It is a sensitive little bugger, and if your thumb rides against it or on top of it, this can prevent the slide from locking in place on the last round fired. It appears to be a quality firearm, any comparison to the SIG P365 comes from being the Hellcat’s most immediate and intended competition. There is always risk with a move like that, and smaller towns have less jobs. For a micro pistol sporting a 3-inch barrel, we will take that any day of the week. From an ergonomic perspective, we think it would be challenging to develop a better design that so successfully blends comfort and function in such a small package. It is also the reason why gun manufacturers continue to refine the art of delivering reliably performing, low print, high capacity handguns to the marketplace. This is why micro, sub-compact pistols and lightweight snubbie revolvers continue to be the premiere choice of dedicated CCW and EDC practitioners. As for the Hellcat trigger’s function, no complaints here. It is a quality holster, it protects the gun, conceals it well, and doesn’t cause my back to sweat profusely during summer carry. So any way the Sccy cpx-2 was not made for +powder ammo it say’s so in the book , they will shoot hollow points but it is picky and not recommended, it is a basic gun made for entry level people, mine has fired every cheap 9mm ammo I have feed it and never jammed or misfired. I was also impressed by the added value of the Hellcat. I used to own a number of Springfield Armory XD’s. I like to keep three or four magazines at least. 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. It comes with a spare 13 round magazine. So, does the Springfield Hellcat satisfy the overall performance quotient for the serious EDC/CCW practitioner? And SIG, Glock, and Springfield Armory are all very widely-recognized as reputable brands. I like my outside the waistband holsters to have at least some kind of retention, to prevent the gun falling out. Hopefully the interesting times in the future will at minimum feature more sleep…. The Hellcat has a lot of features to help make the shooting experience both fun and safe. The SIG’s slide serrations are deeper. Pull weight is about the same. I have considered going to a bag, especially one that is able to be locked. Although “fun” is not a term typically associated with shooting micro pistols in man-lethal calibers, we must admit the Hellcat was just that. My thought process came down to: is this THE gun, the one gun if you could only have one, that you would trust your familie’s lives on? Following a successful move and relocation to an incredible loving and accepting church community in the American Redoubt, I began to focus more on preparedness. I liked the flat face on the trigger and the blade safety didn’t irritate me in any way. With the cardstock shim, insert the Hellcat trigger bar into the Apex trigger. I have used it for traditional pocket carry, but I am just not a fan of pocket carry. That, folks, means 12 to 14 rounds, if you carry one loaded in the chamber and a full mag. I could hear it easily, even with ear protection on. If you are a trigger snob, it’s important to keep in mind that this pistol isn’t designed to give you the same feel as a custom 1911. S.A. has two weapons I do not care to own, the Hellcat and anything 1911. Springfield Armory’s flat-face trigger will win over hands with longer fingers because it gives the Hellcat a slightly longer length of pull. Our best 5-shot group taken at 10 yards (30 feet) with a combat stance was 1.922 inches. The efficient use of space on this gun is something you have to see to believe. When the trigger safety lever that is incorporated into the trigger is not engaged, it blocks the trigger from moving rearward. Please support this website by adding us to your whitelist in your ad blocker. I will stick to the feel of the gun and its performance, and avoid conversations about “grouping” since it was not impressive from my hand. The slide serrations need more bite for positive engagement and they just do not dig into my skin the way that I like them to. The trigger reset is very short and very loud. I say it like that because you do have to get past the blade safety first. I know some budget guns can be extremely reliable (my mossy Maverick is going on 10 years strong!) The journey is just beginning, then! Dry fire practice and a light trigger press should improve my placement and I will be getting some expert help and advice when I am able. This leaves some odd-shaped indentations in the spent primers and I believe is designed to be a counter to light primer strikes. The Hellcat comes equipped with a familiar safety blade on its forward angled flat trigger. The Hellcat has a captured double recoil spring. For my “protection” battery of guns, I began with a Sccy CPX-2, which may be a review for another day. We got the Glock 48 and 43X, which offer ten rounds in a slightly bigger platform, and SIG released the bigger P365 XL model. Additional hand-positioning assists come via the slight finger grooving on the front of the grip and the thumb shelf located above the magazine release button. Often, we have found on micro pistols that a lengthy trigger pull that places the trigger relatively far back before breaking the sear engagement tends to induce some amount of torque if you do not maintain good control. They now make a cpx-3 in .380 I know nothing about them so your guess is as good as mine. When pulling the slide from the back, the rear serrations offer plenty of grip for two-finger operation. The Sig P365 holsters from Clinger will work with either trigger