Look ma, no wires! Crimson Trace continues to be at the forefront of the firearm-mounted laser and tac light industry, and their new LINQ wireless technology looks to be the future of such devices when it comes to long guns.
The system on display here at SHOT Show consists of an MSR grip control unit that houses the control circuitry and operating battery. It wireless communicates with a forward mounted, or remotely located, light and laser sight module.
This means you can have the laser and light combo mounted far forward on a rifle or carbine and activate and deactivate the laser, light, or both via a button on the grip, without moving your support hand. When it comes to home defense or any environment where a close-quarters engagement is possible, the fewer controls a shooter has to master, the better.
And the light and laser unit, which is similar to Crimson Trace’s popular Rail Master Pro units, doesn’t necessarily have to mounted on a gun—it could be affixed to a helmet, vest, or pretty much anywhere, and it never has to be touched to be activated—but it can be. CT has included an activation button on the back of the remote laser and light module that lets you control it without the LiNQ control grip if necessary. It has several operation options: Light and laser together, laser only (green), light only (with a 300-Lumen output) and laser and strobing light.
The system has applications for nighttime hog and coyote hunts as well.
But is a remotely controlled light a reliable option for a weapon system? CT says they have rigorously tested the LiNQ system in the lab and in the field for possible interruptions and communication challenges. The system has also passed numerous drop and moisture tests, making it an all-weather, all-situation light and laser.
Perhaps best of all, no special gunsmithing skills are required to install the system. Shooters only need to remove the current pistol grip on an MSR, install the new LiNQ grip in its place, and mount the light/laser unit on a section of Picatinny rail. That’s all there is to it. The system will be widely available in mid-2016 with and MSRP of $549.