June 26, 2012
Drawing heavily on technology developed in support of America's warfighters by its CTC Defense™ division, Crimson Trace will introduce a line of infrared (IR) laser sights for the civilian market. Observable only through night vision equipment, these laser sights offer the user the ability to mark a target invisibly, which is a boon for predator control, security personnel or anyone involved in the growing sport of hog hunting. Due to ITAR restrictions, these new IR sights will be available only through select distributors (including Crimson Trace's website) in July 2012 and will be the most cost-effective solution for anyone who seeks to add a covert night sighting solution to their firearm, listing at MSRPs of between $299 and $599.
In order to assure the widest possible number of gun fitments, the first IR lasers to be made available will the the award-winning MVF-515™ Modular Vertical Foregrip (for AR-15) and the hugely popular Rail Master™ universal laser platform. The Rail Master fits almost any firearm with a Picatinny rail and adds less than 2oz to the overall weight, while incorporating the most powerful laser available by law. The MVF-515 has an incredibly long run time and offers the additional benefit of a blinding, 200 Lumen white light to enable the use of daytime optics as well as night vision devices. Crimson Trace will also introduce IR versions of its instinctively-activated Lasergrips® for 1911 and GLOCK pistols, assuring the same night vision compatible performance for sidearms.
The company subjected the new IR sights to the same rigorous testing protocols as their standard products, but in this instance went a little further. "Listening to our customers and the marketplace, adding these IR platforms to our commercial lineup address consistent requests we receive as the market leader," said Kent Thomas, Director of Marketing for Crimson Trace. "In preparation for the launch, we field-tested the Rail Master's performance on two Texas hog hunts this spring. In both cases, they turned in outstanding performances and surpassed our already high expectations on multiple weapon platforms in complete darkness."
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