The new Springfield Armory Hellion bullpup rifle has an international origin story.

In 1992, IM Metal, now known as HS Produkt began the development of an advanced bullpup rifle chambered for the 5.56mm NATO cartridge.

Those efforts resulted in the VHS-2 bullpup rifle. Today, the VHS-2 serves with the Croatian Armed Forces and has proven itself in demanding environments ranging from Bosnia to Iraq, Syria, and more.

It was from the solid foundation of the VHS-2 that the Springfield Hellion Bullpup Rifle was born.

The NEW Springfield Armory Hellion Bullpup Rifle

From Springfield Armory

Springfield Armory is proud to announce 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.

Hellion Bullpup Rifle
The bullpup system moves the action and the magazine back behind the trigger, reducing the overall length drastically while still retaining 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 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.

Hellion bullpup rifle
The Hellion 5.56mm bullpup features a two-position adjustable gas block with “S” suppressed and “N” normal modes to adapt to conditions and ammo availability.


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 NEW Springfield Armory Hellion Bullpup Rifle

Hellion Bullpup Rifle Specs

  • Caliber: 5.56×45 NATO (.223 REM)
  • Barrel: 16″ CMV, Melonite, 1:7 Twist
  • Gas System: 2-position adjustable, short stroke piston
  • Muzzle Device: 4-Prong Flash Hider
  • Front Sight: Integrated flip-up, Elevation adjustable
  • Rear Sight: Integrated flip-up w/5 position Aperture, Windage adjustable
  • Grip: BCM Gunfighter Mod 3
  • Magazine: 30-round Magpul PMAG Gen 3
  • Weight: 8 pounds
  • Overall Length: 28.25 inches – 29.75 inches
  • MSRP: $1,999.00

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.

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