Springfield Armory announced earlier this month the arrival of a new gun. And they were quite secretive about it. When they first reached out to me, they wouldn’t give a hint as to what it was.
Rumors circulated with the Springfield Fiercely Defend website revealing nothing more than a countdown clock and an ‘H’. Users at XDTalk pointed out back in January that Springfield had trademarked a few names, one being Hellcat. However, Springfield said nothing and would confirm nothing. Trust me, I tried.
Today the timer ran out.
Springfield has unveiled the new Hellcat 9mm micro-compact 9mm pistol. This is not to be confused with the I.O. Hellcat, or the Guncrafter industries Hellcat. This is a new handgun designed to compete directly with the SIG P365.
The Springfield Armory Hellcat is part of the XD series and will pack 11 to 13 rounds of 9mm ammunition. You’ll get 11- and 13-round magazines with the gun. It’s also coated with the new Adaptive grip Texture and an optics-ready model will also be available for compatibility with the JP Enterprises JPoint and the Shield RMSc.
The Hellcat is 4 inches tall, 6 inches long, and 1 inch wide. It weighs only 18.3 ounces empty. The gun lacks the grip safety of older XD models and uses a passive trigger safety. It comes with a standard Picatinny rail as well.
On top of that, the gun will also be wearing Trijicon U-Dot sights. MSRP will be $569 for the standard model, and the OSP model will be $599.
When the P365 came out I predicted that it would change the market and companies everywhere would soon be pushing out similar guns. Springfield will certainly be quite pleased to take a sip out of SIG’s milkshake on this one.
The Hellcat comes out swinging with 11 and 13 round magazines, and unlike the SIG, the Hellcat includes an extended magazine. Standby for a full review soon.
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