Ever since the original Hellcat was released in 2019, I’ve been intrigued by it. One of my shooting buddies frequently brings his Hellcat to the range and I always find myself running several magazines through it. While I enjoy shooting it and shoot it well, having extra-large hands left me wishing for a longer grip. So, once the Hellcat Pro was announced, I knew it would be joining my collection.
Unboxing and First Thoughts
These days, it’s not uncommon for pistols to ship in a branded cardboard box from the manufacturer, so I wasn’t surprised the Hellcat Pro did. Springfield did, however, include a soft zippered case within the box which was a nice touch. In addition to the case, there were two 15-round magazines, a mag loader, and the typical literature and lock.
Out of the box, as soon as I picked up the Hellcat Pro, it felt great in hand. Springfield kept the same ergonomics and grip texture as the original Hellcat. The extra length of the grip allowed my pinky finger to rest comfortably, whereas before it did not. Even though it’s only 0.8 inches taller, it’s just enough to be a game-changer for me.
Hellcat Pro Features
As I mentioned, the taller grip features the same adaptive grip texture as the original Hellcat. The texture has tall pyramids with flat tops to avoid snagging on clothing, but shorter pyramids that come to a point to lock into my hands when pressed firmly. While the new grip had me very excited, it was far from the only feature I was looking forward to.
The Hellcat Pro’s accessory rail is long enough to accept some of my favorite larger weapon lights, such as the Inforce Wild1 and Streamlight TLR-7A. The ability to train with the same lights that I carry on other guns is a huge plus.
It’s also optics-ready, with the slide being milled for the Springfield Micro footprint. I wound up pairing the gun with a Hex Optics Wasp. No mounting plates were needed to adapt the footprint. The Wasp is a 3.5 MOA red dot, but for those of you who are not an optics fan, the stock U-dot tritium sights are more than adequate and offer quick target acquisition.
The two 15-round magazines that came with the Hellcat Pro sat flush, aiding in concealability. The magazines allow you to leave the house with 16 (15+1) rounds, without having to carry an extra magazine. Just a few years ago, that was something that wouldn’t have been possible with a gun this size.
There isn’t much that I would change, but I would have liked to see a 17-round extended magazine to go with the flush magazines. Not necessarily a con, simply something I would’ve appreciated.
Length: 6.6 inches
Grip width: 1 inch
Height: 4.8 inches
Sights: Tritium/Luminescent front, Tactical Rack U-Notch rear
Grip: Black polymer with Adaptive Grip Texture
Barrel length: 3.7 inches
Weight: 21 ounces
Range Time: Reliability and Accuracy
Over four range trips, I’ve put 240 nearly flawless rounds through the Hellcat Pro. Of those 240 rounds, 120 were 115-grain Winchester FMJ, 90 were 124-grain Federal American Eagle FMJ, and the last 30 were 124-grain Federal Punch defensive rounds. During my third range trip, I had one failure to eject while using the Winchester ammo but didn’t experience any other issues during testing. I’d consider that a success.
I found the trigger pull to be consistent and the reset to be nice and crisp. With the longer barrel and slide, flat-face trigger, and the ability to seat my fingers on the grip, I was able to see the type of accuracy I would expect out of a significantly larger pistol. Out to roughly 25 feet, I was able to place fist-size groups quickly and easily with the iron sights or HEX Wasp. When I shot outdoors, I was able to consistently hit a 6-inch steel gong at 25 yards. Once I pushed the gong out farther, my consistency decreased, but that was expected given my personal shooting capabilities.
Overall, I was pleased with both the accuracy and reliability of the Hellcat Pro. I enjoyed my time shooting it and see it accompanying me on many more outings.
Whether you have the original Hellcat or not, I believe the Hellcat Pro is worth checking out. It’s accurate and reliable, and its new 16-round capacity makes it great for concealed carry. By the time I was done testing the Hellcat Pro, I was more than confident to add it to my mix of concealed carry guns. Good things can come in small packages, and the Hellcat Pro is a great example of that.
Have you shot the Hellcat Pro or Hellcat? How did you like it? Share your review in the comment section.
Bio: Ryan Domke is a freelance writer, photographer, and social media consultant with a passion for guns and tactical gear. He works with some of the largest manufacturers in the firearms industry, allowing him the opportunity to continuously learn from and knowledge share with the 2A community.
When he’s not spending time with his family, you’ll likely find him at the range or starting a new DIY project. If you’d like to check out some of his other content, you can find him on Instagram at (@TheGuyGearReview).