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HELLCAT

impressed that they were printed with a 3"-barreled microcompact. The results could probably have been even better
if the gun wore target-style sights or a lighter trigger-
the average pull weight for the samples was 6 lbs., 5 ozs.
Of course, I wouldn't make those changes on a portable,
concealable personal-protection pistol-the sights are ideal
and the trigger is just fine for defensive-style shooting-
and the data speaks for itself. The Hellcat is a shooter.
I do want to report an unusual occurrence that cropped
up during range testing. When shooting from the bench,
with the dustcover supported by a rest and the frame supported by sandbags and my hands, I was able to cause a
stoppage where the slide would lock open while there was
still ammunition present. The stoppage occurred at a rate of
one or two per 100 rounds-again, during supported bench
shooting-and I suspect the culprit was additional pressure
applied by the supports, as well as the direction of the force
as it acted on the base of the magazine. In a few instances,
it is possible that the magazine was pushed out of alignment, and the magazine or a round within the magazine
could have activated the slide lock, inducing the stoppage.
Also worth reporting is that no stoppages occurred during
my defensive shooting drills, so these malfunctions have
not degraded my confidence. Tiny guns sometimes do weird
things when shot from the bench-I've seen it before in

other trustworthy platforms. I reported all of my malfunction data to Springfield Armory, and at writing the company
was already making an adjustment to the magazine baseplates to reduce inadvertent movement in the gun.
After shooting the gun and living with it, even for a
short time, I can say with confidence that I want one, and
I want it yesterday. The standard Hellcat is slated to wear
an MSRP of $569, so the gun is going to be priced competitively at retail. Better still, the OSP model is only $30
more-that's the option I'd go with.
This review has been interesting for me because I don't
usually get very attached to evaluation guns, I see a lot
of them in the course of a year. But this time around, the
Hellcat made a mark. The only other guns I have felt so
strongly about have been high-end, hand-fit M1911s-and
then it was for very different reasons. The Hellcat isn't a
smooth-cycling wonder-gun that feels like an extension of
my arm, possesses a feather-like trigger and is capable of
bulls-eye precision. Nor is it a gun I envision keeping in
the safe until I pass it on to my children. Simply stated,
I want the Hellcat because the gun is an animal, and it's
bred to fight. It's equipped with the latest technology, and
its design meets my needs as an armed citizen. It's small
and light enough to carry and keep on me-always-and
it's potent enough to save my life if necessary.


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