Despite the recent AR-buying craze, which has left many companies focused on simply satisfying demand and not creating new models, Yankee Hill Machine (YHM) has still found time to innovate and enhance the AR platform. The new YHM Model 57 in 5.56mm NATO, its first all-billet-machined AR, represents a whole new direction for the company. In the upcoming March 2014 issue of Rifle Firepower, author Jorge Amselle wrings out the new beast and delivers the results.

Amselle writes, “The rifle is a direct-impingement-operated, semi-automatic AR carbine chambered in 5.56mm NATO, but in appearance as well as on the range, it is more Terminator meets RoboCop than run-of-the-mill AR… According to YHM, the move toward billet receivers arose from both a desire to build unique custom features into the receivers themselves, which you cannot easily do with forgings, and the recent difficulty the entire industry experienced in the availability of forgings due to increased demand. With its own CNC machines now set up to manufacture its own receivers, the company never have to worry about a shortage of these parts.”

To learn more about YHM Model 57—its extremely unique design and range performance—check out the March 2014 issue of Rifle Firepower, available on newsstands and digitally December 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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