It used to be that handguns were introduced in full-size models, with manufacturers then paring them down into smaller compact and subcompact versions. Now we’ve come full circle. Springfield Armory rolled out their Hellcat microcompact back in 2019. They added the RDP, basically an optics-cut standard Hellcat with extended 15-round mags and a compensator.
Now, however, they’ve upsized the design. The new Hellcat Pro is basically the size and capacity of a G19 with full-fingered 15+1 capacity. Here’s their press release . . .
Combining the performance of a larger handgun with class-leading concealability to provide an exceptional everyday carry pistol, Springfield Armory is proud to announce the release of the new Hellcat Pro 9mm pistol.
Designed to deliver the perfect balance, the new Hellcat Pro is a compact pistol chambered in 9mm that offers 15+1 capacity in a smaller footprint than any other gun in its class. The compact 9mm packs in impressive capacity while still maintaining the ergonomic, slim profile of the original Hellcat for seamless concealability.
At just 1″ wide, the slim-line grip feels superb in the hand, increasing contact and control, while the additional mass in the slide and barrel translates into reduced muzzle flip and faster follow-up shots. The lightweight polymer frame features our Adaptive Grip Texture, a seamless, pressure-activated texture featuring a pattern of staggered pyramid shapes. The taller pyramids have a flattened top to ensure comfort in the waistband, while the shorter pyramids come to a point and are engaged when the pistol is firmly gripped.
Developed with the use of red dot optics in mind, the Hellcat Pro features an OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) configuration. The slide is milled with the Springfield Micro™ footprint, designed to direct mount the smallest, most popular micro red dots on the market for the lowest mount possible. Backing up your choice of optic is an excellent set of co-witnessing U-Dot™ sights, made up of a high visibility tritium & luminescent front sight paired with a Tactical Rack rear sight.
Ensuring you can mount the light or laser of your choice on the Hellcat Pro, the pistol features a versatile Picatinny rail on the dustcover portion of the frame. This longer section of rail provides users the flexibility to deploy a wide range of accessories for varied applications and conditions.
“The Hellcat Pro delivers full-size performance in a concealable, EDC-ready package with unmatched ergonomics,” says Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing. “This is a pistol that shoots like a much larger handgun while still being extremely easy to conceal, offering you the best of both worlds.”
With an MSRP of just $634 and packed with two 15-round magazines, the Hellcat Pro offers shooters an exceptional everyday carry pistol that delivers the perfect balance for the most demanding performance-minded shooters.