VHS K2 Bullpup in Iraq


The VHS-2 assault rifle is made in Croatia. The same people that make the HS and XDM pistols. No, not Springfield Armory but HS products.

The VHS-2 in the photo above is the VHS-K2. It is a bullpup rifle chambered in 5.56. It has some features found in other firearms. Like the H&K style selector markings and folding ambi-charging handle under the picatinny carry handle. Very reminiscent of the H&K G36. Even the magazines are similar in concept to the G36, they are translucent and have built in couplers.


From the photo above the VHS K2 looks rather long. It sports a 16″ barrel and has an overall length of 27″. However the top photo shows a longer barrel, probably the 500mm length which comes out to 19″ barrel making the gun 31″ long.



Thanks to Steven S. for sending us the Iraq photo.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • Mystick

    I think the Beta-2 is more accurate, and has better fit-and-finish….

    • JustAHologram

      But nobody else supports it’s mags

      • Garmanarnar


      • May

        HK does, the mags are a copy of the G36, they’re supposed to be compatible with the German ones.

        • JustAHologram

          Are you familiar with the video format wars?

          • Mystick

            Maybe the youngster wasn’t born before DVD’s had already taken over. You know, still in the pupa-stage, and all.

          • JustAHologram

            Maybe I should have used Blu-ray vs HD-DVD as an example

          • CourtLively

            probably not old enough to remember that either.

          • JustAHologram

            The PS3 didn’t launch that long ago did it

  • M

    I heard the adjustable length of pull goes from ‘terribly long’ to “what kind of giant needs it this long”

    • Savage

      in average we(croatians) are 6 ft tall so… anyway, here nobody likes that bull-pup concept pushed by our military staff, (former French foreign legion members)

      • Anonymoose

        Maybe they thought people would use their strong hand to grip the magwell and their support hand to pull the trigger? lol

      • Harry’s Holsters

        You’d think with the collapsable stock they’d try to give the gun a shorter LOP.

        • Gotta fit a receiver in their somehow…

          • The VHS2 models with their stocks collapsed are actually longer than the corresponding VHS models with non-adjustable stocks.

          • andrey kireev


      • n0truscotsman

        Thats amazing. And, after carrying a M16 with a full size stock for a good half of my military career, its amazing how anyone could make a rifle with a pull thats *longer*.

        • Squirreltakular

          And then to issue them to the relatively short Iraqis. That’s kind of messed up.

          • jono102

            That’s why you send them to somewhere where putting a stock in the shoulder is largely a foreign concept…problem solved

        • Nicholas C

          FAL is rather long. HK91/HKG3 are pretty bad as well.

    • Martin Grønsdal

      I shot the first version of the VHS in Poland, and I don’t remember the length of pull to be of any difficulty.

  • ReadyorNot

    Seems like Syria/Iraq are testing grounds for all kinds of platforms.

    • 360_AD

      Where else but places of conflict would supply of weapons be flowing and be truly tested towards their intended purpose? Exercise field? Lab? Proving grounds? There’s nothing like the real deal.

    • noob

      if you are fighting for your life, you’d want to have someone test the latest and greatest in a real setting to see if you can get the edge with it.

  • Vhyrus


    • Nicholas C

      Probably a pain the butt. 922R compliance and all that.

      • John

        So make them here.

        At this point, every serious gun company sets up at least one shop in the United States to play “Crazy American Laws”.

        • noob

          more employment for precision machinists and engineers!

      • iksnilol

        Remove buttplate
        sell as pistol

    • Anomanom

      Hey Springfield, SO WOULD I!

  • Garmanarnar

    That sight plane height over bore is off the charts. D:

  • Just say’n

    What in the world would a 19″ barrel in 5.56 do for you? The U.S. ammo he’s likely shooting has been optimized for a 14.5″ barrel, no?

    • Squirreltakular

      If it’s M193 or M855, no, those were both originally issued for the 20″ bbl M16 and M16A2, respectively. Unless they’re getting SOST or M855A1, which I doubt.

    • Vitor Roma

      Even optmized for a 14.5″ barrel still gains a good chunk of speed out of 20″.

    • DW

      Not everyone uses US spec ammo, hell many military still use 55gr 5.56 rounds, and for them 20″ is king.

  • Squirreltakular

    I’m sorry, but this has to be the coolest looking modern rifle that’s out now. Looks like it was pulled straight out of a science fiction videogame.

    • Uniform223

      *coughs* Killzone * cough cough*

      • Squirreltakular

        That was my first thought. Didn’t think too many people here would get the reference.

        • noob

          needs more helical mag

  • Slab Rankle

    Awkward ergonomics, horrible trigger, weighs a ton – just like all the other bullpups! I hope the armies of the world get over this nonsense and go back to decent battle rifles, and hey, while we’re at it, how about a decent battles cartridge?

    • Uniform223

      M855A1 EPR…

      • CommonSense23

        MK318, 70gr…

    • GD Ajax

      The only people who have problem using a bullpup are morbidly obese. These are the type of fatties who also have trouble getting accurate shots with an AK.

    • mig1nc

      The F90 carbine is lighter than an M4A1.

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  • May

    What faction is that? Also what’s the orange thing on the hand guard?

  • Evil13RT

    I always liked the look of this rifle, but not its function. They should take notes from the Kel-Tec RDB because the length of pull seems to more than allow for an aft ejection.

  • John John Slade

    Well, the Croatia has been export their VHS to Iraq and other country. Also i like this gun.

    • Mystick

      Well, they were pirated copies. They better watch out for the MPAA…

      • John John Slade


        • iksnilol

          Motion Picture Association of America

          • John John Slade

            Thanks. I already google search it few minutes ago.

        • Mystick

          That’s a video tape joke.

          • John John Slade

            Ohhh….. haha…. right.

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    Wow, is it just me or does that barrel look impossibly thin? ?


    The rifle at photo it is VHS-D2, not short barreled VHS-K2.

  • William Nelson

    While I’m cool with bullpups, one has to wonder at the headaches the Iraqi armorers as well as their supply types have to deal with due to the myriad of firearms I’ve seen those guys toting around. Don’t seem like standardization is their strong suite.

  • Blaine

    I don’t care if it has a 50 lb trigger and an absurd length of pull. I want it.