Springfield left us on the edge of our seats in September 2019 before finally delivering the Hellcat to us from the heavens above. The Hellcat challenged the concealed carry market by being the second entry in a new category of micro-compact pistols with double-stack capacities.
At the time Springfield released the Hellcat, billed as the highest capacity micro-compact on the market, the Glock 43 had already gained a tight toehold at the top of the concealed carry industry. You could say the G43 had become a standard-bearer for concealed carry guns, so putting it up head-to-head against the Hellcat would only be natural.
Here's how these two extremely popular carry guns stack up against each other!
Is carryability a word? When I say carryability, I’m referring to the ease in which you can carry a gun which depends greatly on the gun’s size and shape. Both guns are designed to be carried, and both are small guns, but the Hellcat tends to be smaller.
The Hellcat is 6 inches long versus the Glock 43’s 6.26-inch length. The Hellcat is also shorter at 4 inches tall, and the 43 is a quarter inch taller. The Hellcat is slimmer by a mere .06 inches, but it bears mentioning. Weight wise the guns are identical when you use the Hellcat’s 11 round magazine.
The Hellcat is slightly smaller, and that typically makes the gun easier to carry.
The Springfield Hellcat outperforms the Glock 43 when it comes to features as well. The Hellcat packs a front night sight, a high contrast rear sight, an optics ready option, an aggressive grip texture, and front and rear slide serrations.
The Glock 43 has those lame plastic sights, a decent grip texture, and that’s it. Glock often rests on their laurels, and the Glock 43 is a prime example of Glock not willing to push design forward.
Here is the real killer between these two guns. The Hellcat is smaller, and more feature-filled, and packs 11 rounds. The Glock 43 packs six rounds, and that’s it. The Glock 43 comes with two six-round magazines, and the Hellcat comes with an 11 and 13 round magazine. This gives the Hellcat nearly 50% more ammo in a flush-fitting magazine. Capacity matters in any concealed carry pistol.
The Glock 43 has taken a beating this article. It’s tough to be a Glock 43 in a day and age where the P365 and Hellcat exist. The Hellcat is a class-leading concealed carry pistol. However, the Glock 43 does have the advantage of being a Glock. The gun has been around for a few years now, so it’s been tested and pushed to the breaking point, and we all collectively know that the Glock 43 kicks butt in the reliability department for long term usage.
Anything with the Glock title also has an almost immediately massive aftermarket. Glock 43 owners have a wider selection of sights, magazines, triggers, and more. The Hellcat can catch-up, but at the time of this article, the Glock 43 kicks the Hellcat’s butt aftermarket wise.
Anyone in the comments own both? Which do you prefer, and why?
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.
He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms based hobbies.
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