[SHOT 2016] Cobalt Kinetics Bringing BLACK Back.

    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 teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. 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.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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