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Retired St. Louis police Captain David Dorn, 77, was shot to death on Tuesday early in the morning by looters.
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Hornady just officially announced the 6mm ARC, or Advanced Rifle Cartridge, for the AR-15 platform.
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Introduced in fall 2019, the Hellcat caught the attention of the industry with its small stature but impressive capacity. Boasting 13+1 rounds with an extended mag and 11+1 with the flush fit mag, the Hellcat aimed to offer concealed carriers the ability to flawlessly conceal without sacrificing much in the way of capacity.
After a 100-round initial review, I took the Hellcat back to the range and out on the town to see how well it would stack up under more scrutiny.The Basics
Measuring 6-inches in total length, the Hellcat brings a 4-inch height, 1-inch width, and 3-inch barrel. The Hellcat weighs in around 18-ounces and comes in two models — a standard and Optics Ready, known as the OSP. For this review, I tested the standard model.
Aesthetically, the gun comes with top slide serrations which come in handy for racking. They are easy to grip and rip as you prep the gun for firing. The grip texture provides positive contact without completely shredding your hand while shooting. The frame also sports a reversible mag release button which makes it easier for the southpaws among us. Topping off some bells and whistles is a non-proprietary accessory rail for lights and lasers and a Tritium front sight and Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sights.
The sight set-up was fairly enjoyable while firing. The Tritium grabs your attention and makes it easy to place the sight on target. I’ve always preferred Tritium to standard white dot, so it’s nice that Springfield included that on the Hellcat.Concealment
As most of my readers know, my EDC is usually a midsize pistol – either the Glock G19 or, most recently, the Shadow Systems MR918. There are times, though, when a gal has to step down to a subcompact. Usually, that means toting a Smith & Wesson Shield in either a Dark Star Gear holster or a Can Can Concealment Hip Hugger for non-belted carry. Stacked up against the Shield, the Hellcat is noticeably smaller and has the added benefit of more rounds.
I popped the Hellcat in my Can Can Hip Hugger and it all but disappeared on my body. Though small, I was still able to easily access and draw the gun. I was really impressed with how little it printed and how well it rode in the holster. If you are someone who struggles to conceal, the Hellcat offers a solution with its slim build.At the Range
In my first look at the Hellcat, I noted that the gun has some snap to it. That’s not shocking nor surprising as it features a compact size paired with that 9mm round. You’d be hard-pressed to find any subcompact that doesn’t come with a little recoil. That being said, it’s easy to control if you train to it and practice maintaining a good grip with good mechanics.
Over the course of testing, I sent hundreds of rounds downrange – everything from Hornady Critical Defense to Winchester white box and even some random cheap ammo I found while spring cleaning. The Hellcat performed admirably with no malfunctions or hiccups.
When it comes to gripes, my biggest centers around the trigger. Though it boasts a flat-faced design, I didn’t enjoy the Hellcat’s trigger. The Hellcat has some grit to it, not a feature I am a fan of when it comes to triggers. I prefer a smoother trigger that I can cleanly press through. I notice when presented with triggers that have a grittier feel, I tend to slap the trigger more because I just don’t enjoy that press. The Hellcat was no exception.
While we are on the topic of the trigger, let’s talk about another issue that has cropped up for some who have tried their hand at the Hellcat. The Hellcat is equipped with a trigger safety meaning that there is a small lever ahead of the actual trigger that must be actuated to allow the trigger to be depressed and the gun to fire. This, of course, is there to prevent the trigger from snagging, on say clothes, and discharging.
If you have a sloppier grip resulting in bad trigger manipulation, this safety can be problematic. On the Hellcat, if you accidentally place sideways pressure on the trigger as you attempt to it pull it, the trigger locks up completely — meaning it won’t engage and the gun won’t fire. To remedy this, let off the trigger for a second and then re-apply direct, even pressure. For me, this rectified the situation and allowed the trigger to engage.
This is important to know if you are planning on carrying the Hellcat – make sure to practice your trigger pull ahead of popping this bad boy in a holster. I suggest some time dry firing and then practice at the range to reinforce good trigger manipulation, making sure to apply consistent and direct pressure. So long as you train and dry fire, as you should be doing anyway, you should be fine with the Hellcat.Final Thoughts
After several hundred rounds down range and carrying for a couple of months — where do I stand on the Hellcat?
