Springfield Armory might finally be giving a lot of us what we’ve been asking for. If you don’t know, Springfield imports its XD series and Hellcat pistols from Croatia, specifically, from a company called HS Produkt. The XD series used to be known as the HS2000 before Springfield picked up the line. HS Produkt, however, also makes something called the VHS.
The VHS isn’t just a dying video medium used to record and watch reruns of the Golden Girls. It’s also a bullpup rifle that was created for the Croatian military.
The VHS has been around since 2009, and in 2013 the more modern VHS-2 was born. Since Springfield has a close relationship with HS Produckt, a lot of us have been hoping to see them import these rifles to the American market. Springfield may finally be giving us what we’ve wanted.
This morning they posted the above graphic on their social media with a stack of VHS tapes (geddit?) and a little message letting us know a product announcement is coming Friday. Sure, that’s really subtle, but I don’t think it’s too much to read into the clever marketing here that there are VHS rifles in Springfield’s future.
Best case scenario: Springfield imports the rifles in a quasi-neutered state and then makes them 922R compliant prior to their release, giving us a true VHS experience…or as close as you can get with a semi-auto variant.
FN does that with the SCAR series. Worst case scenario: we get the HK treatment and get an overpriced neutered rifle like the SL8.
Why the VHS?
More rifles are better than fewer rifles, right? Well, I certainly hope so. The VHS and what’s hopefully the VHS-2 offer a modern bullpup platform in 5.56. The short-stroke gas piston-powered gun offers shooters an adjustable LOP, the ability to swap ejection easily, and a modern platform for mounting all your accessories and optics.
ARs are great, but I wouldn’t mind another option on the block. Sadly, Springfield has apparently canceled their SHOT Show appearance, so we won’t get any hands-on time next week. That’s a shame because Springfield has always been a range day regular