When Springfield Armory introduced its Hellcat in early loss of 2019, it was fairly late in entering the sub-compact, double-stack game preferred for hidden carry and self-defense. The firm’s rivals had a huge running start, as well as its designs had been selling well for several years. Springfield continued with the brand-new weapon layout regardless of the seemingly insurmountable difficulty, and somehow kept the project a corporate secret for the nearly two years it took to develop.
Early responses was glowing for the Springfield Armory Hellcat. Action from fanatics confirmed equally positive as well as the hand guns offered quickly. Last year, only the first complete 12-month period it was readily available, it asserted third-place honors on Springfieldlaser.com annual list of top-selling semi-auto handguns. There’s excellent factor for the enviably rapid climb towards the top, as well.
American Rifleman received an early model for testing as well as evaluation. The tale explains the Hellcat is not a version of the company’s already popular XD line, however something all new that just takes place to be the “… highest possible ability micro-compact 9 mm pistol in the world.”
When it comes to ergonomics, reliability and precision, American Rifleman ended, “After shooting the weapon as well as living with it, even for a short time, I can state with self-confidence that I desire one, and I want it the other day. The typical Hellcat is slated to use an MSRP of $569, so the weapon is most likely to be valued competitively at retail.
All Hellcats are chambered in 9 mm and have a 3-inch barrel. The pistol gauges only 1-inch vast and also unloaded pointers the ranges at a downy 18.3 ounces. Criterion magazine capacity is 11, but the guns ship with an expanded variation that runs the count up to 13. General length is 6 inches, as well as height is available in at 4.
Add a reversible magazine launch, loaded-chamber indication, rail, top slide serrations as well as hammer-forged barrel and also the Springfield Armory Hellcat has all the touches we have actually pertained to get out of Springfield. A tritium and bright front sight operates in concert with a Tactical Rack U-Dot at the back to make sure fast target procurement.
Springfield has actually presented a number of variants considering that its introduction, including state-regulation-compliant designs that ship with 10-round magazines. FDE pigmentation has actually signed up with the initial offering of black, with or without optic-ready slides. There’s also one with a hand-operated safety. Beginning MSRP hasn’t moved from $569, yet they add to $643 in the fundamental line.
For $799 you can likewise take home a Hellcat with a perfectly matching Shield SMSC red-dot optic. The brand-new RDP model is first-rate, though. It ships with a compensator as well as a HEX red-dot optic. It sets you back a still-reasonable $899.