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.
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.”
“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.”
“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.
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.