May 17, 2021
By J. Scott Rupp
The Springfield Hellcat 9mm pistol has really taken off, and Springfield has now added a new 15-round magazine that gives this micro-compact semiauto two more rounds than the standard 13-round magazine. In addition to the added capacity, the new magazine provides a lot more real estate to grip.
Of course, with the higher capacity, the tradeoff is a slightly taller gun. With the 15-rounder in place, height to the top of the slide is just a shade over 4.75 inches. Compare that to the 13-round magazine, which yields a height right at 4.5 inches. (Interestingly, if you use the finger-hook extension to measure the height of the 11-rounder, the pistol is still 4.5 inches tall, but this smaller magazine does conceal a little easier.)
With this new magazine come great choices for concealed carry. Depending on how you’re dressed, you can carry the 15-rounder and basically have a short-barreled, full-frame gun that’s easy to shoot and provides 16 rounds of 9mm. Or opt for the 11- or 13-round magazines in the gun and carry the 15-round magazine as your backup. That puts 27 or 29 rounds, respectively, at your disposal.
I’ve had the chance to shoot the new magazine while filming the upcoming season of “Handguns & Defensive Weapons,” and I can tell you it makes this pistol—which is already well-behaved for such a small 9mm—even more controllable. I think it’s a must-have for any Hellcat owner.
The magazine will be available in black or flat dark earth and carries a suggested retail price of $40.