Crimson Trace has become the go-to company for lights and lasers on firearms in the civilian market. Their instinctive activation system on handguns makes using and deploying lasers effortless for end users. Over the years they have perfected their handgun line, but they have never expanded that same concept to rifles. Until now.
The Linq system uses a radio based communication link between a control unit in the grip of the rifle and a combination light and laser unit mounted somewhere else on the gun. Crimson Trace was very tight lipped about what exactly is going on in the EM spectrum to make that happen, but they do claim that the communications is encrypted and the protocol is proprietary — not Bluetooth or anything else.
Despite the obvious application for multiple connected devices, at the moment CT is only shipping this with a 1:1 pairing. The grip is paired to a laser unit from the factory and that’s all it can do. They claim to have a re-pairing process in the event of a replacement, but that 1:1 relationship remains.
CT’s unit works more or less like their existing line of handgun lasers. There’s a small button on the front strap of the grip that the operator presses when they grip the weapon. This button sends a signal to the light and laser unit to tell it to turn on when pressed and turn off when released. In addition there are buttons on the side that cycle through various modes such as laser only, light only, and strobe.
Batteries are stored in the grip, and lasts for about 2 hours of constant use. MSRP is $549 for the whole system.