With above-average accuracy for an ultra-compact .380 ACP pistol, the Hellcat is a fine choice for concealed-carry permit holders on a tight budget.

I.O. Inc. Hellcat

Chambered in .380 ACP, here's an inexpensive addition to your carry complement.

By SI Staff (RSS)
August 15, 2012

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  3. lola once says:

    I think there is a typo – if you have to rack the slide in order to fire, then it is a “Single Action Only”, not a “double-action-only” design.

    Double action only is the term used to describe trigger cocking firearms.

    Single Action Only describes pistols which need to be cocked before firing, like the 1911.

    • Daniel says:

      I think the confusion in terms, “single” vs “double” is due to the use of the term “precocked.” I don’t believe the author meant “cocked,” rather that the DAO design leaves the hammer in a (for want of a better term) “partially cocked” position. If you could disengage the hammer from that position, it would have far too little force to cause a primer to fire (even ignoring that the internal safety would prevent any primer impact). The hammer goes to this precocked position simply by virtue of the act of having chambered a round before holstering it. In order to fire, the hammer must be fully cocked. As the hammer, in its precocked position, cannot be thumbed back to full cock, the user must pull the trigger, bringing the hammer to full cock and letting it fall; i.e. it can only be fired double action.

  4. John says:

    Some double action handguns need the slide to be racked to reset the trigger. They are still double action because racking the slide does not cock the hammer.

  5. Paul Smith says:

    I purchased a Hellcat in 2012. All I had was failure to fire, double feeds and failures to feed. I sent it back to the factory for repairs and they put in a new barrel, extractor and slide. The gun still had the same problems so I sent it back to the factory again. Same problems. After sending it back a third time, they sent me a new gun (over all this took months and months).. I use quality ammunition (Fioacchi,Remmington,Hornady Critical defense and mag Tech) I ran about 550 rounds through the pistols. Finally I boughts a Ruger LCP (A very fin gun) and sold the Hellcat to a gun store for $100.
    The customer service is absolutely terrible, so
    don’t believe their web site. The Hellcat is an awful pistol. Buy a LCP and you’ll be a lot happier.

  6. TechCruzer says:

    I have Gen 2 Hellcat .380 and it has been flawless with any type ammo I’ve thrown at it. It cycles well and when it hasn’t a light tap on the slide will return it to battery (usually after firing about 50 rounds and being dirty) and shoots great groups at 7 yards. However, I did have the same FTF, FTEj, FTEx when I bought a couple of extra magazines online. This was due to a defect in the magazine catch being to large and causing the magazine to sag and then the problems began. I sent both magazines back to I.O. and was sent two back with the correct size mag catch (window) and now I have 3 magazines that work flawlessly. So, be sure you’re buying a Gen 2 model and look real close at the mag catch and you will love this little gun.

  7. Gad says:

    I’ve had mine for a couple of years and love it. Something we can keep in the business and not worry too much if it’s stolen due to it’s low price. Made in the USA!

  8. Icyou says:

    It looks really similar to the Ruger pocket pistols, but what’s the price point at? I normally carry a Glock 29, but have been debating getting a 380 for a back up or things like running where the Glock is just too big.

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