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Springfield Armory Extends Hellion 5.56mm Bullpup Line

The latest variants of the Springfield Armory Hellion 5.56mm Bullpup feature enhanced ballistic performance, 18- and 20-inch barrel lengths, and more.

Springfield Armory Extends Hellion 5.56mm Bullpup Line

(Photo courtesy of Springfield Armory)

Springfield Armory is proud to announce the release of two new variants of the Hellion, offering enhanced ballistic performance with 18-inch and 20-inch barrel length options and unique features true to the original VHS-2 design.

Based on the internationally proven bullpup employed by the Croatian armed forces in demanding environments ranging from Iraq to Africa and beyond, the Springfield Armory Hellion offers American shooters a semi-automatic version of this highly capable and fully ambidextrous firearm.

While the original Hellion launched early last year featured a short 16-inch barrel designed to offer the most compact package possible, the newly released variants feature extended 18-inch and 20-inch barrels. The result is a 5.56mm that still offers the compact handling characteristics of a bullpup, but with enhanced velocity and downrange performance.

Springfield Armory 5.56mm Hellion 18-inch Bullpup right angle view
(Photo courtesy of Springfield Armory)

In addition, the 20-inch-barreled version of the Hellion features an overall configuration similar to that of the Croatian VHS-D2, a designated marksman version of the VHS. The 20-inch Hellion is outfitted with a distinctive ribbed forward section of barrel for enhanced cooling as well as an integrated bayonet lug.

As part of the Hellion’s development, Springfield Armory adapted the original VHS-2 design for the American market. This includes its ability to feed from AR-pattern magazines, the use of replaceable AR-pattern pistol grips, M-Lok slots in the handguard and the addition of six QD mounts. The result is a design with international roots, yet addressed to the specific needs of American shooters.

All Hellions feature a reversible ejection system that requires no additional parts or tools. Complementing this system is a set of fully ambidextrous controls, including the safety, charging handle, magazine and bolt release. A five-position collapsible buttstock, two-position adjustable gas system and integrated flip-up iron sights further add to the design’s adaptability.

“The Hellion built upon the solid foundation of the VHS-2, adapting it to the needs of American shooters,” says Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing. “With these two new longer-barreled variants in 18-inch and 20-inch, shooters have the option of increased downrange performance as well as features true to the original design.”

Springfield Armory 5.56mm Hellion 18-inch Bullpup left and right side views
(Photo courtesy of Springfield Armory)

All Hellions come with a 30-round Magpul PMAG and Bravo Company USA BCMGUNFIGHTER Mod 3 pistol grip. MSRP of the 18-inch version is $2,016, while the 20-inch version has an MSRP of $2,031.

  • Hellion 18-in. 5.56mm | HL918556B | 706397969448 | MSRP: $2,016
  • Hellion 20-in. 5.56mm | HL920556B | 706397969455 | MSRP $2,031

To learn more about the new Hellions, visit the following:




  • Hellion 18-in. 5.56mm: https://spr-ar.com/r/5685
  • Hellion 20-in. 5.56mm: https://spr-ar.com/r/5686

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