We’re going to compare the Springfield Hellcat vs Sig P365 since they are the two most popular concealed carry handguns on the market. There is never the best option for everyone but there is likely the best option for you. When we compare the Sig P365 vs Hellcat we’ll cover all the pros and cons in detail.
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|Metrics||Sig P365||Springfield Armory Hellcat|
|Weight No Mag(Oz)||16.5||16.1|
|Weight Empty Mag(Oz)||18.6||18.2/18.6|
|Weight With A Full Mag(Oz)||22.9||23.0/24.2|
|Height(top of Slide to bottom of Magazine Baseplate)(Inches)||4.23/4.65||4.03/4.52|
|Width of Grip(Inches)||1.02||1.02|
|Width of Slide(Inches)||0.90||0.87|
|Width Across Controls(Inches)||1.01||1.07|
Sig P365 vs Hellcat Concealed Carry
Sig P365 vs Hellcat Weight
Sig P365 vs Hellcat Frame
TextureBelieve it or not the texture on these guns looks identical and feels identical. There is one difference though, and that is the area between the magazine release and the top of the slide, on the Sig P365 is completely slick while the texturing on the Hellcat extends to that area.
So I’m going to have to give the win on slide design to the Sig P365 versus Hellcat because it just has a much easier to manipulate the slide.
Out of the box both of these guns come with a really good set of Sights. The Sig P365 has the SigLite Night Sights that are a three-dot night Sight set up, and the front Sight has a bright green ring around it. And I say, bright liberally, it’s actually more of a subdued green, and it’s not that bright even in full sunlight. On the Hellcat, you have a bright yellow front Knight Sight and then the rear Sight has a white U shaped ring around the rear notch.
It’s unconventional and it’s the first time I’ve seen a Sighting system like that. And I wasn’t sure about how I felt about the Springfield Armory Hellcats Sights at first, but I’ve really grown to like them. In my opinion, the bright yellow Sight is much brighter during the daylight and it’s just a better site setup than the Sig P365.
I’m actually really impressed with how good the Sights are out of the box on the Springfield Armory. In my opinion, they’re the best out of the box Sights on a gun in this class.
Both of these guns use the same Sight cuts, so you’re going to have the exact same aftermarket Sights for both of these guns. So that’s obviously a draw, but there are definitely sufficient aftermarket options if neither of these guns has sights that work for you.
Red Dot Optics
Mounting a red dot, the Sig P365 is not an option unless you have a custom meld. There’s currently no factory mount built on a Sig P365. That’s unfortunate as I would really like to see it offered as they offer on the Sig P365 XL. The Springfield Armory on the other hand has the Springfield Armory OSP model, which is just a couple of dollars more than the regular model and it includes a Mount for a red dot Sight. It really is a nice feature to have, and I can’t wait to put one on mine.
There is a safety on the Sig P365 XL if you order it with one, and it’s an ambidextrous thumb safety that’s very low profile and sits in a good position so you can easily flick it off with your thumb. And you can also ride your thumb on top of the safety when firing like in 1911. I do not have that on my Sig P365s but it’s a feature you can easily purchase.
There is no such option on the Springfield Armory Hellcat, so if that’s a feature you’re looking for then you’re going to want to look at the Sig.
Sig P365 vs Hellcat Trigger
The trigger on these guns are both very good and I have my personal preference for what I like. But that said, I don’t think you can definitively say one trigger is better than the other. It’s going to depend on which type of trigger you prefer.
The trigger on the Hellcat is a very standard striker-fired trigger, and that you feel light take up and then hit a wall. Once you hit that wall, it has a very aggressive and crisp break. The trigger is somewhat heavy and the reset on it is very positive and short. It really reminds me of a Glock Jim 3 style trigger.
Sig P365 Trigger
The trigger on the Sig P365 on the other hand has very light take-up and then you reach a point to where it starts creeping, till you full creep, till you get a rolling brake. Reset on the Sig P365 XL is somewhat positive but not nearly as positive as the Hellcat, and it resets right to the point where you start to build the creep again before you go to the rolling brake.
I prefer the rolling brake on the Sig P365 and the reason is, I can shoot this trigger extremely well. There is a video of me shooting at 100 yards on still with this gun. It’s easy to consistently make hits with this trigger. I attribute the trigger and the wide Sights to my ability to do that.
This is not something I’m doing fast under time, this is something that occurs really slow but the trigger really plays well for that. I’m going to give the win to the Sig P365 XL trigger, but I have many friends who prefer the trigger on the Springfield Armory Hellcat and I understand their arguments for it. I don’t think there’s a clear winner here, just a winner for the individual person.
Sig P365 vs Hellcat Shooting
Sig P365 vs Hellcat Pros/Cons
Sig P365 Pros
- Grip for Smaller Hands
- Longer Grip with Flush Fit Magazine
Springfield Hellcat Pros
- Grip for Larger Hands
- Magazine Cost
- Optics Ready OSP Model
- Smaller profile with flush fit magazine
Sig P365 Cons
- No Optics Mount
- Magazine Cost
- Small Grip if you have larger hands
Springfield Hellcat Armory Cons
- Made in Croatia
- Grip is shorter with flush fit magazine(downside for medium to larger hands)