Apex Gunsmithing
17Oct/13

First Impressions: Sccy CPX-2

I've been eyeing up the Sccy pistols for some time now, having heard a lot of pretty positive things about the company and products.  I'm more than a little familiar with the design, having worked on several Keltec P11 or P40 pistols in the past.  It's always seemed like a very good idea and design that just wasn't executed as well as it could be... and Sccy aims to fix that.

The pistol ships in a neat little box (embossed with a sadly necessary warning on it) complete with two mags, both flat and finger rest floorplates for each, a dinky but passable trigger lock and a small sampler of MFR-7 Pro Gold gun oil.  The inserted card proclaims a lifetime no questions asked warranty, while another gives additional information on the included Pro Gold oil.

At first glance the Sccy is immediately distinguishable from its Keltec lineage in the excellent machine work and finish on the slide.  The polymer frame seems sturdier than the P11/P40 and has a somewhat more ergonomic shape to it.  As someone who tends to strongly dislike finger grooves on grips, I actually don't mind the grooves present on the CPX-2.

The trigger is a wide, serrated affair that gives good purchase for a smooth pull and the slide stop is significantly larger than the P11/P40 slide stop.  The pistol's magazine release is a simple rounded rectangle designed for minimal snagging, and could possibly benefit from a little texture as a matter of opinion.  To round out the feature set, the pistol has basic three dot sights set up nearly identically to the Keltec design, with the rear held on by a setscrew.

Here's where we hit our first bump.  Though the pistol's fit and finish is excellent particularly for a budget priced pistol, you may have difficulty using the flat magazine baseplates.  The two magazines included with the gun were unable to lock in with the flat baseplate, while the finger rest baseplates functioned normally.  I should note the finger rest style ship from factory installed on both mags, making the issue less obvious.  Surely this is just an isolated issue with two baseplates in a bad batch?  I have five additional mags as well, and every single one of them suffers the same issue!

Being the experimenting type, I hypothesized that the thickness of the flat plates might be to blame.  The first set I compared were approximately .005" thicker than the finger rest plate paired with the mag, so I took a crack at simply sanding down a few thousandths from the flat plate.  After a small amount of sanding with 120 paper and testing on the mag body without the spring installed, the mag nearly engaged.  I took a bit more off and voila, a fully functioning flat baseplate magazine.  When sanding it is immediately noticeable that the molded plastic is very uneven thickness wise, with the edges raised slightly and the middle (front to back) being somewhat bulged.

I'm currently working on the rest of the plates because I don't really think that the inexpensive baseplates are worth calling in a warranty claim for.  I will however contact Sccy and inquire about the issue, since seven mags that don't work with the more concealable baseplate seems like a fairly serious concern even if it is relatively easy to fix.

UPDATE: Sccy has since fixed this baseplate issue and several people have let me know that pistols produced after the original publish date of this article have no problems locking in with either baseplate.  Good work, Sccy!

 

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