group. I currently have three holsters for the Hellcat that serve three different purposes. Springfield Hellcat 3" Micro-Compact OSP Pistol, Black. This also falls on research what your buying before you do, Would I buy a new cpx-2 ? That was a reassuring feeling. We didn’t have too much by way of possessions and the wife was able to convince her work to let her try remote. All the best. While this can be a good thing (you know your parts are always going to function together, because they come from the same manufacturer and are designed to do so) it is concerning to me in the area of availability. Maybe it is because I am new, but every time I go to shoot a new gun there is a tingle of anticipation and excitement, but also nerves. Got over the 1911 in 1968. Great job, loved it and learned a ton. This trigger is light, much lighter than I am used to with my LCR (which may explain the grouping low and left). There were no malfunctions or misfires with either rounds. I was also not impressed with the slide serrations. I prefer the familiar feel of the Mod.2’s curved trigger, but the Hellcat’s flatter bang switch is touted as a feature on the SA website. Home; Store. At first, we were not too keen on the rear U-ring outline and the standout luminescent circle on the front sight. In my search I was drawn to the Springfield Hellcat and the SIG P365 almost immediately. Much as we like, enjoy, and prefer to shoot mid- to full-size handguns, the truth is that they are not always practical for everyday carry and they certainly are not the optimal choice for concealed carry. If I saw one for cheap and had the money, I’d probably buy it. Semi-related: I almost never carry my wallet in my back pocket anymore due to wearing holes in pants over time, so this is extra useful. ), the feeling of being underpowered grew. It may break in, over time. I’d love to try one out and compare. Moyie Springs, Idaho 83845. It is something you need to experience to fully appreciate, but be warned…once you do, you will not look at a micro pistol with a curved trigger the same way again. After beginning our family in 2015, it was clear that the best, most responsible way for us to protect ourselves was to relocate us into the beautiful American Redoubt. Maybe a 4th point – I have an F6F Hellcat mouse pad. I found that I could conceal easily when wearing 2 shirts (a sweatshirt with a tshirt underneath) but summer was a problem with printing. Sig pulled it off with the P365, which delivers 10+1 capacity in a diminutive profile. It’s a sub-compact pistol designed for concealed carry. I find this much easier to conceal in my waistband, even in summer with only a tshirt. Sounds like a slam dunk to me. I did not expect any, but it was good to not have them happen! The SIG on the other hand, while it felt amazing, felt a tad more slender in hand and I had to slightly adjust my grip to activate the slide release. JWR is a journalist, technical writer, and novelist. Most of my shots were pulling down and to the left by a few inches, but still well within a range that I would consider acceptable for defending my family. Lost your password? What we can say about the micro size of the Hellcat is that its flat trigger face is advantageous for shot control. If you have been hesitant to “go micro” for your EDC or CCW pistol, the new Springfield Hellcat may change your mind. When I read about, examined, and held the Hellcat, some features stood out to me. In a micro pistol? Here were two guns, extremely similar to the deservedly popular Glock 43, that held double-digit rounds of 9mm. I have enough of every part of a G19 to completely rebuild it 5x. I was a huge fan of the U notch rear sight. Magazine floor plate is different but the frame / slide silouette sure does resemble that model. but having been recently bitten in that category by the Sccy CPX-2, I opted to stay away. All features that people pay to add or acquire, but are standard on the Hellcat. Springfield even managed to squeeze a short length of rail on the Hellcat’s diminutive dust cover. First off, with the included extended magazine, the Hellcat holds 13 rounds of 9mm in an incredibly small package, and 11 rounds in its standard flat base magazine. Were it not so, the market would be flush with handguns meeting these criteria. It is ideal for my favorite concealed carry position, behind the back at the 5 o’clock position and slightly canted. I had purchased 150 rounds of Winchester 124-grain FMJ for my first range day, as well as a box of 20 G9 “external” hollow points. Everything SIG designs, they seem to want to keep “in-house”. (WWII piston engine fighter for you non-Aviation buffs) Remember – like Ol’ Remus said, Stay away from crowds. Well, it will be soon. After a good soak in gun oil and a good cleaning it still functions and the only rust is on the side of the rear site. They are marketing themselves as a total outfitter. As micro pistols go, there’s absolutely nothing really to complain about with the Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm’s trigger. Definitely a goal of mine for “someday”. With no safety it’s just a Glock and as I do not worship at the holy mountain of Glock, well that another story. There are 4-6 broken Hellcat strikers after just a few rounds or light dry firing- see reports on YT and some forums. The flat-faced trigger feels excellent and makes the trigger feel crisper than it probably is. It has a flat trigger profile, and according to many, it is considered better than a Glock trigger (though this is obviously open to interpretation). Liked the feel of the longer grip of the XL, like the feel