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Springfield Armory Hellcat: Micro-Compact and High Capacity

Whether in a self defense situation or just target shooting, your main objective is to put shots on a target exactly where you want them. However, when under pressure in a dynamic situation, it’s not always easy. Having more ammunition affords the opportunity to continue shooting until the target is hit, or the threat ends. If you want the highest capacity micro-compact 9mm in the world, Springfield Armory’s Hellcat is the ticket. And why wouldn’t you want a handgun that carries the most ammunition possible in such a small size? How small and how much ammo? Read on …

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Hellcat Size

The Hellcat’s 3-inch-barreled pistol measures 1-inch wide and weighs just 18.3-oz. empty. How small is that? Check out the photo below of the gun in my hand. Sure, I don’t have tiny hands, but they’re not that large either. It’s a small gun, that’s easy to conceal.

Springfield Armory Hellcat: Micro-Compact and High Capacity in hand
Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact 9mm Handgun

Find more information on the Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact 9mm Handgun here

MSRP: $569

Hellcat Capacity

When it comes to capacity, the Hellcat has every other gun of its size beat. The pistol arrives with 2 magazines: a flush-fitting magazine that holds 11 rounds, while the extended holds 13. Imagine carrying a micro-pistol with the capacity of 11+1 or 13+1. I consider this absolute sorcery when you consider the size of the magazines! 

Hellcat magazine 12 rounds
Hellcat magazine 12 round magazine
Hellcat magazine 10 rounds
Hellcat magazine 10 round magazine

Optics

For those who prefer to add optics to their handgun, Springfield also made a model for you: the Hellcat Micro-Compact OSP (Optical Sight Pistol). It’s billet-machined, rear-slide deck is cut to accept a micro-red dot sight.

Hellcat 3" Micro-Compact OSP 9mm Handgun
Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact OSP 9mm Handgun

Find more information Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact OSP 9mm handgun here.

MSRP: $599

The Big Picture

A small sized handgun such as the Hellcat also is easier to conceal whether on or off-body. A simple online search brings up numerous outside-the-waistband and inside-the-waistband holster options. As for off-body carry, this pistol fits inside many of the GTM Original concealed carry purses available. Just make sure to measure it and compare the dimensions to the gun footprint size in the descriptions of each purse.

Hellcat in GTM purse

Training and Practice

If you haven’t had any formal training, be sure to seek some out from a reputable person. Before your first training session, you may want to read a previous article I wrote, What You Need Before Your First Pistol Class, to help prepare yourself. You don’t want to arrive at a class not having ever held your firearm! 

Springfield Hellcat in box

Spend time at home dry firing and practice manipulating your firearm. It’s important to understand your handgun, with the goal of becoming competent enough to manipulate it in low light or darkness.  

Hellcat Dry FIre
Spend time at home dry firing.

During practice on the range, make sure to do more than just send lead down range. Put the shots where you want them to go. Create some excitement on the range by using the fun, printable targets offered by Gun Goddess. They are updated regularly and even include a space to add the date, gun and ammo used on each target.  

Gun Goddess Target

Your New Handgun

When the time is right, pay a visit to your local firearms store and check out Springfield Armory’s Hellcat. Hold, feel and dry fire it. If you have an opportunity to shoot one on the range, do it. Ask around, maybe even one of your friends has one to try. 

More ammunition = more opportunities to hit your intended target and stop a threat. 

Why wouldn’t you want it? 

Find out more about Springfield Armory’s Hellcat here.

  • About Michelle Cerino

    Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, is the managing and social media editor at The WON. Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers.