By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
August 18, 2017
Last updated on 8/22/17.
As much as the HK433 bores us, that’s how much the Cobalt Kinetics Evolve AR and its patented and proprietary CARS (Cobalt Advantage Reloading System) speed-reloading system interests and excites us. In other words, quite a bit. DefenseReview (DR) has been reporting on the Cobalt Kinetics Evolve 3-Gun competition/tactical AR (AR-15) rifle/carbine and it’s unique CARS speed reloading system for awhile now, and we’re big fans of the system. So, we were really happy to see its latest iteration, the CK Evolve 3.0 at SHOT Show 2017. Basically Cobalt Kinetics added a CARS system “defeat switch” disconnector and back-up standard AR mag (magazine) release button to the Evolve 2.0 AR, so the end-user/shooter can turn off the controls and eject mags manually to operate the Evolve as a normal AR rifle either by choice, or by necessity if the CARS system were to somehow fail. This is something DR (and probably others) has been asking and hoping for, so it was a welcome addition/improvement to the Evolve.
But, it gets even better, as Cobalt Kinetics has simultaneously developed a seemingly awesome AR rifle round counter/shot counter, that knows exactly how many rounds you have left, even if you do a tactical mag change, where you eject a partially-loaded mag and insert a full mag. Pretty cool.
Since Defense Review discussed the CARS system in detail in our first article on the Evolve, we’re not going to rehash it here. If you’d like to learn more about it, we’d suggest your read our first piece, or watch our first/top embedded video below. In the bottom video, you can see Cobalt Kinetics’ Connor Degnin taking DR through the Cobalt Kinetics Round Counter. That one’s definitely worth watching. Anyway, enjoy.
Editor’s Note: DR would be very interested in seeing some select-fire full-auto SBR (Short Barreled Rifle)/PDW variants of the Cobalt Kinetics Evolve equipped with the Cobalt Kinetics AR Rifle Round Counter, the Geissele HSS (High Speed Selector), CARS-adapted FERFRANS Inc. DSAS/RSS (Delayed Sear Activation System)/Rate Reduction System BCG (Bolt Carrier Group), and either an Operators Suppressor Systems/OSS Mission or Arsenal Firearms AF Streamer QD556-A and QD762-A QA/QD low-back-pressure silencer/sound suppressor (the latter was designed and developed by Finnish company Saimaa Still Oy, btw). Now, THOSE would be some interesting little weapons packages!
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Cobalt Kinetics Evolve 3-Gun Competition/Tactical AR-15 Rifle/Carbine/SBR with Cobalt Advantage Reload System (CARS) Magazine Auto-Eject/Bolt Carrier Group (BCG) Auto-Release Feature: Coming Soon to a Competition or Combat Theater Near You!
Geissele Automatics High Speed Selector (HSS): Drop-In, Spring-Loaded 45-Degree Instant On/Off Ambi (Ambidextrous) Full-Auto M4 Carbine/M16 Rifle Selector Switch and Super Select-Fire (SSF) Full-Auto Trigger Kit for More Hits on Fast-Moving Targets! (Video!)
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FERFRANS SOAR-P Upper Receiver Setup with Rate Reduction System/Delayed Sear Activation System (RRS/DSAS) Versus Stock Adams Arms (AA) Tactical Piston AR SBR/Sub-Carbine Upper Receivers Mounted on Colt M4A1 Carbine Select-Fire Lower: Full-Auto/Semi-Auto Range Test on Video!
Nous Defions/Arsenal Democracy AD-16 (Billet Receivers) and AD-15 (Forged Receivers) 5.56mm NATO/300BLK Tactical AR-15 Rifle/Carbine/SBR’s with Ambi (Ambidextrous) Controls, KeyMod or M-LOK Modular Tactical Handguards/Rail Systems and Ballistic Advantage Barrels! (Video!)
Arsenal Democracy AD PDW 8.5″ 5.56mm/300 Blackout (300BLK) Tactical AR-15 SBR (Short Barreld Rifle) with AD-PDW Stock Minimalist Buttstock and Ambi Controls for Dynamic CQB/CQC Gunfighting, Military PSD, and Vehicle Ops! (Video!)