The backbone of almost any Nerf or Laser Tag group is usually some sort of shared loadout of equipment for other players to loan out. Many times, blasters that are in the "Public Armory" are previously modified blasters by the owner so their players can have a bit of an advantage over using purely stock equipment. On the one hand... yes, it can be a little frustrating getting owned by your own creation at the hands of an amateur, but loaning out modified blasters is the ticket to getting your not-so-in-the-loop friends HOOKED on the hobby-side of Nerf and Laser Tag: MODIFICATIONS!!!
Having a good group of people to enjoy these games with is the key to keeping interest in planning future events. You can be a Plan-a-saurus Rex all day long, but if you don't have many people interested in playing... you'll find yourself working overtime to fill the ranks every time. However, if you have people hooked (which usually comes with being remotely interested in the Hobby-side of things), you'll have people lined up to attend your next event.
Sharing modified blasters can also help your players not feel so out-classed the second they show up. It's never fun showing up to an event, being handed an old tired Maverick REV-6 and be expected to go toe-to-toe with a Volt-modded RapidStrike with a 35-Dart drum. Or being handed a stock LTAR surrounded by LazerBait-Lens-Toting Snipers from 1000 feet away. Give your players something decent, like a Retaliator with the ARs out or an LTX with a Red Dot Sight. They'll feel the advantage of having a modified blaster from the start and it might even get them interested in pursuing their own equipment... which means that NEXT time, you probably won't even have to loan them a blaster!
When my Laser Tag group switched over from hard-to-find Laser Challenge gear to readily-available Lazer Tag Brand stuff (LTTO, LTX, LTAR), we instantly saw a jump in people who owned their own gear. Our Public Armory is usually about 18-22 Blasters (it needs to be with 25-30 players showing up to each event!) but more recently, we're not having to use as many of those blasters because so many people now own their own gear.
I already know that many of you have your own Public Armories that you loan out. Feel free to share any other helpful tips or show off a picture of your grandiose collection in the comments section below!