Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SCCY CPX-2 Traction Grips

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If you have read my full review on the SCCY CPX-2, then you know what a fan I am of the little gun.  One of the main things I like about is the grip on it.  The stippling covers just about all of the grip, and you get a really good grip purchase from it.  However, from what I’ve learned from my time on Earth is that just about everything can be better.  Enter the grip overlays by Traction Grips for the CPX-2.

I have a full video showing the unpacking, installation, and very first opinions of it on YouTube, but I will say here, that I really like these grips.  I was able to get a hold of these (no pun indented) when Galloway Precision was gracious enough to send me a set to review.  Aside from this product, they also have a trigger kit and stainless steel guide rod for the SCCY.  If you have SCCY (or other compact firearms) you need to check them out.

Installing these rubber grips (in either black or grey) is very straight forward.  First you have to clean your grips, then peel off the backing on the overlays, and stick them on.  Sound simple?  It is.  When I was a kid, I always had a hard time putting stickers on something evenly.  I can’t tell you how many model cars I put together where the racing strips looked as if they had been put on by a drunken person.  Needless to say, I took my time with these.

After they are lined up in place, and stuck down well, they REALLY feel nice.  As I said, you had a good grip before on the SCCY, but with these textured rubber overlays, it now sticks to your hand.  Galloway Precision has them listed on their site for $10.50.  That’s an absolute steal for something that will give you this much control over your firearm.

I will say that the second day I had these on my SCCY, the lower finger grove insert has begun to peel up on both sides, as I mentioned in the video I feared it would.  It is only a matter of time before dirt or other inside-the-pocket goodies find their way under there, and it loses its stickiness completely.

Aside from that, I really like these grips.  If you have a SCCY, you need these.  It’s as simple as that.  You also cannot go wrong with the price that Galloway Precision has them offered at.

Do you have any more questions about this product?  Want to know more about the SCCY? Then feel free to tweet us @RandomFirearm, or leave them in the comments below.  Interested in the SCCY?  Check out our full review, and our review on the best warranty that I think is out there (it’s SCCY’s).  Stay safe, and keep shooting.

SCCY CPX-2 No Questions Asked Warranty


sccy cpx 2 review traction grips 9mm galloway precision guns handgun pistol concealed carry

sccy cpx 2 review traction grips 9mm galloway precision guns handgun pistol concealed carry

sccy cpx 2 review traction grips 9mm galloway precision guns handgun pistol concealed carry

sccy cpx 2 review traction grips 9mm galloway precision guns handgun pistol concealed carry

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Warranty Review - SCCY CPX-2

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Just about anything these days come with a warranty.  For most things, an industry standard is 30 day.  On the 31st day, something usually goes wrong.  Firearms generally have a much longer warranty time period.  Some offer lifetime warranties.  Recently, many of my purchases have been geared toward which company offers a better warranty.  Smith and Wesson offers one, but only for the lifetime of the gun under the original owner.  Taurus offers one, but I hear they are harder to get a hold of.  SCCY, also offer one.  It’s probably the best.

After you open the box your SCCY firearm came in, one of the first things you’ll see is a card advertising the “No Questions Asked” warranty for the life of the gun, not the owner.  I thought, “okay, we’ll see.”  Seeing that the SCCY CPX-2 that I bought was “cheap”, I figured this may come in handy down the line.

Seeing that the SCCY CPX-2 is a new firearm in general, there are bound to be some issues.  Right out of the box, I noticed one magazine slid into the pistol no problem.  The other, however, I had to smack for it to lock in place (both magazines were using the pinky extension baseplate).  Not really a BIG deal, but I figured it was strange since it didn’t happen with the others.  I swapped out the extended baseplates for the flat ones (which I don’t like), just to see if the problem went away.  It did.

That led me to believe that it was that one baseplate.  I emailed SCCY through their website, and very soon they emailed me back with a name and number to call.  After calling that number, that specifically named person answered the phone.  After explaining the problem, he said, “We remolded the baseplates.  Just call the factory (gave me the number), and ask to speak with (name here).  Tell them I sent you, and they’ll send you some new baseplates out."

