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Springfield Armory Hellion 5.56mm Bullpup: First Look

Springfield Armory has released the Hellion 5.56mm Bullpup based on the proven VHS-2 bullpup. Here's a first look.

Springfield Armory Hellion 5.56mm Bullpup: First Look

Springfield Armory has announced the release of the Hellion, answering the call for superior ballistic performance in a short, modular and fully ambidextrous 5.56mm bullpup platform.

Unlike a traditional long gun, the bullpup system locates the action and the magazine behind the trigger and into the buttstock area. By doing this, it reduces the overall length drastically, while still allowing you to have a barrel long enough to retain effective downrange performance.

Based on the internationally proven VHS-2 bullpup, which has been 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 firearm. 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.

Springfield Armory Releases the Hellion 5.56mm Bullpup

The Hellion features 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. The result is an ultra-compact 5.56mm that can be easily fired from either shoulder.


“The new semi-automatic Hellion builds upon the solid foundation of the Croatian VHS-2, and adapts it to the needs of American shooters,” says Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing. “With the changes applied to the design by Springfield Armory, the Hellion offers American shooters a truly unique and capable 5.56mm bullpup.”


The Hellion is highly adaptable to the needs of shooters, through the use of a five-position collapsible buttstock as well as a two-position adjustable gas system. It is also ready to accept the optic of your choice on the top strip of Picatinny rail, which also integrates a set of flip-up iron sights. It comes with a 30-round Magpul® PMAG and Bravo Company USA® BCMGUNFIGHTER™ Mod 3 pistol grip. MSRP is $1,999.

Springfield Armory Releases the Hellion 5.56mm Bullpup

To learn more about the Hellion, visit springfield-armory.com.

To see the Hellion video, visit springfield-armory.com

Springfield Armory Hellion Specifications

  • Part No.: HL916556B
  • Color: Black
  • Rear Sight: Integrated Flip-Up w/ 5-Position Aperture, Windage Adjustable
  • Handguard: Polymer, M-Lok
  • Charging Handle: Ambidextrous, Non-Reciprocating
  • Magazines: (1) 30-Round Magpul PMAG Gen M3
  • Barrel: 16" Hammer Forged 4150 Steel, Melonite, 1:7
  • Bolt Carrier Group: Proprietary, Melonite
  • Stock: 5-Position Adjustable w/ Cheek Riser
  • Safety Switch: Ambidextrous
  • Weight: 8 lbs
  • MSRP: $1,999  
  • Caliber: 5.56
  • Front Sight: Integrated Flip-Up, Elevation Adjustable
  • Gas System: 2-Position Adjustable, Short Stroke Piston
  • Muzzle Device: 4-Prong Flash Hider
  • Grip: BCMGUNFIGHTER Mod 3
  • Length: 28.25" - 29.75"

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