The SCCY pistols were introduced about 20 years ago. They have survived based on value and a low price point. The handgun is designed to offer affordable, reliable protection for those on a strict budget. The SCCY enjoys a favorable reputation for providing protection for those who otherwise could not afford a reliable handgun.
The pistol is concealable and practically snag-free. At one time, the standard model 9mm retailed for around $200. Like gas and groceries, the price has gone up. The pistol is a close-range handgun intended for simple operation. With its double-action-only hammer-fired action, it is simple to operate. However, there was room for improvement.
The newest development from SCCY is the DVG-1. This pistol offers several upgrades compared to the original pistol — most importantly, the conversion to striker-fired action. The appearance differs, but little.
The most noticeable difference is that the new pistol features forward cocking serrations. For some, forward cocking serrations offer greater leverage and easier racking. The rear of the slide is modified as well.
The trigger is a modern flat type. The pistol features a single-action trigger. Compression is relatively smooth, breaking at about six pounds average. Another version is available with a red dot sight mounted at the factory. I have not fired that pistol.
The new pistol features a sight set well suited to personal defense at typical combat ranges. The pistol’s sight dovetails now accept aftermarket sights cut for the Glock 43. TruGlo, XS, and others offer several types of Glock 43 sights. The pistol also retains the original handgun’s 10-round magazine. Fully loaded, the pistol will hold 11 rounds of ammunition.
The pistol is compact and light but not easily tucked into a trouser pocket. The SCCY would do for carry in a winter coat pocket. It disappears easily beneath a light covering garment if carried in a Galco Stow-N-Go inside-the-waistband holster.
The barrel is 3.1 inches long. The slide is only 1.1 inches wide. The pistol weighs but 15.5 ounces. The magazine catch and slide lock are easily operated.
Takedown was simple enough. Triple check to be certain the pistol is unloaded, remove the magazine, lock the slide to the rear, and use a small tool to bump the takedown pin out. Uncock the action by pressing the trigger and allow the slide to run forward. The recoil assembly is pulled out and the barrel is easily lifted out.
The pistol was supplied with two finger-grip magazines. Two flat, base pads were also supplied. They were easily changed out. Some like the finger extension magazine pads. Some find the magazine extension pinches their hand. The flat extension offers greater concealment, but in the real world, there isn’t much difference if the pistol is carried under a covering garment.
While not designed for combat or competition, but rather short-range personal defense, the pistol offers a fast reload due to a well-designed magazine base pad, handy magazine catch, and a tapered magazine that is easily slipped into the magazine well.
The side of the pistol is marked Roebuck Quad Lock. This is a special advancement by the SCCY’s founder and chief engineer Joe Roebuck. The Quad Lock locks the barrel up at four points — forward and aft. This makes for superior accuracy potential. A tighter lockup results in less excess motion. This should result in less wear.
The adaption of the pistol to striker-fired operation wasn’t difficult as far as engineering goes but represents an improvement and modernization. The new pistol features a flat trigger. The trigger action was considerably lighter than the DAO gun’s 10-pound compression. My example broke at a relatively clean 6.1 pounds. There was take up, a hard spot or wall, and the action broke. The action was controllable.
If you liked the original SCCY, you will like the DVG-1 better, as far as shooting characteristics are concerned. Keep your finger off the trigger until you fire, not when you think you will fire but when you actually are going to fire the pistol.
A word on the magazines… my set was difficult to load to full capacity. Nine rounds were very tiring to load. For most of the test program, I loaded eight or nine rounds, although the magazine springs loosened up after some use.
Model: SCCY DVG-1
Type: striker-fired semi-auto
Barrel: 3.1 inches stainless
Overall length: 6.0 inches
Height: 4.5 inches
Weight: 15.5 oz.
Slide: stainless steel
Sights: Fixed, sight notch is Glock 43 compatible
To cut to the chase, the pistol proved reliable. This wasn’t the pistol to abuse with +P loads — no, lightweight 9mm it is.
The pistol was fired primarily with inexpensive FMJ loads. At 5 to 7 yards, the handgun was controllable and kept most of its hit in the X-ring, the rest in the 8 and 9-ring. Aim, press the trigger, and then fire again only after you have recovered the sights after recoil. The SCCY DVG-1 is a pistol for close-range use. For home defense and as an answer to a stickup, this is a good pistol for a modest price.
SCCY has a storied history and fills a particular niche for pricepoint reliability. However, the SCCY DVG-1 brings its offerings into the striker-fired arena and will certainly catch the eyes of many who overlooked it in the past. Are you one of them? Share your answer in the comment section.