Our Sccy CPX2 Review. There aren’t a ton of budget gun options on the US market.
You have Sccy, Taurus, Hi-Point, and a couple of other none 9mm options. But Sccy, Taurus, and Hi-Point are definitely the most popular 9mm budget handguns on the market. The Sccy CPX 2 is not designed to be the nicest firearm on the market, but it is designed to be one of the most affordable.
Sccy’s goal is to arm as many Americans as possible. Not to come out with the best gun that ever existed. They don’t claim the gun is something that it’s not. That’s something I really like about the company. So, now let’s talk about the gun.
This is an opinion piece, but I always aim to eliminate bias. Look, we’ve all read them before. Gun reviews that claim to be helpful, but they’re really thinly veiled hit pieces trying to get you to buy something before you’ve even started your research. Or, even worse, a review put together by a content writer who has never even held a gun.
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The Sccy CPX2 is a very lightweight gun, coming in right at around one pound unloaded. The gun holds 10 rounds and it’s fairly large. It’s similar in size to the Taurus G2C. But it’s a lot lighter and doesn’t have the same feel.
This is definitely not a duty or a range gun. They seem to be marketing this gun towards the concealed carry and self-defense crowd. This gun is not a gun I’d want to take to the range to shoot for fun, and we’ll cover more on that later.
You’re likely looking at the Sccy CPX2 if you’re looking for a budget pistol, that’ll fit within a relatively narrow budget. The Sccy CPX2 comes in right around $200 or $300 if you add the red dot sight.
It holds 10 rounds and it’s large enough to shoot decently well. While being small enough that almost any person can conceal it. As long as they have reasonable clothing and a good holster. It will work for IWB carry, Appendix IWB Carry, or OWB Carry.
The Sccy CPX 2 holds 10 rounds and there aren’t any aftermarket magazines available for this gun. At least any that I would trust from a reliability standpoint. When you’re looking at the gun, it looks smaller than it feels in the hand.
It’s quite a large gun when you really look at the dimensions, and most of that size is right around the grip itself. The gun is also lightweight, which makes it a handful on the range.
The grip on the Sccy CPX 2 doesn’t feel the best in the hand, but it doesn’t feel bad either. There’s a couple of things I would change to make it more ergonomic. One of those being the finger grooves. For my hand, the finger grooves actually work really well and they help keep the gun in place and make up for some other deficiencies we’ll talk about later.
But, if you have larger or smaller hands than mine, the finger grooves are likely going to be a hindrance. That really turns you off from the firearm. There is no modularity to the grip itself, so there is no removal backstrap, grip panels, or anything like that.
What you see is what you get. If it doesn’t work for you, there are no options. But considering the price point of this gun, you really can’t expect any.
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The texture on the Sccy CPX 2 might as well be non-existent. There is texture on the side panels of the grips, but it’s really there for looks. There’s no actual texture that will help you maintain a positive, solid grip. It’s a very slick gun. Considering the weight and the feel of this polymer material. It doesn’t bode well for it in the shooting portion, which we’ll cover later.
Overall the general feel of the Sccy isn’t bad, but it doesn’t feel as secure as something like the Taurus G2c or G3C. Those guns just feel much better in the hand and the price point isn’t that much more.
You can get the Sccy CPX2 with two sight options. One is your normal, standard iron sights and the sights that come on the Sccy CPX2. They are steel, which makes that a nice feature. The sites really aren’t bad. They’re definitely not target-grade sights, but considering the price point of this handgun, the sites are honestly pretty good.
Another option is to have it come milled for a crimson trace red dot that is exclusive to the Sccy pistols at this time. That’s the red dot you’re seeing on the pistol in this review. I have that red dot, but I don’t trust it for defensive use. This red dot will flicker on and off just by pulling the trigger. And sometimes it won’t be on at all.
The housing itself is a polymer and you can’t get it tight enough to the slide, to hold a consistent contact on the battery. I really just don’t trust this optic. If you’re getting this gun for a range toy or to play with slide-mounted optics. Then it should be fine. But, if you’re getting this for a serious self-defense piece, I would probably suggest going with the irons until red dot technology becomes just a little bit more affordable. Right now, it’s not worth the hundred-dollar upgrade.
