Column: Art and attitude in an AR (w/Video)

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Felex Yukhtman, owner of Gun Point in Bradenton, shows off a brand new line of ARs from Cobalt Kinetics. (July 1, 2015) (Herald-Tribune staff photo by Thomas Bender)  Gun Point in Bradenton, Florida

Felex Yukhtman, owner of Gun Point in Bradenton, shows off a brand new line of ARs from Cobalt Kinetics. (July 1, 2015) (Herald-Tribune staff photo by Thomas Bender) Gun Point in Bradenton, Florida

Published: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:01 a.m.

Just as ARs were getting a bit boring and starting to all look the same — Mil-Spec in either black or FDE — along comes the futuristic B.A.M.F. (Billet Aluminum Modern Firearm) from Cobalt Kinetics.

This rifle has an attitude summed-up best by Felex Yukhtman, owner of Gun Point in Bradenton.

“It’s like an Imperial Stormtrooper’s Star Wars rifle,” he said. “But it’s a great AR!”

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Cobalt Kinetics is a brand new AR manufacturer. Felex, of course, is the first dealer in the country to receive rifles from the Utah-based firm.

And these rifles look good, as if Salvador Dali had the final say in the design of Eugene Stoner’s first production run.

Aluminum anodized in signature colors — “brazed” and “slate” — the rifles stood out from the black, OD and FDE guns that lined the walls of Gun Point’s famous vault room.

But despite their bold aesthetics, these rifles are not meant to be “safe queens.” They’re meant to be shot. They’re chock-full of features that should please even the most discriminating AR shooter.

The uppers, lowers and free-floating handguards are precision machined from billets of 7075 aluminum.

The bolt and the bolt-carrier-group are nickel-boron coated by WMD Guns — the Stuart-based firm that’s become the industry leader in high-speed firearms coatings.

The fire controls — charging handle, selector switch, and magazine release — are ambidextrous. And what looks like a pair of forward assists are in actuality dual-drop bolt releases, which are faster and easier to use under stress than a traditional port side mounted bolt release switch.

The selector switch/safety, I should point out, operates in only 45-degrees, making it faster than the 90-degree switches on most ARs.

These are gas-impingement guns, which use a mid-length adjustable gas system with a low-profile block.

Barrels come in either 16-inch, chrome-lined, or you can choose an 18-inch in stainless steel.

The proprietary muzzle device, a “Cobalt Compensator,” is aggressive, and a perfect match for the two rail sections mounted above and below the barrel.

Ergonomics were great — these rifles are well balanced. I can’t wait to take one to the range.

MSRP is $3,000.

They’re the perfect choice for collectors, 3-gunners or anyone else who wants a rifle that stands out from the rest of the crowded mil-spec market.

— If we don’t run into each other at the range, you can reach me at (941) 284-8553, by email at lee.williams@heraldtribune.com or by regular mail, 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You also can follow me on social media at facebook.com/TheGunWriter or Twitter.com/ht_gunwriter

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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