There’s a new contender in the world of CCW (Concealed Carry Weapons)…
Similar to its competition, the SIG Sauer P365, the Hellcat makes its claim to fame on the ability to pack a lot of ammo and fire-power into a compact six-inch frame.
This gun has even won Concealed Nation’s Best Concealed Carry Handgun of 2019.
We took a look at the Hellcat in June, but we didn’t dive deep into its concealed carry capabilities. Let’s take a closer look.
What to Look For in a Concealed Carry Firearm
When you’re on the lookout for a new gun to take with you on your day-to-day routine, you want to keep some criteria in mind:
- Is the gun reliable?
- Can you rack the slide easily?
- Can you shoot the gun accurately?
- Can you easily and comfortably carry the gun on your person?
- Does the gun feel comfortable in your grip (single or double-handed)?
These are just a few of the questions you want to ask when you are researching a CCW. So let’s find out if the Springfield Armory Hellcat lives up to its legend.
The Springfield Armory Hellcat is extremely accurate.
Testing the Hellcat at various distances, including 10 and 25 yards, I averaged 1.5-inch groupings.
At seven yards, you can fire each shot right on top of the previous one. After running about 50 loads, I’m very impressed with its performance.
Sights & Optics
Both the Hellcat and the Hellcat OSP feature luminescent, tritium front sights, and tactical rack U-notch rear sights.
I love these sights because they are so easy to line up.
The most significant difference between the two models is that the OSP features a removable cover plate that allows you to mount a red-dot optic directly to the slide. The low-mount optic ability allows for co-witness sighting with the front and rear sights.
It’s a really cool and valuable feature, and can highly improve accuracy for any shooter.
The recoil is very minimal.
It uses a dual, captive recoil spring with a full-length guide rod. This system, combined with Springfield’s stable, high-grip design, allows for very little recoil or jerk between shots — especially compared to similarly-sized handguns.
The Hellcat is very reliable.
In fact, this gun has been tested above and beyond what most people would put a handgun through, and it’s come out on top.
The Hellcat is one hell of a sturdy little handgun.
Throughout the entire test, the only part that they replaced was the recoil spring (which is recommended after every 2,500 rounds) and there were only four ammo failures — all four of which were able to be reloaded into the magazine and re-fired.
All tests resulted in accurate and reliable shooting.
I’m very impressed with how the Hellcat handles.
It’s fun to shoot, it doesn’t try to jump out of your hand every time you pull the trigger, and it’s easy to maneuver.
This gun is well-designed and can be adjusted for most hand sizes with its flush-mag extension or its larger-capacity mag. It’s easy to hold on to, point and shoot.
The mag release is southpaw friendly, and the slide release is easily accessible.
Grip & Control
The Hellcat’s grip is equipped with Springfield Armory’s Adaptive Grip Texture, which allows for a soft feel on the surface, but a rougher grip when pressure is applied.
This texture, along with the beavertail and lack of grip safety, allows for a high, controlled grip on this small gun.
The slide is billet-machined with a Melonite finish, and the serrations on the top and sides allow for a decent grip.
Size & Capacity
The six-inch long, four-inch tall Hellcat weighs only 18 ounces.
But don’t let that fool you into believing it doesn’t pack a punch. This gun comes with two proprietary magazines:
- A flush-sitting mag with an 11+1 capacity (with optional pinky extension for those of you with larger hands)!
- An extended mag with 13+1 capacity.
So far, so good.
I measured the trigger pull weight at around five pounds. It has a crisp pull and breaks clean. No problems here.
Comfort & Accessibility
The Hellcat is small, and light enough to be comfortably carried on your person at all times — which is exactly what you want from a concealed carry weapon.
Whatever position is your usual carry position, this gun will fit.
Even though micro-compact handguns are fairly new to the market, there are plenty of accessories that can accommodate them, like the LAG Tactical Defender Series OWB/IWB Holster.
Just like the Hellcat isn’t going to break any scales, the price on these pistols isn’t going to break any wallets.
Both models of the Hellcat sell for around $500 retail. That’s a pretty darn good deal for what you’re getting.
Should You Conceal Carry a Springfield Armory Hellcat?
The Springfield Armory Hellcat is ideal for concealed carry and here’s why. It’s:
- Easily Customizable
- Comfortable to Carry
In short, if you are looking for the best concealed carry weapon, I highly recommend taking a hard look at the Springfield Armory Hellcat handgun line. It won’t disappoint you.
Do you own a Springfield Armory Hellcat? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments down below!