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Really happy to see this new forum. I just got word that my Hellcat OSP in FDE is ready for pickup today, and I'm very excited. I have an Alabama pocket holster ordered, and I have used this same setup with my Sig P365 for the last several years - works great. I'm very happy with the Sig P365, but I just wanted to try something new, hence the Hellcat.

I also have a Springfield EMP that I'll be using on a more limited basis (still need to train more with a 1911 manual safety), and I also have a Springfield M1A that is a true beast. I've been pleased with the Springfield guns that I own so far. Great finish and very accurate. Really looking forward to the Hellcat.

I'd like to hear from any of you that also have a P365 and a Hellcat. Any impressions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Question! Is there one semi automatic 9mm pistol, sub contact or other that is the "best"? Is it the pistol or the user that makes the firearm "the best"? The Hellcat as the XD is not even American made. Made in Croatia and shipped to the States and always for a price. Is the Hellcat as a striker fire inexpensive pistol better than the XD, Glock? M&P or dozens of other extremely similar pistol who also make great concealed carry pistol. Is there a revolver that may be a better CCW? Just because i one one particular pistol does not make it the best because i chose it. It is horses for courses. I still like a hammer and double action, Browning. It is the person holding the pistol, (any good pistol) with the correct training and attitude that will prevail. The argument of what constitutes the "(best pistol)" has been going on for 100 years and will continue. This is subject to the outcome of this election and who calls the shots.
 

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I own and use for my daily carry a P365 -- and love it. I'm a pretty large guy (300# 6'4") and with the 12 round mag and inserted in an Ellite size 7 IWB holster, it fits great & no print problems. Personally, I found the Hellcat to have a bit more kick using Federal 115 FMJ, so Sig won the bid.
 

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I hate Sig Sauers, overpriced in my opinion and nothing special. You found Federal FMJ 115 to have more kick? If in a hellcat Polymer or any other polymer pistol of the same size the kick must be the same. Do you not use hollow points? As i said there are so many polymer sticker fire pistols that we all have different best pistols.
 

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My you are rude. Yes i read what he wrote (personally) and i posted my reply. I asked or stated if a particular round feels as if it has more kick in one pistol, hence the same must/should be true of other similar pistols. You have a great Christmas.
 

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My you are rude. Yes i read what he wrote (personally) and i posted my reply. I asked or stated if a particular round feels as if it has more kick in one pistol, hence the same must/should be true of other similar pistols. You have a great Christmas.
If that holds true, a Federal 115 FMJ pulled from a box and fired from a Glock 19 (register the "kick") and another pulled from the SAME box and fired from a Sig P365 (I love my Sig) should have the same "kick"? Sorry if I used the word kick instead of recall.

Yes rude but I try to answer questions not go off into an area not wanted.
 

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I have it now, and I'm carrying it in the same Alabama kydex pocket holster. Carry-wise the Hellcat carries just a tad larger. The grip is a little chubbier.
Shooting the Hellcat: very similar to the P365. It gives me a little Glock knuckle so I dremmeled some extra undercut behind the trigger guard. Now it is much better. I also installed the Talon rubber grips. These are awesome and I would highly recommend them. The moss color on the FDE looks great too.

I own and use for my daily carry a P365 -- and love it. I'm a pretty large guy (300# 6'4") and with the 12 round mag and inserted in an Ellite size 7 IWB holster, it fits great & no print problems. Personally, I found the Hellcat to have a bit more kick using Federal 115 FMJ, so Sig won the bid.
 

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Really happy to see this new forum. I just got word that my Hellcat OSP in FDE is ready for pickup today, and I'm very excited. I have an Alabama pocket holster ordered, and I have used this same setup with my Sig P365 for the last several years - works great. I'm very happy with the Sig P365, but I just wanted to try something new, hence the Hellcat.

I also have a Springfield EMP that I'll be using on a more limited basis (still need to train more with a 1911 manual safety), and I also have a Springfield M1A that is a true beast. I've been pleased with the Springfield guns that I own so far. Great finish and very accurate. Really looking forward to the Hellcat.

