So I've decided that for the next couple of days I'm going to be writing daily entries concerning my opinion of current laser tagging systems out there that I've been able to use. Some of these are systems that I own and use quite often. Others are merely impressions I've had of exposure to a system for a short time or that I know enough about to formulate an opinion of.
First up is gear that I wish I had the opportunity to use again. Myself and a few other laser tagging buddies of mine were exposed to this through a guy who ran a Mobile Laser Tag business here in town. His company was called "Laser Recon" and he has since moved to the West Coast and set up shop there with this equipment. The gear was purchased from "Adventure Sports". The equipment is much like military-grade equipment (like MILES) and is about the most durable and reliable stuff I've ever had the pleasure of using.
Why? Because it's got enough basic operation to it to be used by anyone easily (not laden with gimmicks) but advanced enough to have the system customized to do whatever you want. Sound effects, lighting effects, range, Rate of Fire, reload time, partial damage points, the options are through the roof. This equipment setup, specifically, is also quite nice to use. The durability of these things is unparalleled, with most of the models having metal casings. Sensor coverage is about as realistic as you can get with head sensors that are domed and give 360 degree coverage. Some of the blasters even have a gun-mounted sensor.
With all the praise I've given them, I bet you're wondering why I don't have an arsenal of these myself. Truth be told, the way I run things, I could never afford a system like this to do what our group currently does. If this were a "everyone owns their own set" thing, that'd be different, but the pricetag on these is still up there. I can easily outfit a group of 20 players with a store-bought laser tag system for the price of one or two of these guys. I had the pleasure of being able to use this gear when Laser Recon's founder was here in town. It still tops my list as one of the best that I've managed to get my hands on.