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When re-assmbling my Springfield Hellcat, the slide accidentally slipped out of my hand and slammed into battery with the takedown lever in the up (disassemble) position. Did this hurt or put additional wear on anything or do the same components slam into each whether the takedown lever is up or down?
 

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If you could still retract and lock the slide back and then rotate the disassembly lever, all is probably well
Agree. I spoke with Springfield and they basically said it should be fine and that the same places contact the slide and frame whether the takedown lever is up or down and the takedown lever simply allows the trigger to release the slide. I was just checking to see what the consensus was and if anyone knows exactly what parts come into contact when the slide goes into battery and could validate what I was told by Springfield.
 

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Agree. I spoke with Springfield and they basically said it should be fine and that the same places contact the slide and frame whether the takedown lever is up or down and the takedown lever simply allows the trigger to release the slide. I was just checking to see what the consensus was and if anyone knows exactly what parts come into contact when the slide goes into battery and could validate what I was told by Springfield.
The Hell Cat is a micro combat pistol it should be fine they are well made pistols in 1000 rounds fired it still has not malfunctioned once. Springfield Armory customer service is second to none.
 

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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.
CZ USA firearms are made in the Czech republic. They are absolutely outstanding weapons. Utterly reliable, flawlessly manufactured works of precision art. CZ is a cutting edge innovator in the industry. Bottom line is that it doesn't have to be made in the US to be a fine weapon. I'll put my CZ 75 P01D up against any comparable pistol from any manufacturer out there. I'm not bothered by where it is made. I only care about the quality ,reliability, and accuracy .
 

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Haven't seen any posts on this forum about the RDP - I sold my Hellcat and bougtht the Hellcat RDP,
The trigger is better. The balance is better and I like the look of it.
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Glad you like the RDP I just have the standard Hell Cat never had a problem with the trigger I have had it for 3 years and got about 5,000 rounds thru it and not one problem or jam, I like the RDP But for the price I am sticking with my Hell Cat and it's not going to be up for sale any time soon.
 

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Hey guys.
I have to say that I ended up trading my Hellcat for a Sig M17. Then I bought another Sig P365 in FDE with a straight trigger and an XL grip module. I liked the Hellcat, but the grip didn’t fit my hands as well. It shot well, but kind of gave me Glock knuckle after 50 rounds or so.

I love Springfield bigger bore rifles (I have an M1A and a Saint Victor AR10 pistol in 308), but I think I’m just kind of a Sig fanboy with their handguns. I may try the Hellcat again when I get one with a red dot and compensator, so I’ll keep in touch on this thread. Thanks for all your posts.

Glad you like the RDP I just have the standard Hell Cat never had a problem with the trigger I have had it for 3 years and got about 5,000 rounds thru it and not one problem or jam, I like the RDP But for the price I am sticking with my Hell Cat and it's not going to be up for sale any time soon.
 

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Just an update— I passed 1000 rounds through my Hellcat yesterday. I have no issues of any kind with any ammo — 115,124, 147, FMJ and JHP.

Yesterday I did 100 rounds in a variety of speed drills with all of my mags of different capacities — no issues of function or accuracy at 7, 10 and 15 yards. Every shot hit where intended. I have been carrying it in an Alabama pocket holster, as well as IWB and OWB.

I’m a big guy and have had no issues with grip since my first 2 “familiarity” range outings. I won’t be shopping for anything different to carry anytime soon.
 

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Hi Everyone,
I recently purchased a Hellcat FDE OSP along with a HEX Wasp Scope. When I mounted the scope it seems that the battery keeps the front of the scope from contacting the slide. It is a pretty small gap but I am concerned that it will allow dust or moisture into the scope. I have taken it apart and reassembled it with the same result. I used the supplied screws and torqued them to 15in/lbs as the instructions called for. anybody have any ideas?
 

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The 15 round mag for the Hellcat is maybe 1/4" longer if that. I switch it out with the 13 round magazine and haven't really noticed the difference when I carry it AIWB. I do like the APEX threaded barrel that I purchased for it.
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I love my Hellcats!
The Hogue HandAll grip makes it feel even better for me. However to each is own.

For me the P365 grip is too small and I don’t appreciate how Sig essentially turns their loyal fans into Beta testers! (It seems that several striker fired Sig models hit the market before they were ready.) I’m also not a Sig triggers. Sig triggers are very nice but being used to the feel of Glocks and Springfield polymers, Sig’s admittedly nice triggers feel weird to me.
 

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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.
Felt recoil is a subjective thing; however many people including me find the Hellcat a little more “snappy” than some of its competitors. Personally I like a little snappyness!

We are fortunate to have many good choices in 9mm micros! I choose the Hellcat but that doesn’t make it better than its competitors. I just prefer it.
 
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