Ever wonder about the amount of product testing that goes into Crimson Trace laser sights and light products before they are produced, packaged and shipped?
After the Crimson Trace products are created by in-house engineers and designers, the prototypes are tested for fit to the gun frames they are to be installed on as many people weigh in during the process. Electrical systems, battery pockets and many other details are also checked. Multiple people review and criticize the fit and installation process to ensure customer satisfaction. If these stages of testing are passed, then the most grueling test begins.
Engineers next install batteries, install the Lasergrip or item onto a working firearm, and then the product and a tester head to the company’s on-site test firing range. Once inside, the Beta-testers lock and load—and start shooting. When the thick gunsmoke clears, thousands of rounds have landed downrange in the bullet trap. It’s the on-the-firearm and in-the-hand tests that determine if a product performs as planned.
On a recent in-range Beta test at Crimson Trace’s headquarters, 15 shooters shot more than 12,000 rounds while testing two new products. That’s a lot of time-in-hand, on the range, and in test mode. The average shooter spent about one hour pulling the trigger before hand fatigue set in. Then, the next shooters stepped up to the firing line and continued the test process. Product testing consumes up to 120,000 cartridges per year. Beta testers also examine product packaging, the battery installation guidelines, and sighting standards.
Product details are re-examined and complex notes are written and reviewed. Then the test grip or product is removed, thoroughly examined, re-tested, reinstalled and tested once again on the firing line for recoil resistance and fit. Any product flaw discovered along this grueling process can result in a possible re-design or modification. If that happens, the entire exhaustive testing process can begin again. Only the best products survive.
“Crimson Trace products undergo many levels of Beta testing and extensive range shooting sessions before the products are ever approved,” says Michael Caulk, Director of Engineering. “This testing means our customers can depend upon the product they select and install on their firearms.” Customers have positively weighed in by purchasing nearly three million Crimson Trace products since the company was founded nearly 20 years ago.
Only the top products pass. This testing process is one of the many reasons why Crimson Trace is the industry leader in laser sighting technology. More details are at www.crimsontrace.com.
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