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 9mm is a new micro-compact handgun that will at least be a serious rival for the all-conquering Sig.
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Springfield XD Mod 2 is a Top Handgun
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:
- Best Subcompact 9mm for concealed carry
- The Best compact 9mm for EDC
full size9mm pistols.
- The Best subcompact 45 ACP for every day carry handguns.
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 9mm 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 Hellcat 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. There is also a manual safety
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 when you look at the Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm.
But there’s no sign of the company abandoning the extra safety that has become something of a USP on its larger handguns. Nor should it.
Ready For a Micro Red Dot
One neat touch on the Springfield Hellcat micro-compact 9mm pistol
You can order a concealed carry gun with a standard U-Dot rear sight with a tritium luminescent front sight that we know and love from the XD Mod 2. That tritium luminescent front sight is all that some people need. But…
You can order a gun that’s ready for a micro red dot, if you’re that way inclined. The Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm OSP model comes with a seamless removable plate that allows you to fit your red dot.
Low Profile Red Dot and Concealed Carry Combo
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.
An increasing number of people are willing to pay that price and we’re seeing a serious spike in sales of micro red dots. That normally means they’re finding acceptance with the tactical crowd, as well as the average consumer, and there’s a market for the Hellcat OSP model.
Defensive situations are stressful. So the red dot gives you absolute target acquisition. Forget lining up planes. It’s right there for you. When it matters, that’s a big deal.
Automatic light adjustment means that a red dot on your concealed carry can give you an enhanced field of view in plenty of light conditions, too.
What is the Best Holster for Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP?
The reflex sight up top changes the profile of the gun. But the Crossbreed Reckoning Hellcat Holster is tailor-made for the job. Simply order the OSP speed clips or belt loops and you can adapt your holster along with your gun.
Buy your Crossbreed Reckoning Hellcat 9mm holster here for just $69.95, direct from Crossbreed Holsters.
Adaptive Grip Texture Looks Like Amateur Stippling
The stippling is effective, but it kind of looks like custom work, and not the best custom work.
Springfield Armory calls this Adaptive Grip Texture. It works, we’re sure. But it isn’t the prettiest grip we have seen in recent times.
Other notable features include an accessory rail, a small one, for a weapons light or other tactical gear. That magazine is just about the highest capacity micro-compact 9mm mag that Springfield Armory could squeeze into a gun this size too.
There’s a loaded chamber indicator, just in case you’re not sure. You also get a seriously chunky recoil spring and stainless steel guide rod in this black polymer pistol.
Heavy Slide Serrations p[ro0vide Options
Are you fond of a tactical rack? Like a press check between friends? Well you can with the proper slide serrations that also give the Hellcat 9mm a sense of style.
Extended Magazine Could Give 15+1 or More
A 13+1 extended magazine should be along shortly and we’d like to see the Springfield Hellcat up to and beyond the XD Mod 2’s outlandish 16+1 bullets.
But this is proprietary tech and nobody is sure how complicated that’s going to be for third party gun magazine companies. We’ll see…
Springfield Armory Hellcat vs Rivals
Apart from the tiny elephant in the room, the P365 Nitron, what are the natural rivals for the Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm carry pistol?
The Taurus G2C is a favorite carry gun round these parts and it does pretty much everything these guns do without the high price tag.
The single stack Smith & Wesson M&P Shield suddenly looks like old technology, but it is a slimline gun that some people love for concealed carry.
The Smith & Wesson gets blown off the road in terms of capacity. The Glock 43x is substantially bigger, meanwhile. It’s not a dealbreaker for most of us, but it puts the gun in the sub-compact 9mm handgun class instead.
Specialist tools like the Bond Arms Bullpup stack up pretty well against this micro-compact 9mm too. But that costs more than $1,000. So there’s that.
The Smith & Wesson, Taurus G2C and the little Sig are the natural carry gun rivals for the Hellcat 9mm micro-compact pistol. Black polymer specials one and all, and all of them getting smaller by the month.
Do we have something smaller than a micro-compact 9mm class? Stick around, something will be along shortly.