Springfield Armory recently released the Hellion 5.56mm bullpup, built on the solid foundation of the Croatian VHS-2 and featuring numerous enhancements and modifications for the American market.
Two of the most significant features that make this gun so awesome are that it’s fully ambidextrous and it fares very well in rugged environments. The gun also has a toolless adjustable gas block that has two settings, unsuppressed and suppressed.
Hellion Sights Details
We were able to get a hands-on look at the Hellion here recently, and something that caught our attention was its excellent iron sights. So, we decided to put them to the test.
The Hellion iron sights are metal and spring into action with the push of a button. The iron sights, when flat, lie flush in the 1913 rail that runs along the top of the gun seamlessly. This is a huge plus because they are built-in and out of the way until needed.
The front post almost comes to a complete point, providing a fine aiming point that allows for very accurate shooting. The rear post has several different apertures. To be exact, it has a total of five different apertures meant to be used at different ranges.
To start off, there is a “0” aperture for close-quarters use and as a night sight. The 0 aperture in my experience does work well with CQB shooting. I was able to pick it up quickly as I transitioned from target to target.
The next up is a “1-2” aperture, which is used to zero the firearm at 100 meters and can also be used to shoot both 100 and 200 meters. Then, there are settings “3”, “4”, and “5”, each corresponding with that many hundred meters for distance shooting. So, for example, the “3” is used for 300 meters, the “4” for 400 meters and “5” for 500 meters.
To zero the gun, you want to be supported at 100 meters and fire on a clean witness panel to begin to make your adjustments. We set up our full-size torso steel plate that is 30” tall with 18”-wide shoulders. We put on a fresh coat of paint so we could spot impacts and painted a defined red dot in the middle for an aiming point.
The adjustments on the Hellion iron sights are some of the best. Like the gas system adjustments, the sights can all be adjusted without tools. The front post adjusts for elevation of impact.
To raise the impact up, turn the front post adjustment counterclockwise. This will raise where your bullet is hitting. The rear sight adjusts the windage. Turning the rear adjustment clockwise adjusts the bullet impact to the left.
After the adjustments have been made, the Hellion should be set up for shooting at varying distances using the apertures. We were able to shoot it and hit steel at 200, 300 and 400 meters. The adjustments do however go all the way to 500 meters, and with quality ammo and an experienced shooter, you will be able to do so.
Final Thoughts on Using the Hellion’s Sights
The Hellion does have some pretty impressive iron sights. So, if you don’t want an optic or don’t have the budget for an optic you want after your Hellion purchase, fret not because these sights are more than capable. It is truly great to have built-in BUIS on your rifle just in case you should ever need them.
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