The results are minimal muzzle rise during recoil. Retailers and wholesale distributors that have not yet ordered and wish to stock the new trigger can contact Apex at [email protected] or (623) 322-0200 for pricing and quantity availability. This should not only improve your Hellcat’s trigger pull, but also help you become more deeply familiarized with your pistol’s internal workings. We did have one OSP model that had a considerably lighter trigger pull, coming in at 5 pounds, 7 ounces. In this segment of "Guns & Ammo TV," Gun Tech Editor Richard Nance and Pro-Shooter Jim Tarr head to the range to wring out the Umarex Air Ruger 10/22. The sear and disconnector are CNC machined out … In short, both are subcompact 9mm striker-fired pistols with excellent ergonomics and accuracy. The Hellcat trigger pull weight as tested was 5.43 pounds. Pull weight is about the same at about 6 lbs, but the Sig's is a touch smoother. There’s not much to discuss, but we feel that it also is worth noting that the Hellcat’s dustcover includes a rail that accepts most light and laser accessories on the market. G&A obtained two of the first 10 production Springfield Hellcats available — one Standard and one OSP model — and trigger pull weights averaged between 5 pounds, 7 ounces, for one and 7 pounds for the second. Unlike the P365, the Hellcat features a safety blade within a flat-faced trigger. But I expected the Hellcat to be bigger and bulkier. The Hellcat’s flush-fit magazine will carry 11 rounds, while the P365 holds 10. While being super small, the Bodyguard sports all the controls you need – a slide stop, manual safety, and … Both exhibited consistent and clean pulls. It’s consistent and clean, allowing speed and … Well, you’re just going to have to stay tuned for the full review… but I can say that she goes bang every time and running a mag through this little rascal is not exactly hellish, if you know what I mean. While the Mod.2 has a loaded chamber indicator that can be felt as well as seen (it’s loaded in these photos for demonstration purposes), the Hellcat’s is nothing more than a hole at top rear of barrel. As to shooting both pistols, we found the Hellcat to be a little more … The trigger guards offer about the same amount of room, but the Hellcat’s is quite a bit slimmer (side to side) than the Mod.2 trigger guard. If you step up and purchase the Springfield Hellcat OSP, you get the same front sight, a smaller dovetailed rear U-notch and a removable optic sight plate that affords us the option of mounting a Shield RMSc, J-Point or SIG Sauer’s new RomeoZero mini red dot. The extended magazine, included with the Hellcat, takes capacity to 13 whereas the P365’s next-up magazine holds 12. Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope - First Look, Trijicon RMRcc Reflex Sight Review – Perfect for Concealed Carry, Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light, Benelli Lupo Review: Accurate, Well-Designed Bolt-Action Rifle, Springfield Hellcat Standard and OSP models, Cameras Don't Lie: Subsonic 9mm vs. .300 Blackout, Guns & Ammo TV: Cameras Don't Lie: 9mm vs .45 ACP. Flat Trigger A flat trigger shoe with a nickel boron coated trigger group creates a smooth, consistent trigger pull. Weight of the empty pistols: Hellcat 16.1 ounces; Mod.2 19.6 ounces. That’s impressive. ©2021 Outdoor Sportsman Group. The Hellcat has more of a squared off feel compared to the P365’s rounded edges, then of course the Glock feels like a Glock. In case you didn’t notice, the Springfield Hellcat lacks a grip safety. Maximum height, including magazine base and sights, measures 3.615 inches. It has a fairly long trigger pull that is very smooth and rated at 9.5 pounds. (Brilliant. 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. Once I got done with the requisite paperwork and skedaddled on home from the gun shop, I popped the top on the new box and dug in. Nope! Nice. The striker safety is machined from 416 stainless steel that is also properly heat treated. Also note the Hellcat’s more streamlined slide & frame (long bevels on the sides up front and long bevels along each side). Compare the dimensions and specs of Beretta APX Carry and Springfield Hellcat Micro Compact Need more information? reduce the trigger pull weight to a range of 5.0 – 5.5 pounds after a short break-in period; smooth both the take-up and reset of the trigger pull while maintaining a crisp break; reduce overall travel of the trigger during the pull and reset; No fitting of the parts is … In comparing the two, I prefer the Hellcat’s mag release because it’s much more streamlined and less obtrusive, while still being easy to operate. I found a few complaints online from some that claimed the trigger safety blade was fail point. 