The Sccy CPX2 does not have any kind of external safety. The Sccy CPX1 is the version of this pistol that does have a thumb safety. I would not suggest getting that version, because it’s very uncomfortable to shoot. That’s due to some ergonomic features of the safety.
Now the magazine release in the CPX 2 is right-side-only. A right-handed-only magazine release that sits on the left-hand side of the gun. It’s easy for me to use in my hands. Somebody with slightly smaller hands will likely have to break their grip to reach the magazine release.
Surprisingly, the slide stop on Sccy CPX2 is very well designed. It’s a polymer over-mold on a sheet metal piece and it’s very ergonomic. You can reach it easily as a right-handed shooter with your firing hand thumb or your support hand thumb when you come into reloading. It’s honestly one of the most well-designed features of the gun from what I’ve seen so far.
Overall Ergonomics Sccy CPX2 Review
Overall, the ergonomics of this gun really aren’t bad. The mag release works well. The slide stop is excellent and the slide itself has decent serrations. Actually, better serrations than a lot of guns that cost over twice the price of the Sccy CPX2. The grip doesn’t feel the best in the hand and the texturing is lacking. If it weren’t for the texturing, it’d be hard to give this gun many negatives considering its price point. But even at this price point, I don’t think the texturing is sufficient.
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Trigger Sccy CPX2 Review
The trigger on the Sccy CPX 2 is a double-action-only trigger. It’s extremely heavy, but at the same time, it’s also incredibly smooth. The smoothness of this trigger can’t be underrated. It has a very springy feel. At the same time, it’s just very consistent and smooth. Will it win any awards? No, but considering the price point of this pistol, I was definitely pleasantly surprised at how well the trigger performed.
There really isn’t an aftermarket to speak of for the Sccy CPX 2. Most people buying this gun are not buying it to improve it. They’re buying it because it’s what will work within their budget. So, that’s not surprising.
Maintenance Sccy CPX2 Review
This gun takes down a little bit differently than most other firearms. You’re going to need to lock back the slide and then you use a screwdriver to rotate a take-down lever that sits slightly recessed inside the slide. It’s very easy to do and once you get the hang of it. It makes a lot of sense.
But it’s just a little bit different from what I’m used to. It’s an easy gun to take down and clean though. Once you do that and you can easily take the slide off and then disassemble the recoil assembly spring and the barrel.
There are a ton of different color options, and the slides can also be had in black and stainless steel. Frankly, I think the stainless steel slide on these guns actually looks really good. But that doesn’t get away from the fact the frames look like absolute garbage. They look and feel cheap. The pistol grip of the firearm just looks huge in proportion to the rest of the gun. The slide is very small and narrow, while the pistol grip looks like a two-by-four hanging off a standard screwdriver.
Sccy CPX2 Shooting Review
Shooting the Sccy CPX 2, it’s somewhat what you probably expect. It wants to jump around a lot in your hand due to the lack of texture and the gun only weighs 16 ounces unloaded. And the double-action trigger is not that fun to deal with if you’re a newer shooter.
As a more experienced shooter, my hand can definitely feel it. I’ve been working the muscles to pull that heavy trigger.
This gun has a lot of recoil and if you’re a newer shooter, it’s going to be a lot to handle.
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Whereas for a more experienced shooter, they won’t have a problem doing it. But if you have enough money to put enough rounds in the gun to become comfortable. You can likely afford another option that’s much higher quality.
And considering this gun is not that much cheaper than a Taurus G2C, I would really suggest, if you can, setting up the extra 25 to $30 to buy the Taurus G2C. Instead of the Sccy CPX 2.
I didn’t want to turn this into comparison, but the Sccy CPX 2 just doesn’t stack up. If you can grab this gun for $160 and you want to have it as a backup to your backup, it’s not a horrible option, but you won’t be as well-served as you will by something more traditional, like the Taurus G2C.
SCCY CPX2 Questions
The Sccy CPX 2 does not have a safety.
There is no safety on the on a Sccy CPX 2.
There is no adjustable trigger on Sccy CPX 2.