Springfield Armory released the Hellcat pistol in late 2019, officially throwing its hat into the high-capacity, ultra-compact 9mm CCW pistol ring. Before the year was out, Clay Martin from Off The Reservation, put one of the new pistols through a grueling torture test, firing 10,000 rounds of Federal American Eagle 9mm ammo through it while exposing the gun to a wide range of temperatures over the course of two days.
The gun was lubed every 500 rounds, and field stripped and cleaned every 1,000 rounds—additionally, the recoil spring was replaced after every 2,500 rounds. Every round fired was documented on video (see below).
Now, that very same 10K Hellcat pistol has just passed the 20,000-round mark in a follow-up test by Paul Carlson, owner of Safety Solutions Academy. And once again, the test documented every round fired.
“With support from Federal Ammunition and Action Target, Carlson — a respected self-defense and personal-protection trainer — along with a team of shooters pushed the 10,000-round Hellcat (serial # AT234795) all the way through to 20,000 rounds,” Springfield said in a statement.
“Over the span of a single 10-hour day, Carlson and his team of shooters discovered — and proved — what we here at Springfield Armory know: that the Hellcat possesses durability and strength beyond anything that should ever be reasonably expected from a micro 9mm. From its cold hammer-forged barrel down to every last pin and spring, the pistol is built under strict quality control to the highest standards.”
The Original 10K Test:
“We are very proud to see that the Hellcat once again proved its dominant position in the market as the finest and most durable micro 9mm available,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing at Springfield Armory. “Carlson’s test held the Hellcat to a very high standard, and it once again showed that the pistol has what it takes to deliver the performance and capability concealed carry users should demand.”
Springfield says the Hellcat is the smallest, highest-capacity 9mm in the world, with 11+1 rounds on board with the flush mag and 13+1 with the included extended mag. That’s impressive for a pistol with a 3-inch barrel and an unloaded weight of 18.3 ounces.
The OSP version is red-dot-ready, allowing an optic to co-witness with the pistol’s Tactical Rack U-Dot sights.
“No one would ever expect a micro-sized pistol intended for CCW to be subjected to such an incredibly demanding test, but we never doubted the Hellcat would come out on top,” says Dennis Reese, CEO of Springfield Armory. “Quality is our number one priority and it always will be, and the Hellcat proved that during this test. We’ll be watching as it continues to prove itself for the next 10K rounds, and beyond.”
But there’s just one question remaining…what did they do with all that once-fired brass?!