of the flat trigger, longer barrel (about a 1/2”) and cut out for optics. A quick word about magazines: While the SIG P365 currently has the largest capacity extended mag, it has been difficult to find! I had to leave my job and searched hard for local work. You can simply pull the trigger again. Thank you! I’m thinking about designing one. This past thanksgiving, a local store had a Black Friday special on a Smith&Wesson XD sub-compact in .45 caliber. When my outdoor range finally opened up, I was able to go out for some testing. Create an Account. It is usually not about long-range, high ammo count gun battles, much as we like to be prepared for that scenario. Honestly, I was happy with my SCCY for a long time. Speaking of locking the slide, we should note that shooters with larger hands or those who ride the thumb of their firing hand high on the frame need to keep their thumb off the slide stop lever. Keith says: February 20, 2020 at 09:58 . I carry this one, slightly between behind the back and strong side, where I can still conceal the weapon but it is easy to draw. It comes with a non-proprietary rail system that any manufacturer can make parts for. Trigger Kit for Springfield Armory Hellcat $ 105.00 This Powder River Precision Trigger Kit for the Hellcat™ includes PRP’s Sear, Disconnector, Striker Safety, Sear Spring, Disconnector Spring, and Striker Safety Spring. I have since switched to Glocks for one primary reason. The 3″ barreled micro compact pistol features a class leading capacity of 11+1 with a flush … Recoil is somewhat sharp, as you would expect of a diminutive 9mm that weighs a scant 18.6 ounces unloaded, but not so much as to earn a bad mark. I prefer Honey Badgers for my outdoor carry ammunition, and will be testing their 124-grain external hollow point next. It is also the world’s highest capacity micro-compact handgun. As it turns out, the Springfield designers did their homework. To make a long story short (why start now?) I was very excited about this one! The second holster is a pocket holster from Don’t Tread On Me. The new Heritage Barkeep revives the short-barrel SAA legacy in a feisty .22 LR six-shoote…. The front sight includes a tritium vial for nighttime visibility with a green luminescent ring surrounding it. This, of course, can upset the shot and impact accuracy. (Hebrews 4:12 KJV), Great review and definitely piqued my interest. I know it is risky to buy a handgun the first year it comes out, but I have a good feeling about the Hellcat. The pinky finger is fully supported, and the floor plate extends the backstrap by half an inch to make the gun significantly more stable. The Hellcat for me fills what I suppose I would call a “Civilized concealed carry” role. Mine came down to just that: a price to features analysis. As for the Hellcat trigger’s function, no complaints here. A One-Time Donation (You choose the amount): A $5 Dollar bill, a €5 Euro bill, a few Pre-1965 silver dimes, or a booklet of “Forever” U.S. postage stamps sent in the mail also works! It is my belief that I am not an overly experienced shooter, little of my experience here will help you. They’ve been a handful so far, especially considering the 2YO we already have. The Hellcat’s flat trigger body and nickel boron-coated trigger group provide a consistent trigger pull. And with an available 13+1 cartridge capacity, you will be hard-pressed to do better. Interchangable parts. It has a firing pin that is shaped like a triangle instead of a traditional pin. The reversible magazine release makes it even more awesome in action. I have tested “tactical racking” the slide with one hand utilizing the sights on my belt and square surfaces. I am in no way affiliated with Springfield Armory. With a starting MSRP of $569 (the OSP model with an optic cut in the slide is $599), the Springfield Hellcat carries a healthy price tag, but it’s a price many EDC/CCW folks would gladly pay for a low-profile/high-capacity pistol that’s easy to shoot and shoot well. The Hellcat, besides being equipped with a trigger-lever safety, has a passive striker-block safety that is deactivated to allow the striker to move forward and strike a primer only if the trigger is pulled. Did Springfield achieve these goals with the new Hellcat? Once that blade safety is defeated, the trigger is flat and crisp. Also nice deal on those .45’s, what a steal! The Daily Web Log for Prepared Individuals Living in Uncertain Times. The reset is also short, and when combined with the shorter overall pull length, you have a trigger system that is well suited for quick and controlled follow-up shots for small handgun. So we had one income but it was not enough to survive. On the contrary, for a full-feature semi-auto that can fit in most pockets, this little dynamo stands tall in a very small group of contenders. When you review the historical offerings of micro and sub-compact pistols, you must admit that we have come a long way. The rear sight is drift-adjustable and features a U-notch with a white outline. good luck. Thanks for the reply. At this point, although I have never live fired either the Sig 365 or the XD Hellcat, I would choose the Hellcat. When properly installed, this drop-in trigger will: – … It would have made a nice deep backup for FMJ ammo only. It now reaches more than 320,000 unique visitors weekly. The prominent U-ring and front alignment circle did seem to speed up sight acquisition once we became accustomed to it and we decided it was probably a good inclusion on this pistol. I would have the feed ramp polished for sure. 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