The Springfield Armory Hellcat in 9mm has been one of, if not the most, popular carry guns since it was debuted last September 25th as the world’s highest capacity micro-compact on the market. The 1st iteration released to the public was a Black Melonite version which is not surprising because the matte black aesthetic of a carry pistol blends in well in nearly all environments. Now Springfield has dipped their Hellcat in a NEW Cerakote Desert FDE (Flat Dark Earth) finish for all of us to enjoy. Those two new options can be read below:
- Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact Handgun 9mm | Desert FDE (HC9319F) – MSRP $610
- Hellcat 3″ Micro-Compact OSP Handgun 9mm | Desert FDE (HC9319FOSP) – MSRP $643
The Springfield Armory Hellcat has a host of features that have made it popular aside from being really high in magazine capacity for such a little pistol. With multiple magazine sizes, an exclusive Adaptive Grip Texture, and fantastic sight picture, there is a lot to like. All of the specifications can be read below as presented by Springfield Armory:
- Caliber: 9mm
- Magazines: One 11-Round w/ Finger Rest, One 13-Round Extended
- Barrel: 3″ Hammer Forged Steel w/ a Melonite® Finish & 1:10″ Right-Hand Twist
- Sights: U-Dot™ Tactical Rack Rear & Tritium/Luminescent Front
- Frame: Desert FDE Polymer w/ Adaptive Grip Texture™
- Slide: Billet Machined w/ a Cerakote Desert FDE Finish
- Recoil System: Dual Captive Recoil Spring w/ Full Length Guide Rod
- Overall Length: 6″
- Overall Height: 4″ w/ Flush Mag, 4.5″ w/ Extended Mag
- Overall Width: 1″
- Weight w/ Empty Mag: 18.3 Oz w/ Flush Mag, 18.6 Oz w/ Extended Mag
As with the original offering of the Hellcat, the newer Cerakote Desert FDE models can be had in either a standard or OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) version. While black is a terrific benchmark for polymer handguns, a lot of loyal Springfield owners have been requesting some type of FDE finish for a while now and Springfield has responded. The official Springfield Armory Press Release can be read below where they further share their thoughts:
GENESEO, ILL. (06/10/20) – Building on its strength as the highest capacity micro compact 9mm in the world since its launch in 2019, Springfield Armory® is proud to announce an exciting new variant of the Hellcat® in Desert Flat Dark Earth (FDE). It is being offered in both standard and OSP™ versions.
The Hellcat was an immediate hit upon its release late last year, offering shooters and CCW enthusiasts a paradigm-shifting combination of high-capacity and compact size as well as the ability to mount an optic. The result was a pistol that fully lived up to the mission statement established by Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese when he said, ‘Every detail of the Hellcat has been shaped by a singular mission — to deliver the definitive concealed carry handgun.’
I have been fortunate enough to carry, shoot, and own a Hellcat for the last 9 months and have thoroughly enjoyed it. For all of our concealed carry junkies out there, what do you think? Would you be willing to purchase the new Cerakote Desert FDE Hellcat? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
About Springfield Armory
In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy.
We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at: springfield-armory.com.