I'd like to hear from any of you that also have a P365 and a Hellcat. Any impressions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
I am happy someone started a forum about the Springfield Armory Hell exclusively for the Hell Cat .I have had my Springfield Armory OSP Hellcat since they first came I purchased 7 13 round magazine's for it and a few holsters For it .I have about 1000 rounds thru it .I used in a falling plate event and it shined. The natural point of aim as sights were on target the accuracy is phenomenal. I really like this micro compact pistol. I found that if you add the Hogue handall Beaver tail grip sleeve it helps tame the recoil of the hottest Self Defense +P loads I carry it loaded with Federal HST +P 124 grain 9mm this is awesome ammo it performs well out of my Hellcat its my primary Defense Ammo.I carry it along with 4 magazines. In my opinion its the best of all the Micro Compacts.I have owned several and this pistol has never malfunctioned or failed to Fire it has every thing you would want in a micro compact Combat Handgun.Thank you Springfield Armory now if the Shield Red dot made their sight with selectable Red and Green dot that would be a step in the right direction.Looking forward to meet like minded owners of this fine micro compact 9mm pistol.
 

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I am happy someone started a forum about the Springfield Armory Hell exclusively for the Hell Cat .I have had my Springfield Armory OSP Hellcat since they first came I purchased 7 13 round magazine's for it and a few holsters For it .I have about 1000 rounds thru it .I used in a falling plate event and it shined. The natural point of aim as sights were on target the accuracy is phenomenal. I really like this micro compact pistol. I found that if you add the Hogue handall Beaver tail grip sleeve it helps tame the recoil of the hottest Self Defense +P loads I carry it loaded with Federal HST +P 124 grain 9mm this is awesome ammo it performs well out of my Hellcat its my primary Defense Ammo.I carry it along with 4 magazines. In my opinion its the best of all the Micro Compacts.I have owned several and this pistol has never malfunctioned or failed to Fire it has every thing you would want in a micro compact Combat Handgun.Thank you Springfield Armory now if the Shield Red dot made their sight with selectable Red and Green dot that would be a step in the right direction.Looking forward to meet like minded owners of this fine micro compact 9mm pistol.
I just ordered the Hogue grip for mine. Now looking for a IWB holster that will accommodate the Viridian E5 series laser. A friend advised that he tried the Kydex type and he found it to be a little uncomfortable for his use. He prefers a softer style.
 

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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum. I'm glad to see a Specific area to post for the Hellcat, which is such a popular pistol.
I've owned several compact 9mm's in the past. I'm waiting for my Hellcat to arrive through the (IOP Program) but was told it could be a long wait do to recent high gun sales.
I've owned and sold a Glock 43X and a Sig P365. I kept my S&W Shield 9mm but gave it to my wife. The G 43X caused the trigger finger sting and actually gave me a bloody finger. I did try a couple different triggers but it just didn't do it for me. I bought the Sig and it shot well but I ended up with a sloppy frame (FCU) to grip module fit, which apparently is common with Sig's modular design. I sent it back to Sig CS but was told it was within their specification. They did replace the frame but didn't change anything much. I couldn't live with the sloppy rattle.
Of all the handguns I've owned (been many) I've never owned a Springfield Armory firearm but have read a lot of positive reviews. Hopefully my Hellcat will get here soon and I'm sure I will give it a great review from all I've read.

If any of you have recently ordered one maybe you could give me a better idea on the wait.

Thanks in advance
 

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Actually I waited until I could handle and shoot the Hellcat and Sig P365 on the same day. Had to go to two gun stores/ranges to accomplish that. I have fairly large hands, and found that the Hellcat, with a slightly thicker grip felt better for me. I also like the sights better since I prefer a painter rear sight and a front that jumps out at you. The Hellcat sights were more intuitive and quicker to acquire for me.

As far as "kick" or controllability, both of these small pistols require good grip technique, but again the Hellcat filled my hand better. Coming from a Kimber Micro 9, I was used to the recoil of a micro pistol. I think it's a toss up and comes down to hand size and personal preference. The Hellcat trigger is not light, but it is consistent and comfortable. That is what I want in my carry guns. My Kimber Micro 9 was hard on my trigger finger....again a matter of personal fit. I had almost 1000 rounds through it, but never more than 100 in a day...it just cut/scraped my trigger finger. I wind up trading it on the Hellcat and got a great deal.

