[SHOT 2016] Cobalt Kinetics Bringing BLACK Back.

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Cobalt Kinetics is becoming known for their high end sci-fi looking rifles with a number of features that can significantly improve the speed of your operation, from automatic magazine and bolt drops, to an overload usage of the forward assist to operate as a bolt drop. Their distinctive look and operation comes at a premium, though.

Well, they have taken that engineering and made a lower end model more suited for law enforcement and general use, that they are simple calling “BLACK”. It still utilizes their 7075-T6 billet aluminum lower and upper, but does not have their new buffer assembly and muzzle device. The bolt carrier group is their standard nickel boron version.

Their Nickel-boron bolt

Their Nickel-boron bolt

The lower is the only component that really keeps the Cobalt Kinetics look.

The lower is the only component that really keeps the Cobalt Kinetics look since it is the BAMF lower–just done in black.

They have brought the price down considerably by using off the shelf components like the Archangel Collapsible Stock, the 12.5” Odinworks free floating hand guard, a Hogue grip (though that is likely going to change), and a KE Arms Enhanced trigger. The muzzle device is a standard A2 Flash Hider, and the gas block is non-adjustable. The barrel remains a Faxon 16 inch mid length gas.

The BLACK will feature the Double Drop feature found on the BAMF/Edge lines

The BLACK will feature the Double Drop feature found on the BAMF/Edge lines

Archangel collapsible stock

Archangel collapsible stock

The initial version with ship with the “double-d” feature found on the BAMF and Edge models, and will have the ambidextrous extended magazine release and charging handle and is expected to be in the sub $2k range.



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 IronSights.com; 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.


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  • TDog

    In my opinion, all those extra doohickeys don’t justify the $2k price tag. It’s an AR and those can be had for a lot less.

  • Mark

    I really think that Daniel Defense achieves the sweet spot of features/price. When they are on discount they can be had with lock rail, sights, stock, grip upgrades for $1300-1400.

    I have a hard time going beyond that and when you go cheaper a quick drop in quality/style/features is felt.

  • USMC03Vet

    Interesting camera angles, Tom.

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Steve

    Pretty epic rack too.

  • DanGoodShot

    Boobs

    • Realist

      No…Bewwwwbs…

  • Big Daddy

    Looks like an ex a bit…….yeah I miss that.

    Was there a gun in there? I missed that too.

  • anon

    Great controlled pair.

  • DonDrapersAcidTrip

    immediately knew half the comments were going to be this idiocy

    • Big Daddy

      I guess you never got off the acid trip, still seeing trails?

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        lmao the “old conservative man replies to my post with some gibberish about them wacky DRUGS kids like” reponse, always a classic

        • Big Daddy

          Thank you for calling me an old conservative man. I take that as a complement.

          Especially having lived in NYC for 56 years and growing up in the 1960s. I am now in Texas and love the conservative politics here. I ran from NYC as soon as I could.

          At least I can defend myself here, in NYC I was supposed to run away if someone broke into my home.

          Hey mods get this clown outta here please.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            the “conservative old man tells me his life story then asks me to be tossed out for saying things he doesn’t like to hear in between jerking off over how much he loves
            ‘freedom'” post, always a classic.

          • You’re_That_Guy

            Are you actually going to contribute anything – or just sarcastically summarize comments – and end them with ‘always a classic’ ?

          • Big Daddy

            He’s a troll and that’s why very few if any knowledgeable people post here anymore.

            It’s a great site but they have to clean up the comment section and get rid of trolls. They won’t do it because they are now money driven.

            It has turned into a news outlet and nothing more.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            “troll” = anyone who says things I don’t like. Hey I hear china takes a view towards the internet you might appreciate more.

          • Core

            Some men still appreciate a pair: young and old. You’re age-predjudiced comments and tendency to criticize others perspectives with cliché liberal bantering citing shallow nationalistic stereotypes is not the intended purpose of this forum. This young guy is old enough to have learned to respect the perspective of others. Intelligence and knowledge doesn’t align with a political compass, so please spare us your “opinions” if you can’t be respectful.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            “age prejudiced” he could be 14 or 80 for all it matters. narrow-minded “kids nowadays” crap comes from all ages. And why are pretending like this didn’t all start from him rambling on about drugs for literally no reason than my username. He had absolutely nothing of substance to contribute. Get a grip.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            “cliche liberal bantering” = what exactly, pointing out how naive and dumb an old man is for rambling on about “those drugs them kids do, from what I hear”

            Please spare me you 1950s respect your elders “opinons” lol. If you want respect try exhibiting basic competence as a bare minimum.

          • What about leaving age out of it and just show respect to fellow readers.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            I’ll leave age out of it when old men stop saying the exact same things every time

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            What would you like me to “contribute” to the rich discussion of an old man typing out boring tired cliches identical to the million other people with his exact same personality?

