Friday, March 20, 2020

Springfield’s Hellcat Tops May/June Handgunner

“The new Hellcat changes things,” professes Will Dabbs, MD. The Springfield Armory Micro-Compact 9mm featured in the May/June issue of American Handgunner boasts an engineering feat previously unseen in a palm-sized carry gun: 14-round capacity.

Assembled into a truly compact package (3" barrel, 4" height and 6" length) and enhanced by such features as U-Notch iron sights and a Shield Sights Reflex Mini Sight-Compact, Dabbs admits, “I’d gladly tell you if I found some ugly little secret about the gun making it somehow less cool than it appears, but I was vexed. The Hellcat has, in one fell swoop, rendered all my concealed carry guns obsolete.”

With three barrels and five cartridges, the G-2-Three Contender pistol from Thompson/Center may sound like a 24th century spaceship robot, but its versatility makes opportunities endless, particularly for hunters. Sam Fadala tested the G-2-Three in .22 LR, .22 Hornet, .38 Special, .357 Magnum and .357 Maximum with exceptional results all around. Shooting .357 Mag., Sam notes, “A 180-gr. Barnes Tipped TSX FG gained 1,800 fps with 20-grains of Lil’ Gun. What’s not to like there?”

The Handgun Of The Month giveaway package for May/June is topped by a Bond Arms Rowdy double-barrel pistol, but don’t be fooled by its diminutive looks. The single-action, double-barrel Rowdy is chambered for .45 Colt and 2.5" shells. It features a stainless steel finish and black rubber grips, and its removable barrels are interchangeable with all standard Bond Arms barrels. The winner will also receive an Up & At ’Em EDC knife from CRKT, ProTac HL-X flashlight from Streamlight and Gun-Werkz gun cleaner. Valued at more than $520, readers are encouraged to enter the free drawing by visiting

The May/June issue also includes “A Cut Above!” — Pat Covert details how Zero Tolerance Knives blend slice with style. This issue it’s about the numbers: Executive Editor Tom McHale lists the 10 best airguns for affordable all-season fun, and the Handgunner team highlights nine of the best new product finds from SHOT Show 2020. Wondering how to manage guns for end-of-life events? David Freeman offers advice in “Firearms Trusts.” With his unique talent for storytelling, Will Dabbs, MD takes the reins of the longtime reader favorite column, Guncrank Diaries.

Discover more with American Handgunner online-only content. Greg Moats’ “Can Competition & Tactics Co-Exist?” and David Freeman’s “SIG’s Fastback Emperor Scorpion Carry Commander” are available at Digital subscriptions and the May/June issue are available for purchase at Kindle and digital versions are also available.