Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm
- Price: $529.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Barrel Length: 3 inch
- Total Length: 6 inch
- Weight: 1.15lb
- Capacity: 11+1/13+1 with extended mag.
The Springfield Armory Hellcat micro-compact 9mm pistol might just be the best concealed carry handgun you can buy in 2022.
It a carry pistol that is just 6 inches long, weighs 1.15lb and with the extended mag then this double stack semi-auto carry pistol holds 13+1 rounds. That is best in class capacity and it also comes with a cold hammer forged barrel and adaptive grip texture, which we’ll get to.
Springfield XD Mod 2 is a Top Handgun
Now the Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 is a great handgun, in all its various forms. As is the XD-M Elite competition spec polymer frame pistol that is a home defense favorite these days. Both are consistently near the top of our lists for the:
- Best 9mm Subcompact for concealed carry
- The 9mm Best compact 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. The company 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 others had to respond.
Springfield Hellcat 9mm 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. You don’t like the customer service. There can be any number of reasons.
So the Springfield Armory Hellcat micro-compact OSP doesn’t have to be massively better. It has to be good and it has to be different. It is, as well as being the highest capacity micro compact, and the sales numbers for this semi-auto 9mm pistol reflect that.
No Grip Safety on Springfield Hellcat
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. We can totally see why it has given way on such a small semi-automatic pistol though.
The trigger blade safety is present and correct, together with a flat face trigger that looks a little like the bangswitch in the semi-automatic Glock 43. There is also a manual safety and a great reversible magazine release.
Ready For a Micro Red Dot
The optics ready Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP 9mm comes with a near seamless removable optics plate. Other manufacturers have been forced to respond, the semi-automatic Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP 9mm was pretty groundbreaking not so long ago…
For a compact pistol red dot, you almost always had to order a much more expensive, specialist firearm, or a new slide. The Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP changed that and gave you the option of mounting a red dot without breaking out moire than the basic multi tools we have lying round.
Naturally the Springfield Hex Wasp goes straight on with basic multi tools, as does the Shield Sights Rmsc, Holosun HS507K and Trijicon RMRcc.
You don’t need a reflex on your semi-automatic Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm pistol. But if it is optics ready, it seems a shame not to.
You can order one with a standard U-Dot rear sight with a high visibility tritium luminescent front sight that we know and love from the XD Mod 2. That is all that some people need and there are gun deals if you don’t need the Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP reflex sight treatment.
Low Profile and Great Concealment
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 Springfield Armory 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.
As for the Adaptive Grip Texture stippling… It is effective, but it kind of looks like home brew custom work from the Glock Gen 3 crowd.
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 mag that the company could squeeze in.
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 matte black polymer pistol. Unless you order the Desert FDE, Flat Dark Earth of course…
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 pistol a sense of style.
Extended Magazine Could Give 15+1 or More
A 15+1 mag is available that gives you a little more room on the grip and a lot more bullets. You can also get the 13+1 or a State compliant 10+1 for your everyday carry.
Hellcat vs Rivals
Apart from the tiny elephant in the room, the P365 Nitron, what are the natural rivals for this diminutive 9mm pistol?
The Taurus G2C is a favorite everyday carry gun round these parts and it does pretty much everything these guns do without the high price tag. It’s a matte finish black lump of plastic, but it works.
The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus is another potent rival. And the Glock 43x is still our number one concealed carry subcompact 9mm pistol.
That stacks up well against this best in class capacity micro-compact OSP too.
The Smith & Wesson, Taurus G2C and the little Sig are the natural carry gun rivals for the Hellcat 9mm micro-compact OSP. Matte finish black polymer specials one and all, and all of them getting smaller by the month.
Do we have something smaller than the semi-automatic Springfield Hellcat micro-compact class? Well probably something will be along shortly, but until then it’s down to the Best 380 ACP pistols.
Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro
- Price: $649.99
- Barrel Length: 3.7 inch
- Capacity: 15+1
The Springfield Hellcat Pro is the longer barrel rival to the Sig P365 XL. With 15+1 rounds, which makes it more or less the highest capacity micro compact. And you can have it in matte black or Desert FDE Flat Dark Earth.
It’s a slightly bigger, more grown up handgun that sits somewhere between sub-compact and compact. And it’s a niche that’s working well.
The P365 XL and Glock 43x are the competition, and that is a hell of a fight. Once again, though, the Springfield Hellcat Pro seems up for the fight. Again you can buy a black or Desert FDE Flat Dark Earth version.
Springfield Hellcat RDP
- Price: $724.99
- Barrel Length: 3.8 inch
- Capacity: 13+1
Call it the John Wick effect, but the world looks a lot more kindly on small guns with compensators these days.
The Springfield Hellcat RDP, or Rapid Defense Package, comes with a compensator and it’s optics ready. If you’re looking for a Hellcat for home defense, as well as the mean streets, well this suddenly makes some sense.
Striker fired 9mm Micro compact pistols are snappy beasts by design, they’re too short to be anything else. And the Self Indexing Compensator really does have an effect on the sound from that cold hammer forged barrel. You can switch out the high visibility front sight and rear sight for more dramatic options too.
One of our favorite reviewers comes in with a cynical eye on the Springfield Hellcat RDP Micro Compact semi-auto pistol. That’s no bad thing, but see what they think after shooting this John Wick semi-auto 9mm micro compact…
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What is the Best Holster for Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP 9mm?
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 Pistol holster here for just $69.95, direct from Crossbreed Holsters.
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