The Springfield Armory Hellcat earned the National Tactical Officers Association's highest ranking.

The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) recently gave the Springfield Armory Hellcat its highest gold ranking in the “Member Tested and Recommended” (MTR) program. The NTOA is a non-profit organization with 40,000 members dedicated to serving the law enforcement community. It provides credible and proven training and information resources.

Springfield Hellcat Earns Highest Ranking

The Hellcat joins a small, exclusive group of firearms deemed deserving of the NTOA’s law enforcement-oriented MTR program. The Hellcat scored 4.75 out of possible 5.00 during testing by a team of hand-selected law enforcement officer. The score put the pistol in the top “gold” scoring range.

During testing, one law enforcement reviewer applied water and a heavy amount of dish soap to the Hellcat’s grip area. It simulated a bloody hand grasping the firearm. “The weapon remained secure in my hand and did not slide,” the reviewer noted. “The stippling is on par with other weapons I own that have been professionally stippled by well-known aftermarket gunsmiths.”

Another reviewer stress-tested the Hellcat with a punishing test of packing the empty pistol with with clay and snow. They next spiked the pistol onto hard, compacted dirt and threw it several feet numerous times. The striker never released during these tests, according to Springfield. The officer then loaded and fired the pistol with no loss of zero and no malfunctions.

Another officer commented about the impressive shooting characteristics of the Hellcat. “The accuracy is unbelievable for a 3-inch barrel subcompact pistol Consistent single hole shot groups were obtained from 5 and 7 yards. Center mass hits were consistent at 25 yards … .”

The standard Springfield Armory Hellcat retails for $599, and the optics-ready OSP comes in at $599. Dubbed the highest-capacity micro 9mm, it features capacities of 11 or 13 rounds. For even more info, visit

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