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Sig P365 vs Hellcat

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.

Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat facing


MetricsSig P365Springfield Armory Hellcat
Weight No Mag(Oz)16.516.1
Weight Empty Mag(Oz)18.618.2/18.6
Weight With A Full Mag(Oz)22.923.0/24.2
Height(top of Slide to bottom of Magazine Baseplate)(Inches)4.23/4.654.03/4.52
Length (Inches)5.806.03
Width of Grip(Inches)1.021.02
Width of Slide(Inches)0.900.87
Width Across Controls(Inches)1.011.07

Sig P365 vs Hellcat Concealed Carry

Sig P365 vs Hellcat Weight


Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat controls

Sig P365 vs Hellcat Frame



Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat grips
Believe 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.


Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat Slide

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.



Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat sights

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.

Hellcat Trigger

Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat trigger

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

Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat Sig 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.

Slide Lock

Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat controls

Magazine Release

Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat mag release

Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat sig mag release

Magazine Well


Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat sidde by side



Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat facing

Sig P365 vs Hellcat Shooting


Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat T

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
  • Sights
  • 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)

18 Replies to “Sig P365 vs Hellcat”

  1. Craig Davis says:

    The Sig Sauer P365 is hands down the most accurate small handgun I have ever shot. The trigger creep, then break makes it so easy to be ready for each following round. It is .very smooth for a small handgun, thus very accurate. Plus, it’s made in America, where I prefer to spend my dollars.

    1. Harrison says:

      They make the bare minimum number of parts here to still get made in America status. That’s the same thing Glock, Kimber, Mossberg and nearly every other manufacturer do. A lot of Italian-made guns are actually mostly made in Turkey but finished in Italy and it’s pretty much the same here. It’s sad but it is the current state of affairs. Sewn goods are really the only items regulated in a way that made in America actually means made in America.

      1. Jim B says:

        I guess people should either believe Harrison or Kimber when it comes to where they are made.

        Made In America. That’s right, Kimber builds some of the finest handguns ever seen here in the United States. Virtually every single component of every firearm we offer is manufactured inside the Kimber factory.
        Kimber even makes their own screws.

      2. Harrison says:

        Maybe things have changed but at one point a lot of the components were outsourced. Virtually every singleton component being made there is likely impossible. Kimber doesn’t have just one factory either which makes me really wonder how much you know about them despite the wording of your comment.

    2. Mark Allen says:

      I’ve owned My Sig 365 for about three years now and still love it.I think it’s the perfect size conceal carry handgun for me.It shoots accurate for me up to twenty five yards and it felt perfect iny hand the first time that I picked it up when it first came out.I did wait a year or so for Sig to get the bugs out of it before I bought mine.👍

  2. Why is it a Con that it’s made in Croatia? THanks!

    1. Harrison says:

      It’s mostly the way Springfield presents itself via marketing. They market themselves as an American company but most of their products are imports.

      Springfield got imported HS2000 which was previously a $200 gun and when they acquired the import rights it became the Springfield XD and the price roughly doubled.

      I have nothing against Croatia but the way Springfield Armory uses their brand to portray themselves as American gun manufacturer bugs me. The average person buying a XD or Hellcat assumes they are made in the USA despite made in Croatia being written on the gun.

      That’s a result of Springfield’s marketing. No one assumes a Taurus product is made in the USA when they likely make more here than Springfield does.

      1. Joe says:

        Sig is to political,the sig p320 failed the military trails just got the contract because of who owns stock in the company

  3. I own the Springfield Hellcat and the Sig 365xl
    I have the best of both worlds…I am more accurate with the p365,.but I enjoy shooting both. My son loves the Hellcat, my Daughter loves shooting the Sig…buy both, and enjoy!!

  4. Michael Carroll says:

    I don’t like a pistol that breaks firing pins and fjres when dropped. I will stick with my 1000 round right out of the box no problem hellcat

    1. John Lowery says:

      when does the P365 fire when dropped?

    2. James says:

      The broken firing pin was a gen 1 problem that Sig acknowledged, repaired at no charge, and resolved in gen 2 models. Pretty sure the manual safety models don’t fire when dropped, I generally don’t drop loaded guns, so I can’t refute or attest to my non-safety model firing when dropped. lol

    3. Andy says:

      You’re confusing the p320 with the p365. No reports of any 365 firing when dropped.

      1. Pocketgunner says:

        And that was when first came out only. I would buy the Sig just because we used the M17 in Iraq and all of us loved it. Including Nato special Forces.

  5. Randy says:

    I’m looking for an easy to conceal weapon and the Hellcat and Sig sound like great options so how do I decide?

    1. Harrison says:

      Go to an indoor range and rent them both!

  6. Larry Ray says:

    I have the p365xl. I’m a point and shoot kind of guy. If I can’t point shoot & hit my target, I need practice. I shot all my life this is the way I learned. This gun works!!!

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