Illinois-based Springfield Armory this week announced a new chapter in the company's Hellcat 9mm pistol line, the Rapid Defense Package.

The new Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP takes the gun maker's well-liked micro-compact and adds a self-indexing compensator and a factory-installed red dot that co-witnesses on the pistol's iron sights. Also new is a Gen 2 Hellcat that SA says offers enhanced ergonomics for a wider range of hand sizes. 
 


“The Hellcat reshaped the way people viewed what a CCW pistol can be. Now, the Hellcat RDP is taking the performance of this highly capable pistol to the next level,” says Steve Kramer, Springfield's VP of marketing. 
 

The Hellcat RDP has a 3.8-inch Melonite-coated threaded barrel. Overall length is 7 inches while weight is 19.4 ounces. (All photos: Springfield Armory)
Made of lightweight 8082 aluminum, the RPD's compensator uses a self-indexing mounting system that ensures the port is correctly oriented every time and installs or removes without tools. 


The RDP features a direct-mounted Springfield Armory-branded HEX Wasp red dot. New to the company's catalog, the IPX7 waterproof-rated Wasp includes an aluminum body and an anti-glare-coated glass lens. It has a standalone value of $299 and billed 65,000 hours of battery life.
 


Underneath, the Hellcat RDP has the same footprint as the company's OSP Hellcat, allowing other optics to be used, and it includes a fixed tritium/luminescent front sight and Tactical Rack U-Notch rear.

“We are excited about the introduction of HEX optics for the self-defense market," said Kramer of the new optics. "Built to the same standards of quality and performance you have come to expect from Springfield Armory, HEX precision crafted optics offer exceptional value and are backed by a lifetime warranty."
 

The Hellcat RDP ships with two magazines, an 11-round mag with pinky extension and a 13-round extended mag. Height with the standard mag is 4 inches, growing to 4.5 with the extendo. 

The Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP is offered both in a standard variant and one with a frame-mounted ambidextrous manual safety, both with an MSRP of $899.

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