New For 2022: Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro FDE

posted on November 1, 2022
Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro Desert Fde F

Springfield Armory, in its Hellcat, produced a capable and capacity-rich handgun that dominated the marketplace of micro-compact concealed-carry guns, but the company didn't stop there. In 2022, the company unveiled its Hellcat Pro, reviewed here, that was built with a standard, flush-fit magazine capacity of 15 rounds of 9 mm Luger in a slightly larger package that's still easy to conceal. Now, that same enhanced platform can be had with a desert flat dark earth finish.

“With the Hellcat Pro now available in Desert FDE, shooters have an appealing new option for their CCW firearm,” says Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s vice president of marketing. “This popular color further expands the Hellcat line of pistols, renowned for their performance and EDC-ready capabilities.”

Measuring in at only 1" wide, the Springfield Hellcat Pro is slim enough to be easily concealed and comfortably carried all day long, while the micro-compact magazine design provides space for 15 rounds in a package that measures only 6.6" long and 4.8" high, well within the parameters of many popular concealed-carry designs. At the top end of the pistol is Springfield's Optical Sight Pistol (OSP) milled slide, allowing for the mounting of Shield-pattern micro red-dots.

For those who choose to stick with the open sights, Springfield offers an attractive set of U-dot night sights on its Hellcat Pro, providing an intuitive, easy-to-see sight picture that enables them to get on target quickly and reacquire rapidly for fast follow-up shots. Despite the all-new finish color on the Hellcat Pro FDE, the frame still features the wraparound texturing that anchors it well in the hand, and the slide features generous serrations fore and aft for easy manipulation.

Suggested retail pricing on the new Hellcat Pro FDE is $667, a slight premium over the original all-black Hellcat Pro that retails for $634. As with the original, the Hellcat Pro FDE ships with two 15-round, flush-fit magazines. For more information, visit


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