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Hellcat II – Best .380 Auto in the World

As I.O., Inc., one of our goals has been to manufacture the best .380 automatic handgun in the world and to make it right here in America.

With our predecessor company, Interordnance of America, LP, we began as licensed firearms importers. As we traveled the world, looking for the best firearms products for our customers, we noticed the need for a high-quality .380 auto that was reliable, accurate, and inexpensive. We couldn’t find one. So, we decided to build it ourselves.

In April, 2010, we introduced the original I.O. Hellcat .380. It was a big hit with our customers and it got great reviews, like these by Jeff Quinn of GunBlast.com. Since its introduction, we have sold 10,000 Hellcats. Now, the Hellcat II raises the bar again.

I.O., Inc. – Always Improving our Firearms Products

At I.O., Inc., we are always looking for ways to improve our firearm products. So, in the summer of 2011, we looked at how we could improve the Hellcat .380. We re-examined everything, including

  • Engineering and Design,
  • Manufacturing Techniques and Processes, and
  • Quality Control.

Recently, Jason Dover, the Head of Engineering at I.O., Inc. went over several of the key improvements we have made in these areas.

Improved Engineering and Design

Key upgrades include

  1. Design changes to the trigger bar and trigger cam, making the action even smoother and more consistent;
  2. Upgrading materials for the Hellcat extractor, ensuring durability and functionality for every round fired; and
  3. Fine-tooling the frame’s design, to provide a relief area around the magazine, to ensure reliable ammunition feed.

Best Manufacturing Processes

In addition to the Hellcat’s improved engineering and design, we also made our manufacturing even better. The Hellcat is still 100% made in America. In fact, for the parts we make ourselves in-house in Monroe, North Carolina, even the manufacturing machines we use are made in the USA. Even so, we are always looking to improve. One of the manufacturing improvements for the Hellcat .380 was to use specific heat treatments to quench and temper the barrel and to case harden the slide. Another key improvement was to change to a machined extractor. So, you get an even more reliable and durable .380 automatic which is guaranteed to work for life.

Ensuring you get the Highest-Quality .380 Auto in the World

Quality is key. Getting our customers the highest-quality .380 auto in the world was the reason we started manufacturing the Hellcat .380. These are just some of the actual steps we take every day to make sure we continue to make the best .380 automatic:

  • Three I.O. employees inspect every Hellcat for visual points, looking to make sure that the firearm looks right and to check for any obvious problems.
  • Two I.O. employees check every Hellcat for functionality, test-firing each weapon on our in-house firing range.
  • Every 100th Hellcat produced goes through an extensive testing phase, in which the firearm is shot more than 30 times. (See the video below.)

If a Hellcat doesn’t pass, it is completely stripped down and rebuilt using all new parts.

VIDEO: Test-firing each Hellcat .380 to ensure you get the highest quality .380 auto in the world.

Find a Hellcat Dealer

If you are here, chances are the Hellcat .380 has caught your attention. It’s a great gun. We guarantee it. For information on how to purchase one, you should click here.


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Recently, we have seen a lot of interest in our Hellcat .380 ACP. Some folks have asked us,

 “Why is the Hellcat .380 superior to other firearms in its class?”

Over and over, our customers tell us they are impressed because the I.O. Hellcat .380

  1. has a life-time warranty,
  2. is made in America,
  3. comes with excellent customer service, and
  4. is not just easy to use, but is also very accurate.

Making the best .380 ACP in the world right here at home

How do we do it?  First, we evaluated what was currently on the market before we designed our pistol. Then, we built the best .380 auto out of the best materials with the best manufacturing processes.

Here are just a couple of the critical differences between our Hellcat .380 and other .380 automatics manufactured elsewhere:

  • We machine our own slides in-house out of a solid 4140 steel 1″ x 1″ billet, not 3/4″ billet. That lets us give you the highest quality .380 auto with a real line of sight with front and rear sights which are a bit heavier and reduce recoil. Plus, we have a proprietary design for the internal shape of the slide which makes it easy to cock.
  • Our frames are manufactured from T6 aircraft aluminum and also CNC machined in-house, right here in Monroe, North Carolina. Our plastic parts are manufactured from state of the art polymer material.
  • Our plastic frame is wider and allows proper fit for your hands, which also reduces recoil.

Hellcat .380 is Easy to fire with great accuracy

Our Hellcat .380 is easy to cock, has minimum recoil, and is very controllable. Plus, we have real front and rear sights, so the accuracy is great. At 10-15 yards you can still hold a 2-3” group.

Find a Hellcat .380 Dealer

Please go take a look for yourself and let us know what you think of our Hellcat .380. To find a dealer near you, you should click here.


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Come See the Hellcat .380 at 2012 SHOT Show

January 16, 2012
Best .380 automatic in the world - Hellcat .380, I.O., Inc. (fka Interordnance)

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 […]

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Development of the Hellcat pistol.

January 15, 2012
best .380 automatic in the world - Hellcat .380, I.O., Inc. (fka Interordnance)

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 […]

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Find a Hellcat Dealer or Distributor

November 11, 2011

Hellcat .380 Dealers You can find the Hellcat at your local gun shop or firearms dealer, including Gander Mountain Cabela’ s Bass Pro Shop. The Hellcat.380 comes standard with a pistol pouch and one 1 x 6 rd magazine, although individual retailers may occasionally offer additional extras. Hellcat .380 Distributors If you local dealer does […]

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