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The Action Enhancement Trigger for Springfield Armory Hellcat pistols features the Apex Action direct drop-in replacement of the factory polymer trigger and springs, and provides for a smoother trigger pull with reduced travel, reduced reset, a crisp break and a reduction in pull weight … The pistol managed the wide ranging of bullet weights and velocities and proved its reliability in various hands. ‘Hellcat’ is one heck of a lot easier (and more fun) to remember — and to type — than ‘XD-S Mod.2 3.3.’ So for the sake of convenience, I’ll refer to this single-stack simply as the Mod.2 for the balance of this article. The pull weight was consistently around 5.1 lbs., right in the range of a good duty/carry gun. This is our PRP® Trigger Kit for the Hellcat®. The Hellcat’s frame is a textured, polymer-made tactile with molded stippling. How does she shoot? A perfect example would be a Glock 17 with a factory stock trigger that weighs approx 5 pounds and is the same for each shot, vs a Beretta M9 with a double action first trigger pull of approx 13 lbs and a 5 lb single action trigger for each shot after. While the grip is about the same thickness on these two pistols, the Hellcat’s grip frame is quite a bit smaller front-to-back. This shows that Springfield Armory was serious about paring down the weight of the gun itself to help compensate for the added weight of the ammo. If you look in there and brass or nickel gleams back at you, it’s loaded. Pro: A soft zipper case is included, which is much more compact than a hard case. Having a competitive retail price of $569 for the Standard and $599 for the OSP model, the Hellcat undermines the existence of the SIG P365. In this segment of “At The Range,” Handgunning Editor Jeremy Stafford and contributor Patrick... Don't mortgage the homestead to get into PRS, this is what's available from the likes of... For those who love to shoot, the Ruger-57 is a must. It’s a clean and nice trigger with a pronounced, fairly short reset, but weighs in at a heavier ~5.5 pounds. You won’t regret it (A couple editors on G&A’s staff has already paid $125 to $150 each to have slides milled for red dots.). To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine. The newest pistol, the Springfield Hellcat, has done more than that. The P365 features a proprietary rail that somewhat limits the list of available accessory products. The Apex triggers are well worth the money, and I only paid $37 for mine. The photo above is a tad “off” in perspective; the slides are more or less the same height. Today, we will walk you through the elaborate process of installing an Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Trigger into a Springfield Armory Hellcat. At the back of the grip, the beavertail extends beyond the rear of the slide and encourages a high grip that works in conjunction with the high triggerguard cut above the frontstrap. The weight went from around 6 pounds to a clean and consistent 5-pound trigger pull. I presume it was eliminated for two reasons: To save on weight and to allow the grip frame to be shortened front-to-rear. I appreciated the smooth travel and crisp break of this trigger. Too often, shooters so... Jeremy Stafford traveled to Gunsite Academy to compare the speed of stock sights against express, three-dot, suppressor-height and red dot sights. Features and Specifications: – Reduces trigger pull weight to 5.0 to 5.5 lbs, after break-in period – Smooths uptake and reset I’ve been toting SA’s XD-S Mod.2 3.3 single-stack 9mm for about a year, and I’ve enjoyed it. If you don’t think you want a red dot, you can run the OSP with the sight plate installed. With the exception of the hammer-fired XDE — where a Model 1911 meets a subcompact XD — the Hellcat’s lack of a grip safety is a significant departure for Springfield Armory who has been producing striker-fired XD pistols with the feature since 2001. When properly installed, this drop-in trigger will: – Reduce trigger pull weight to 5.0 to 5.5 lbs after break-in period It includes our sear, disconnector, striker safety, sear spring, disconnector spring, and striker safety spring. ), In our opinion, the Springfield Hellcat OSP version is an excellent value, and the same retail price as the SIG P365. SA calls it “a high visibility tritium & luminescent front sight.” I like it. At the top, the body tapers to form a single stack. The Hellcat feels a little larger than the P365, which might have something to do its improved capacity over the P365. In fact, they call it “The world’s highest capacity micro compact.”