Cobalt Kinetics Started Accepting Pre-Orders for the B.A.M.F. at the NRA Show

You may recall that I had the opportunity at SHOT (this year) to preview a dual bolt release (dual forward assist) rifle from Cobalt Kinetics, the B.A.M.F. (Billet Aluminum Modern Firearm).  At the time they were not quite ready for release.  Well, that time is here.  They started accepting pre-orders ahead of their official June 1st public release date at the just closed NRA Show.

We designed our B.A.M.F. to deliver unprecedented function, form and performance while still respecting the time-honored AR-15 platform,” said Jeremy Lamb, Marketing and Sales Director of Cobalt Kinetics. “When we premiered the B.A.M.F. at the 2015 SHOT SHOW, we received overwhelming rave reviews from buyers, media members and industry experts alike. From Range Day to the last hour of the show, we had a non-stop cluster of attendees checking out the B.A.M.F., the dual bolt release, and our display case of red, yellow, navy, neon green and polished aluminum models. Four months later, we are pleased to announce that the B.A.M.F. will be released Monday, June 1st, and that we are accepting pre-orders now.

The two models (the B.A.M.F. and B.A.M.F. Edge) were available for pre-order at a special show price of $2,895.00 and $3,199.00, respectively; they will be higher for general retail.


  • Caliber: 223 Wylde
  • Controls: Ambidextrous, 45 Degree Safety Selector, Dual Drop Bolt Release, Extended Mag Release, Left and Right Mag Release, Left and Right Charging Handle, Threaded Pins
  • Upper and Lower Receiver: 7075 Billet Aluminum, Mated Set, Beveled Magazine Well, Ergonomic Design, Detachable Trigger Guard, Threaded Pins, Nickel Boron BCG
  • Barrel Length: 16” Chrome Line Mid-Length, 18” Stainless Steel Length
  • Handguard: 7075 Billet Aluminum, Free Floating, M-lok
  • Sights: Flip-up Front and Rear
  • Muzzle Device: Cobalt Compensator
  • Grip: Hogue Grip Overloaded
  • Trigger: Performance Trigger
  • Butt-Stock: Mid-Length
  • Gas Block: Adjustable Low-Profile

I can see this rifle being staged as a contender in the competition rifle space due to the coloring, components, utility of a dual bolt drop, and the price (which, I think, is a bit higher than most casual AR owners are going to spend).

It is definitely an interesting concept and I am interested to see how it does.

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • MR

    Now you just need to swap in a conventional six-position receiver extension, and slap on one of those new SlideFire Mod stocks. Might wanna replace that brake with a faux flash hider, to maintain reliable function of the SlideFire without hiding any of the flash.

  • Giolli Joker

    B.A.M.F. (Billet Aluminum Modern Firearm)
    Yeah, sure!

    • MR

      Bold, Agile, Modern, Feminist

      • Daniel

        B*tch A*s M*ther F*cker.

  • brian

    At these prices definitely not for regular folk.

  • Riot

    Wonder how long it took them to find a name that matched their favourites initialism.

  • Nicks87

    I still cant believe people would pay those prices for an AR15. The phrase “more money than sense” comes to mind.

  • echelon

    For that price I would expect it to have a built in digital shot counter like my video game guns…

    • MR

      Displayed in the included EOtech.

      • G0rdon_Fr33man

        I´m pretty sure this can be done, what are you waiting for Eotech!

  • M.M.D.C.

    Saruman the White’s scary black Rifle.

  • Buckbeak

    What’s the difference between a pre-order and an order?

    • MR

      Pre-order requires more faith and patience, usually.

    • Phil Hsueh

      Pre-ordering means that the product isn’t actually out yet but you’re placing an order anyway so that when it does actually come out you’ll be amongst the first in line to get the product. Sometime pre-prdering also means that the money from your order is helping to get the given product to market, kind of like how crowd funding works.

  • mig1nc

    Looks like something out of Destiny. I want one. But too rich for my blood.

    • Squirreltakular

      My thoughts, too. If I had the cash, I’d probably get it just for a display/ conversation piece.

  • pun&gun

    Aesthetically this thing is gorgeous. I’m concerned about the lack of right hand bolt catch, though, and wonder if they’d consider a piston version. As it stands I’ll either wait for the stock/receivers to be sold separately, or wait for a .308 offering.

  • guest

    Is this the AR equivalent og the 1911 “the american”?

  • Yond

    That is a very, very sexy looking rifle, but that price must be the eye of a beholder

  • Ian Thorne

    So another fancy looking and expensive AR with a couple gimmicks? Just what the market needed.

  • Squirreltakular

    Beautiful rifle, but that dual bolt release function is duuuuumb.

  • Lance

    Another AR race rifle…. YAWN

  • Dan

    So the new marketing gimmick is put dual controls on? Why do I need a left/right side bolt forward assist? Cool i guess if my friend is left handed and I right handed and we share the gun but not needed otherwise

    • Doc Rader

      The benefit is the linkage of the FA to operate as a bolt drop.

    • Cymond

      I suppose the elite high-speed low-drag operators will appreciate the ambidexterity for shooting around corners left handed.

  • SM

    What will this rifle do differently than any of the other, more affordable AR-15’s available today?

    • Doc Rader

      You can drop the bolt with your thumb which mechanically should allow for more rapid magazine changes without having to change the orientation of the rifle, or losing sight picture.

      • clickboom

        You can also drop the bolt with your thumb on every othere ar.

  • sam

    It’s captivating looking. It’s like an early 60’s Buick Riviera to the Chevy 150 of a normal AR15.

  • Uniform223

    That looks so sexy and futuristic.

  • valorius

    Looks a lot like an MG42… likey.

    But way too much money.

  • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

    BAMF. I see what you did there… See also the BFR revolver. Allegedly, BFR means “Biggest, finest revolver.”

    • iksnilol

      The official story is that it stands for “Big Frame Revolver”.

      • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

        True. But with that abbreviation, what were they expecting?

  • An Interested Person

    Looks beautiful, unfortunately an expense I will be unable to afford for the next decade or so….