It’s equipped with the latest technology, and its design meets my needs as an armed citizen. Also included in the slide is an external extractor, which is tensioned by an internal spring and pin assembly. Moving to the OSP model the sighting equation gets even better. This should not only improve your Hellcat’s trigger pull, but also help you become more deeply familiarized with your pistol’s internal workings. Trigger pull on both of these pistols is far from great, but the Hellcat requires somewhat less travel after taking up the slack. G&A obtained two of the first 10 production Springfield Hellcats available — one Standard and one OSP model — and trigger pull weights averaged between 5 pounds, 7 ounces, for one … When properly installed, this drop-in trigger will: – Reduce trigger pull weight to 5.0 to 5.5 lbs after break-in period, – Reduce trigger overall travel and reset distance, – Directly replaces factory components without additional fitting, For use in the Springfield Armory Hellcat. At 7 yds. Results from the bench were equally impressive. This kit helps to smooth and lighten the Hellcat’s trigger pull to about 4.25-4.5 pounds. Get the American Rifleman Insider newsletter for at-a-glance access to industry news, gear, gun reviews, videos and more—delivered directly to your Inbox. The Hellcat is a shooter. Besides its minimal carry profile in terms of size and weight, the controls have also been minimized, without sacrificing utility. The P365 proved you could take a tiny gun, and cram ten rounds into it and have it take up the same space as a single stack 9mm. What’s better is that the irons are still completely visible when a red-dot is installed, providing a lower-one-third co-witness arrangement without requiring extra-tall irons. But this time around, the Hellcat made a mark. Grip angle of the Springfield Hellcat allows for instinctive sight alignment with the U-notch rear and front sight, which has a tritium vial and luminescent ring … If the new micro-compact category seemed to spring forth in deus ex machina fashion—a solution to the seemingly unsolvable CCW conundrum—the newest entrant, Springfield Armory’s Hellcat, took just a little bit longer to arrive on scene. At 25 yds. The Hellcat trigger requires about 100-200 rounds of break in to set the springs after installation. The gun’s uppermost component is a slide assembly—the slide itself is machined from billet steel—which houses a robust, dual-captured recoil spring assembly, a hammer-forged 3" steel barrel rifled at a twist rate of 1:10", and the striker assembly that includes a passive firing pin safety that is deactivated by the rearward travel of the trigger assembly during a deliberate trigger press. The Springfield Hellcat has a trigger lever safety, but unlike the striker-fired XDs, there is no grip safety. For concealed-carry practitioners, the “perfect gun” equation is no longer a compromise between size and capacity; today’s armed citizen can have it all. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. Maximum thickness is .782 inches. Period. Overall the SIG’s trigger is a better trigger when taken on its own (it even feels better on the finger), but paired with the intended use of these little guns it’s my opinion that the pull weight of the Springfield is more … Much more on the sighting system to come. The trigger reach is slightly reduced, and my petite girlfriend seems to appreciate it for her smaller hands. Apex Tactical Springfield Hellcat Trigger For a gun meant to defend your life, the Hellcat immediately captured the imagination of conceal carry enthusiasts. “This project was two years in the making for us,” said Steve Kramer, vice president of marketing at Springfield Armory, speaking about the then-top-secret Hellcat pistol project. “It’s a risk,” Kramer acknowledged, “but we are very excited about [the Hellcat], and we’re going to have an OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) model available at launch. The package includes an Apex Action Enhancement Trigger. had shimmied down the tube and caught the meat of my support hand. with the OSP and Shield optic, SIG’s 365 ammunition again posted the best average, 2.23", and the combined average was 2.34". Much more on the sighting system to come. by Joe Kurtenbach, Executive Editor - Straight FireErgonomics and handling are important, but the real test of a gun is in how it performs when the ammunition is live. Results from the bench were equally impressive. Advertised as “Adaptive Grip Texture,” the stippling pattern is a seemingly random array of tiny pyramids varying in height. Trigger Kit for Springfield Armory Hellcat. Nor is it a gun I envision keeping in the safe until I pass it on to my children. Throughout the course of more than 1,000 rounds I thoroughly tested two Hellcats for performance and accuracy—one in an iron-sight-only configuration, the other an OSP topped with a Shield RMSc 3-m.o.a. If the inserted magazine runs empty, the magazine’s follower will engage the internal tab of the slide lock lever, pressing it upward to lock the pistol open. to 25 yds. And, for the lefties out there, the magazine release is reversible. The results could probably have been even better if the gun wore target-style sights or a lighter trigger—the average pull weight for the samples was 6 lbs., 5 ozs. Please review and accept our Pre-Order Policy. Privacy Policy   •   Contact Us   •   Warnings   •   FAQs   •  © 2020 National Rifle Association of America. The trigger itself has a near-flat engagement surface and incorporates a central blade-style trigger safety that prevents it from being fully depressed if not deactivated by deliberate finger pressure. Folks, I’m here to tell you to grab a bucket and get the hose, the Hellcat does not disappoint. 