Laser Tag 101 - How to set up for laser tag
Merrill     Dunes
When you arrive, we get you a hat that fits your head.  Small, medium, large, and extra large are available.
The hat is vital to the attachment of your laser sensors.
Your laser gun has a sensor cord with two sensors on it.
The end sensor sticks on the velcro pad on the front of your cap.

The large velcro patch to the side is for your team colour patch - more on that later.
Then you lock the cord in place with the velcro overlap lock.
The cord wraps around the left side of your cap, heading to the rear of the cap.
The second sensor attaches to the velcro pad on the rear of your cap.
Then, the final and most important step - make sure the final overlap velcro lock securely holds the cord.  Failure to get this lock secure will mean your movement of the gun will pull the cord and sensor system off your cap.
Here we see another view of the important final velcro cable lock.
And a view of the front sensor and the front velcro cable lock with the hat on a player.
Again, the final velcro cable lock on a hat that is being worn.
Again, that important final velcro cable lock.
The Team Colour Patches need to be securely pressed onto the velcro attachment pads on the hat.  These colour patches identify team red or team gold.
A team colour patch goes on each side of the hat, opposite each other, so the player is identified from all angles.
The colour patches are on either side of the player's head and at 45 degrees off face direction. This arrangement gives good visibility to other players.
Another view of a correctly and securely attached team colour patch.
The basic skill of the game is to be able to aim your laser gun so as to hit any one of three sensors belonging to a player on the other team.

One sensor is the plastic dome on the laser gun.
A second sensor is the sensor on the front of the cap.
The third sensor is the one mounted on the back of the laser hat.
Aim your laser gun at a sensor by using the red dot scope, and fire.

If your gun makes the normal firing sound, you have missed.

If your aim is correct, a voice in your gun will tell you that you have created a "Casualty".

If your shot is accurate and the shot kills the enemy player, the gun voice will say "Kill Confirmed".

If your shot is accurate but you hit a player who has already been killed, your gun will tell you "Dead Already".
You can use the red dot sight for aiming, but it provides a somewhat limited field of vision.
You can also use the gun sight rail for aiming.
The laser guns are top quality equipment and expensive to buy.  Please look after them.

Don't bang them on things or drop them.

Don't spill drinks on them.

Don't yank them by the cord or carelessly stretch the cord.

And be careful to avoid touching the laser tube.

Safety:  If you fall, be careful that you don't hit your face or teeth on the gun.

If you do fall and get the laser tube or the red dot sight dirty, don't try to clean it yourself - bring it to the kiosk and let staff clean it for you.
The gun display screen provides a lot of really useful information.  We can set the gun for how many times you can be hit before you die.  We can also set the gun to ignore friendly fire (and this is the usual practice).

The display on the left shows that you have 4 lives or health points out of a maximum of 4. You can be hit 4 times before your gun dies.

You have 25 shots left in a clip of 25 shots.  You have 15 reload clips out of 15 maximum. 

You haven't scored any (H) hits.

You haven't scored any (K) kills.

Your accuracy is 100% because you haven't shot any shots yet.

The S shows that you haven't recorded any respawns yet.  

The Sht indicates your gun is on shooting mode. Such is always the case. 

The 1A shows that you are on the 1A team which is usually Team Red.  1B shows you are on the 1B team which is usually Gold.  Friendly fire has no effect.

Your gun is Ready as opposed to being Dead.  And your gun is set on FA which means "full auto". 
The display on the left shows that the gun has been hit 4 times and is now dead.

When you are hit, your gun will let out a grunt sound.  The grunts get more intense as you get low on available health points.

When you are killed, your gun will let out a terrible scream and quit working until you are able to respawn.  At that point, the "S" digit on the display screen will climb with each respawn that you register.
The display on the left shows that the gun has a single life left out of 4.  It is really important to know that this gun cannot be reactivated until it is totally dead.  A trip to the medical centre is of no value until the gun is DEAD.
When you empty an ammo clip, your gun will stop firing and will make a clicking sound.

When you run out of ammo in a clip of 25 shots, you can reload with a new clip by pressing the red button on the lower left side of the gun - just ahead of the trigger.

It takes the gun about 7 seconds to reload.  During that time, you can be hit but you can't fire back - so stay down!


A closer view of the reload button.
The small black button on the lower right side of the gun, just ahead of the trigger, switches the gun between single shot mode and full auto mode. Full auto gives a machine gun style of fire.  Semi auto fire is one shot per trigger pull.
A closer look at the fire mode button.
Both these players, one on Team Red and one on Team Gold, are alive and well!
The Team Red player's gun has been killed.  A red LED lights up on her head sensors.
To respawn when your gun has been killed, go to your team Medic Box and press the large red button.

So long as your gun or head sensors are hit by the invisible light rays from the medic box, your dead gun will say "Respawned" and you will have full lives and a full ammo supply.
If you are under a canopy, the infrared respawn light will bounce and trigger your gun, but if you are outdoors, you may have to place the gun or your head sensor over the medic box.
As in the last photo, the medic box respawn rays need to get to one of your three sensors, be it gun or head sensors.
A really important safety consideration is that you stay in the laser tag field.  As you enter the property, the entry road divides the laser field, on the left in this photo, from the paintball field, on the right in this photo.

Stay in the laser field.  Stay away from the paintball players.
The photo on the left is taken closer to the parking area. Again, stay on the laser field side of the entry road and parking area.
Here we are at the parking lot. Field 1 is for paintball.  Field 2 is for laser.  Stay on the laser side of the parking lot to keep away from the hazards of flying paintballs!
The far side of the parking lot - the laser player and paintball player are defining the line between the two territories. Next we will move to a final photo that shows the extension of the vital border!
What we call the "Pentagon" - five buses in a circle, is normally on the paintball field side of the border line.  So stay on the laser field side of the Pentagon.
How to use your laser gun
How to stay safe
Our Youtube video (above) covers the same material that this page presents in photo and text form.

The Youtube video below, explains a mini-tag game example.