In the upcoming 2015 issue of AR RIFLEMAN, author Martin D. Topper takes Yankee Hill Machine’s new Hunt-Ready Carbine, or HRC, hog hunting in the wilds of Florida. Topper writes, “The HRC has a fast-handling, 16-inch barrel with a rather unusual fluting pattern composed of eight rows of alternating, oval-shaped, 1-by-0.25-inch scallops. This significantly lightens the barrel but does not compromise its accuracy-enhancing rigidity. The scallops also increase the barrel’s ability to dissipate heat. The barrel is made of heat-treated 4140 steel and has a fast 1-in-8-inch twist rate that will stabilize longer .30-caliber bullets used in subsonic loads.

“The forged upper and lower receivers are made from 7075-T6 aluminum. The two halves are held together with YHM’s EZ Pull takedown pins, which have enlarged heads. The rifle’s long Specter-length handguard is made of 6061-T6 aluminum, as are the scope rings. The free-floating handguard is designed to fit over YHM’s low-profile Specter gas block.

“Internally and externally, there were no tool marks, scratches or poorly formed edges anywhere on the rifle. The single-stage trigger had a consistent 6.5- pound pull. The take-up was smooth, the break was clean and there was a small amount of overtravel. The gun’s total hunting weight—with a loaded magazine, a sling and a scope—is 8 pounds—which made it easy to carry.

“The rifle also has a very good finish. The steel barrel was evenly Parkerized in matte black, and other Parkerized steel parts were finished in a matte black, too. The handguard, upper and lower receivers, adjustable stock, YHM scope rings and the Bushnell Banner scope were all finished in Realtree AP camouflage. Overall, the carbine blended well with the foliage in the backwoods of western Florida.”

To learn more for your AR needs, check out the 2015 issue of AR RIFLEMAN, available on newsstands and digitally Oct. 28, 2015. To purchase a copy, go to

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