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Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat

Springfield Hellcat vs Sig P365

Since both companies are now making micro double-stacks, a number of people wonder which between the Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat is the better buy. Both guns have a lot to like, after all.

The answer? It's hugely subjective. There's a lot to like with both guns.

If we had to take a guess, some folks are just going to like the Springfield Hellcat more, and some people are going to like the Sig P365 more for their own reasons. There's little to objectively put one over the other.

Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat Specifications

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Sig P365

Let's start with Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat specifications.

Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat
Bbl length 3.1 inches 3.0 inches
Overall length 5.8 inches 6.0 inches
Height 4.3/4.5/4.7/5.5, depending on magazine 4 inches w/ flush mag, 4.5 inches with extended
Width 1 inch at the controls 1-inch at the grip
Unloaded Weight 17.8 oz 18.3 oz
Capacity 10+1 (12+1 or 15+1 with ext mag) of 9mm 11+1 (13+1 with ext mag) of 9mm

Broadly, the specs are about the same, as you can see. However, the Sig P365 has a wider selection of magazines, with a flush fit 10-round, 10-round with pinkie rest, 12-round and 15-round extended magazines. The Hellcat has only 11-round (with or without pinkie rest) and 13-round extended magazines.

However, there is more than one model than just the base P365 or base Hellcat.

Sig Sauer has added the P365 SAS (with a ported barrel and slide and Meprolight FT Bullseye sight) and the P365 XL, with an extended barrel and slide, extended grip and optic mounting plate. Springfield Armory also makes the Hellcat OSP, or Optical Sight Pistol, which is milled for use with an optic.

Sig Sauer also makes P365 pistols with ambidextrous manual safeties, for those who desire the option.

Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat

So, let's talk turkey: Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat. Is there one that's better?

We think that's up to you. Both have features that some of us here at the Alien Gear Holsters offices liked more on one pistol over the other. You'll probably find the same thing. About the only common thread among people who declared a preference here in the AGH offices was people with bigger hands tended to like the feel of the Hellcat a bit more, but that was it. Everything else really came down to personal preference.

But, since we're here, let's talk the features.

Both pistols have textured grips, with no swappable backstraps. We found neither texture in and of itself was more offensive or less likable than the other; it's just some roughage on the frame. The Hellcat, however, does have a texture panel at the top of the grip and one just above the junction between the frame and the trigger guard for indexing the shooting hand thumb and trigger finger on the frame, which is a nice feature.

Both have a swappable magazine release, but right-hand-only controls. Lefties are out of luck.

The Hellcat also has a standoff feature, a slightly extended recoil guide rod. The Sig doesn't.

Both pistols have a slight undercut to the trigger guard and slight bumps on the front of the grip housing for getting a firm hold on the gun.

The Hellcat's grip is wider, as the Sig P365's grip housing is a bit narrower than the slide. While overall width is the same, the Hellcat fills the hand a little more, and has have a slightly longer beavertail to the frame. This is why we feel people with slightly bigger mitts will prefer the Springfield, as it's easier to get a high, tight grip.

Both pistols have fore and aft cocking serrations. The Hellcat, however, has full-wrap serrations on the standard model. Just like the Honor Defense Subcompact, the serrations run all the way over the slide, which makes racking the slide a little easier with an overhand grip.

Both pistols have a railed frame, though the P365 has a proprietary rail and the Hellcat has a more conventional, mil-standard-style rail. So you can use more lasers/lights with it.

Both guns come with night sights as standard. The Sig P365 has Sig Sauer's XRAY3 Day/Night sights, which are a conventional three-dot configuration with tritium inserts in the front and rear sights. However, the front sight also has a fluorescent polymer insert around the tritium vial for daytime use and contrast against the otherwise black (except for the tritium vials) rear sight.

The Hellcat's sights, however, are a rear U-notch, with a luminescent white U outline in the rear sight and a day/night front sight with a yellow fluorescent ring and tritium insert.

This is down to personal preference. Some people are going to like the Sig's sights, some people are going to like the Hellcat's. That was pretty much our opinion here; some preferred one, some the other. Some find the Hellcat's sights are a little faster to align, but others don't. Again, YMMV.

As to the go-pedals, the Hellcat has a straighter blade, though - again - maybe you'll like that, maybe you won't.

As to the trigger press, neither had significant creep, both had light trigger presses with short, positive resets. Preference will be up to you; some people love Sig's striker triggers and others don't. The Hellcat's trigger has a harder wall as the trigger bar engages the striker, and a slightly more tactile reset. Pull weight is about the same at about 6 lbs, but the Sig's is a touch smoother.

As to shooting both pistols, we found the Hellcat to be a little more snappy than the Sig P365, but hardly unmanageable. The recoil impulse is broadly comparable to a Smith and Wesson Shield; there's a bit of snap to it, but it's easily dealt with.

Both are pretty darn shootable for a micro, though some folks find they prefer one to the other in this regard. Again, totally subjective; go rent them and shoot them for yourself to learn which you'll run better. We found both to be about equally accurate with each other, but also much easier to shoot accurately than the short sight radius would suggest they would be.

As to price, the Sig P365 has been on the market longer, so you're likely to find it for a bit cheaper. The Hellcat lists for $569, the OSP for $599. Street prices will be closer to $500, though Sig P365 pistols are now creeping below the $500 mark.

So, what's the gist of this?

Both guns are comparable in size and capacity. (Sure the Springfield has 1 more.) Both are close in price, though you can probably find a better deal on the Sig for the moment. The Springfield has a few nice touches, such as the textured indexing spots and other bits, and does fill the hand a little better for those with bigger mitts. However, the Sig Sauer is a sales sensation for good reason; it punches way above its weight in terms of reliability, accuracy and capacity for its size.

We can't declare a winner. You'll have to determine that for yourself.

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