and was a military armorer in the '80s. I bought a Sccy CPX2 and after shooting it almost every day for two weeks, i was so impressed that I purchased another one. They compare very favorably to my P11 and PF9.

Howard wrote:
February 06, 2013

Great carry gun. Love it!!

SunRiverShootersSupply wrote:
February 05, 2013

Customer service is great, had customer with a small issue SCCY took care of it in a week turn around. Very fast and made it right for that customer. Thanks

Dave wrote:
February 05, 2013

Had trigger issues e-mailed SCCY got response in 6 hrs. Sent weapon back to factory returned within a week. Excellent service love this gun. P.S. mine is CPX-1

parker wrote:
February 04, 2013

Own one, love it. btw - no problems but have called customer service with questions and response was excellent.

BOB wrote:
January 31, 2013

I found their service to be A+

frank wrote:
January 30, 2013

Rumor mill says their Customer Service is weak, very weak. It is a good gun, but without good Customer Service its just another commodity.

bonefamily wrote:
January 26, 2013

Nice review, thanks.

D Pistner wrote:
January 25, 2013

Own one, love it! Nuff said

jaxgunslinger wrote:
January 15, 2013

This firearm is on its third recoil rod design this year, and if you are looking for any type of accessory like an extended mag..... its not offered.

HootmonHarry wrote:
January 15, 2013

The barrel is also Stainless Steel. Both the barrel and the slide are manufactured with hardened SS, which is harder to manufacture, rather than standard SS and then hardened after the machining process.