Perusing the F.I.R.E. Expo in Florida, we came across SCCY’s display of the new DVG-1 pistol, which was released in 2020. Both their well-known CPX-2 and the newer DVG-1 are compact carry guns edging on the side of micro. They’re also available at affordable price points and come in optics-ready options, but the newer DVG-1 has some advantages for concealed carry.

Based right out of Florida, it was great to see SCCY in their home state and to get a chance to test out their product lines. So here’s a quick rundown of the two guns after we took them to the range.



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The double-action CPX-2 is tough, but it also comes with about just as many colors as a jumbo box of crayons. (Photo: SCCY)

The CPX-2 has been SCCY’s staple gun. Featuring a polymer frame that comes in at just 15 ounces, the CPX-2 holds 10 rounds, which is very respectable given its size. The trigger pull is the most noticeable aspect of shooting the CPX-2. In fact, the double-action trigger serves as the firearm’s only safety mechanism, although some SCCY variants come with a thumb safety as well. But the trigger leaves you with a very long trigger reset. At almost half an inch, it feels like you have to ride the full length of the trigger before engaging again. The 8-pound pull is also fairly heavy.  

People who are newer to conceal carry might appreciate the trigger because it would be very difficult to inadvertently fire the gun. However, the trigger requires a lot of training to learn and use it efficiently. The narrow grip and short 3.1-inch barrel also result in some snap after each shot, which can be trained for but is evident when shooting. It does, however, feel very well built and solid. 

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The SCCY DVG-1 is the company's first striker-fired pistol, and it features a flat trigger. (Photo: Taylor Thorne/

The DVG-1 breaks new ground for the company as SCCY’s first striker-fired pistol. The base specifications are the same as the CPX-2, but it offers a flat-faced trigger with a lighter pull that comes in at just 5.5 pounds. The move away from a hammer-fired gun and into the striker really shows in the trigger.

Where the CPX-2 has a long trigger reset, the DVG-1 cuts that in half for easier follow-up shots. In addition to the reduced 5.5-pound pull, the trigger is also much crisper and feels smoother overall. This is still a small gun, so shooting the DVG-1 still has the snap of the CPX-2. But the trigger feels much more refined. With the DVG-1, SCCY stepped up their game. 

Why Choose SCCY?

SCCY is an affordable concealed carry gun manufacturer. If you are looking for something compact and reliable, these two pistols are great options. The important piece is reliability. During three days of demos with multiple people testing out both the CPX-2 and DVG-1, very few if any malfunctions occurred. Given the price point, one would expect the SCCY to feel cheap in your hands, but it doesn’t. It has the same feel of quality as a Glock or Smith & Wesson. 

Ringing in at around that $300 mark, these guns lower the barrier for entry into the concealed carry world without sacrificing quality. For an extra hundred dollars, you can opt for one with the Crimson Trace optic. To have optics-ready pistols at this price point is great. Typically, this feature is saved for more expensive firearms choices, so check out SCCY and see what you think.