So, this was honestly one of the best comparisons we’ve had the chance to do at Gun University.  And the reason is… they’re both great pistols especially for CCW purposes. But who will reign supreme?

Will it be the Sig P365 — our own Ryan Cleckner’s personal CCW — or the challenger, the Springfield Hellcat?

Sig Sauer P365

Final Grade: A+

MSRP: $599.00

Springfield Hellcat

Final Grade: A

MSRP: $599.00

Sig P365 Specs

Caliber 9 mm
Weight 18 oz
Width 1″
Height 4.3″
Length 5.8″
Capacity 10+1 (Flush) 12+1 (Extended)

Springfield Hellcat Specs

Caliber 9 mm
Weight 18.3 oz
Width 1″
Height 4″
Length 6″
Capacity 11+1 (Flush) 13+1 (Extended)

What prompted this challenge?

So if you’ve been up-to-date on Springfield Armory, you probably well aware of the teasers they were sending out prior to the release of the new Hellcat.  Their new release was touted to be a world leader in its class, and with the teaser’s urban imagery, it lead us to believe that a new CCW was on the horizon.

And just how right we were.

The Hellcat was released.  It’s a micro 9mm pistol with a monstrous carrying capacity.

But that’s not all.  Springfield Armory reached out to Gun U’s Ryan Cleckner and sent a sample for us to review.  (Shout-out to Springfield Armory!)

Well, we put it to the test and determined… it’s a great gun.  But we wanted to know one more thing.  How would it stand up against our favorite CCW, the Sig P365?

Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat

Now, let’s get down to business.  Below you’ll find some of our defining features, pros/cons, and what we did and didn’t like about each gun.  Plus, we’ve thrown in a bunch of sweet comparison pictures between the two, so you can really see what we mean.

Sig P365 Features

1. Insane Accuracy
This may be one of the most accurate shooting pistols we’ve gotten our hands on.  Most definitely worth noting.

2. Amazing Trigger
According to Sig, the trigger is a 6 lb. pull.  However, it seems so much lighter than that.  And with a great trigger reset, this trigger provides for a light, easy firing experience.

3. Tritium XRAY3 Sights
These are some of the best day/night sights that you can have on a CCW.  Enough said.

4. Great Carrying Capacity
When using the flush magazine, you will get 10+1 rounds.  When using the extended (our preferred choice), you’ll receive 12+1.

Sig Sauer P365: Our take

We really like this gun.  Most of the time, you’ll prefer a full sized version of a firearm over its smaller counterpart.  When it comes to the P365, this is the gun we’d rather have.  Seriously, the P365 is one of our absolute favorites.

What we like about the P365:
The first thing that stood out to us about the P365 is just how natural the gun feels in your hand.  It truly feels like an extension of your arm.  You’ll feel confident that you are in complete control of the weapon when you handle it.  And that’s very important.

When firing the gun, the trigger is nice and crisp with a very nice reset.  I feel like it would be easier to fire for those with smaller hands, but it’s still rugged enough for those of you with bear paws.  And the XRAY sights?  Those might be one of the major factors (along with that trigger pull) for the remarkable accuracy we get from this gun.

All-in-all, we feel safe with this gun.  One that we’d trust our lives and families’ with.

What we don’t like about the P365:
There are a few issues with the P365 though.  First, I really think Sig can revisit the finish that comes on their magazines.  While I haven’t quite experienced it myself, there are reports that the magazines are susceptible to rust.

Another problem is for First and Second Gen owners only.  This being a primer drag issue that can cause the firing pin to break.  Sig has since resolved the dilemma with its subsequent releases.

READ MORE ON OUR FULL SIG SAUER P365 REVIEW

Sig Sauer P365 Pros and Cons

Ridiculously accurate. Cannot stress this enough.
Great sights and trigger. No aftermarket parts needed.
Awesome carrying capacity for a CCW micro pistol.
Poor Magazine Finish
Extremely small percentage of potential Striker Drag issues with first and second generation releases.

Springfield Hellcat Features

1. Standard Sized Rail on Dustcover This is really awesome because it allows you to use universally sized attachments on a smaller size handgun. 2. Optics ready and Wrap Over Serrations No need to have your Hellcat prepped and cut for that new red dot. It comes pre-arranged so all you have to do is connect your optics of choice. 3. 13+1 or 11+1 Capacity If you’re looking for a super-high capacity handgun, the Hellcat can give you just that due to its unique patented design.

Springfield Hellcat: Our take

When we unboxed our Hellcat, it really was real treat.  Not really knowing what to expect, we found this gun is full of awesome surprises.

What we like about the Springfield Hellcat:
Right out the box, we noticed two things in particular.  First, the wrap around slide serrations.  These provided a great grip option without a red dot optics system. Speaking of… The gun comes pre-drilled for red dot optics.  We all know red dot is the way of the future on pistols.  It’s nice to see that Springfield made it readily accessible out of the gate.

Another thing that’s really unique about the Hellcat is that it comes with a full sized accessory rail.  This means you can easily customize with any standard accessories.  Thumbs up to Springfield.  Aside from that, the gun is extremely accurate and we had no reliability issues when firing.

What we don’t like about the Springfield Hellcat:
Our number one concern is the price.  This gun feels like a great value gun.  But it lacks that top tier feel we’ve come to expect from Sig.  And they’re priced exactly the same.  We think this gun would be more justifiable $100 cheaper.

We also feel that the trigger could have been much better.  It feels like a standard Glock trigger if you catch my drift.

READ MORE IN OUR FULL SPRINGFIELD HELLCAT REVIEW

Springfield Hellcat Pros and Cons

Insanely High Magazine Capacity
Very Reliable
Accurate
Trigger is nice, but could be better.
It’s a bit on the expensive side.

Sig Sauer P365

Reliability Although it’s run perfectly for us, there have been some credible reports of issues.

A-

Accuracy Shoots more accurately than full sized pistols.

A+

Customization There are plenty of aftermarket accessories available for the P365

A

Ergonomics This is one of the most natural feeling firearms we’ve ever held.

A+

Value Ryan Cleckner uses this as his personal CCW and finds it to be of the highest quality.

A+

FINAL GRADE

A+

Springfield Hellcat

Reliability Exceptionally reliable

A+

Accuracy Great accuracy. Shoots better than most full-sized pistols.

A

Customization The full sized accessory rail makes customization so much easier. Great idea here.

A

Ergonomics Feels great to hold and the slide serrations are a huge plus.

A

Value Definitely recommend. However, when compared to other guns, the price doesn’t stand up as strong.

A-

FINAL GRADE

A

 

And Here’s Why…

This was a pretty tough battle.  But in the end, we had to give it to the Sig P365.  When comparing the them, two major points stood out against the Hellcat that influenced our decision.

  1. The trigger on the Hellcat is good, but it’s not great.  We’ve come to expect more from a trigger–especially a single-action one.
  2. The Hellcat feels like a great “value” pistol.  However, the price implies that it’s anything but that.  If this was priced just $100 cheaper, you’d bet that this would be one of our most recommended pistols.  But it’s priced the exact same as the Sig which has a much higher quality feel to it.

Side by Side Comparison Pictures Between the Sig P365 and Springfield Hellcat