Springfield Hellcat SMSc & FDE 9mm
Last fall, Springfield created waves by releasing the world’s highest capacity micro 9mm- the Hellcat. It has since proven its durability and dependability with the 10,000 and recently completed 20,000 round torture tests. The test resulted in zero mechanical failures or malfunctions. The only part replaced was the recoil spring every 2,500 rounds.
Its most impressive feature is the 13 + 1 carrying capacity. The OSP version comes optics ready from the factory and weighs just 18 ounces (empty). Springfield was able to achieve such a high round count thanks to their innovative tapered magazine. The magazine is double-stacked near the bottom and tapers towards the top into a single-stack resulting in the high capacity and small footprint.
Springfield is now offering the Hellcat with a factory mounted Shield SMSc Micro Red Dot sight, and in a new color, Desert FDE (OSP and regular). The Shield SMSc is a 4 MOA LED red dot with a coated polymer lens for improved shock resistance and clarity. Shield uses a colorless coating to reduce the visible signature. A glass filled polymer housing provides increased strength and rigidity that improves overall durability. The SMSc runs on a single Cr2032 battery that provides a 1-3 year battery life, and has a fast automatic brightness adjustment. Weighing in at just 0.44 ounces with the battery, the SMSc is one of the lightest and smallest red dot sights available.
The Hellcat SMSc comes standard with a soft sided pistol case, factory mounted SMSc red dot, a 13-round and an 11-round magazine, additional flush fitting magazine base plate, optics plate slide cover, and a gun lock. Steel U-Dot rear sights with a tritium front circle dot sight can co-witness with the SMSc and provide visibility for both day and night use. The rear sight has a tactical rack ledge should you need to manipulate the slide one-handed.
Springfield uses the highest quality billet steel to machine their slides and finishes them with a Melonite or Cerakote coating for increased durability. The top of the slide has a loaded chamber window for visual confirmation the gun is loaded. Front and rear slide serrations provide ample grip for racking the in any condition. The slide houses a 3” hammer forged barrel, with a 1:10 twist and Melonite finish. A dual captive recoil spring and full-length guide rod help ease the snappy recoil found in micro pistols.
The black polymer frame sports Springfield’s new Adaptive Grip Texture. It resembles a custom stippling job that grips tighter the harder you squeeze. It also features a front support thumb/finger rest with grip texture for added control. The undercut trigger guard and high beavertail make the Hellcat easy to hold and comfortable to grip. One thing missing from the Hellcat is the grip safety found on several other Springfield pistols. There are internal safeties and the trigger has a blade safety. The trigger is flat faced to promote consistent trigger engagement and control. The trigger bar and internals have been nickel boron coated for an extra smooth pull. A front picatinny rail allows for accessory use and the magazine release is reversible.
The Hellcat SMSc MSRP is $799 and the Hellcat Desert FDE version MSRP is $610 for the standard or $643 for the OSP version. You can find one on GunsAmerica from your local dealer for less.
Learn more at Springfield: https://www.springfield-armory.com/hellcat-series-handguns/hellcat-3-micro-compact-handguns/