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I reported all of my malfunction data to Springfield Armory, and at writing the company was already making an adjustment to the magazine baseplates to reduce inadvertent movement in the gun. Simply stated, I want the Hellcat because the gun is an animal, and it’s bred to fight. And where some companies’ “ergonomic features” seem to influence how the gun needs to be held, the Hellcat fits naturally, unobtrusively, and melts into the embrace of a firm firing grip. It’s an interesting quote because it indicates, quite plainly, a pivot away from a staple brand within the company’s catalog, specifically the XD line of semi-automatic pistols. The Hellcat is a recoil-operated, striker-fired, semi-automatic center-fire pistol chambered for 9 mm Luger—with a capacity of up to 14 rounds on board. When installed by a competent gunsmith or trained armorer, it reduces trigger travel and pull weight. One shouldn't have to mod their Hellcat trigger to make it work properly- Springfield should address it. trigger safety that prevents it from being fully depressed if not deactivated by deliberate finger pressure. No problem, the front sight also has a tritium vial for illumination. The new trigger will be available in Black, Red, Thin Blue Line, and Black anodized Freedom Edition versions. After shooting the gun and living with it, even for a short time, I can say with confidence that I want one, and I want it yesterday. For the formal evaluation I chose three personal-defense 9 mm Luger, loads with varying bullet weights: Hornady Critical Duty, +P FlexLock—the Hellcat is rated for +P ammunition—SIG 365. Then it breaks very cleanly at … It’s small and light enough to carry and keep on me—always—and it’s potent enough to save my life if necessary. As to shooting both pistols, we found the Hellcat to be a little more snappy than the Sig P365, but hardly unmanageable. they seem to be regulated for a combat or center-hold—point of aim equals point of impact. 1 bid. It’s a clean and nice trigger with a pronounced, fairly short reset, but weighs in at a heavier ~5.5 pounds. Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, Volunteer At The Great American Outdoor Show, Marion P. Hammer Women Of Distinction Award, Women's Wildlife Management / Conservation Scholarship, National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors, NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award Presented by Brownells, National Youth Shooting Sports Cooperative Program. Why go in a “new direction”? Loaded Chamber Indicator. Trigger pull consists of a little take-up, then a low wall, followed by a fairly sudden (for a striker-fired pistol), but predictable break with just a … The XDs also have history, tenure and a legacy that is integral to the Springfield Armory story. This Powder River Precision Trigger Kit for the Hellcat™ includes PRP’s Sear, Disconnector, Striker Safety, Sear Spring, Disconnector Spring, and Striker Safety Spring. The configuration is simple and effective—a big, bright, luminescent yellow dot up front paired with a white-outlined U-notch in the rear. Low light? $20.00 shipping. Preorders are charged when the order is placed and shipped as soon as the product is available. It measures just 4" tall with a flush magazine, is 6" long and weighs only 18 ozs. Finally, the slide is topped by iron sights mounted via machined dovetail cuts, and, on the Optical Sight Pistol (OSP) version, a cover plate secured over an optics-mounting surface by two Torx-head screws. Speaking of magazines, I often say that the heart of a firearm is its barrel, but the hook for the Hellcat is its patented magazine. At the end of its travel, the trigger bar trips the sear mechanism, releasing the striker to spring forward and impact the cartridge primer, igniting the propellant and sending the bullet down the barrel. At this point the Hellcat is loaded. The only other guns I have felt so strongly about have been high-end, hand-fit M1911s—and then it was for very different reasons. Both the slide and barrel feature a black Melonite finish, which is a chemical treatment that improves the durability and corrosion resistance of the metal. Ask the Army; the new M17/18 platforms are red-dot-ready thanks to a rear sight/cover plate assembly similar to those used in SIG’s X-Series guns. That’s possible because Springfield designed the optics cut correctly—a mounted optic sits down in the slide, as opposed to other setups in which the optic balances awkwardly atop the gun. I’d be happy with these results in a full-size pistol, and I am deeply impressed that they were printed with a 3"-barreled micro-compact. 