Crimson Trace LiNQ System

Crimson Trace LNQ

Crimson Trace released details about its new LiNQ System that it will be showing this month in Las Vegas at the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Trade Show.

The LiNQ System is a remotely activated light and laser system the company developed for the AR platform. The system consists of a remote control that is built into a specially designed replacement pistol grip. The light and laser emitter is mounted on the rifle’s accessory rails and is wirelessly controlled.

Right now, Crimson Trace is advising that both red and green laser modules will be available. The white light is rated at 300 lumens. Additional light characteristics, such as the candela, beam shape and run time, have not yet been provided.

The Crimson Trace LiNQ System is expected to ship in the middle of 2016. Currently, the company expects these systems will have a suggested retail price of $549.

Crimson Trace LNQ

An obvious concern for many people, including myself, relates to the reliability of the system. Wireless technologies are very good at the consumer level. However, as an avid user of Bluetooth, NFC and other wireless technologies, I am hesitant to rely on them for a fighting rifle. Far too many times, signals get mixed or drop out.

Crimson Trace states the LiNQ has been through rigorous testing in both lab and field conditions. Certainly, the company has a history of delivering quality products, so I hope they took the time to get this one right. It has the potential of being a good tool – but it has to be reliable.

Richard Johnson

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  • Tim U

    I think it’s a great idea. And as far as reliability goes, it’s a risk I would take when you consider that it doesn’t actually interface with the core function of the gun. If it was a part of the actual rifle operation, I’d say no way.

    PS – I want one for my AK. Crimson Trace should get on that

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Niet, rifle is fine.

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  • JumpIf NotZero

    I’m an EE who works on low energy wireless protocols… Here is the thing… IF YOU CAN run a wire, IT IS BETTER to run a wire.

    Not that this system doesn’t have merit, it’s just a lot of work to make a properly functioning wake and sleep routine along with consistent and low latency transceiving.

    I’m skeptical.

    • Bill

      I knew a guy with low latency, he finally came out after a couple months.

    • Michael R. Zupcak

      There’s a reason I ran Cat5e cables through our house years ago. Even in the same room as the router, 802.11ac doesn’t TOUCH gigabit ethernet speeds, I don’t care what the advertising says.

      Agreed. A wire is ALWAYS better.

  • Bill

    What does this do better than extant systems, except deplete my checking account? And no more decorative zip ties and duct tape?
    I sort of understand pairing, but hilarity would ensue if a team’s units got their signals crossed and started running each other”s lights and lasers.

    • TechnoTriticale

      re: hilarity would ensue if a team’s units got their signals crossed and started running each other”s lights and lasers.

      Jammers can’t be far behind, not to mention seekers.

      So there are twice as many batteries to mind. I presume that the emitter unit has manual overrides for both on and off, but that’s only one of a number of questions that are going to arise.

      If these device use a standard wireless protocol, like BT, there might even be a chance for an app to monitor batt state and self-test results.

      • Rick5555

        Can you now repeat your comment in English? Sorry I don’t speak techie talk. Just messing around…well not about the techie stuff. One of the brightest and gifted persons I knew at college, is some brilliant Electrical Engineer. Of all my buddies in school, I was the only one pre-med. The rest were all engineering majors. We all went onto our perspective fields.

        • TechnoTriticale

          If these wirelessly controlled laser units become tactical, opposing forces are going to exploit them, either jamming them, or using them for homing ordnance (seekers).

          On batteries, in the case where the grip transmitter battery dies, it would be essential to be able to operate the laser unit independently with local mechanical switches.

          BT is BlueTooth, one of several wireless protocols, and one widely supported by mobile devices like cellphones. It might then be possible for a cell phone app to interact with a BT laser system and provide various benefits.