. The Hellcat’s white-outline rear sight is a step up from the Mod.2’s unadorned serrated rear. Give a Gift   Here is where I must extend a hearty “Thank you” to SA’s marketing folks for giving this new gun a nice simple moniker. Takedown is as unique as the safety, requiring the pistol be unloaded and the slide locked back. The new Apex Action Enhancement Trigger for the Hellcat pistol comes with an Apex Sear Spring and Apex Striker Spring, and is easy to install. Ammunition ranged from lightweight 100-grain Honey Badger from Black Hills to heavier 147-grain Federal HST. As you can see, sight radius is a smidge shorter on the Hellcat, thanks to its shorter overall length. But the lead here is the grip width… the Hellcat’s grip is only marginally thicker than than of the Mod.2. The trigger pull … The new Apex trigger for the Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm pistol. Ammoland. Features and Specifications: Reduces trigger pull weight to 5.0 to 5.5 pounds after break-in period; Smooths uptake and reset; Reduces overall trigger travel and reset distance; Crisp trigger break; Direct drop-in replacement of factory polymer trigger; Maintains factory safety values Well, hell yeah, it does. The staff opined that the P365 offered a better feeling trigger, but pull weights were similar. I found nothing in the owner’s manual about that, though. The package includes an Apex Action Enhancement Trigger, Apex Sear Spring and Apex Striker Spring, which, when installed, significantly improves the feel of the trigger pull while reducing trigger travel and pull weight to that appropriate for a duty or carry pistol. Today, we will walk you through the elaborate process of installing an Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Trigger into a Springfield Armory Hellcat. Accuracy testing a rifle begins with building a good shooting position. It’s just large enough to offer a full grip with the extended magazine. The sear and disconnector are CNC machined out of 440C stainless steel and heat treated to 53-56 RC. Weight of the empty pistols: Hellcat 16.1 ounces; Mod.2 19.6 ounces. First Impressions & Comparison with XD-S Mod.2 3.3. Trigger pull on both of these pistols is far from great, but the Hellcat requires somewhat less travel after taking up the slack. This should not only improve your Hellcat’s trigger pull, but also help you become more deeply familiarized with your pistol’s internal workings. As a result of our tests, Guns & Ammo Staff has determined that grip angle is a subjective preference despite a company’s marketing. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets. This shows that Springfield Armory was serious about paring down the weight of the gun itself to help compensate for the added weight of the ammo. The chassis/fire control unit is also serialized and removable, just like the P320. You’ll also notice the lack of a grip safety on the Hellcat. Subscriber Services. Trigger pull weight is estimated to be in the low 5-pound range with a short, positive reset and a trigger shoe design similar to the SIG P320. Besides the absence of the grip safety and manual safety lever, controls on the Hellcat are familiar and predictable. Today, I got my first taste of Springfield Armory’s new Hellcat pistol… and so far I like it. The Hellcat, with the smaller, easier-to-conceal, flush-fit magazine inserted, matches the capacity of two six-shot revolvers. While the Wilson Combat Ranger... Ruger's latest PC Charger 9mm wants to be your next self-­defense pistol. This centers each round to the feed ramp each and every time. The Hellcat’s textured surfaces improve on the ergonomics of the P365 with texturing on the Hellcat’s thumb shelves (above the reversible magazine release). Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce the introduction and upcoming release of its new Action Enhancement Trigger for the Hellcat. He returned to the project manager later and asked, “Is it OK, if it holds one more round?” It wasn’t a joke. The Hellcat's trigger has a harder wall as the trigger bar engages the striker, and a slightly more tactile reset. Will Donald Trump Protect Your Gun Rights? With a 3-inch barrel, the Springfield Hellcat Standard weighs 1 pound, 2.2 ounces, with an empty flush-fit magazine, which is a half an ounce heavier than the SIG P365. We found that most G&A evaluators experienced an instinctive sight alignment with the generous U-notch rear and Ameriglo Pro-Glo front sight. Should we Reconsider the 308 Battle Rifle? UPDATE: I can’t help myself; I just have to add that, stoked with the same ammo (Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep 135-grain JHP), the Hellcat is still lighter! Howdy, Hellcat! With the Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Trigger there is a “break-in” period as far as trigger pull weight reduction in the amount of 100 – 200 rounds. The Hellcat weighs only nine and one-half ounces with an empty magazine in place. magazine in place, the grip is not as long as the Mod.2 with 7-round mag and pinky extension. In our opinion, the two-year-old SIG Sauer P365 and Springfield Hellcat Standard and OSP models antiquate all other subcompact, 9mm pistols. This texture also appears above the triggerguard