As a huge fan of concealable carry weapons, I’m always looking for new and improved additions to the market. One of my favorite aspects to keep an eye on is the budget firearms. Since I generally consider any handgun under $400 to be an affordable gun, this category is one of the most competitive in the entire industry. Some of the most notable of these best bang for your buck pistols include the Kel-Tec PF-9, Hi-Point C9, Taurus Slim, and the SCCY CPX-2

In this Gunivore rundown, we’re going to be taking a closer look at the SCCY CPX-2 9mm to see if it’s a worthy CCW. I must admit that I am quite skeptical going in, especially considering its low cost of around $300. Although this doesn’t place the SCCY CPX (pronounced “sky”) in the lowest tier of budget guns, I’ve seen too many disappointing handguns in that price range to not be wary. So let’s get down to it and put the SCCY CPX-2 under the microscope!

SCCY CPX-2 Specs

  • Model: SCCY CPX-2
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 10+1
  • Barrel Length: 3.1”
  • Overall Length: 5.7”
  • Weight: 15 oz.
  • Sights: Adjustable, 3-Dot Steel
  • Finish: Zytel Polymer, Black Nitride, Satin Stainless Steel
  • MSRP: $314


When I finally got my hands on the SCCY CPX-2 I was actually pleasantly surprised by its overall appearance and components. Although I hadn’t fired it yet at this point, I could tell that it wasn’t going to be your run-of-the-mill budget gun. For starters, just look at it; it’s actually a pretty good looking gun!

The next thing I wanted to check out was how strong they built their popular semi-auto. While some companies will forgo durability to maintain a cost-effective design, there’s no indication that SCCY sold out. I mean with aircraft-grade, heat-treated aluminum-alloy receivers and modern, Zytel polymers, these 9mm’s are surprisingly resilient.

sccy recoil pad
SCCY CPX Integrated Recoil Cushion

The other surprise was how ergonomic these pistols were. Even after seeing that SCCY didn’t sacrifice any durability, I still wouldn’t have been surprised if the CPX-2 didn’t feel good in the hands. Nevertheless, I was once again pleasantly surprised. While not on par with favorites like the Springfield XDM or S&W M&P Shield, their integrated Re-Coil backstrap cushion was actually really good, not to mention the finger-grooved polymer grip.

That being said, the SCCY isn’t the most intuitive pistol out there, but that can be attributed to its low cost and intended use as an ultra-concealable firearm. Although most of these centerfire CPX’s don’t have manual safeties, they still did a decent job with the placement of the controls, like the extended steel/polymer slide release.

Internally, the SCCY CPX-2 pistol was built way better than I expected. For instance, the developing company outfitted these nifty little guys with an encapsulated steel recoil spring assembly system. Similarly, these semi-auto 9mm’s were given internal hammers with inertial firing pins which add a much-need safety-boost.

SCCY CPX-2 Magazines

Although I was pretty impressed with the SCCY as a whole so far, I gotta give them kudos for what they did with the magazines. The up-and-coming gunmaker ships each CPX with two, 10-round double stack mags, but it doesn’t stop there. As a matter of fact, these steel mags come with ½” finger extensions pre-installed for added control and ergonomics. Nonetheless, they also throw in two extra flat magazine bases for those more focused on concealability.

CPX-2 Performance & Operation

As I mentioned earlier, the SCCY CPX-2 definitely stands out among its competitors thanks to its surprisingly high ergonomics. The firm grip that this powerful CCW offers is just a real pleasure. That being said, there are some performance features that I gotta warn you about. Since the SCCY relies on a DAO operation and hammer firing system, some folks are bound not to like the feel of each shot. Nevertheless, many would argue that it’s worth the added safety feature of the internal hammer and firing pin that prevent accidental discharges.

Furthermore, they incorporated a pretty tough trigger into the CPX-2, which some folks love and some hate. In fact, the nearly-9 lb. trigger pull feels a lot more like a traditional double-action revolver such as the Charter Bulldog. Although it took some getting used to, I felt pretty confident with the 9mm after the 200 rounds I shot. However, the SCCY did take about 100 rounds or so to break-in, which was expected. Interestingly, even with their somewhat advanced barrels, with their 16:1 right-hand twists, the CPX-2 was only moderately accurate. While you’re not gonna win any shooting competitions with these guys, they are plenty accurate for your self-defense needs.     

Aftermarket Options

Because the SCCY CPX-2 handgun was designed with concealability in mind, the budding arms developer excluded accessory rails. On the other hand, this doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck with aftermarket options.

New CPX-3 & Comparable Firearms

You’d think to be in one of the most competitive fields in the firearm industry that the CPX-2 would be easily compared to other guns. Nevertheless, between the combination of steel and polymer components, around $300 price tag, unique design, and great ergonomics, it’s tough to compare it to anything. That being said, SCCY just recently came out with the CPX-3 and it’s pretty freakin’ cool. The new version is currently offered in only two finishes but most people are more concerned with the switch to the.380 Auto cartridge. Furthermore, for only a few dollars more, the CPX-3 also includes the Roebuck Quad-Lock accuracy-boosting technology and shortened barrel for increased concealability.



All things considered, I don’t understand why the SCCY CPX-2 semi-automatic pistol is not more popular. I can easily recommend this CCW for anybody looking for a backup firearm or an affordable EDC gun. With this level of engineering and ingenuity, I wish that SCCY would produce a rifle or at least expand their repertoire.

For other affordable weapons manufacturers, check out Hi-Point, Kahr, Taurus, & Armscor.

Sam M

Sam is an avid firearms enthusiast who loves sharing his knowledge and experience with fellow gunivores.

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  1. cant register my holster warranty because can not find my order number.

  2. I owned one and the (my opinion) really bad trigger wasn’t for me.

    The problem (this one’s a fact) was it hurt my trigger finger. I never knew exactly what caused the pain, but with small/medium hands, the long reach for the trigger, the long reset and the snappy recoil, something caused my finger to hurt every time I shot it just a few shots in. It was nice looking, dead nuts reliable, easy to carry and had generous (10+1) capacity. If the trigger shape were different, the reach distance a tiny bit shorter, the pull weight closer to 6 lbs than 10, I’d love it. But I sold it and don’t regret it. It’s a good pistol, but it’s not for everyone, apparently including me.

  3. Nice review.
    I like the sccy cpx-2 too. It is a reliable gun since I have it back from fixing some stuff.
    Why is it not more known? I’ll think the sccy is very known, more that we really think of. May be some kits and keyboard commanders find the sccy not Tactical enough. One is fore sure you can’t make pre-puberty girls giggling on a campus flashing a Sccy.
    I really think the Sccy and the Taurus PT 709/111 G2/c/s series very known under real EDC carriers.
    Just think there was a shoting and the police takes your 1100 Hk, Sig to the evidence locker.
    Oh you don’t carry for self defense? OK……
    I normally laugh when people mean that a Sccy or Taurus or Ruger would be guns for people that have no money. Think about that, Rich people have money because they don’t spend it. So I am not rich but I like to spend my money on traveling. Guns for protecting it’s a tool. I have a hammer in my tool-box that has no Brand on it but it works since 25 years.

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