Springfield’s Hellcat was the second micro nine capable of packing a double stack’s capacity into a gun the size of an EDC single stack. As we covered recently, SIG didn’t take kindly to that and has launched a lawsuit claiming the Hellcat’s magazine violates their patents.
Springfield, however, hasn’t slowed down and has now released a 15-round Hellcat magazine for users who want a little more.
Springfield sent out the initial presser well before SIG announced their suit, so the timing of the release of the new magazine happens to be coincidence. The Hellcat previously offered 11 and 13-round magazines for use in free states. The new 15-round option is the largest yet.
I’ve had mine since Friday and have run a few magazines of ammunition through it. It’s not enough for a review, but enough to know it works well. Prior to the 15-round Hellcat magazine, I was a big fan of the 13-round Hellcat magazine. I found it to be just long enough to fit my hand perfectly.
The 15-round Hellcat magazine provides a quarter-inch more in length than the 13-round magazine. As far as grip goes, the length isn’t necessarily that big of a deal, but two extra rounds is nothing to sniff at.
Here’s Springfield’s press release . . .
GENESEO, ILL. – Springfield Armory® has taken its Hellcat® pistol — the smallest, highest-capacity micro-compact 9mm handgun in the world — and increased its already impressive capacity with the new 15-round Hellcat magazine. The result is a micro-sized 9mm pistol with an astounding 15+1 capacity comparable to compact and duty-sized pistols, yet in a package that is smaller than similarly configured, lower-capacity competitors.
The new magazine, which is only slightly longer than the 13-round extended version, is currently available directly from Springfield Armory with an MSRP of $39.95 and will soon be available from Springfield retailers as well. It is offered in both black and Desert FDE.
The Hellcat is available in both standard and OSP™ (Optical Sight Pistol) versions, with the latter featuring slides cut to accept the smallest micro red dot sights on the market. The micro 9mm ships with a patented 11-round magazine as well as an extended 13-round magazine, and this newest magazine will allow users to have a full 15+1 rounds of 9mm ammo ready to go.
“This magazine offers Hellcat owners the ability to increase the total capacity of their pistol by two rounds or to carry a larger 15-round mag as a back-up,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “This increased capacity puts the Hellcat platform even further beyond its competitors and means users can carry with even greater confidence.”
The Hellcat has received numerous awards since its release in 2019, including the 2020 Handgun of the Year Award from the National Rifle Association’s American Rifleman, the Guns & Ammo 2020 Handgun of the Year Award, Ballistic magazine’s Ballistics’ Best 2020 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Compact Handgun, the NTOA MTR Gold Award, and more.
For information, visit https://www.spr-ar.com/r/4520
Mags For Days
The more ammo you got, the better right? A 15 round magazine provides a few extra rounds and allows the Hellcat to have a magazine that competes with the SIG P365’s largest capacity magazine. If you’re packing a Hellcat, does the newest 15 round Hellcat magazine appeal to you? Is the extra length a downside? Do you want two extra rounds? With an MSRP of 39.95, the 15 round magazines are live now at Springfield Armory’s website.