Springfield Hellcat

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Springfield Hellcat

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The new Hellcat from Springfield Armory offers shooters an EDC-ready 9mm pistol with an astounding 11+1 capacity and the ability to accept micro red dot optics.
To switch, all I needed was to find a gun with all the features of a full-size pistol, but small enough for comfortable carry. Easy, right? Not so much. It was always basic physics that seemed to get in the way. That is, until now. It seems there’s a pistol that might just offer the best of both worlds — full-size capabilities and CCW-ready dimensions.

That pistol is the brand new 9mm Hellcat from Springfield Armory. The development of this seemingly physics-bending compact pistol was, in the words of Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese, “shaped by a singular mission — to deliver the ultimate concealed carry handgun.” Did Springfield succeed? Let’s take a look and see.


The Optical Sight Pistol (OSP) version of the Hellcat accepts red dots like the excellent Shield RMSc. Note the exceptional co-witnessing “U-Dot” sights with a luminescent tritium dot front, standard on all Hellcat pistols.
Standing Apart
While the micro-compact semi-auto pistol market is packed with options, the new +P rated Hellcat sets itself apart with some very unique features. But first let’s discuss its dimensions so you can appreciate how small it is. The pistol weighs around 18 oz., has a short 3″ barrel and is a mere 1″ wide. Yet within these tiny dimensions the pistol packs an impressive 11-round capacity within its patented magazine — and bumps it up to 13+1 with the included extended magazine. Springfield describes it as “the world’s highest capacity micro-compact,” and I haven’t been able to identify an alternative to refute that claim.


The ultra-compact Hellcat still manages to pack in 11 rounds of powerful 9mm into its patented magazine.
In addition to its impressive capacity, the Hellcat is also capable of accepting micro red dot optics such as the Shield RMSc and the JP Enterprises JPoint. While the pistol is offered in a standard model with iron sights, the OSP version features a removable cover plate and the ability to mount optics directly the slide. As a result, optics sit low enough to allow co-witnessing the irons with the red dot. Pricing of the two models? The standard has an MSRP of $569, and the OSP model bumps the price up a mere $30 to $599.

Speaking of the iron sights, both versions come standard with Springfield’s U-Dot sights, which features a deep U-shaped notch rear — with a “tactical rack” for one-handed cycling of the slide — that mates up with a tritium front dot surrounded by a luminescent ring. The slide sports forward and rear cocking serrations, with the rear ones wrapping up over the top of the slide, both on the standard and also on the cover plate of the OSP model.


The Hellcat’s flush magazine comes with a finger extension floorplate as well as a low-profile flat one (shown).
While we’re discussing the slide, it’s worth mentioning both it and the hammer-forged barrel are Melonite-coated inside and out for corrosion resistance and increased durability. A loaded chamber indicator is made up of a “witness” hole in the top of the slide/barrel, and the front face of the full-length guide rod sports a “stand-off device” designed to prevent the pistol from going out of battery if the muzzle is pushed up against a target.

In regard to the frame, the Hellcat has lots of really nice enhancements. It sports Springfield’s “Adaptive Grip Texture,” a texture with a staggered pattern of short and tall pyramid shapes designed to combine comfort against the body with a secure hold in the hand. It achieves this through an alternating pattern of flats on the tall pyramids for comfort and points on the short ones for grip. An undercut triggerguard and high-hand beavertail situate the pistol low in the hand, and a reversible mag release gives a kind nod to all us southpaws out here. A short strip of standard rail on the dustcover rounds out the package.

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It's like Springfield is incapable of designing anything pleasing to the eye.

None the less, never giving them money because of the Illinois shenanigans.
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Reminds me of the Mossberg MC1 9mm pistol.

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Yeah, it's a shame Springfield chooses to have their operation in that oppressive and un-American state.
But they sure do make some very good pistols.
I figure buying from a local gun store avoids any direct benefit to Illinois.

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So is this a slim gun like the XDS, or the compact XD? GARY

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N4KVE wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:03 pm
So is this a slim gun like the XDS, or the compact XD? GARY
9mm subcompact pistol looks like a more slim line less boxing looking.
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It seems to be a rival of the Sig P365. I wanted to buy one of those (P365) but I hear about many horror stories,of course that can be said with any gun. If this gun actually runs well out of the gate, they could make a killing.

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Skoll wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:24 pm
None the less, never giving them money because of the Illinois shenanigans.
Kind of what I was wondering; if the gun community is going to forgive them for their sins and allow them to rip off the P365 so blatantly in this design.

I do like the out of the box capability setup, being mRDS capable without 3rd party milling or adapter plates.

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jwperry wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:38 pm
Skoll wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:24 pm
None the less, never giving them money because of the Illinois shenanigans.
Kind of what I was wondering; if the gun community is going to forgive them for their sins and allow them to rip off the P365 so blatantly in this design.

I do like the out of the box capability setup, being mRDS capable without 3rd party milling or adapter plates.
People like to talk about their convictions until it comes time to stick to them.
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Skoll wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:51 pm
jwperry wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:38 pm
Skoll wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:24 pm
None the less, never giving them money because of the Illinois shenanigans.
Kind of what I was wondering; if the gun community is going to forgive them for their sins and allow them to rip off the P365 so blatantly in this design.

I do like the out of the box capability setup, being mRDS capable without 3rd party milling or adapter plates.
People like to talk about their convictions until it comes time to stick to them.
Typically.

I'm going to pass because I'm not sure this will be the best Springfield release for me, as I have no idea where to grip without the predetermined Grip Zone. I'm worried I'll get too confused if the time comes for me to have to use it...

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