Springfield Armory Hellcat: The Sig P365 Killer?

Springfield Armory Hellcat - A new micro-compact 9mm carry pistol with its sights set on the Sig Sauer P365 Nitron. Buy your gun here.

Springfield Armory Hellcat Spec

  • Price: $499.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel Length: 3 inch
  • Total Length: 6 inch
  • Weight: 1.15lb
  • Capacity: 11+1/13+1 with extended mag.

Springfield Armory has finally come up with an answer for the Sig Sauer P365 Nitron. The Springfield Armory Hellcat is a new micro-compact handgun that will at least be a serious rival for the all-conquering Sig. 

You’re looking at a striker fired carry pistol that is just 6 inches long, weighs 1.15lb and with the extended magazine then this double stack carry pistol holds 13+1 rounds. It also comes with adaptive grip texture, which we’ll get to.

Now the Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 is a great handgun, in all its various forms, and was consistently near the top of our lists for the:

Sig Ripped Up the Rulebook for CCW

We could go on, but you get the idea. Springfield Armory gets a lot of love round here, for good reason. But there’s no denying the fact that the Sig Sauer P365 Nitron changed the game and Springfield Armory had to respond.

Technically the company is claiming that the Springfield Armory Hellcat is the result of years of development and parts of that are probably true. But anybody who doesn’t see this micro-compact 9mm as a response doesn’t live in my world.

Sig fired shots, and now Springfield Armory is firing back with the Hellcat 9mm.

Springfield Armory vs Sig Sauer

Now the Sig P365 is almost perfect, it has to be said, so it’s going to be a tall order to be quantifiably better in any one area. The simple fact is, though, that not everybody loves the Sig. 

It feels wrong in the hand, the trigger doesn’t communicate, you heard about a Sig failing your friend, forcing him to beat the biker gang to death with his bare hands. There can be any number of reasons. 

So the Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm doesn’t have to be massively better. It has to be good and it has to be different. We’re sure Springfield Armory has got it right.

No Grip Safety on Springfield Hellcat 9mm

One thing that is noticeable by its absence is the grip safety that is a polarising force and a USP for the XD Mod 2. The trigger blade safety is present and correct, together with a flat face trigger that looks a little like the bangswitch in the Mossberg MC1sc.

Has Springfield Armory finally conceded defeat with the 1911-style external safety in the grip as the internal safeties on striker fired pistols get better and better? It’s a reasonable conclusion. 

One neat touch on the Springfield Hellcat micro-compact 9mm pistol are the rear sight and front sight. You can order a gun with a standard U-Dot rear sight with a tritium luminescent front sight that we know and love from the XD Mod 2.

Alternatively you can order a gun that’s ready for a micro red dot, if you’re that way inclined. 

This system accommodates the micro red dot with the lowest possible profile. So it could give you a red dot on your CCW. But that will always come at a price in terms of ease of concealment and your draw. With a defensive pistol, I’d be inclined to leave the sights for the range operators. 

The stippling is effective, but it kind of looks like custom work, and not the best custom work. A reasonably talented amateur could probably achieve a similar result with grip tape and a better result with a soldering iron. But that’s the only obvious criticism and the stippling looks functional, rather than pretty. 

That’s because this is what Springfield Armory calls Adaptive Grip Texture.

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