GENESEO, ILL. (01/12/23) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce that the Hellion™ 5.56mm bullpup has been chosen as NRA Publications’ American Rifleman 2023 Golden Bullseye Tactical Gun of the Year.

Now in their 21st year, the NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Awards acknowledge the finest products available in the shooting sports. The winners are selected by a committee of NRA Publications staff, representing more than a century of collective experience in the shooting and hunting industry.

“We couldn’t be prouder that the Hellion has been given this esteemed award,” said Dennis Reese, CEO of Springfield Armory. “With this bullpup, Springfield took an internationally proven design and adapted it specifically for the needs of American shooters. This recognition is an honor for the entire team behind its development.”

Answering the call for superior ballistic performance in a short, adaptable platform, the Springfield Armory Hellion features a “bullpup” configuration where the action is located behind the trigger. The result is a firearm with an overall length of just 28.25″, while still possessing a 16” barrel.

The Hellion sports ambidextrous controls that work in concert with a reversible case ejection system, allowing it to be easily fired from either shoulder. The result? A 5.56mm that combines portability with performance. An adjustable gas system, AR-magazine compatibility, M-Lok® slots and the ability to accept standard AR-15-pattern grips round out the package.

“The Hellion represents a radically innovative take on 5.56mm performance, offering both impressive ballistic capabilities as well as an extremely portable package,” said Springfield Armory Vice President of Marketing, Steve Kramer. “We are honored that it has been recognized with such an esteemed award from the National Rifle Association.”

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About Springfield Armory®

In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy.

We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at:


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