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
Let's start with Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat specifications.
|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 magazine at the time of this writing. Springfield Armory may, in the fullness of time, release more models of magazine for the Hellcat that changes the equation, but as this is being typed out, the Hellcat has only a flush-fit 11-round box and an extended 13-round box. The Sig Sauer has 10-round, 10-round with pinkie rest, 12-round and 15-round extended magazines that can be used.
However, there is more than one model than just the base P365 or base Hellcat. Sig Sauer has the P365SAS (ported barrel/slide, Meprolight FT Bullseye sight) and P365 XL (extended barrel/slide and grip for 12+1 capacity, milled for reflex optic) and Springfield Armory also makes the Hellcat OSP, or Optical Sight Pistol, which is milled for use with an optic.
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. Had we to guess, we think people with bigger hands are likely to prefer the Hellcat more; those with larger hands here are AGH HQ tended to prefer the Hellcat as a result.
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 has a slightly longer beavertail to the frame.
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 as mentioned does have a bit more beavertail to the frame. This is why we feel people with slightly bigger mitts will prefer the Springfield.
If you want to know what the guy writing this specifically thought, I have larger hands (size XL gloves) and subcompact/micro pistols tend to not fit me too well. I don't get the best grip and the short trigger reach gives me fits. Of the two, I preferred the fit of the Hellcat better.
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 have tritium inserts for night use and a fluorescent polymer insert around the tritium vials for daytime use in the front sight, and tritium inserts in the black rear sight. The sights are three dots with good contrast, so they are quite visible.
The Hellcat's sights, however, are a rear U-notch, with a luminescent white U outline, and front sight with a similar day/night sight, with a yellow fluorescent ring and a 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.
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.
Some folks here at AGH liked one more than the other for their own reasons. I have never been overly fond of Sig's striker triggers; they have this kind of dull "thud" that I don't entirely like. I preferred the Hellcat's crisper break, but that's just my impression; your mileage may vary.
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.
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.