First Look: Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro 9 mm Pistol with Shield Red-Dot Optic

Springfield Armory now offers its popular Hellcat Pro 9 mm pistol with a factory-installed Shield SMSc red-dot optic.

posted on September 29, 2022
Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro with Shield SMSc Red Dot Sight facing right

Designed to integrate the performance of a compact to mid-size handgun with subcompact concealability with the aim of crafting an exceptional everyday carry pistol, the Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro 9mm pistol is now offered packaged with the Shield Sights SMSc 4 MOA red-dot optic.

Offering 15+1 rounds of 9 mm in a smaller footprint than other pistols in its class, the Hellcat Pro keeps the ergonomic, slim profile of the original Hellcat for optimal concealability. Engineered from the start for use with red-dot optics, the Hellcat Pro features Springfield Armory’s OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) slide-mounted optics cut. OSP slides are milled with the Springfield Micro footprint, compatible with RMSc-footprint optics.

This allows popular, compact red-dots to be mounted directly to the OSP slide, keeping the lowest-profile possible and allowing use of existing sights. With the included Shield SMSc 4- MOA red-dot in this new package, those who are looking for a compact pistol with a factory-installed optic now have another choice from Springfield Armory.

The Shield optic weighs slightly more than .5 ounce and is uses a single (included) CR2032 battery for years of use without replacement. The optic features automatic brightness adjustment to match the power level of the dot to the ambient lighting, and it co-witnesses with the Hellcat Pro’s U-Dot sights that are made up of a high visibility tritium & luminescent front sight paired with a Tactical Rack ledge-style rear sight.

Should a light, laser or combination unit be desired on the Hellcat Pro, the pistol features a versatile Picatinny rail on the dustcover ahead of the trigger guard. This rail section offers users the flexibility to add a variety of accessories for varied applications and conditions.

“The Hellcat Pro with Shield SMSc delivers an EDC-ready pistol that provides both impressive performance as well as capacity on par with a full-size handgun, and all in a very compact package,” says Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing. “This is a pistol that shoots like a much larger handgun while still being extremely easy to conceal, yet offering red dot optics capability with the included Shield SMSc.”


Manufacturer: Springfield Armory; (800) 680-6866,
Action Type: Striker-fired, semi-automatic
Caliber: 9 mm
Capacity: 15+1 rounds
Frame: Polymer
Slide: Billet-machined, Melonite finish
Barrel Length: 3.7 inches
Sights: U-Notch rear sight; Tritium/luminescent front sight, OSP optic cut
Length: 6.6 inches
Width: 1 inch
Height: 4.8 inches
Weight: 21 ounces
Accessories: Shield SMSc red-dot optic, two 15-round magazines, soft case, magazine loader, cable lock
MSRP: $840



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