          • You’re_that_Guy

            Oh ok I get it … Just like you typing out the same old boring anti-old timer anti-gun culture cliches identical to the million other hipsters with your exact same personality. Way to change it up there sparky

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            love how you can’t critcize anything conservative without immediately being “anti-gun” lol. you people don’t even know what to do when confronted with somebody who actually puts more than two seconds effort into a thought and says anything beyond the tired cliches you spout

            also congratulations on fighting on behalf of the righteous cause of an old man who responded to my post with nothing by drug gibberish because of an internet username. keep up the good fight lmao

          • You’re_That_Guy

            …you put more than 2 seconds thought into internet comments? Gosh now I just feel bad for you

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            What’s hilarious is it’s people like you that are constantly throwing old man fits about how “kids nowadays” can’t handle being offended when nobody throws a bigger cry baby fit over anyone not immediately falling in line with your party stance.*

            *I copied and pasted this post to respond to another person on this forum because that is how exciting and varied the typical old man gun owner personality is lmaooo

          • Hey I try to give folks some slack but there are several that have come very close to the line but just haven’t stepped over it yet.

        • RocketScientist

          Whoa whoa whoa. What’s with all the ageist vitriol. TFB is a place for people of all races, genders, sexual orientations and ages to get together and have a conversation. No need to bring bigotry into it. Get with the program, and develop some tolerance. this is 2016. Sheesh.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            I don’t distinguish pretending be an idiot ironically from being an actual idiot, sorry.

          • There ya go and you couldn’t be more correct. Any comment that starts out on a negative tilt says the person posting will be short on contributing to the topic.

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      So you came here to comment on the product or the manufacturer but got distracted?

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        Oh sorry did I disrupt the riviting discussion of Products(tm) by pointing out how 90 percent of gun owners have the exact same idiotic mysoginistic personality who put exactly two seconds of effort into every thought they have “HEY GUYS. WAS THERE EVEN A GUN IN THIS PICTURE. HUHUHHUH BET NOBODY EVER THOUGHT TO MAKE THAT JOKE EVER BEFORE”

        • Sgt. Stedenko

          As much as I would like to continue this riveting discussion, I have more fascinating things to do like remove sock lint from my toenails.

        • RocketScientist

          Hey buddy. No need for that bigotry, this is 2016. Don’t shame my sexuality.

    • Giolli Joker

      A good sign that the public is tired of just another AR…

  • Pedenzo

    “…..the “double-d” feature…..”……. uh…..are we talking about the rifle here?

  • adverse

    I’ll know I’m too old when I notice the rifle first.

  • Sgt. Stedenko

    That’s a manual of arms I can really get behind.

  • Rock or Something

    Where most discussions involve whether or not a forward assist is needed on an AR, Cobalt Kinetics responds by having two of them.

    • Mick Finn

      Never understood FA. Its jammed, drive it in harder. Now, thanks to Cobalt, ambidextrously.

      • Doc Rader

        It actually functions as an ambidextrous bolt drop.

  • DonDrapersAcidTrip

    You are literally expending all this effort to defend a guy who went on a rant about drugs for no reason lmao

    also nice babies first attempt at an argument there: “no, it’s actually YOU who used the phrase ‘kids nowadays’!!!” how do I even begin to explain how idiotic you are lol

  • adverse

    Nice glasses too.

  • DonDrapersAcidTrip

    Hey another guy who sounds like he’s old and useless made a comment in an entirely different thread about my username for no reason you want to jump in on that comment thread too and bend over backwards to defend some old guy who can’t come up with an actual argument so he looks to ramble on about drugs because of an internet username. It wouldn’t be so annoying if you all didn’t have exact identical personalities.

    • Core

      I understand your frustration, but life doesn’t revolve around medical marijuana. I don’t see what it has to do with any generational divide? Hippies started the drug era, they’re all seniors now. I’m just saying you should be open to different perspectives and don’t assume older folks are unenlightened. You are also profiling people which is dangerous because it limits your ability to grow as an individual if you don’t entertain different perspectives and acknowledge that there can be multiple positive outcomes or solutions to a single problem. Some people troll, some people seek knowledge.

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        Buddy I don’t even care about marijuana. Or whether it’s old or young people who want to make ignorant “not like the old days” comments. All I’m doing is responding to people making the exact same idiotic remarks every time who, instead of responding to anything I say, want to ramble on about drugs for no reason cause of my username. That they all actually happen to be old people who get defensive at being called old men and proceed to tell me their entire life stories every time is just a hilarious bonus. I don’t know why this is so hard for people to grasp. Clearly there’s some sort of self-awareness issue going on that this many people respond the exact same way every time.

        • Core

          Then change your username numb nuts..

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            think it’d be a lot easier to just stop trying to force associations between internet usernames having anything to do with the content of posts to come up with personal insults when actually addressing the content gets too hard

          • Core

            You can swim with the current or against it, I could care less. You’ve posted nothing to indicate you have any expertise in anything other than trolling threads. Maybe you should focus your efforts on answering questions rather than complaining about old people?

  • Core

    I don’t think this individual is processing things at an adult capacity. Maybe admin should step in and get discussion back on track.