Aftermarket accessories create a lightweight, straight-shooting AR for Yankee Hill
In his latest article for American Rifleman, Jorge Amselle explains why Yankee Hill's latest rifle is one for your collection
Yankee Hill Machine Desert Enforcer
Yankee Hill's latest rifle makes use of some of the best aftermarket accessories from YHM and Magpul, combined with solid, well engineered upper and lower receivers to create a lightweight, straight-shooting AR.
My wife asks me “why do you need more than one AR?” and I ask her why she needs more than one pair of shoes. An AR is an AR is an AR may be true in the military, but it is certainly not the case in the consumer market where we have choices—lots of choices. When it comes to offering interesting AR choices and accessories, there are few manufacturers better suited or more creative than Yankee Hill Machine (YHM).
The latest example of this phenomenon is the company’s Desert Enforcer carbine, which comes more tricked out than the average car in the “Fast and the Furious” movies. The upper and lower receivers and the handguards sport a Flat Dark Earth Cerakote finish, with matching Magpul furniture for a very distinct look.
Cerakote is probably the toughest and most corrosion resistant finish that can be applied to any firearm, as this online salt test video shows. That is far from the only upgrade on this direct-gas-impingement-operated, semi-automatic rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO, however.
For this project YHM started with its Todd Jarrett Competition Series AR, developed by YHM and Jarrett for high-speed tactical competition. The Desert Enforcer uses forged 7075-T6 aluminum matched upper and lower receivers. The rifle-length freefloated 6061-T6 aluminum handguard has a narrow and smooth profile, with 2.5 inches of machined accessory rails at the 3-, 6- and 9-o’clock positions. It is secured to the barrel nut with two steel anti-rotation screws for extra strength, and features a full-length Picatinny rail on top.
You almost can’t find an AR with the old traditional carry handle any more, and good riddance to that thing. Instead YHM has installed its own removable, folding Quick Deploy (Q.D.S.) front and rear backup sights made from aircraft-grade aluminum. These are adjustable for windage and elevation, and fold down low enough for use with most optics.
The 16-inch, 4140 steel barrel is chrome lined with a 1:9-inch twist and has YHM’s distinct diamond fluting pattern cut into its surface. This increases the surface area of the barrel, which helps to dissipate heat. The pattern also increases the strength and rigidity of the barrel while keeping the weight down, sort of how corrugated cardboard works. It also adds to the Desert Enforcer’s assertive looks. The rifle also has a low-profile, pinch-screw gas block with a mid-length gas system for added reliability over a carbine-length system.
Read the rest of Jorge's look at the Machine Desert Enforcer on American Rifleman's website.