REACH FOR THE SCCY: STONE SIMPLE AND ECONOMICAL, AN INNOVATIVE AMERICAN HANDGUN COMPANY HAS THE 9MM/.380 ACP BASES WELL COVERED.

Author:Johnston, Gary Paul
 
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Has the defensive handgun race ever been so fast and furious? I think we can safely say no! This stampede is due to the election, the National Rifle Association and all of the new "gunnies" who have awakened to their Second Amendment rights.

This latter group consists in no small part of those men and women who were still in liquid form only a couple of decades ago. Yes, the future of America's "Keep and Bare Arms" faction looks bright.

Not only are hunting, competition shooting and collecting blossoming, but also acquiring firearms for personal protection. A large part of this involves handguns and remains divided between revolvers and self-loading pistols. What's a new gun buyer to do?

THE ETERNAL QUESTION

Traditionally, double-action revolvers have been recommended to new self-defense customers because they are simpler to operate. Double-action revolvers generally have only two widgets--one to open the cylinder and one to fire the gun, as long as the revolver is DA-only. If it has a hammer that can be cocked for single-action fire, the gun will either have to be fired or the hammer "safely" lowered, a problematic task without training.

The self-loading handgun has its own widgets to include a magazine release, requiring the slide to be pulled back and released to chamber the first round, not to mention that when the magazine is removed a loaded cartridge remains in the chamber. Oh, and perhaps there's also a manual safety. On the other hand, all else being equal, self-loading handguns--being slimmer--are easier to carry concealed.

Comparing a double-action revolver to a self-loading pistol to a car with an automatic transmission to one with a stick-shift is sometimes the shortest way to direct a new handgun buyer to decide which direction to take, but not necessarily. There is also the comfort factor, hand strength and other considerations such as simplicity of operation, not to mention cost. Some self-loading pistols are simpler to operate than others and one is the subject at hand.

It's the new CPX-3 from SCCY, makers of a very similar, but slightly larger SCCY pistol, the CPX-2. By the way, if you didn't know, it's pronounced "SKY." As far as CPX goes, it's a series thing, but "Compact Pistol X-tra" is closer to the truth.

The number "2" stands for 2nd Generation and it's the extensive upgrade done to the pistol when Wayne Holt bought the company several years ago. All CPX-2 pistols are in 9mm and all CPX-3S are in 380 ACP. Other than...

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