When the engineers at Springfield Armory imported modified Croatian HS-2000 pistols under the new XD moniker more than two decades ago, many gun nerds — myself included — hoped they would bring additional Croatian military firearms into the states. Last year, our prayers were answered with the introduction of the Springfield Hellion — a civilian-legal version of the Croatian VHS-2 bullpup carbine. While this gun was fantastic and critically acclaimed, it wasn’t quite the exact same gun issued to the Croatian armed forces. Full-auto capability aside, it also featured a 16-inch barrel instead of the proper 18-inch one found on the VHS-2 and lacked the rifle-grenade-launching spigot. Springfield Armory responded once again with more of an original model this year, but they also brought in a new version featuring a 20-inch barrel. This got me very excited, as the 20-inch barrel offers more benefits than simply increased muzzle velocity.
[Continue reading "Springfield Armory Hellion 20-INCH" in the February 2024 issue]
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