Springfield Introduces High-Cap Micro-Compact Hellcat

The gunmaker is billing it as the world’s highest-capacity micro compact—and its round count is impressive

Springfield Armory has jumped feet first into the handgun niche of subcompact defensive pistols with its 9mm Hellcat. The company is billing it as the “world’s highest-capacity micro compact,” and its round count is impressive.

Springfield Hellcat
The new Springfield Hellcat features an 11+1 round flush-fit magazine and a 13+1 extended mag.Springfield

The diminutive Hellcat ships with a flush-fitting 11-round magazine and a 13-rounder that extends the grip. The gun is also available in an optics-ready variant so RMR sights—an increasingly popular optic choice for defensive firearms—can be attached right to the slide.

With a 3-inch barrel, a width of just 1 inch, and weighing just 18.3 ounces (unloaded), the Hellcat features rear slide serrations that cover the top of the slide for easy manipulation. It also has a standard accessory rail for a light or laser sight. A loaded-chamber indicator and reversible magazine release round out the features, along with a flat trigger body with a nickel-boron–coated trigger group.

The irons that come on both the regular and optics-ready versions of the Hellcat are a bit different—a high-visibility tritium and luminescent front sight with a Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight allow the user to quickly acquire a sight picture in all lighting conditions. SRP: $569, standard model; $599, OSP Model. (springfield-armory.com)