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HELLCAT

More and more, red-dot-ready pistols are becoming
the norm, and their advantages are too numerous for the
trend to slow or reverse. Red-dot optics are easy to see
and intuitive to use, they reduce the number of sights and
focal planes a shooter needs to manage, and they facilitate better accuracy at longer ranges thanks to the fine
aiming point provided by their reticles. Optics-equipped
pistols are the future. Period. End of story. Any shortcomings or perceived faults some may try to find with pistolmounted optics can generally be remedied through a little
bit of training and the simple inclusion of co-witnessing
iron sights-if the optic goes down, you're still ready to
stand and deliver. Don't believe me? Ask the Army; the
new M17/18 platforms are red-dot-ready thanks to a rear
sight/cover plate assembly similar to those used in SIG's
X-Series guns. Still not sure? Ask the manhunters of the
U.S. Marshals' tactical teams; they just adopted an STI
2011 platform equipped with a Leupold DeltaPoint Pro and
co-witnessing iron sights. At this point, it's almost passe
to even report on new military or law enforcement groups
going to red-dot-equipped pistols because, well, of course
they are. Guns of that design are the better mousetrap,
and now concealed carriers are updating their rigs as well.
Whether with optics-ready production guns, aftermarket
slides and adaptors, or by a quick trip to a growing number
of slide-slicing custom shops, the American armed citizen is
moving into the future, and the future is red-dots.
Today's firearm enthusiasts are obsessed with the latest
concealed carry handguns and CCW innovations-it's the
only firearm category that is consistently in demand even
in a relatively slow market. Consumers are equally on fire
for anything red-dot-ready. The combination of the two
from an industry icon like Springfield Armory should, if
properly executed, burn the proverbial barn to the ground.
Folks, I'm here to tell you to grab a bucket and get the
hose, the Hellcat does not disappoint.

A New Direction
Seeing the Hellcat's polymer frame and crossed-cannons
logo, you may be saying to yourself, "Oh look, American
Rifleman is reviewing another Springfield XD." You'd be wrong.
From the company's CEO Dennis Reese, "This is the first
step in a new direction for Springfield Armory polymer
handguns, and we are excited to share it with the world."
That quote was published in the introductory material shipped with a set of guns for my evaluation. It's
an interesting quote because it indicates, quite plainly,
a pivot away from a staple brand within the company's
catalog, specifically the XD line of semi-automatic pistols.
Why go in a "new direction"? Why not simply introduce a
new line, as was done with the XD-M match-grade pistols,
or the XD-S single-stack guns? Even if the Hellcat was to
be a radically different platform a la the XD-E-with its
hammer-fired, rather than striker-fired, operation-certainly
there was room for one more under the bustling XD canopy.
The reality is, the XD line of pistols are known for certain

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eccentricities-such as the
M1911-style grip safety-that are
beloved by many, but criticized by
others. The XDs also have history, tenure and a legacy that is
integral to the Springfield Armory
story. But the Hellcat is about the
future, and, to quote Reese again,
the future of Springfield Armory
starts with nothing less than the
"highest capacity micro-compact
9 mm handgun in the world."
Let's dive in.
The Hellcat is a recoil-operated,
striker-fired, semi-automatic
center-fire pistol chambered for
9 mm Luger-with a capacity of up
to 14 rounds on board. It measures
just 4" tall with a flush magazine,
is 6" long and weighs only 18 ozs.
The gun's uppermost component is
a slide assembly-the slide itself is
machined from billet steel-which
houses a robust, dual-captured
recoil spring assembly, a hammerforged 3" steel barrel rifled at a
twist rate of 1:10", and the striker
assembly that includes a passive
firing pin safety that is deactivated by the rearward travel of the
trigger assembly during a deliberate trigger press. Both the
slide and barrel feature a black Melonite finish, which is a
chemical treatment that improves the durability and corrosion resistance of the metal. Also included in the slide is an
external extractor, which is tensioned by an internal spring
and pin assembly. The machined internal channels for both
the striker and extractor assemblies can be accessed by removing the slide's metal backplate. Finally, the slide is topped by
iron sights mounted via machined dovetail cuts, and, on the
Optical Sight Pistol (OSP) version, a cover plate secured over
an optics-mounting surface by two Torx-head screws. Much
more on the sighting system to come.
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