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.