Breaking: Crimson Trace Acquired By Smith and Wesson

Earlier today Smith and Wesson Holding Corp. announced that they have inked a deal to acquire Crimson Trace Corporation in a $95 million cash deal, pending some final adjustments. The acquisition of Crimson Trace is the latest of several companies that have been purchased by the $1.66 billion company. In 2014 Smith and Wesson purchased Battenfield Technologies; the parent company for Caldwell, Frankford Arsenal, Wheeler, and other brands; in a $130.5 million dollar deal. In a relatively quiet move earlier this month, Smith and Wesson also acquired Taylor Brands in a $85 million cash deal.

Crimson Trace has been producing laser grips and other sighting aids to civilians, police, and even military for the last 22 years. With more than 200 different products in their inventory, they have cemented their self as a leading brand in the laser game. Crimson Trace also just announced plans to  produce non-laser grips and will be the OEM supplier for the new Kimber K6s revolver.

Smith and Wesson need no introduction, even non-gun people know exactly who they are when you say the name. They have hinted at plans to start production of a new line of electro-optics built by Crimson Trace. It is unknown if they will rebrand the company as the electro-optics arm of Smith and Wesson or just let the Crimson Trace name do the talking.


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  • Joseph Goins

    They bought Crimson Trace, so that’s cool. Someone tell me when they decide to support the Second Amendment and move out of Massachusetts.

    • Anonymoose

      YHM is still in Mass, and I heard something about them organizing a protest against the AG there.

      • Dan

        If only all the gun manufacturers would band together and ban the sale of their products to their law enforcement agencies

        • gunsandrockets

          Focus on just ammunition sales, that will do the trick the fastest. And the only way for that to happen is if consumers lead the way. As in — consumers boycott any company that directly sells to any Massachusetts law enforcement agency.

          • Cymond

            It would be interesting to put together a list of companies worth boycotting, including details on what they did and when.

            For example, some people still boycott Ruger, but I don’t because the company has changed dramatically since Bill’s death.

  • Anonymoose

    Yeah, as if “electro-optics” isn’t already a flooded market, and they won’t just outsource all the manufacturing to China like SIG did and like S&W already did with their knife line.

  • Giolli Joker

    Uhm… Am I just willing to read too much behind this, or the vertical integration we are seeing might play a role in the choice of the MHS, putting the S&W Group on par with its competitors as a sole supplier of the handgun and its accessories?

  • Harry’s Holsters

    So is crimson trace going to OEM grips for kimber or is smith going to OEM the entire gun?

    It seem that smith and making a big push here.

  • Geoff Timm

    Like the troublesome Remington acquisitions, it just lowers the survivability of the industry. Remington is busy killing itself and taking some decent companies with it. Geoff Who is cynical.

    • gunsandrockets

      Perhaps. But churn is endemic to healthy capitalism. Yes Remington screwed up. But did their failure really hurt the gun industry as a whole?

  • Stephen Paraski

    I bought a Crimson Trace 1911 grip in 2001 and have not been satisfied with the switch since new.

  • J.T.

    “It is unknown if they will rebrand the company as the electro-optics arm of Smith and Wesson or just let the Crimson Trace name do the talking.”

    If they did, you would probably see less companies offering their products on guns straight from the factory. I think they will leave it as is.

  • 22winmag

    Crimson’s current rail mount models are at the apex of their class and a bargain too. I like to mount them forward of scopes on the topside of railed rifles.

  • USMC03Vet

    Sounds terrible. If I didn’t own a S&W firearm, i’d be very cautious about buying crimson trace now.

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  • Fox Hunter

    Gabe Suarez has already proven that lasers in general are useless except for very few scenarios. 99% of the time red dots, iron sights and point shooting is better.

  • mig1nc

    I wonder if they plan to design a fully integrated M&P grip like Sig is doing with their Lima grip for the P320.

  • Randy Reeves

    they bought Thompson center arms and moved it to Mass, now it’s Crimson traces turn to go down the river.

  • marvin james

    I live just a couple of blocks from where Crimson Trace has there manufacturing plant. Hopefullly, Smith will keep the same plant going as I have some friends that are employed by them.