When it comes to defensive firearms, reliability is a must. The gun needs to work for you every time you pull the trigger. So, how do you test reliability at this level? You could do a 10K round torture test of the firearm, but that’s a lot of money and time to invest — both of which few of us have.
So how about the “mag dump”? A mag dump is the rapid discharge of a semi-automatic pistol, and has become one of the many tools to test firearms reliability and ergonomics. It is a quick and dirty way to get a gauge on whether your gun has the chops.
Why It Matters
Beyond just the function of the gun — can it run the rounds that fast and not hang up? — this is also a good test of the ergonomics of the pistol. When it comes to really small guns, it can be a handful to hang on to them during a drill like this, so this is a great way to assess the ergonomics of a CCW pistol. So, what we’re looking at is not only a simple and effective test of your gun’s reliability and function, but also its handling characteristics.
Coming to Grips
I was particularly curious about how the new 9mm Hellcat would do because of its “Adaptive Grip Texture.” This is fancy talk for what I’ve basically found to be a great grip texture that gives you enough grippiness to hold, but smooth enough to not abrade your skin or catch on clothing.
The details on the texture is that it is, according to Springfield, a “custom pressure-activated grip texture on the Hellcat frame [that] features a pattern of staggered pyramid shapes. The taller pyramids have a flattened top to ensure comfort in the waistband and minimal wear on clothing. The shorter pyramids come to a point and lock into your hand for a secure hold when the pistol is firmly gripped.”
Where It Counts
The combination of the Hellcat’s reliability and its excellent ergonomics made it a pleasure to shoot during my “mag dump” test (see video at top). For such a small gun, it handles and shoots like a much larger pistol. Combine that with its impressive capacity, terrific sights, and just all-around impressive characteristics, and you have a winner in the EDC micro 9mm world.