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Dispelling a myth & experiences as new SCCY owner

PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:20 pm
by weekender823
First, thanks to all regular posters for making this site great.

I recently started researching here prior to purchasing a CPX-2. One thing I have to comment on is the idea that the small cutouts on the backstrap of the CPX guns are for absorbing recoil. I am fairly certain that it just ain't so. A polymer rigid enough to serve as a handgun frame is not going to absorb enough recoil to matter. To understand the true purpose of the cutouts pop out the magazine, make sure there is not a round in the chamber, and then look into the magazine well. In the center of the backstrap is a rectangular slot where the hammer spring resides. On either side of the slot are the rounded corners that make the gun comfortable to hold. If the cutouts were not there, those rounded corners would be two big solid quarter circle slugs of plastic running up the grip that, when the frame was molded, would warp the frame as they cool slower and shrink more than every other part of the frame. They are not there to make the gun more comfortable to shoot, it is just good molded part design.

Now, for my CPX-2. Bought it at a gun show. First time at the range, it did OK with factory (S&B) loads but my reloads had some ftf. I also had the problem of the magazine follower binding in place so the rounds were not pushed up to be chambered. Later at home I cleaned and inspected my gun. I took the magazines apart and the springs were oriented correctly. With a long cotton swab I cleaned the inside of both magazines with some Hoppe's. The plastic magazine followers had some sharp edges, so I scraped those edges with a knife blade to smooth them out. I also did a plunk test on my reloads, and found that mine were too long to fit the gun. Pardon me if I don't post cartridge OAL and loads that deviate from published loads, but those of you who reload should be able to check for yourselves. Second trip to the range was flawless & fun!

In summary, I think the CPX-2 is a fantastic value, but I do think you need to be prepared to spend a little time on some finishing tweaks that may or may not be required.

See you at the range!

Re: Dispelling a myth & experiences as new SCCY owner

PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:51 am
by GoesBang
My experiences with my CPX are varied. None truly negative. I have yet to break a part while firing or attempting to fire it.

I've owned it for well over a year, and while the first time I had 2 FTF in the first 2 mags, I will not fault the gun. I believe I was limp wristing. Any other malfunctions I will attribute to using prototype magazines and/or human error. I.e. accidentally hitting the mag catch and releasing the magazine.

As far as tweaking goes: 1) I have a stainless steel trigger cam; 2) polished trigger bar; 3) polished takedown pin and slide lock; 4) replaced/modified/upgraded the frame pins; 5) stretched the hammer spring; 6) shaved the sharp edge off the right side of the trigger. I even polished my daily carry mag.

In addition to having 8 OEM mags I have many prototyped/modified mags in varying capacity from 12 to 30 rounds. I am almost always finding little gadgets to aid in my continual magazine project. I'm getting near completion and hope to offer some very useful aftermarket accessories in the near future.

BTW. I have about 900 rounds down the pipe.

Re: Dispelling a myth & experiences as new SCCY owner

PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:44 am
by HootmonSccy
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Thanx for your observations and update..

Re: Dispelling a myth & experiences as new SCCY owner

PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:43 pm
by getvicious
Howdy and welcome from NC. Glad your experience has been positive with your CPX.

One thing about your "the idea that the small cutouts on the backstrap of the CPX guns are for absorbing recoil. I am fairly certain that it just ain't so." comment. That's not what folks here say, that's what SCCY says in their marketing. From previous discussions about that same thing, I think virtually everyone on the forum will agree with you.

From http://www.sccy.com/products/cpx-1-cb-9mm:
Grip/Frame: Made from Zytel polymer, with ergonomic finger grooves and an integral "RE-COIL CUSHION" on the backā€strap.


I've owned both an original and Gen 2 model. I don't feel any difference. Hardly scientific but that's the result from my "calibrated" wrist and arm. :lol:

You mention "The plastic magazine followers had some sharp edges, so I scraped those edges with a knife blade to smooth them out." IMHO that's the type of thing you should do with any gun that's new to you. Give it a good going-over and smooth out sharp edges and burrs throughout (fluff and buff). Many guns become more comfortable to shoot after that little bit of TLC. You might try the same thing on the OEM plastic trigger. I've taken the edges and corners off mine and never experience any of the trigger-finger discomfort some mention having.

Anyway, hope your CPX keeps working well and that you never actually need to use it for defensive work or protection.

Re: Dispelling a myth & experiences as new SCCY owner

PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:42 pm
by wrench459
weekender823 wrote: ... I also did a plunk test on my reloads, and found that mine were too long to fit the gun. Pardon me if I don't post cartridge OAL and loads that deviate from published loads, but those of you who reload should be able to check for yourselves...

See you at the range!


Old thread but "what the hey".
Sccy seemed to have followed saami specs with the bbls and mags.