I was able to get a little bit a of a teaser ahead of a release event I am going to for Cobalt Kinetics. I personally am a fan of their direction and innovation, and the look of their product is super distinctive. Their original product, the BAMF, changed the function of the largely useless forward assist into a dual sided, thumb activated bolt drop.
Jeremy, their director of Sales and Marketing, contacted me and let me know that they are bringing out a new product (premiering at SHOT), and were going to demo it for some media peeps ahead of January. Their new rifle, currently named the “Evolve” (as it is an evolution to the AR platform), will feature carbon fiber barrel, new competition hand guard, 1/8 twist barrel, and their new billet adjustable stock. But that is really not the innovative thing. He explained that the new thing is that they have built a system that will automatically eject an empty magazine, and will automatically drop the bolt when a new magazine is inserted.
Cobalt Kinetics introduces EVOLVE- the AR15’s next evolutionary step. EVOLVE features ground breaking function and forward-looking finishes. The most striking is the Cobalt Advantage Reload System (C.A.R.S.). This system speeds operation by eliminating two manual tasks. The operator no longer ejects empty magazines nor does he trip the bolt release. C.A.R.S automatically drops empty mags, and as a fresh magazine is inserted, C.A.R.S sends the bolt home so firing may continue.
EVOLVE also presents a refined buffer system; tunable, efficient, and smooth. The design permits changes to the buffer mass without tools. Through careful engineering and the application of innovative materials, Cobalt Kinetics has created a friction-free system which is quiet and butter smooth.
EVOLVE is crafted for performance. The company engineered a new muzzle brake to compliment the rifle’s balanced system. The new brake exploits Cobalt’s cutting edge, patent pending technology.
Additional EVOLVE features: Cobalt Kinetics’ adjustable billet aluminum butt stock and competition handguard. Evolve is supremely crafted from superior components.
I think this will really be a boon to competition shooters, where matches are decided on fractions of a second. Being able to reduce some of the manipulations (even as smooth as people are doing them). And it has already been in the hands of some competition 3-Gun shooters (under NDAs), that expressed the sentiment that this can “change the AR game”.
So far Cobalt Kinetics’ main focus, aside from really aggressive looking design and colors that are not overdone, it appears, has been on modifications that increase the speed of the shooter to perform manipulations.
They will also be offering upgrades for your existing rifle including their muzzle device, adjustable billet stock, and their new buffer system (a number of people had contacted them about getting components in lieu of buying the whole package). Nothing is currently listed on their site.
I’m super excited to get hands on later this month and will be sure to take lots of pictures and as much video as I can. What do you readers think? Are there any questions you would like me to ask or concerns to address? I will post the answers to those questions (posted below in the commetns) in my review after I get back.