SCCY’s the Limit
The CPX Offers Desirable Features in an American Made, Economy-Priced 9mm
Telling someone they can get an American-made double-stack 9mm semi-auto for $299 is like offering to sell oceanfront property in Nebraska. People will seriously doubt your credibility…unless the 9mm is a SCCY CPX!
SCCY (pronounced “sky”) Industries has manufactured 9mm semi-automatic handguns in Daytona Beach, FL since 2005. The CPX model was upgraded in 2010, with the introduction of Generation 2 CPX. SCCY produces five models of the Generation 2 pistol, which range in MSRP from $299-$339.
How much gun can you get from SCCY for less than $350? You may be surprised.
If its a CPX, you’ll get a stylish DAO 9mm pistol with an smooth 8- to 9-pound trigger pull that holds up to 11 rounds. In addition, the CPX has many desirable tactical features found on higher priced 9mms. These include a polished feed ramp that’s compatible with hollowpoint ammunition, three dot sights that are adjustable for windage, a hand-filling finger groove polymer grip and two 10-shot magazines with interchangeable flat and finger extension floorplates. There’s even a key-operated trigger lock that is specifically designed for the pistol.
All of these features come on the entry-level model with the carbon steel slide that is priced at a very reasonable $299. You can also get a CPX with a stainless steel slide and/or exterior manual safety levers for an additional amount.
Mechanically, the CPX is a hammer-fired, locked breach semi-automatic pistol that employs the short recoil operating system pioneered by John Browning. When the pistol fires, the barrel unlocks from the slide and cams downward so it can eject the fired cartridge case and feed a fresh round. Like many other pistols with polymer frames, the CPX has an embedded receiver unit that houses the fire control mechanism. The receiver is made of aircraft-grade 7075-T6 aluminum which helps keep the pistol’s weight down to 15 ounces.
Overall, the CPX is a well-made pistol. However, upon closer examination, the CPX-2 sent for review did reveal a few machining marks on the exterior and interior of the slide, but none of these interfered with the functioning of the pistol. The bore of the CPX’s 3.1-inch barrel was smooth and perfectly serviceable, but it was not quite as smooth as guns costing well over $100 more. Rejecting every slide with a tool mark and putting a high polish on the bore would significantly raise the price of the pistol and do nothing to improve its functioning.
Several CPXs were test fired at the Big 3 East Conference in Daytona Beach. Wolf Performance 115-grain steel-case ammunition was used, and the pistols were fired until they were hot and quite dirty. None of the shooters I shot with experienced stoppages. Others experienced a rare stoppage after the guns fired hundreds of rounds without cleaning or lubrication. Like all guns, the CPX is most reliable when clean and lubed. The CPX also has a long-reset trigger. One must allow the trigger to go fully forward in order to reset for the next shot. Long resets are common with DAO pistols that are hammer-fired.
Last, but not least, the factory manual states that only standard pressure 9mm ammunition should be used in the CPX. There are a number of standard pressure loads such as Hornady’s Critical Defense 115 grain, Speer’s 124-grain Gold Dot, HPR’s 124-grain JHP, Federal’s new 124-grain HST and Winchester’s 147-grain PDX-1, which expand reliably from 3-inch barreled 9mm pistols. This provides a good selection of defensive ammunition for the CPX. All things considered, the CPX is a good value for the money.
Story & Photos by Dr. Martin D. Topper