I did what he said, and after telling them it was only one giving me the problem, in less than a week, I received four new baseplates in the mail: two flat, and two with the extension.  They were all remolded, and they all worked PERFECTLY.

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That was my first encounter.

The first time I took my SCCY to the range, it functioned flawlessly.  I then cleaned it, put my defensive ammunition in it (147 grain Hornady Custom hollow points), and put it away, carrying it occasionally in my pocket.  The second time I took it to the range, I was getting a failure to extract after about every other round with both magazines.  This was quite displeasing.  I decided to email SCCY again.

They gave me the same number and name to call as before.  Perhaps he is the regional rep.  Regardless, he said to call the factory and speak to a different person, and they would take care of me.  After a short conversation with that person, I was emailed a shipping label, and I boxed up my firearm and shipped it out.

THE NEXT WEEK (yes really), I got it back with a brand new slide.  They even replaced the slide lock/release with the new version (which I was both happy and unhappy about.  See my full review for more information).  While talking to the gentleman at the factory before sending it out, I asked if they test fire it before sending it out.  He said they load both magazines fully, and test fire.  Now THAT is a test.  The slide actually looked a little different then my original, so perhaps there was a new version of it.

Regardless, the “No Questions Asked” warranty service was phenomenal.  It was crazy fast, and did not cost me one cent.  I hope I do not have any more problems with the SCCY, but if I do, I know that I will have no problems getting it fixed.

Do you have any questions about the warranty service that I did not answer?  Ask in the comments, or tweet us @randomfirearm, and we’ll answer them!  Be safe, and keep shooting!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Quick and Dirty Review: SCCY CPX-2

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Many people are always looking for affordable/cheap things these days.  I am no different for some things.  When I decided to take up jogging, I wanted something that I could fit in my pocket that wouldn’t break the bank.  Naturally I decided to check Armslist.  It was there that I really decided to do some research on the SCCY CPX-2 since I found a dealer selling them for $245 brand new.  With an MSRP around $330, and a street price around $300, this deal seemed like a no brainer.

I did a little bit of research, then jumped on it.  After holding it in my hands, putting it in my pocket, and getting a feel for the seller, I walked out with my new firearm after only paying $245 for it (that included tax and the background check.  Crazy, I know).

Let’s cover some of the basics of it:

Caliber: 9mm (+P allowed in limited quantities)
Capacity: 10+1
Barrel Length: 3.1”
Overall Length: 6”
Height (Magazine Baseplate to top of sights): 5” (with pinky extension) 4.5” (without)
Width: 1”
Weight: 15oz
Action: Double Action Only
Firing Mechanism: Hammer Fired
Materials: Polymer frame, stainless steel slide
Sights: Fixed three dot

Ships With:
  • Cardboard box
  • Two, ten round magazines
  • Trigger lock (with two keys)
  • Four magazine baseplates (two pinky extensions, and two flat)
  • Sample MFR-7 gun lubricant
  • Manual
  • Various Advertisements
  • No questions asked, lifetime (of the firearm, not owner) warranty
  • Test fired case

For the $245 I paid, you get one hell of a gun, and quite a bit with it.  It looks good, feels good in the hand, and shoots well.  Now my every day carry is a full sized 1911, so I’m used to heavy guns, all metal, and a big ol’ .45 round.  This thing felt very small in my hand, yet big at the same time (if you are able to understand that).