115-gr. At this point, it’s almost passe to even report on new military or law enforcement groups going to red-dot-equipped pistols because, well, of course they are. The multi-tiered approach provides very good purchase, and the tallest of the pyramids have been flattened on top in order to keep the texturing from becoming too abrasive or clinging to cover garments. In a few instances, it is possible that the magazine was pushed out of alignment, and the magazine or a round within the magazine could have activated the slide lock, inducing the stoppage. JHP and Speer Gold Dot 147-gr. I do want to report an unusual occurrence that cropped up during range testing. Rails are incorporated into both the locking block and the sear housing, allowing the slide to reciprocate on appropriately hardened surfaces. End of story. Better still, the OSP model is only $30 more—that’s the option I’d go with. From the company’s CEO Dennis Reese, “This is the first step in a new direction for Springfield Armory polymer handguns, and we are excited to share it with the world.” That quote was published in the introductory material shipped with a set of guns for my evaluation. Apex's engineering and design team developed the Action Enhancement Trigger as a direct drop-in replacement of the factory polymer trigger and springs of the Hellcat. More and more, red-dot-ready pistols are becoming the norm, and their advantages are too numerous for the trend to slow or reverse. Working from a Crossbreed Reckoning holster (crossbreedholsters.com), I found the Hellcat to be fast and accurate in drills. Not for use in any other model pistol from Springfield Armory. The Trigger Point. JHP and Speer Gold Dot 147-gr. +P FlexLock—the Hellcat is rated for +P ammunition—SIG 365 115-gr. Ask the manhunters of the U.S. Marshals’ tactical teams; they just adopted an STI 2011 platform equipped with a Leupold DeltaPoint Pro and co-witnessing iron sights. The texturing, too, is perfectly on point. The Hellcat’s molded polymer frame is ergonomically well designed, incorporating subtle finger grooves, a slight beavertail and full-diameter texturing, including thoughtfully placed panels high on the frame for the meat of the support hand and textured index points above the trigger guard for the trigger finger and support hand thumb. For being such a small gun, it fills the hand well. Placing a preorder allows you to "get in line" and reserve your product: the quickest way to acquire an out of stock item. Tiny guns sometimes do weird things when shot from the bench—I’ve seen it before in other trustworthy platforms. Power from the now-compressed recoil springs arrests rearward slide travel and sends the slide assembly forward, once again loading the chamber and locking the barrel into battery—the Hellcat is ready to be fired again. Starting at just $79.95, the package includes an Apex Action Enhancement Trigger, … Powder River Precision Springfield Hellcat Trigger Kit. Reversible Mag Release. I’d be happy with these results in a full-size pistol, and I am deeply impressed that they were printed with a 3"-barreled micro-compact. The back of the frame has a generous beavertail. During that travel, an extension in the trigger bar engages and deactivates the firing pin retention safety. Triggers and Trigger Kits from Galloway Precision and RTK for Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Kel-Tec, Remington, SCCY, and Kimber. The Hellcat is slated to wear an MSRP of $569, so the gun is priced competitively. Today’s firearm enthusiasts are obsessed with the latest concealed carry handguns and CCW innovations—it’s the only firearm category that is consistently in demand even in a relatively slow market. Pull weight is about the same. Apex Tactical Specialties full press release on the Springfield Hellcat Action Enhancement Trigger is below: PEORIA, Ariz. – Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce the introduction and upcoming release of its new Action Enhancement Trigger for the hugely popular Hellcat pistol from Springfield Armory. The results were impressive. with the OSP and Shield optic, SIG’s 365 ammunition again posted the best average, 2.23", and the combined average was 2.34". I found them to be fast to acquire, easy to align, and from 3 yds. Check out our full review here. Apex’s engineering and design team developed the Action Enhancement Trigger as a direct drop-in replacement of the factory polymer trigger and springs of the Hellcat. It includes our sear, disconnector, striker safety, sear spring, disconnector spring, and striker safety spring. 9 mm Luger—with a capacity of up to 14 rounds on board. Over-the-top rear serrations provide additional grasping surface for slide manipulations, and are included on the OSP’s cover plate. But the stock Hellcat trigger has some issues that the Apex fixes. Not only does such an arrangement allow for a “natural” co-witness with irons, the mounting also tends to be more secure, better protecting the optic during recoil. Finally, the slide is topped by iron sights mounted via machined dovetail cuts, and, on the Optical Sight Pistol (OSP) version, a cover plate secured over an optics-mounting surface by two Torx-head screws. I’m not suggesting it’s a likely scenario, and I’m not advocating any defensive strategies or techniques, but in an age of terrorism and deranged criminals, wouldn’t that be a nice tool to have, should the need arise? The trigger pull measured a smooth six pounds, five ounces on the test pistol. Details The Action Enhancement Trigger for the Hellcat pistols is the easiest, quickest upgrade you can do to the trigger system that significantly improves the feel of the trigger pull, without reducing factory safety values. For the formal evaluation I chose three personal-defense 9 mm Luger loads with varying bullet weights: Hornady Critical Duty 124-gr. At this point the Hellcat is loaded. JHP. The Action Enhancement Trigger for Springfield Armory Hellcat pistols features the Apex Action direct drop-in