NEW: Crimson Trace Linq Wireless Light/Laser

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Like most modern shooters, my tech side is in an eternal battle with the analog part of my life. On the one hand, third generation night vision is something I can see researching to death. On the other hand, a simple lever action rifle with well-finished wood is pure heaven.  Anyway, the Crimson Trace Linq wireless light/laser combo definitely strokes my techie side. But is it suitable for practical defensive use?

First, I do hate contorting my support hand into a position that can reliably work a light. I have yet to find one that fits my style. Second, tape switches, wires and inserts always seem to be asking for trouble by melting or getting snagged on other gear.

Reversing the logic, however, a wireless switch to activate a weapon light is going to face some (a lot of) scrutiny. Not only does the shooter have to worry about a light battery, but the switch will need one as well. As for the grip, I guess you are tethered to the Crimson Trace profile, which could be great, but I’d rather see them partner with a company like Magpul (like KRISS did) for a more proven design. Lastly, the potential for wireless interference or failure is real – albeit probably small.

Then there’s the price – considering you are getting a light and green laser with wireless controls, $650 isn’t awful. But it is a considerable amount of money when a complete rifle can be had for about $100 more.

EIther way, this is innovation. And we should be happy to have it in our industry.

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Crimson Trace Linq

From the Crimson Trace Linq Product Page:

Presenting LiNQ™: The World’s First Wireless Laser & White Light System.

LiNQ combines a Green Laser Sight and 300 Lumen LED White Light with Instinctive Activation™ for AR-Type Modern Sporting Rifles (AR-15, AR-10, M4, M16, HK416). Utilizing a secure, individual wireless connection, LiNQ offers complete wireless control of the laser and light module. The replacement grip is ergonomically designed for quick activation and mode changes, eliminating the need to reach for the rifle’s forend to operate. The green laser sight, coupled with a powerful tactical light, offers high visibility in all lighting conditions, making LiNQ the ultimate illumination and targeting solution.

Crimson Trace Linq – 4 Modes of Operation

  • Laser + Light
  • Laser Only
  • Light Only
  • Laser + Light Strobe
Crimson Trace Linq Wireless light laser

Crimson Trace Linq

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Crimson Trace Linq

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Crimson Trace Linq

MSRP: $649.00

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  • BattleshipGrey

    I like the concept, but if your support hand is out there anyway, a button or throw switch control on the light is much cheaper.

    I actually think this would be much better suited on a revolver like the Chiapas or S&Ws with rails. I just updated a post on arfcom in the revolver section looking for ways to use lights on revolvers without having to put hands and fingers near the cylinder gap.

    I still think this method is quite cost prohibitive even for the revolver application, but it certainly has potential.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      I like this idea. Except for the price.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      That’s a great application for this. Of course, a $1000 Chiappa plus a $650 light is a costly carry piece, but it would be extremely functional. I wonder if they’ll release a wireless light w/o the laser and drop the price some?

  • 22winmag

    Instead of keeping the laser as close to the bore as possible (like the extremely low profile-totally awesome CMR-206 laser only unit) combo laser/flashlight units tend to position the laser further and further from the bore. I prefer to rail mount the tiny, low-profile CMR topside directly in front of a front flip up sight and keep any flashlights on the side or bottom.

  • TDog

    There are gonna be folks worried that it will be hacked and that The Russians will make it go off to give away your position so spetsnaz can kill you.

    • Mazryonh

      They developed wire-guided anti-tank missiles to counter enemy radio jamming, right? Electronic warfare became a reality, and so is cyberwarfare now.

  • nova3930

    Partner with Magpul? That sure looks like a MOE grip or a close copy to me….

  • Frank Grimes

    I love Crimson Trace products, but they can keep this hokey POS.

  • Raginzerker

    Can I stream hulu off it too?