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Cobalt Kinetics: Looks like a ray gun

A shiny AR-15 from Cobalt Kinetics, as seen on the NRA floor:


What I found interesting about first was the 57% selector switch:


Not quite certain why but it was certainly interesting. But the thing that I found most intriguing was the double forward bolt assist:


But this is no ordinary forward bolt assist. This one actually acts as a bolt release. The release is proprietary and only available on their guns. They’ve taken the most useless AR-15 part (the forward bolt assist) and made it adequately useful. It took some thumb stretching but, with some effort, I could operate it with my right hand.

6 Responses to “Cobalt Kinetics: Looks like a ray gun”

  1. Lyle Says:

    I’ve heard over and over about the uselessness of the forward assist, and yet I’ve ended up using mine on several occasions.

  2. Linoge Says:

    With things like BAD levers out there, this seems like an overly complicated solution in search of a problem.

  3. Sigivald Says:

    FA isn’t useless – that’s why the M16A1 added it, on request to solve a real-world problem found in Vietnam.

    It’s useless in a plinker or with a meticulously maintained gun at a nice clean range, sure – which is why I have no problem owning an AR-prototype semi-replica without FA (and with the in-carry-handle charging handle).

  4. Fred Says:


  5. benEzra Says:

    Linoge, I suspect that this isn’t about function, but about art. That is kind of the 21st century analog of the engraved and polished sporting rifle, half tool and half sculpture.

  6. Linoge Says:

    I was more speaking to the “twin” forward assists, benEzra. The rifle looks awesome. The functionality is questionable.

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