Micro 9mm pistols proliferate in a thriving concealed carry market, most capitalizing on the benefits of single-stack magazines. No surprise: Thinner guns are generally easier to carry comfortably, not only because they’re thinner but also because with fewer rounds on board they’re lighter, too. One smallish 9mm pistol offers the benefit of a somewhat slimmed down profile and lighter weight but with 10 rounds in its magazine. A new entrant to the concealed carry market, the SCCY (pronounced “SKY”) CPX-2 brings an immediate threat to a category currently dominated by other small nines. In later reports I’ll provide some actual accuracy measurements and some info on what holsters are available for it. For now, however, let me introduce you to a concealed carry pistol that so far has left a very positive impression on me. In short, it’s reliable, accurate, and inexpensive.
Like I do with most of the handguns I review, I take them to an outdoor range, remove them from the box, load them up with ammo, and fire away. As much as it may be recommended, I don’t bother with an initial field strip and cleaning. The ammunition I load and fire will be a combination of full metal jackets, jacketed hollow points, and premium self-defense rounds. Sometimes I’ll put all three types into a single magazine, staggered to try to throw the feeding mechanism off. I’ll shoot with my strong hand, weak hand, slow, fast—basically whatever I can do to force a jam or misfeed. I did all this with the SCCY CPX-2 and every round fed, fired, and ejected. When I was done shooting, 120 empty 9mm cases lay scattered off to the right of my shooting area.
One hundred and twenty bullets ended up down range, most peppering the steel silhouette targets and pie plate targets placed strategically at distances from seven to 60 yards. I missed even the nearer targets every now and then, only because I was simply shooting too fast or not concentrating. As easy as it was to quickly squeeze the long, double-action trigger, the slower I shot, the more accurate I was. While a later range session will include paper targets and measurements to determine the gun’s more technical accuracy, this session’s purpose was to determine whether the SCCY fired reliably and shot to point of aim. In other words, I wanted an answer to the question of whether I could consistently hit a target at close range with the CPX-2.
The trigger contributed to the accuracy with its wide surface and very smooth stroke. On the length of the stroke, I at first wondered if the trigger was ever going to break, but when it did, it was clean and unexpected and consistent. Working in conjunction with the three-dot standard sights—big, white dots in the front and rear—it was easy to fire accurately and get back on target quickly.
With an MSRP of $319, the SCCY CPX-2—assuming it can effectively break into the category of small nines—will give all the major manufacturers a run for their money. The fit and finish are excellent, the stocks fill up the hand very well, and the operation is as simple and effective as the other polymer and steel offerings on the market.