SCCY CPX-3 Red Dot .380ACP pistol

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UNITED STATES – – ( – SCCY Firearms has been making reliable and affordable small arms for nearly 20 years. Your CPX-1 and CPX-2 are chambered in 9 mm with or without external security, CPX-3 and CPX-4 are chambered in .380 ACP and also offer the option with or without external security. The pistols are small, but thanks to the double-stack magazines, they allow a decent grip width. Reliability and simplicity are partly ensured by a double-acting trigger for the winding hammer.

SCCY CPX-3 .380ACP pistol

When we tested the CPX-3 not long ago, we were delighted with how easily the slide peeled off and how smooth the recoil was, even for a .380 ACP chambered pistol. Our main complaint, if any, was the sight. Although they were nice and small to reduce the risk of snagging, they were also nice and small when aiming. The visor can be moved, but not adjusted to the height. As soon as we had expressed it, the CPX-3 Red Dot was published. This model comes with a Crimson Trace CTS-1500 Red Dot Visor and an MSRP of just $ 339.

Excited, we reached the range. How does the 3.5 MOA point work? Does the change in the sliding weight affect the reliability? Would we be able to shoot this CPX-3 better than the low profile iron sight version? Busy to find out that we have reached the range. See the results in the video below:

We considered testing the prepared drill shooting once with iron sights and once with the red dot, but decided against it because the results would probably be based more on training and experience than on the actual pistol. One interesting note about the CTS-1500 is that the sight was not listed on the Crimson Trace website at the time of this writing. We learned (through old-fashioned manual reading) that the visor doesn’t turn a car on or off, it automatically adjusts to the ambient light. They recommend storing the visor with the protective cover provided. With the cover on the visor, the lowest setting is achieved and battery life is extended.

Teya Freeman from GBGuns with the SCCY CPX-3 Red Dot. Photo by Graham Baates

The following specifications were taken directly from the product website:

  • Magazine: Contains (3) double-stack magazines with 10 round capacities. 1 with installed finger extension base and 2 with flat bases.
  • Barrel: Made of bar material with 7 bars and grooves with a clockwise rotation of 1:16. With the “QUAD-LOCK” technology for more repeat accuracy.
  • Receiver: 7075 – T6 aircraft grade heat treated aluminum alloy made from bar stock.
  • Foil: High quality stainless steel, available with natural stainless steel or black nitride.
  • Handle & Frame: Made from Zytel polymer with ergonomic finger grooves.
  • Recoil system: made entirely of steel, fully encapsulated to simplify disassembly and reassembly.
  • Slide Lock / Release: Steel with a Zytel over a molded polymer extension for ease of use.
  • Hammer Ignition System: Double acting internal hammer only with inertial ignition pin to prevent accidental discharge if dropped.
  • Double Action Trigger: Designed specifically for the shooter’s comfort and accuracy by designing the system to provide a smooth, effortless, and even 9 pound trigger.
  • Trigger Lock: Specially designed to fit properly and be child safe. Contains 2 keys.

Further information on the manufacturing quality and features of the SCCY CPX-3 Red Dot can be found in the following tabletop video:

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About Graham Baates

“Graham Baates” is a pseudonym used by a 15 year old active Army veteran who has spent most of his time on the tactical side of the intelligence community, including tours of Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time at the local 3-gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA certified defensive handgun instructor. Today he works as an industry author and also curates a YouTube channel. Visit Graham on Youtube.

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