Cobalt Advantage Reloading System – CARS

Cobalt Kenetics, maker of high-end AR patterned rifles, is announcing a limited ‘beta test’ of their Cobalt Advantage Reloading System (CARS) through a limited set of dealers. CARS is adaptable to the companies BAMF, Eclipse, Edge, Team, and Team Stage 2 series of rifles.

CARS was developed to make reloads easier and faster – when a shooter runs dry and the bolt locks to the rear, the empty magazine drops free and the insertion of a fresh magazine automatically chambers a new round and returns the weapon into battery. The auto load feature is selectable leaving the operator to decide whether or not the empty magazine drops free after bolt lock back.

Details and pricing can be found in the official press release below.




CARS From Cobalt Kenetics

Cobalt Kinetics To Release CARS (Cobalt Advantage Reloading System) In Limited “Beta” Test

ST GEORGE, Utah, March 14 – Cobalt Kinetics, a manufacturer of premium performance and precision engineered rifles, today announces plans to open their CARS (Cobalt Advantage Reloading System) platform to the public as a limited beta test through select dealers. The highly anticipated release of the CARS is available as an upgrade package on the following Cobalt Kinetics rifle models: BAMF, Eclipse, Edge, Team, Team Stage 2.

The limited beta test will run through the end of May. The upgraded functionality of the “beta” CARS will cost $800 as a premium option when ordering. Additionally, Cobalt is extending continued warranty and support and any upgrades or improvements to the rifles purchased on this initial beta release.

Skylar Stewart, Vice President of Cobalt Kinetics said, “After a year of strenuous development and testing, we are ready to release the CARS functionality to select group of shooters for testing. We are confident with the engineering and performance and want to get feedback from enthusiasts, helping us put the final polish on the system.”

The CARS rifle autonomously drops an empty magazine and loads the chamber once an ammunition supply is present. When using a CARS equipped rifle, the user is only required to pull the trigger, and introduce a fresh magazine as ammunition becomes exhausted. More time and attention can be spent on target acquisition and engagement, allowing for faster and more accurate shooting. The CARS retains the standard operation of the AR-15 platform; the bolt catch and magazine release are still present and operational.

The CARS auto-drop feature can be selectively deactivated to retain an empty magazine. CARS auto-load is always active and operational; the gun will chamber ammo from a fresh magazine once it is inserted and seated. CARS functionality works with most AR-15 magazines.

The components used in the construction of the CARS system are made from D2 and S7 tool steel and coated in nickel-Teflon. This process produces parts that resist wearing while also reducing the need for lubrication.

CARS is in its 5th revision since inception; reflecting dozens of improvements and refinements by their engineers. The 5th revision was extensively tested, with over 15,000 rounds expended during development and was vetted by numerous experts in the industry.

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  • SJB

    V-e-e-e-e-e-ry Interesting. More so if it could be adapted to other AR-15 platforms from the various manufacturers.

    • gunsandrockets

      Combine with binary trigger?

      • SJB

        Even more interesting.

      • tsubaka

        why bothering with small improvement, just slap it on a A.J.M. 9 and equip a Mark IV Cyber-Commando with it

  • FOC Ewe

    Add a round counter and you’ll have a winner.

    • ender

      they are working on it

  • RSG

    I’m not sure I understand. Hasn’t the CARS been available on Cobalt rifles since last year? It sounds like these are now being offered to Cobalt customers only, as an add on? I’ve actually seen these for sale in a few different local gun shops in Minneapolis, but the $2000+ price tags have always run me off. Handsome rifles, though.

    • Sledgecrowbar

      I thought they had been on the market for a long time, too. Maybe this is really where they are up to now. Considering the units I saw at SHOT ’16, this is a long time to production if we’re only at beta testing now.

  • PK

    What is old is new again. This is a feature similar to the feature included on quite a few of the very, very early autoloading rifles. Many would close the bolt upon charging with a clip or replacement of the magazine, and again a surprising number of autoloading firearms had that feature from the time they were invented until the mid-1950s when military thinking changed.

    • gunsandrockets

      Handguns in particular come to mind. Such as the HK-4.

      • Sledgecrowbar

        A broken-in Glock will close the slide if you load the mag with a little extra effort. I could take it or leave in on the Garand, although it did teach you to get your support hand back in position faster.

        • iksnilol

          Or just let your hand rest on the dogleg while pushing the clip with your thumb. Like you’re​ supposed to do.

      • RealitiCzech

        The old Mauser pistols did it. Not sure why that feature was never adopted universally.

    • CJS

      Was thinking the same, specifically the EM-2 from Enfield.

    • Tierlieb

      Yep. And then we decided that we do not want to use the trigger for anything other than firing a round. Hey, some people even keep whining that they have to pull the trigger to disassemble a Glock!

  • Trey

    Now if it only went ping!!

  • Bigg Bunyon

    Meh … I’ll take fully manual reloading. I still prefer the manual transmission in my 1999 F-150. I guess that makes me a dinosaur but I’ve always enjoyed that too. Give me the simple things and let me master them. More bells and whistles just means more things to fail.

  • RetroG

    I’d really like to put this system on all my auto loading guns. I wonder how hard it would be to adapt to pistols. The price of one of their guns is too high just to get this feature.

  • mrsatyre

    “…when a shooter runs dry and the bolt locks to the rear, the empty
    magazine drops free and the insertion of a fresh magazine automatically
    chambers a new round and returns the weapon into battery.”

    What wizardry is this?!?

    • SignalFromTheRim


  • Martingard

    Perfect setup for California shooters!

  • throwedoff

    Can we dumb down an AR any more? Does it come with an assistant to insert a fresh magazine? The $800 for the upgrade would sure by a lot of ammo to practice with, but I guess if you can afford a Cobalt rifle and the upgrade, you don’t have to worry about ammo prices!

  • Wow!

    About a decade ago I tried to make such a system by using the follower as the trip on the magazine catch but it wasn’t very reliable, especially with worn magazines. It will be nice if someone figured this all out, and I am very interested in the mechanism they used to make this work.

  • SD

    Who edited this? It’s ‘company’s’ not, ‘companies’. Amateur hour on here lately.