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Size and Carrying
It shoots a 9mm round, and it’s a double stack magazine.  Both of those factors mean you’re most likely going to have a bigger gun all around.  As I mentioned, I was looking for a pocket gun.  This is a little big for that in some cases.  This does fit in most of my jeans, and most of my shorts with the pinky extension.  It does print a little due to its width, which may be a problem for you.  However, if you have bigger pockets, it will feel/fit fine.  I keep it in a cheap Blackhawk Sporter inside-the-pocket holster (size four) that I found at Walmart for $10.

sccy cpx 2 two tone no safey review 9mm compact

Looks and Feel
The flat finish on the stainless steel slide paired with the black polymer frame really makes this gun look like costs a lot more than it does.  The finger grooves in the grip paired with side and back being stippled almost to the slide really give you a good grip/feel on the firearm.  The fixed three dot sights are very visible and sturdy.  The gun comes with a “cushioned” backstrap designed to make recoil less aggressive, but I honestly didn’t notice anything extraordinary.

sccy cpx 2 two tone no safey review 9mm compact

As I mentioned, it comes with a three dot sight system that is highly visible, yet doesn’t physically stick out too high.  The version I have has no external safety, which I prefer.  The original slide lock/release was a flat and flush piece of metal.  It was almost impossible to use since it was so small and stiff.  After a warranty service, that I’ll get into later, SCCY replaced it with an uglier yet VERY easy to use polymer coated one.  The magazines, parts, and gun itself are all made in house, making this 100% American made.

Firing this little gun is as easy as pulling the trigger, for a long time.  Since this firearm has no safety, and it’s double action only, it has a very long and very heavy trigger pull.  However, it is very smooth and predicable.  There is a very short amount of play/travel a very slight grit moment, then a smooth, heavy, predicable pull and break.  The reset is smooth and forceful (in a good way).  It’s not really what you expect from a “cheap” handgun.

There is some recoil, but it is very manageable.  Keep in mind that this is a relatively small gun firing a 9mm.  The recoil is snappy, but if you are familiar with firearms, it’s no big deal.  I think the first part of your hand that would get fatigued from shooting it for long periods of time would actually be your trigger finger from the long and heavy pulls.

Accuracy is what you would expect from a little gun: you will hit your target at 25 feet, but beyond that, you should take your time.  At 45 feet, I accidently shot the binder clip off that was holding my target in place.  I was slinging lead a little faster then I should have been for accuracy, so the fault was mine.

Loading the magazines out of the box was VERY difficult.  I could only get eight rounds in one, and nine in the other.  SCCY advised me to load them as best as I could, let them sit for a week, and try again.  That loosened the spring, and now they load very easily.

Let me just plainly put this: the warranty service is EXCELLENT.  I will be giving the warranty service its own review shortly, so I’ll keep this short.  I have had two problems, one minor and on major, and both were corrected quickly at no cost to me without question.

The first time I took the CPX-2 to the range, it was flawless!  The second time I was having a failure to extract about every other round with both magazines and brand new brass cased ammo.  I will be brief here because I want to do a full review on the warranty service, but all I did was email them about the problem, I sent it out, and it was returned with a new slide in a week.  It was a strange situation, but that will hurt the reliability factor.  The gun itself has parts that are somewhat loose fitting in the gun.  What other gun has loose tolerances that lasts forever?  That’s right, the AK-47.  Let’s see if that works for the SCCY as well.

Taking this gun apart and putting it back together is very straight forward and easy.  You do need a flat head screwdriver, or something like that, to take out the one pin holding it together, but aside from that, it’s simple.

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All in all, I really like this gun, and it remains my pocket carry gun when I don’t feel like having the 1911 on my hip.  I cannot say enough good things about the warranty service provided by SCCY, and you really can’t go wrong with the price of this.  I do recommend this gun to anyone on a budget, or anyone who just doesn’t want to overpay for a good quality pocket gun.

Concealability as Pocket Gun: 6 out of 10
Capacity: 10 out of 10 (literally)
Accuracy: 6 out of 10 (depending on distance)
Reliability: 8 out of 10
Warranty Service: 10 out of 10
Price: 10 out of 10

If you have any other questions about the SCCY, feel free to leave it in the comments.  Or tweet us @RandomFirearm, and we’ll answer them.  Be safe, and keep shooting!

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