replacement of the factory polymer trigger and springs, and provides for a smoother trigger pull with reduced travel, reduced reset, a crisp break and a reduction in pull weight to 5.0 to 5.5 lbs, after break-in period. Guns of that design are the better mousetrap, and now concealed carriers are updating their rigs as well. Speaking of magazines, I often say that the heart of a firearm is its barrel, but the hook for the, bitten more than once when loading a magazine whose collar. Wednesday, September 25, 2019. I see the Hellcat’s frame as the culmination of everything Springfield Armory and its Croatian manufacturing partner, HS Produkt, have learned about molding polymer and handgun ergonomics—if the XD-S Mod.2 was a masterpiece, the Hellcat is their magnum opus. Apex Starting at just $79.95, the package includes an Apex Action Enhancement Trigger, Apex Sear Spring and Apex Striker Spring, which, when installed, significantly improves the feel of the trigger pull while reducing trigger travel and pull … The size and capacity of these guns have injected excitement into the new-firearm market by offering consumers fullsize capacity in sub-, or even smaller-than-subcompact pistol packages. At that point, the empty magazine can be released by depressing the magazine catch button, and its clearance makes way for another loaded magazine to be inserted, and the process continued. The combination of the two from an industry icon like Springfield Armory should, if properly executed, burn the proverbial barn to the ground. Bringing The HeatIf the Hellcat looks good on paper, it feels even better in hand, and it all starts with the grip frame. I found in training, armed with the Hellcat, I could quickly and consistently punch the headbox of an IPSC-style target at 25 yds.—that’s confidence in hand. Consumers are equally on fire for anything red-dot-ready. Frame components include the trigger assembly, steel locking block insert and sear housing assembly, and the various controls—disassembly lever, slide stop and magazine release—there is no grip-, thumb- or other manual safety. The machined internal channels for both the striker and extractor assemblies can be accessed by removing the slide’s metal backplate. Manufactured from quality steel pieces, this Powder River Precision trigger kit is assembled for the Springfield Hellcat pistol platform chambered in 9mm. A New DirectionSeeing the Hellcat’s polymer frame and crossed-cannons logo, you may be saying to yourself, “Oh look, American Rifleman is reviewing another Springfield XD.” You’d be wrong. I was glad to see Springfield decided to use the extended base pad rather than a grip-extending collar assembly—I’ve been bitten more than once when loading a magazine whose collar had shimmied down the tube and caught the meat of my support hand. Maximum height, including magazine base and sights, measures 3.615 inches. The Hellcat’s flat trigger body and nickel boron-coated trigger group provide a consistent trigger pull. With a full carry complement—both magazines full and a round in the chamber—the armed citizen will be well supplied with 25 rounds of 9 mm—a full box or more of defensive ammunition. You can simply pull the trigger again. In fact, when using the OSP model at shorter range, I found that I was making my initial shots using the iron sights through the optic’s viewing pane, and transitioning to the dot naturally during the course of fire. Full disclosure, I am not a … The standard Hellcat is slated to wear an MSRP of $569, so the gun is going to be priced competitively at retail. Even if the Hellcat was to be a radically different platform a la the XD-E—with its hammer-fired, rather than striker-fired, operation—certainly there was room for one more under the bustling XD canopy. The magazine release of the Hellcat® is easily reversible at the user level. Red-dot optics are easy to see and intuitive to use, they reduce the number of sights and focal planes a shooter needs to manage, and they facilitate better accuracy at longer ranges thanks to the fine aiming point provided by their reticles. Also worth reporting is that no stoppages occurred during my defensive shooting drills, so these malfunctions have not degraded my confidence. See our Policies page for full details here, $12 Flat Rate Priority Mail shipping all orders, 60-day return policy + Limited lifetime warranty. The Hellcat version ships with the Apex Action Enhancement Trigger, Sear Spring, and Striker Spring. Springfield Xd 40 4" Slide … At 25 yds. “But we knew we wanted to be in the larger-capacity micro-compact market.” To his comment, made on a conference call with American Rifleman staff, I half-jokingly replied that in today’s defensive handgun market, a two-year development period could result in the introduction of an obsolete firearm, one that’s already behind the times. Optics-equipped pistols are the future. This is our PRP® Trigger Kit for the Hellcat®. And, for the lefties out there, the magazine release is reversible. Also included in the slide is an external extractor, which is tensioned by an internal spring and pin assembly. Pressure from the shot forces the slide rearward, unlocking the barrel and camming it downward, toward the magazine and its awaiting cartridges. 5 out of 5 stars (1) 1 product ratings - Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Black Trigger For Springfield Hellcat 115 ... Archangel gun stock pull off NM Gun. 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