Smith & Wesson purchased Crimson Trace back in 2016, and each year since then the gun manufacturer has taken advantage of that acquisition by introducing firearm models featuring Crimson Trace technology straight from the factory. A case in point, the new-for-2018 M&P15T with Crimson Trace LiNQ pairs a high-quality AR-15-style rifle with the wireless LiNQ light/laser system—packaging them at a price point below their combined retail prices. The 5.56x45 mm NATO-chambered M&P15T features a 16" carbine barrel with 5R rifling and a 13" free-floating M-LOK-compatible handguard. LiNQ’s control unit serves as the gun’s pistol grip and activates the system’s green laser sight and/or 300-lumen white light when grasped by the firing hand. Price: $1,500. Contact: Smith & Wesson; (800) 331-0852; smith-wesson.com.
Product Preview: S&W M&P15T with Crimson Trace LiNQ
A quiet trend has begun in firearm industry and, judging by the response, the approach could quickly spread. While more and more gun companies are holding highly successful free events that provide fans a chance to take their latest models for a short “test drive” at a range, a pair of precision-rifle companies have launched something very different.
Watch American Rifleman staff on the range this week with the Franchi USA Affinity Turkey Elite in 20 gauge, a package designed for the pursuit of wild turkey.
The revamped and enhanced experience is designed to ensure customers find exactly what they want quickly—and for a great price.