Springfield’s Hellion .223/5.56 Tops August GUNS

“I didn’t start out as a fan boy for the design and honestly had to overcome some initial doubts about the concept,” admits Roy Huntington of the Springfield Armory Hellion on the cover of August GUNS. “Once the dust settled and I learned about the mechanics of the design, the engineering features — and learned to manipulate the rifle — it began to feel comfortable, even normal to me. I was surprised and interested and felt I had opened some entirely new doors when it came to defensive-rifle ideas.”

“The rifle ran like a military rifle should, the trigger was predictable and the accuracy was simply icing on the cake,” he said of the Hellion chambered in .223/5.56.

In “The New Original Henry — America’s First Successful Lever Gun Renewed,” Jeff “Tank” Hoover explains how Henry Repeating Arms provides an affordable means to own, shoot and display the “original” lever gun. For many enthusiasts, it’s the rifle that started it all — and for some, it’s one of the most important rifles ever made.

A SIG SAUER P322 is up for grabs in the issue’s Gun of the Month giveaway package. Features of the optic-ready P322 include a removable rear sight plate, threaded barrel adapter, ambidextrous controls with a reversible magazine catch, interchangeable flat and curved triggers and fiber optic front and rear sights. A Streamlight TLR-1 HL tactical weapon light, Kith folding knife from CRKT and Pioneer Dehumidifier from SilentDry round out the prize package valued at more than $650. Readers are encouraged to enter the free drawing online at

The August issue asks: Are you worthy of a custom gun? Tank Hoover says, “Yes!” in the Think Tank column. Tank showcases the guns he’s customized over the years and counsels: “Take it slow and enjoy the journey to customized sixgunnery.” Wayne Van Zwoll outlines five common zeroing mistakes and provides the steps to correcting this otherwise simple task in the Optics installment. And for folks who are forever curious about the workings of handguns and their ammunition, Mike “Duke” Venturino suggests a Ransom Pistol Machine Rest is a helpful solution when eye and hand fatigue affect accuracy in Montana Musings.

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