The Zombie Annihilator: The first zombie-related product that I actually think is pretty darn cool.
I stumbled across the Annihilator when I went to the Yankee Hill Machine Co. (YHM) website looking for an upper for a new lower I am going to review in the near future. When I hit the site, I saw this freakin’ cool gun.
Yeah, I get it. The zombie craze is completely beyond interesting. We’ve got zombie knives, machetes, targets, bullets, guns and more. This isn’t the first zombie gun, and it isn’t likely to be the last. It is, however, the first rifle that really grabbed my attention.
First, I think the color pattern is actually attractive. The bright, neon green looks like crap on some guns, but not this one. It seems to be the right amount of color to contrast with the blacks and grays of the typical AR finish.
Second, this gun features a lot of the nice YHM gear, including the diamond pattern fluting on the barrel, the Todd Jarrett competition handguard, the low profile gas block and the awesome looking Annihilator flash hider.
The flash hider is a re-creation of the company’s Phantom flash hider. It uses a six port design and doesn’t require specific positioning for maximum effect. YHM claims the device suppresses more than 99% of all flash. Andrew at VuurwapenBlog compared a number of muzzle devices, including the YHM Phantom 5C2 and the results were very good – noticeably better than the standard A2.
But, this version of the Phantom is a little more than just a flash hider. It also has (in your best Monty Python accent) “sharp, pointy teeth.” In effect, that flash hider (rabbit) is dynamite. According to YHM, you will have to be careful of “zombie splatter.”
The Zombie Annihilator rifle has a 16″ chrome-lined barrel in your choice of 1:7 or 1:9 twist. It is chambered in 5.56 NATO. Front and rear sights are both YHM QDS flip up sights, and all internals are supposed to be mil-spec.
The retail price is $1550, which puts it just outside of my threshold of safe buying. My lovely bride would likely stake me outside for the living dead if she saw that that charge come across the debit card. But hey, a guy can dream.