A Scope Report issued by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) last month included figures that reflect a gradual change in pistol-buying preferences. According to the trade organization’s findings, consumers are purchasing smaller handguns when it comes to those chambered in 9 mm Luger.
For those who enjoy the compact package of the original Hellcat but want to take the edge off the muzzle flip and felt recoil, the Rapid Defense Package (RDP) is an option that softens the impact a bit and still accepts standard Hellcat magazines holsters.
Springfield Armory took the lead in the micro-compact market with its capacious Hellcat back in 2019. Now, the company is showing the way forward with an enhanced version that maximizes the “more-in-less” category.
Springfield’s 13-plus-one .45 ACP XD may prove to be the most popular offering in the company’s evolutionary polymer pistol line.
Springfield Armory now offers its Hellcat Pro optic ready pistols with Shield SMSc optics pre-installed from the factory as a package deal.
The revamped and enhanced experience is designed to ensure customers find exactly what they want quickly—and for a great price.
Les Baer began tuning, fixing and modifying guns in 1973. His first shop, so to speak, was the basement of his home in Allentown, Penn. Enthusiasts quickly discovered the quality of his work and word spread. By 1976 demand was outgrowing his workspace, forcing him to expand. In 1980 he launched his full-time gunsmithing career by establishing Bear Custom Guns.