I've only got 50 rounds of FMJ Blazer Brass 124 through the Hellcat, but so far love it. Ammo being what it is these days, I won't be hitting 1000 anytime soon, since I don't reload and ammo is now at least 3x the price it was a year ago. It will be my carry when I wear tighter clothes. In the winter I carry a Kimber Ultra 1911 in 45. It is a great pistol and easy to shoot well.
 

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Actually I waited until I could handle and shoot the Hellcat and Sig P365 on the same day. Had to go to two gun stores/ranges to accomplish that. I have fairly large hands, and found that the Hellcat, with a slightly thicker grip felt better for me. I also like the sights better since I prefer a painter rear sight and a front that jumps out at you. The Hellcat sights were more intuitive and quicker to acquire for me.

As far as "kick" or controllability, both of these small pistols require good grip technique, but again the Hellcat filled my hand better. Coming from a Kimber Micro 9, I was used to the recoil of a micro pistol. I think it's a toss up and comes down to hand size and personal preference. The Hellcat trigger is not light, but it is consistent and comfortable. That is what I want in my carry guns. My Kimber Micro 9 was hard on my trigger finger....again a matter of personal fit. I had almost 1000 rounds through it, but never more than 100 in a day...it just cut/scraped my trigger finger. I wind up trading it on the Hellcat and got a great deal.

I've only got 50 rounds of FMJ Blazer Brass 124 through the Hellcat, but so far love it. Ammo being what it is these days, I won't be hitting 1000 anytime soon, since I don't reload and ammo is now at least 3x the price it was a year ago. It will be my carry when I wear lighter clothes. In the winter I carry a Kimber Ultra 1911 in 45. It is a great pistol and easy to shoot well.
I had a Kimber in 9mm about 1 year ago. The hellcat is different and in my opinion the Kimber wins hands down. Kimber in single action it has a good recoil spring and trigger pull is usually around 4-5 lbs or less. Kimber as far as i know are known for lighter than usual tigger pulls and as it is only single action it is a breeze. Mine was the stainless 11 model and i am not familiar with the Micro 9. Might look it up.
 

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I had a Kimber in 9mm about 1 year ago. The hellcat is different and in my opinion the Kimber wins hands down. Kimber in single action it has a good recoil spring and trigger pull is usually around 4-5 lbs or less. Kimber as far as i know are known for lighter than usual tigger pulls and as it is only single action it is a breeze. Mine was the stainless 11 model and i am not familiar with the Micro 9. Might look it up.
I carry a Kimber Ultra 1911 most of the time when clothing allows it. That is the lightweight 3" barrel 45 in stainless (slide) and aluminum allow frame. It would be called an 'Officer' model in other brands of 1911. It has an amazing SAO trigger. The Micro 9 is a 1911 style, but not a true 1911. Has a pivoting SAO trigger and is the size of the Hellcat but has a 7 round magazine. Great trigger, but the grip is much shorter that the 1911 Kimber.
 

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I carry a Kimber Ultra 1911 most of the time when clothing allows it. That is the lightweight 3" barrel 45 in stainless (slide) and aluminum allow frame. It would be called an 'Officer' model in other brands of 1911. It has an amazing SAO trigger. The Micro 9 is a 1911 style, but not a true 1911. Has a pivoting SAO trigger and is the size of the Hellcat but has a 7 round magazine. Great trigger, but the grip is much shorter that the 1911 Kimber.
Colt officers is 3.25" barrel, Colt is the only one that makes that size of barrel, or it used to.
 

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Actually I waited until I could handle and shoot the Hellcat and Sig P365 on the same day. Had to go to two gun stores/ranges to accomplish that. I have fairly large hands, and found that the Hellcat, with a slightly thicker grip felt better for me. I also like the sights better since I prefer a painter rear sight and a front that jumps out at you. The Hellcat sights were more intuitive and quicker to acquire for me.

