o2. COBALT KINETICS
WHAT’S HAPPENING: VARIOUS REDESIGNS & MORE WEB: COBALTKINETICS.COM MSRP: PRICES VARY
Since 2015, when they broke into this market, Cobalt Kinetics has been one to keep your eye on. Their rifles are notable by their aggressive design and unconventional color palette. The company holds several patents on technology designed to improve shooter comfort, weapon speed and control. These unique features like the Dual Drop, CARS and PRO System of buffers, brakes, grips, stocks and handguards have all been tested, proven and endorsed by professional shooters, and active military and law enforcement personnel.
That said, where could this company possibly go from there? New for 2019, Cobalt Kinetics promises an overall redesign and update of their current BAMF model lineup. The Dual Drop mechanism is more robust and now easily serviceable by the end user.
The handguard-to-upper interface is almost monolithic — the handguard attaches directly to the upper’s integral Tenon. This mounting configuration is lighter, more rigid and allows for easy removal or replacement of the handguard or barrel with common tools. The handguard itself incorporates a full-length Picatinny rail atop, while shedding some weight and providing better visual exposure and heat dissipation for the barrel.
The receiver set of the new BAMF rifle has been recontoured; it has lost some of the sharp edges for which it’s been wellknown while maintaining the company’s established aesthetic.
Other subtle changes allow the upper and lower to now line up and look good on a conventional forged upper or lower, should the user need to make a swap for whatever reason.
The stock — formerly milled from solid billet — is now a modular design. This fills the gap between the original one-piece billet EDGE fixed stock and the current PRO adjustable stock. The modularity of the new stock allows for an interchangeable cheek rest and buttplate. The company promises to offer various lengths and heights (interchangeable, not adjustable), in both aluminum and polymer for weight savings.
Cobalt confirms that they will continue to offer their old-style stocks, grips, and handguards as accessory items for the DIY crowd. The new furniture and receiver sets should be available as accessory parts later in 2019.
Also, soon to make its debut is the BYOBXL (Build Your Own BAMF- Xtra Large). This is Cobalt’s super-sized version of their DIY rifle chassis kit. It will accommodate cartridges in the Creedmoor family, those based on the .308 Winchester, and even the WSM and Rsaum-based chamberings.
The BAMF-XL was well received at SHOT 2018. Continued demand from do-ityourselfers has finally convinced Cobalt to make the BYOB-XL happen.
Cobalt released a line of compliant rifles and receiver sets earlier this year, known as the “27.” These AR-15 variants feature a radically swept grip that satisfies legal criteria in states with firearm restrictions. The model 27 rifle is a proper rifle, built at Cobalt Kinetics. It is offered in four trims that approximate the features and kit of the popular BAMF models. The Forged Upper Conversion Kit is a lower receiver kit, complete with the compliant stock assembly that will accept any brand AR-15 style upper receiver for universal application.
Stop by their booth to see what’s going on.
Cobalt, known for its unconventional color chart, will unveil a number of items at SHOT, including a handguard that features a full-length Picatinny rail. The handguard is lighter and provides better visual exposure and heat dissipation for the barrel, company officials told us.