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TRENDING: Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP 9mm & HEX Optics

The New Normal: From optic cuts to compensators, today's pistol shooters are reaping the benefits of a technological revolution; Springfield's new Hellcat RDP and HEX red dots are results of the trend.

TRENDING: Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP 9mm & HEX Optics

Springfield Armory pistols equipped with HEX red-dot optics (Guns & Ammo Magazine photo)

Shooters, as a whole, tend to be a rather conservative bunch. I’m not talking about politics; I’m talking about technology, which is understandable. When your life is on the line, you want to know your equipment works in the real world, not just in a laboratory or workshop. With the unprecedented information exchange allowed by the internet, shooters now have a much faster and more complete picture of what any given technology is actually capable of.

When I started shooting in the 1980s, there were still many shooters with combat experience that believed a semi­automatic pistol would get you killed on the streets. While they were ultimately proved wrong with...

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