Hellcat .380 at 2012 SHOT Show

This week, January 17-20, 2012, we will be exhibiting our Hellcat .380 ACP and many other I.O. products , at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

The SHOT show is the largest firearms industry trade show in the world.  It is held at the Sands Expo which is a part of the Venetian Hotel complex. Usually over 100,000 visitors come to SHOT from all around the world, including law enforcement representatives.  Again this year, I.O., Inc. and all other major firearms manufacturers and outdoors companies will be at SHOT.

I.O. Booth 2661 at SHOT 2012

So, whether you are in law enforcement or the firearms or outdoors trades, please come visit with us at our booth, where you can handle and inspect the new and re-engineered Hellcat .380.

This year, IO is in Booth Number 2661.  To see our booth location on the SHOT show map, you should click here.

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.380 auto Hellcat made in USA by IO, Inc.

Hellcat .380 slide milled in-house from 4140 steel billet

Big Demand, but No Good Supply of High-Quality .380 ACP

The idea of the Hellcat came up during a lunch meeting with a distributor friend.

In 2009 there was a strong demand for a sub compact pistol in caliber .380. We researched what was available on the market and combined the best features of all products into the Hellcat.

Hellcat combines Best Engineering, Design and Manufacturing of .380 Auto

In order to ensure that we made the best .380 automatic in the world, we focused on key things:

  • We had our engineers draw up the original gun plans.
  • We bought new, specialized CNC equipment to manufacture our own frames and other other components.
  • We had our engineers totally redesign the Hellcat to make it the most reliable subcompact .380 auto.
  • We now manufacture all major components in-house, with everything made in the USA.

Completely Re-Designed Hellcat is Backed by a Life-Time Warranty

The Hellcat one was developed within 4 month from the idea to the first production sample. We were not happy with the quality of our suppliers and therefore we bought more CNC equipment to manufacture more parts in house, including the slide.

In May, 2011, we hired a mechanical engineer who totally redesigned our Hellcat to make it the most reliable subcompact .380 in its class.

The Hellcat is the only handgun in its class to incorporate a real line of sight, with both a rear and florescent front sight.

We proudly back the Hellcat with a life-time warranty, and we guarantee the function of the Hellcat with most factory ammunition on the market.

Go see the Hellcat for Yourself

We make the Hellcat with the highest quality materials, parts, engineering, and manufacturing.  See for yourself at your local gun store, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shop or visit us online at  Or to find a retailer near you, you should click here.


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We discontinued the production of the Hellcat .380 pistol. The huge number of competitors on the market brought us to the conclusion to develop something new and better, than what is existing. We will continue to service any Hellcat that is under its lifetime warranty. We will keep you posted at the appropriate point of […]

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