As far as "kick" or controllability, both of these small pistols require good grip technique, but again the Hellcat filled my hand better. Coming from a Kimber Micro 9, I was used to the recoil of a micro pistol. I think it's a toss up and comes down to hand size and personal preference. The Hellcat trigger is not light, but it is consistent and comfortable. That is what I want in my carry guns. My Kimber Micro 9 was hard on my trigger finger....again a matter of personal fit. I had almost 1000 rounds through it, but never more than 100 in a day...it just cut/scraped my trigger finger. I wind up trading it on the Hellcat and got a great deal.

I've only got 50 rounds of FMJ Blazer Brass 124 through the Hellcat, but so far love it. Ammo being what it is these days, I won't be hitting 1000 anytime soon, since I don't reload and ammo is now at least 3x the price it was a year ago. It will be my carry when I wear tighter clothes. In the winter I carry a Kimber Ultra 1911 in 45. It is a great pistol and easy to shoot well.
Give the Hogue Beaver tail grip sleeve a try it tames the stout recoil of those heavy +p Rounds .

 

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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum. I'm glad to see a Specific area to post for the Hellcat, which is such a popular pistol.
I've owned several compact 9mm's in the past. I'm waiting for my Hellcat to arrive through the (IOP Program) but was told it could be a long wait do to recent high gun sales.
I've owned and sold a Glock 43X and a Sig P365. I kept my S&W Shield 9mm but gave it to my wife. The G 43X caused the trigger finger sting and actually gave me a bloody finger. I did try a couple different triggers but it just didn't do it for me. I bought the Sig and it shot well but I ended up with a sloppy frame (FCU) to grip module fit, which apparently is common with Sig's modular design. I sent it back to Sig CS but was told it was within their specification. They did replace the frame but didn't change anything much. I couldn't live with the sloppy rattle.
Of all the handguns I've owned (been many) I've never owned a Springfield Armory firearm but have read a lot of positive reviews. Hopefully my Hellcat will get here soon and I'm sure I will give it a great review from all I've read.

If any of you have recently ordered one maybe you could give me a better idea on the wait.

Thanks in advance
I think you will enjoy the Springfield Armory Hell Cat 9mm , in my opinion it's the best micro compact high capacity 9mm pistol on the market today the accuracy is phenomenal.
 

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THE NEW SPRINGFIELD ARMORY HELL CAT 9MM OSP RDP



The Hellcat, the highest capacity micro 9mm in the world, is now offered in the Rapid Defense Package (RDP) configuration. Paired with a HEX micro red dot and a Self Indexing Compensator the Hellcat RDP delivers fast target acquisition and rapid, accurate follow-up shots. Also new on the Hellcat RDP is an optional ambidextrous manual safety and the Gen 2 trigger with enhanced ergonomics. Tame muzzle rise with the patent pending Springfield Armory Self Indexing Compensator made of aircraft-grade Hardcoat anodized aluminum. This compensator vents gasses upward putting downward pressure on the muzzle greatly reducing muzzle rise for better control and faster follow up shots. 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. The 3.8" hammer-forged barrel of the Hellcat RDP is extended and threaded, and features a tough Melonite® finish. (.5 x 28) The Hellcat RDP features a high visibility tritium & luminescent front sight paired with a Tactical Rack U-Dot™ rear sight for easy target acquisition. The Hellcat RDP comes with two magazines — a patented 11-round mag with pinky extension and a 13-round extended mag. Included with the Hellcat RDP is the all new HEX™ Wasp™ — a micro-sized red dot optic designed to pair perfectly with the Hellcat. Optimized for direct, low-mounting the Wasp presents intuitively and co-witnesses with the Hellcat’s irons. A $299 value, the Wasp features a premium glass lens, a tough machined 6061 aluminum body and 65,000 hours of battery life. HEX is a special project by Springfield Armory, visit hexoptics.com for full specifications. The Hellcat RDP introduces the new Gen 2 Trigger. Recontoured for enhanced ergonomics, the Gen 2 trigger offers a more comfortable shooting experience and is a refinement of the most important interface between the pistol and the shooter. The Hellcat RDP is available with an optional ambidextrous manual safety on the frame of the pistol. It is a low-profile, unobtrusive design that features positive engagement and is simple and easy to operate both left or right-handed.

 
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