BARREL3″ Hammer Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish, 1:10
SLIDEBillet Machined, Melonite® Finish, Optics Ready
FRAMEBlack Polymer w/ Adaptive Grip Texture
SIGHTSTritium/Luminescent Front, Tactical Rack U-Notch Rear
RECOIL SYSTEMDual Captive Recoil Spring w/ Full Length Guide Rod
MAGAZINES(1) 11-Round, (1) 13-Round Extended
WEIGHT17.9 oz w/ Flush Mag, 18.3 oz w/ Extended Mag
HEIGHT4″ w/ Flush Mag, 4.5″ w/ Extended Mag
The Springfield Hellcat is a subcompact double-stack, striker-fired pistol. It is meant specifically for deeper concealed carry.
You might consider the Hellcat for its 11+ 1 capacity (13+1 w/extended mag), which puts it head and shoulders above almost every other comparable pistol and at least a bit above any other competitor. You might consider the Hellcat for carrying in non-permissive environments or for times when you’re wearing lighter clothing.
Basically, it is for when deeper concealment and higher capacity are essential to your preference.
I spent some time shooting the Hellcat and getting familiar with its capabilities & performance, and want to share my thoughts on that experience here.
As this is a first-impressions review, issues of durability and reliability are not addressed. Others, if you’re interested, have put the Hellcat through a truly grueling 10k-round test, which the Hellcat endured with no reported problems.
Anyway, let’s start with the specs:
- Caliber: 9mm
- Length: 6”
- Height: 4” w/ Flush Mag, 4.5” w/ Extended Mag
- Barrel: 3” hammer forged steel, Melonite finish 1:10
- Width: 1”
- Slide: Billet Machined, Melonite Finish
- Weight: 18.3 oz w/ Flush Mag, 18.6 oz w/ Extended Mag (unloaded)
- Sights: Tritium/Luminescent front, Tactical Rack U-Notch rear
- Capacity: 11+1 (flush) or 13+1 (extended)
- Color: Black or FDE
The Hellcat RDP features a compact and capable compensator that maximizes rapid fire muzzle control. Machined from 8082 aluminum and anodized matte black, the compensator has a patent-pending Self Indexing design that makes installation or removal easy and does not require shims or additional parts for proper timing.