Crimson Trace, long known for its lineup of firearm lasers and lights, sent a shotgun blast of new products into the firearms market with the release of 50 new optics in January. The company bills the release as the largest product launch in Crimson Trace history, introducing two new lines of optics: Hardline and Brushline.
The launch is not the company’s first large venture into the optics field, having also revealed two dozen red dot optics at SHOT Show in 2019. But the launch does indicate the company is zeroing in on a new market space with – shall we say – a longer reach.
The company has long been busy creating new products and boasts over 140 patents on its website, likely with many more still pending. But most consumers will probably recognize the brand more for their popular line of pistol accessories in particular, though they have certainly made products for both rifles and even shotguns in the past. Still, their products to date have focused mostly on self-defense and personal protection.
The release of Hardline and Brushline are a fairly aggressive move into another side of the firearms industry. They really represent a deeper company venture into the realms of tactical shooting and hunting, and both lines focus solely on magnified scopes for rifles.
Crimson Trace’s Hardline scopes are specifically meant for the competitive shooting and tactical markets. Reticles include Bullet Drop Compensator options for .223 Remington/5.56 NATO, .300 Blackout, and .308 Winchester, with additional choices for range formula equations and competition reticles. There are also illuminated options for those looking that that feature as well.
The company website states it worked for years with field experts to develop the optics for specific shooter needs.
As the name implies, the Brushline is designed specifically for hunting applications. It includes options for .308 Winchester, 22 LR, .223 Remington, .350 legend, 12-gauge slugs, and even muzzleloaders. These also include a variety of reticle options.
While the two scope lines are designed for different purposes, they share some similar features: including aggressive knurling on the turrets, ELD glass, and Crimson Trace MOC coating. Shooters can also upgrade to their Hardline Pro or Brushline Pro options for additional features such as zero-stop, illumination, and first-focal-plane options.
Both lines also offer a host of magnification options far too long to list here. They range from 2-7x32mm and 3-9x40mm all the way up to 6-24x50mm, though options may vary depending on the line. It’s a respectably expansive list for a new line of optics to be sure.
All their optics are also tested to pass the U.S. Military’s MIL-STD-810G test protocol, which includes standards for surviving shock, vibration, temperature, water immersion, and batter life expectancy.