Hyve & the 14+1 Hellcat
May 14th, 2020
5 minute read
So, you have wisely weighed your choices for possible concealed carry pistols and decided on the Springfield Armory Hellcat. Congratulations! You have chosen one of the most popular CCW pistols on the market with the world’s highest capacity for a micro-compact.
As you begin to converse with your range friends about your latest gun acquisition you realize a few of them own the same gun. No big deal though because great minds think alike, but now you want to make this gun your own, jazz it up a bit, and give it your own personal flavor!
One company that can help you accomplish this is Hyve Technologies. They make an assortment of quality accessories for various firearms on the market, but we are interested in their +1/+3 Magazine Extension and also their Slide Cover Plate (both available in a wide range of color options) for your new Hellcat. We took both products for a spin at the range to see how they assembled and performed.
More Is Always Better
The install of the Hyve Technologies +1/+3 Magazine Extension was very easy. It comes with instructions, but they are not necessary if you have changed magazine floorplates before because it is so intuitive. All you may need to assist yourself is a small flathead screwdriver to depress the spring in your factory Springfield Armory Hellcat magazine. Then, you can simply slide off the factory magazine floorplate, slide on the Hyve Technologies extension, and tighten down the Allen screw to secure the it. It features a simple Allen screw, and they provide the necessary Allen wrench for you to secure the extension.
The Hyve extension makes the magazine a tad bit longer than a 13-round Hellcat magazine. Whereas the Hellcat 13-rounder extension has a height of 0.784″ from flat bottom to flat top, the Hyve extension measures 0.960″ at its longest and 0.647″ at its shortest point.
After repeated shooting, the Hyve Technologies Magazine Extension remained secure and did not shift from its original position. There was reliable feeding of every round. On a factory 11-round magazine, the Hyve +1/+3 Magazine Extension bumps your capacity to 14 rounds while on a factory 13-round magazine it again increases your carrying capacity to 14 rounds. So, it can be used with any factory Springfield Armory Hellcat magazine for a +3 or +1 increase.
When I attempted to put the factory floorplate back on the magazine it was a difficult endeavor to remove the Hyve extension. You either need a third helping hand or your handy-dandy flathead screwdriver to compress the magazine spring down while attempting to slide off the Hyve extension.
Making It Yours
The next accessory we took for a test drive from Hyve Technologies was their Slide Cover Plate. The Hyve Technologies Slide Cover Plate does not impede or improve the accuracy of your Hellcat, but it is a nice accent and complement to the Hyve Technologies +1/+3 Magazine Extension.
The Slide Cover Plate was a little more difficult to install, not because of the Slide Cover Plate itself, but the fact that the factory cover plate is under spring tension from two different forces — the striker assembly and extractor. So, you want to be careful removing and installing your new cover plate so no springs go errantly flying into the atmosphere. If after a period of shooting you ever want to revert back to the factory slide cover plate it is an easy process, but you again want to be careful to not have springs go flying.
Throughout a lengthy range session, both the Hyve Technologies Slide Cover Plate and +1/+3 Magazine Extension worked flawlessly. Also, the splash of color of red on my samples was a unique flair to the Hellcat that definitely sets it apart from all of the other black polymer pistols on the range that day. More than one person stopped and asked me what those accessories were that I had installed on my Hellcat.
If you are interested in getting either the +1/+3 Magazine Extension or the Slide Cover Plate from Hyve Technologies, they go for $27.99 and $14.99 respectively with your choice of black, blue, purple, gray, OD green (olive drab green), red, tan and copper for color choices.
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