A CCW-Pistol (Under $270!) A Design for Everyone — SHOT Show 2018

SCCY is one of the last of the little guys, a firearms maker that isn’t part of a giant conglomerate. They set out to fill a single niche, and they have done that well. Sitting down with SCCY at SHOT 2018, we learned some of the reasons why.

Being small has advantages, so long as you play to those strengths. SCCY set out to make affordable guns, that everyone could own. They aren’t the smallest or the lightest, but they do fit the sweet spot of big enough to use/ small enough to carry quite well. And at a cost of $269, you won’t need a second mortgage to have one.


  • CPX-3
  • Type: Recoil-operated, double action only semiautomatic
  • Cartridge: .380 ACP
  • Capacity: 10+1 rds.
  • Barrel: 2.96 in.
  • Trigger: DAO; 9 lbs.
  • Length: 5.7
  • Width: 1.1 in.
  • Weight: 15 oz.
  • Sights: 3-dot; steel adj. (rear)
  • MSRP: $230
  • Manufacturer: SCCY

Impressions & Pricing

Inadvertently, SCCY has become a major supplier to female CCW users. They introduced colored frames in a bid to be different, with a wide variety of options. Sales data says that two of the top four sales are in SCCY blue and pink, with an obvious market of female shooters. The colored frames in high visibility colors like orange are also a favorite of anglers and people that live in snowy areas. SCCY is a small company, but big on value. They’re definitely worth a look if you are in the CCW market.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • billybob February 18, 2018, 12:04 am

    can’t wait to try one ! 10+1 380 light & sure bets only having 6 rounds these days

  • Janice Reynolds February 15, 2018, 10:43 pm

    I like the CPX-3. Where can I see one in person? We have a gun shop in Indian River, Michigan and also in Onaway, Michigan.

  • Blue Dog February 14, 2018, 11:09 am

    I have had the chance to handle CPX3s at the last two or three SHOT Shows but I have yet to see one out in the real world.
    I like SCCYs a lot. They are a good value for the price and an excellent example of using modern manufacturing techniques to make a decent quality product cheaply but a double-stack .380 seems like an odd second step for the company to take. The .380 niche is already a crowded one, even at the sub-$300 price point and the sharp majority of the interest in .380s is in single stack because if you are getting a .380, most generally want to get as small of a .380 as they possibly can. The obvious question would be why not .40, but I suspect there are engineering concerns and limitations that have kept them from dipping their toe into that inferior cartridge. I’d like to see what they could come up with for a .45.

  • Fred February 13, 2018, 3:29 pm

    I’ve been trying to purchase a CPX-3 ever since I saw SCCY’s ads for it in firearm magazines two years ago. I even sent SCCY emails several times and never got a reply. I find it interesting Clay says the CPX-3 is $269 n his article, but the MSRP in the Specs is $230. Regardless, I still want a couple of them.

  • John Bird February 13, 2018, 11:08 am

    I’ve owned the SCCY for 4 years and did have a problem with feeding various ammunition. SCCY quickly realized the problem and sent me 2 magazines to correct the problem, in turn I sent them the old mags in their prepaid box. They are without a doubt great to work with and have a great product.

  • Bill Thomas February 13, 2018, 10:23 am

    I bought one of the early SCCY pistol. There were some problems with the safety lever but SCCY quickly replaced the part. Also helped me reassemble one that I had disassembled. I can’t say enough good things about their customer service!

  • John Stanton February 13, 2018, 9:24 am

    But have you tried to buy one? Even the local distributor doesn’t know when to expect the new firearm. I have to say though that the customer service on my CPX-2 was excellent.

  • Jim February 13, 2018, 9:12 am

    I don’t own a SCCY because I’m not a fan of double action. But, as a Gunsmith, I can’t say enough good things about their customer service. I have not repaired many SCCYs; (the ones I have repaired were owner caused) but when I call SCCY for parts they have always said send it back, we’ll fix it for free. When I tell them the customer doesn’t want to take the time to send it, they send me the parts, no questions asked.

  • Peter Hilton February 13, 2018, 8:04 am

    I’ve had a SCCY 9mm for several years & love it. Compact, smooth design and the availability of frangible defense ammo makes it an ideal carry gun. Many women who’ve taken our NRA-based Women on Target program have fallen in love with it. My only issue is leaving a magazine loaded for extended periods tends to take some tension out of the follower spring – the only failure to chamber (of the magazine’s last two or three rounds) situation I’ve encountered. I simply don’t load the magazines unless intending to carry it. Disassembly for cleaning is a snap.

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