Yesterday, social media was abuzz with news of Springfield Armory’s launch of their new Hellcat Rapid Defense Package or RDP for short. The new Hellcat features a threaded barrel with a self indexing compensator, a Gen 2 trigger, and the new Hex Micro Red Dot. Springfield also provides a manual safety version for shooters interested in a safety. Overall, Springfield has put together a stiff competitor in the micro-compact market of pistols.
Below, is the press release from Springfield Armory on the introduction of the Hellcat RDP.
GENESEO, ILL. – Springfield Armory® is proud to introduce an exciting new variant of its wildly popular micro 9mm Hellcat® — the Hellcat RDP™ (Rapid Defense Package). The RDP is replete with features that make this high-capacity, ultra-compact pistol even more versatile.
The new Hellcat RDP builds on the success and popularity of the original Hellcat OSP™ micro 9mm with the addition of a 3.8″ threaded barrel and an included Self Indexing Compensator. Compact and capable, the compensator vents gas from the barrel to significantly reduce muzzle rise and felt recoil. Made of lightweight 8082 aluminum, the compensator features a patented self-indexing mounting system that ensures the port is correctly oriented every time. That means it’s a breeze to install or remove with no need for shims or tools.
“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, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory.
Also debuting today is HEX™ optics by Springfield Armory. Direct-mounted on the slide of the Hellcat RDP is the all-new HEX Wasp™ red dot, utilizing the Springfield Micro™ footprint made popular by the Hellcat OSP. The ruggedly built, IPX7 waterproof-rated Wasp features an aluminum body and an anti-glare-coated glass lens, and its low-mount design means it can co-witness with the handgun’s fixed tritium/luminescent front sight and Tactical Rack U-Notch rear sight.
“We are excited about the introduction of HEX optics for the self-defense market. 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,” continued Steve Kramer.
The Hellcat RDP also features an optional low-profile ambidextrous manual safety located at the rear of the frame, and the new Gen 2 Hellcat trigger. This new trigger offers enhanced ergonomics for a wide range of hand sizes for an even more comfortable shooting experience.
With all these features plus the handgun’s impressive 11- and 13-round capacities, the Hellcat RDP is a formidable, cutting-edge self-defense firearm.
The new Hellcat RDP will retail for $899 MSRP. Which is a great price for a feature rich pistol with a red dot and compensator from jump street. We will see how the other manufacturers will respond to this strong outing from Springfield.
What are your thoughts on the Springfield Hellcat RDP? Let us know in the comments below.
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