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Springfield Hellcat 9mm Subcompact Review

The new Springfield Hellcat 9mm subcompact pistol — standard and OSP models — may claw its way to the top of the concealed-carry market with better ammunition capacity.

Springfield Hellcat 9mm Review
The new Springfield Hellcat 9mm will be a popular subcompact among the concealed-carry crowd with its ability to carry 11+1 and 13+1 (extended magazine) rounds of ammunition. (Photos by G&A Staff)

Since 2017, Springfield Armory has been at work to challenge the dominant SIG Sauer P365 9mm. The newest pistol, the Springfield Hellcat, has done more than that. If the P365 had received a Version 2.0 update, it might look like the Hellcat. In short, both are subcompact 9mm striker-fired pistols with excellent ergonomics and accuracy. However, the Hellcat takes the contemporary subcompact concept farther.

The Hellcat 9mm subcompact is currently available in two configurations: Standard (# HC9319B) and OSP (# HC9319BOSP), which is an acronym for Optic Sight Pistol, a term applied to a few recent XD models. The greatest achievement for the Hellcat is that its engineers managed to stuff an additional round into both flush-fit and extended magazines. Having a competitive retail price of $569 for the Standard and $599 for the OSP model, the Hellcat undermines the existence of the SIG P365.

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