Cobalt Kinetics Debuts Forged Upper Conversion Kit ‘Featureless’ AR Lower (50-State Legal)

Say hello to the Forged Upper Conversion Kit. (Photo: Cobalt)

Cobalt Kinetics is launching a lower receiver only version of their Model 27 rifle. This lower, designed for shooters looking for a traditional format, happens to be “featureless” for restricted markets.

Many jurisdictions place restrictions on rifle ownership. So-called featureless rifles use AR-15 parts and uppers with lowers that comply with local laws. Many of them make compliance with unusual and sometimes clumsy grips and stocks.

The Model 27 lower does not have a standard pistol grip or any of the other scary features. This lower is legal in all 50 states, at least, with the right upper. Cobalt calls it the Forged Upper Conversion Kit.

Here it is with an example upper installed. (Photo: Cobalt)

Unlike other featureless receivers the Model 27 lower uses essentially standard AR-15 parts. It’s compatible with regular uppers and the bulk of lower receiver components.

“This strategic pivot in product offering manages to connect the universal legality and utility of the 27 to the masses of AR-15 owners living under the shadow of anti-gun legislation,” said Cobalt. “It’s called the Forged Upper Conversion Kit, and it presents as an empty lower half — complete with grip and stock and receiver extension and cheek rest — that has been redesigned to mate seamlessly with most all off-the-shelf AR-patterned upper receivers.”

They come in a wide range of very tactical colors. (Photo: Cobalt)

“We have always heard the needs of our dealers and clients,” said Cobalt vice president Skylar Stewart. “More restrictive states — especially California — have been looking for a legal solution to a complicated and ever-changing legislative environment. We are proud of the Forged Upper Conversion Kit and we believe it’s the best way to maintain as much functionality as possible with the AR platform.”

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“It can be configured to be legal in all 50 states,” said Stewart. “The only non-standard parts this platform uses are included in the kit.”

Of course you don’t have to live with restrictive gun laws to appreciate the lower receiver. It’s a good-looking piece of kit that could be the start of a really fun build.

The spacegun appeal makes these interesting no matter where you live. (Photo: Cobalt)

Cobalt is selling the Forged Upper Conversion Kit as a stripped lower. It includes the hardware for the stock components, buffer tube, bolt catch screw, trigger guard and selector and takedown detent springs. Everything else including the trigger is up to the builder.

For now Cobalt is listing these for $699. That’s a good price for a lower in this class, compliant or otherwise. Cobalt offers their lowers with black, stainless, Cobalt Kinetics green, flat dark earth, grey and gunmetal finishes.

Cobalt announced the Model 27 earlier this year. Their follow-up with a standalone lower is just in time for the summer shooting season. Check out the Model 27 product page for more about the complete rifles.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Z July 13, 2018, 11:32 am

    Compare the price of unit with a Thordson.

    • Ted July 13, 2018, 1:04 pm

      Except for the fact that nobody can tell you for sure that a Thorsen is 100% legal in states like NY. The fuzzy logic answer is that the “modification” has to be “permanent”. Since Nobody in any OFFICIAL capacity in NY state is willing to write what exactly is permanent, and the Thorsen unit screws on, by default, it is not “permanent” . The thorsen unit is a test case waiting to happen in NY !

  • chuck mazzola July 13, 2018, 9:56 am

    Here’s another piece, on these BULLSHIT STOCKS. Let’s have these weird angle grip things put on all firearms used by all major metropolitan entity that has to depend on the use weapons to save lives. Once it unconditionally passes through the break-in period, & gets glowing reviews, maybe then I’LL purchase one of those so-called stocks. IMO, ARES Defense who makes the Ares SCR, a more realistic & comfortable weapon, instead of this piece of Frankenstein stock.

  • chuck mazzola July 13, 2018, 9:33 am

    What fucking cop out!!! Talk about giving in to the Communist ways of the anti-gunners. How in the hell is that thing suppose to properly fit the hand of the shooter? I for one have small hands, and that thing looks like the FUCKING MORON, took away the functioning pistol grip & replacing it with a non-functional cinderblock. In my opinion, I think that the company should push THIS PIECE OF SHIT, on ALL the government entities that want to force it on the general population. Have the police & the military be the first to implement these so called 50 state legal AR stocks.

    • Z July 13, 2018, 11:45 am

      Slow your roll and get a drool bib. It’s for sale, if you don’t want one, don’t buy one. The government entities that want to restrict civilian firearms (the legislature) don’t carry firearms so exactly how do you propose to force it on them?

  • Blue Dog July 9, 2018, 7:44 pm

    I am reminded of Jeff Goldblum from the first Jurassic Park movie – life finds a way. ARs keep finding ways to get around common sense restrictions. Government will never be able to fully thwart the ingenuity of determined Americans, I suppose.

    I am trying to figure out what sci-fi franchise this lower looks like it comes from. Stargate Atlantis? The Star Wars prequel trilogy?

    • James July 13, 2018, 10:53 am

      “common sense restrictions”? You don’t know the meaning of multiple words used there and have none of that common sense! What does a grip have to do with the operation of any firearm. Perfect example of the the ignorance rampant in this country. This worst part is that there is no hesitancy to demonstrate it!

    • Leonard July 13, 2018, 3:40 pm

      Common Sense? You forgot that there is not a lot of common sense when it comes down to anti-gun restrictions. What you do have, instead, is the dismantling of our Right. This is infringement after infringement. This comes down to cosmetic changes and you will likely not change anything vital. It is just a point of contention, and jackasses from all over will “ooh” and “aah” over what they have done, but they really have not done much.
      Common sense tells me we need firearms for protection if nothing else. Life is not always about hunting, but if you were in the woods, you would be smart to be armed, wouldn’t you? If you live in a bad neighborhood, because that’s where your culture leaves you, you would be smart to be armed, wouldn’t you? If somebody threatens you, you would prepare yourself for an onslaught by being armed, wouldn’t you?
      The best gun to use in a bad situation is the gun you have. Keep It Simple, Stupid, or the KISS message is a matter of survival of the fittest, and the smartest. Any idea of making a gun less reliable or functional is a violation of the KISS law. Putting a safety on a revolver could be done, but it is obviously going to defeat the purpose of having a gun.
      So, I urge you to be cautious when you say “Common Sense,” because I am disputing your knowledge of just what that entails.

    • Al July 17, 2018, 12:19 pm

      Opened a can of worms with that comment, didn’t ya?

  • ShitWorld July 7, 2018, 7:47 pm

    Yuh, ohhh pretty colors, somewhat interesting for a long range shooter, my guess is it won’t fit an M16 trigger group and as far as Commiefornia goes; unless we can get EVERY libturd declared a threat to national security while Trump is still in control and ship every one of these scum off to FEMA ‘Correctional Camps’ for mass extermination, what’s the point, Commiefornia will grab this ‘compliant’ setup NO MATTER WHAT!
    So WAY overpriced by minimum $400!

  • Ituk Uppoo July 7, 2018, 4:05 pm

    That is very nice. Just wish it had a little more meat instead of holes below the cheekweld area. Is the price equally as nice to the consumer?

  • Dilligaf July 7, 2018, 11:05 am

    I will never own anything that has to be or is “calicommiefornia compliant”

    • CSH July 13, 2018, 2:01 pm

      I hate to break it to you….
      You have lots of things that are Commiefornia compliant. Suggestion…Sit back, take a deep breath and let the greatness of the free marketplace determine its success or lack there of.

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