If you’re after a higher capacity gun that isn’t monstrous in size, the Hellcat definitely does the job. If you prefer comfort while shooting — be that reduced recoil or a smoother trigger — then I would pass this up in favor of one of its competitors. At the end of the day, the Hellcat worked reliably and concealed well.
The base model Hellcat retails for $569 while the OSP version comes in slightly more at $599.
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Nebraska-based ammo maker Hornady on Wednesday announced a new short-action cartridge designed to push the limits while at the same time big name gun makers unveiled rifles for it.
Based on the 6.5 Grendel case, the new SAAMI-approved Hornady 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge, in a nutshell, was designed for a military user that wanted a round delivering comparable ballistics to a .308 Winchester from an AR-15 platform.
“The 6mm ARC began with a simple question: What can we do with today’s technology to maximize the performance of the AR-15 platform?” said Hornady Ballistician Jayden Quinlan. “We subsequently modeled and tested a variety of designs in different calibers until we were able to produce the most flexible cartridge possible within the limits of the AR-15 system.”
The 6mm ARC will be offered this year in 105-grain BTHP BLACK, 108-grain ELD Match, and 103-grain ELD-X Precision Hunter loads by Hornady.
When speaking about ballistics performance, the BTHP Black, for example, is billed at producing a muzzle velocity of 2750 fps which translates to 1,763 ft./lbs of energy. When dialed out to 500 yards, the same bullet is still going 1,963 fps and ready to deliver 898 ft./lbs with a -44.9 inch drop in trajectory. The ELD-Match round boasts a G1.536BC.
As a bonus, whereas a typical AR-10 mag could only accommodate 20 rounds of .308/7.62 NATO, the same size magazine could accept 24-25 rounds of 6mm ARC.
Hornady said they will also support reloaders who want to brew their own 6mm ARC with a range of Hornady bullets, dies, and components. Reloading data will be available on the Hornady Reloading App.
For a 23-minute deep dive into the development and range of options, the new 6mm ARC brings to the table, check out the below interview with Jayden Quinlan.
Hornady has been doing a lot of legwork on partnering with rifle makers to produce platforms to accommodate the new round. The list of company’s that have a 6mm ARC-chambered gun headed to market reads like a “who’s who” of the AR world and includes APF Armory, Barrett, Brownells, Christensen, CMC Triggers, CMMG, GAP, Geissele, Howa, Lantac, Mossberg, NEMO, Noveske, Odin Works, Proof, Radical Firearms, SanTan Tactical, Uintah Precision, and Wilson Combat.
Barrett announced this Wednesday they have been supplying their REC 7 rifle to the U.S. military in the new 6mm ARC offering as part of a Pentagon contract secured last year.
“Carrying 24 rounds in the magazine, the 108 gr. ELD Match bullets leave the 18-inch PROOF Research match-grade stainless steel or carbon fiber barrel at over 2,630 fps,” said Barrett in a statement. “This easily gives the rifle supersonic capabilities past 1,000 yards.”
Ryan Clecker with Gun University got his hands on a 6mm ARC-chambered Barrett REC 7 and gives the rundown chasing it out past 600 yards, below.
San Tan Tactical’s STT-15-6ARC rifles will use an 18-inch PROOF Research carbon fiber barrel with a 7.5 twist. The ultralight AR-style platform will have a 16-inch M-LOK rail, ambi controls, a CMC 3.5-pound single stage match trigger, and Magpul furniture.
CMMG says they will be adding 6mm ARC chambered options to both their 16-inch Resolute and 20-inch Endeavor rifle lines with an MSRP ranging from $1,049.95 to $1,799.95.
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As Americans in every major U.S. city take up arms to defend themselves against violet looters, one Florida mayor has effectively banned armed self-defense for anyone not already in possession of a firearm.
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The 6mm ARC is a brand new cartridge that Hornady designed to fit into a standard AR-15. Check out the video of us shooting it!
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