In this edition of the USCCA’s Gun Vault, Concealed Carry Magazine Executive Editor Kevin Michalowski reviews and shoots the SCCY CPX-2.

If you’re looking for a budget pistolA pistol is generally a handgun that operates semi-automatically and utilizes a detachable box magazine to hold cartridges, usually but not always, inside the grip., this 10-round 9mm might be right up your alley.

First, the SCCY CPX-2 Specs…

Let’s first take a look at some of the SCCY CPX-2’s specifications.

Model: CPX-2
Caliber: 9mm
Frame: Zytel polymer
Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
Weight: 15 ounces
Magazine: 10 rounds (ships with two double-stack mags from the manufacturer)

You might notice that the SCCY CPX-2 has no visible external safeties. As Kevin points out, it’s “all in the long, double-action trigger,” making it a “point and shoot” interface. The CPX-2 also features a shrouded hammerA hammer is the striking mechanism that uses rotation in an arc to build momentum to impact a firing pin to fire the gun., so you get a double-strike capability should you ever need it.

Although personal preferences vary, Kevin is not a fan of the incredibly long trigger reset (almost half an inch). He calls this a “training issue” rather than a “firearms issue.”

The SCCY is easy to take down using a shell case. A sheltered spring inside ensures nothing will go flying off on you when you field-strip the pistol. It goes back together just as quickly and easily.

How Does the SCCY CPX-2 Shoot?

Kevin often says that “accuracy is negotiable; reliability is not.”

With that being said, how did the SCCY CPX-2 hold up at the range? Kevin put round after round through the 9mm to see just how reliable this budget gun really is.

Although Kevin noticed the gun getting physically hot to the touch, he experienced no failures to feed, fire or eject.

Bottom Line: The CPX-2 Is a Reliable Budget Gun

After sending rounds downrange, Kevin commented that he thought he could shoot the SCCY CPX-2 “all day.”

He declared the pistol “accurate enough for combat actions” and “reliable.”

For less than $300 and with a magazine capable of holding 10 rounds, the SCCY CPX-2 is a suitable defensive pistol that could work for you.

Let us know what you think of this 9mm pistol down below.


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