How to Buy Laser Tag Toys

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Stop killing time and start "killing" your opponent when you spend a rainy (or sunny!) afternoon playing with laser tag toys. Kids and adults of all ages will get into the point-and-shoot spirit with these interactive toys that operate as safely as a TV remote control unit. Laser tag equipment can be used indoors or outdoors. It's a great investment for year-round fun, exercise and learning.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Spend a Little on Laser Tag Toys

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    Buy a single laser tag gun unit to upgrade, replace or add to an existing set. A tagger gun alone won't provide a sensor target.

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    Buy a laser tag team set. These usually consist of two tagger guns, two body sensors with built-in computer feedback and reload accessory.

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    Buy shocking laser tag sets. These come with two tagger guns and two breastplate targets. "Hits" result in the opponent receiving an electrical shock in the handle of her gun.

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    Buy shocking remote-controlled laser tag tanks. Each player gets a tank equipped with a tagger gun and a remote control. Hits on a tank result in the opponent's receiving a shock through the hand-held controller.

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    Purchase nifty accessories such as stand-alone infrared targets for practice or extra points and new game formats.

    Buy More Complex Equipment

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    Buy professional-model laser tag equipment from a manufacturer or distributor. These toys are generally meant for long-range outdoor use and are available separately or as sets.

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    Buy realistic professional-model tagger guns for military simulation. Consult online laser tag or army surplus websites. Some basic styles have additions, such as nonoperating "clips" or "silencers" that you can buy for visual enhancement.

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    Buy a complete professional outdoor system. Team sets may include a number of tagger guns and body sensor headbands or vests, as well as game controlling software, accessories and a variety of programmable interactive game formats.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't fret over the safety level of any laser tag toys. They use infrared beams instead of real lasers, and "shocking" toys emit a noticeable but harmless electrostatic charge.
  • Shocking laser tag is more of a novelty item and may not sustain the interest level that a more goal-oriented game provides.
  • Inexpensive home units won't wear as long as the more professional, high-end outdoor models.
  • Shocking gun and tank units can use up a lot of AA or AAA batteries.
  • A complete, state-of-the-art outdoor laser tag set for a team of four can be very expensive.

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