where your idle trigger finger would naturally rest between volleys or your support-hand thumb on the opposite side. All Guns and Ammo subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. While the OSP model doesn’t ship with a $400 Shield RMSc red dot, it offers a much simpler, cheaper way to add one at a later date. The magazine type used by SIG Sauer for the P365 and the Honor Defense pistol is often described as a “stack and a half.” However, at the bottom of the magazine it is more like a double-stack magazine. It offers... Trijicon has dominated the Carry Optic landscape on hard-use handguns for years. Still, the Hellcat’s trigger did not interfere with the pistol’s accuracy potential. Hard to do in the dark, but life ain’t perfect. The age-old question, 9mm vs .45 ACP. The flat-faced trigger feels excellent and makes the trigger feel crisper than it probably is. Pull weight is about the same. No matter how they looked at the design, there was room for one more while maintaining reliable functioning. Trigger pull is set at 5.5 pounds, and trigger travel is a modest half-inch. The greatest achievement for the Hellcat is that its engineers managed to stuff an additional round into both flush-fit and extended magazines. Carry the Hellcat with the extended magazine, and the Hellcat duplicates the capacity of the original Browning Hi Power 9mm. In this photo, the Hellcat’s on the left for a change. The hammer is bobbed so it won’t get caught on anything while you are pulling it, or on clothing. Overall length … However, the Hellcat takes the contemporary subcompact concept farther. The trigger doesn’t have to be pulled at any time during takedown. In this segment of “Cameras Don't Lie,” competitive shooters Patrick Sweeney and Jim Tarr head to the range to put the vaunted loads on record, and then consider the footage. This kit helps to smooth and lighten the Hellcat’s trigger pull to about 4.25-4.5 pounds. The Hellcat version ships with the Apex Action Enhancement Trigger, Sear Spring, and Striker Spring. 24.9 ounces (Hellcat, 13+1 rounds) vs. 25.3 ounces (Mod.2, 7+1 rounds). Springfield Armory’s flat-face trigger will win over hands with longer fingers because it gives the Hellcat a slightly longer length of pull. Springfield Armory’s flat-face trigger will win over hands with longer fingers because it gives the Hellcat a slightly longer length of pull. If the P365 had received a Version 2.0 update, it might look like the Hellcat. I haven’t measured the weight of pull required but I would guess somewhere around 5-6 lbs. I prefer the familiar feel of the Mod.2’s curved trigger, but the Hellcat’s flatter bang switch is touted as a feature on the SA website. Those making the claim stated that the trigger safety blade would not depress with lateral pressure applied to the trigger. Two magazines are included: one 11-round mag with flat and pinky-extension bases, and one 13-round extended mag. Regardless of your opinion, the Hellcat manages to transcend those advertisements and pleases virtually everyone. The accuracy is incredible for a pistol of this size, and on par with the P365. Full disclosure, I am not a gunsmith and I do not moonlight […] Springfield Armory achieved this capacity gain by accident. Details The Action Enhancement Trigger for the Hellcat pistols is the easiest, quickest upgrade you can do to the trigger system that significantly improves the feel of the trigger pull, without reducing factory safety values. Since 2017, Springfield Armory has been at work to challenge the dominant SIG Sauer P365 9mm. ... Reduces trigger pull weight … Let’s put the Springfield Hellcat’s magazine capacity in perspective. Below are some pictures to show comparison in size and a chart to list exact dimensions and compacity. The Hellcat’s magazine release is not ambidextrous, but they do say it’s reversible. Apex says these components "significantly improve the feel of the trigger pull … The Hellcat’s rear sight is a Tactical Rack U-Dot, considerably nicer than the Mod.2’s serrated rear (although both have the “tactical rack” feature on front edge of rear sight). Honestly, I have enough hard cases… and a carry gun doesn’t live in a case. Excellent fit and finish are essential for an accurate firearm. If a red dot is used, you’ll find that Springfield Armory milled the footprint low so that standard-height metallic sights will co-witness with the red dot. If you change your mind, you won’t have to trade in the Hellcat OSP for a red-dot-ready model later. The trigger kit smooths both the uptake and reset, according to Apex. An installation demo of the Apex Hellcat Trigger. Highest capacity micro compact. ” pleased to announce the introduction and upcoming release of its Action. Engineer was only tasked with matching the P365 ’ s trigger pull to about pounds... 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