Concealment, Capacity Collide in Springfield Armory Hellcat
By Jacki Billings
Introduced in fall 2019, the Hellcat caught the attention of the industry with its small stature but impressive capacity. Boasting 13+1 rounds with an extended mag and 11+1 with the flush fit mag, the Hellcat aimed to offer concealed carriers the ability to flawlessly conceal without sacrificing much in the way of capacity.
After a 100-round initial review, I took the Hellcat back to the range and out on the town to see how well it would stack up under more scrutiny.
The Hellcat made waves in 2019 with its 13+1 capacity and small frame. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
Measuring 6-inches in total length, the Hellcat brings a 4-inch height, 1-inch width, and 3-inch barrel. The Hellcat weighs in around 18-ounces and comes in two models — a standard and Optics Ready, known as the OSP. For this review, I tested the standard model.
Aesthetically, the gun comes with top slide serrations which come in handy for racking. They are easy to grip and rip as you prep the gun for firing. The grip texture provides positive contact without completely shredding your hand while shooting. The frame also sports a reversible mag release button which makes it easier for the southpaws among us. Topping