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If you’re an operating operator who operates operationally and find that reaching out to the end of your rail to activate your rifle-mounted laser simply takes too long, Crimson Trace has the solution for you. Their new LiNQ System features a wireless trigger that lets you activate your frickin’ laser beam (or light) with a simple touch of a button on your rifle’s pistol grip. Here’s their press release . . .

(Wilsonville, OR)– Crimson Trace continues its leadership position in the firearms laser sight and lights accessory categories with the release of a new industry innovation—the LiNQ® System. This wireless and remote operation system utilizes a powered control grip to activate and operate a forward—or remotely located—light and laser sight module. The two-piece LiNQ System is designed to equip and upgrade nearly all standard long guns with rails and replaceable pistol grips. The many advantages to users of the LiNQ System include: no wires to tangle or disconnect, no activation pads to search for, ease of operation and simple to use controls, and the System can be easily and quickly transferred to another firearm.

The patented LiNQ (LNQ-100) System’s leading feature is a replaceable AR/MSR-style compatible pistol grip that houses the system’s control circuitry and operating battery. That grip wirelessly communicates with the rail-mounted, or remotely located, laser sight and light module.

When the module and grip are actively communicating—and linked—via a secure Crimson Trace developed interface, a solid green light illuminates on the grip’s side panel. If the grip is searching for the partner light/laser module, the user will see a flashing green light. If the control grip has lost connectivity with the partnered laser/light module, there will be a constant red light on the grip’s side panel. These indicators are easy to see, and the operation buttons are easy to find and engage. The system operates on easy-to-purchase standard CR2 and CR123 Lithium batteries.

The output light/laser module is similar to Crimson Trace’s popular Rail Master Pro units. Adding to the innovation features are an activation button located on the back of the remote laser and light module that permits use of the laser and light features without the LiNQ control grip installed on the firearm or located within communication range. The remote module provides these operation options:

*Light and laser together
*Laser only (red and green laser models will be available)
*Light only (the innovative LED light has a 300-Lumen output)
*Laser and strobe/pulsing light

The LiNQ control grip and modules have been rigorously laboratory- and field-tested for possible interruptions and communication challenges. The units have also passed numerous drop, dust and moisture tests. The two-piece system was also reviewed and tested by some of America’s top gun writers and firearms industry experts during the development phase. The product easily installs onto nearly any standard AR/MSR platform rifle commercially sold today without special gunsmithing skills. The attachment process requires removing the current grip, installing the new Crimson Trace LiNQ System powered grip in its place, and then inserting the securing screw. It’s that simple. All necessary wrenches and batteries are provided.

The light/laser module will attach securely to standard M-1913 Picatinny and Weaver-style rails. This unit can also be engaged with the easy-to-operate Crimson Trace Instant Activation button. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price will be $549 for the LiNQ System package, and it will be widely available for purchase in mid-year 2016. For additional details, visit: or call 800-442-2406.

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  1. Look one more thing that could fail. I know CT makes great products but I do hope this works out for people that buy it.

    • I’ve had pressure pads physically fail and cords have issues too. This is simply the next step in a progression of technology.

      With their fantastic reputation, I expect nothing but the best from them.

    • Compared to the complexity of the laser itself, there isn’t anything here that warrants much skepticism.

      In fact, it may even be more foolproof in practice, given that exposed wires can be broken.

  2. Okay … I guess if you don’t want to spoil your rifle’s looks with a wire along the handguard, and you don’t mind an extra battery to check / replace / go dead at an awkward time, this makes some sense.

    But I guess I’m wondering why not, say, route a wire along the inside of the handguard. Almost the same benefits, less a battery to fail, and (operational security at fully operating status) no spurious light or RF emissions to give you away.

    I could see having some fun with a buddy’s gun with this installed, though…

  3. Solution in search of a problem that does not exist and just one more point of failure during an emergency. Operational Operators who Operate Operationally don’t need this crap.

  4. So… rather than a sighting system that requires a battery, we now have a sighting system that requires two batteries and an RF connection.

    Rube Goldberg would be proud.

    • I have also been informed that cellphones, gps, and fuel injection will also not work when needed because it’s too complex.

      • Plenty of people can attest to the less-than-rock-solid reliability of cell phones and GPS devices. Fuel injection – so far, so good, but it uses the same battery that the car already relies on.

        I don’t depend on any of those things to defend against an imminent, deadly threat.

  5. In addition to all the above commenters have noticed, I see ‘another’ pistol grip on another quite busy market. And such pistol grip is proprietary (CT’s). Not good. Knowing the AR15 market, I don’t see this taking off.

  6. The question is though, his comfortable is the grip compared to a stock grip? From the picture, it looks to be the same design as the stock, with a button added…

  7. seems kind of stupid but i guess it could be used on SBR’s for CQB otherwise, i dont see this being practical.

  8. Looks kewl. Hope it lasts longer than the last red dot I mounted on the old 870 express,
    that blew up after 20 rounds of magnum slugs and 00 buck.

    Would really suck if you had put in the practice and got to depending on this light and laser to see or target,
    and then, per Murphy Law of technology, #207, aka “IT WILL FAIL, RIGHT WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST”.

    …the battery fails, the on/off switch jiggles loose, the radio circuits glitch,
    or something else goes- right in the middle of a gun-fight. The Crimson Trace laser grip for the G23 seemed like a good idea, until I realized I was doing more focusing on the dot, wiggling and circling around on target as I struggled to to get it steady, that took far more time than it did just doing basic iron-sight alignment, and more accurate once pulling the trigger, at that. I’m probably doing it wrong- so feel free to enlighten me, some one of you operating operator now guys.

    I am you basic not-operating, never did operate, and smart and most often humbled at the range enough to admit that I will NEVER operate in future….in fact, my operating hotness is at its maximum when I can still remember which button does what between one trip to the range to the next. (uh, ok – mag release, slide release- whats this thing again- oh yeah, red is dead, got it.)

    Jeez, I approve of you COD boyz buying this- but for me its just add another thing I dont need to add to my long-guns manual of arms (cuz you have to have same on all that weapons you use for HD, right?)

    which makes it just one more step or two to muscle memorize across all of them, so you wont have to struggle to remember that last little bitty button iswhere to push with big fat fingers, in the dark,
    while metaphorically $hitting bricks, wondering if its a burglar home invasion, or just your neighbors teenager stumbling in your kitchen or family room, knocking over furniture, drunk and lost coming in through the slider from his first kegger,

    all while also gathering up your own kids, going down the hall to gather and herd them to the safe bedroom, then go down stairs to shut up that damn dog, again,
    all while remembering NOT to push the trigger…until ready.

  9. PS- the flashing light for radio connection status reminds me of my latest blue tooth cellphone headset- that damn thing flashes and makes odd beeps not in the manual half the time too.

    Practically went off the road twice on a long road trip, looking at it, trying to figure it out- which button does what again, what does that purple light mean?

    Finally just threw it away, and just put the damn phone to my ear old school style –
    he11 with it- safer and worth the risk of a ticket if the cops see me talking non-hands-free.


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