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Melbourne Laser Skirmish

Thursday, March 18, 2004
Hit them up, knock them down and shoot to kill. We’re here to play skirmish my friends!

Laser Skirmish is an outdoor combat team sport, much like paintball, but without the bruises.

Challenge Laser Skirmish is a new sport using latest technology — they run competitive military simulation and combat-like scenarios such as VIP escort, counter-terrorist missions, as well as WWII, Vietnam and sci-fi games.

Unlike old-style arena indoor laser games, they play outdoors in an 80ha bush field. Teams are equipped with infrared lasers and sensor fixed to hats. They fit you out in your gear — a camouflage baseball cap, overalls, camouflage paint and two-way radios. You can wear your own clothing, but bright colours aren't recommended — it makes you an easy target.

A safety briefing and explanation of the basic rules are given, teams are chosen and weapons selected. The Morita gun is based on the design of the gun in Starship Troopers and the Pulse rifle resembles that in Alien 2. The big guns are the most popular at first until people realise how heavy they are, and opt for the smaller ones. There are 51 laser guns ranging in price from $750 to $2500 each.

Players shoot an invisible and harmless infrared beam which has a range of up to 150 metres in daylight.

The sensor monitors how many hits you take in a game. When shooting at your opponents you aim for the 20cm sensor but beware. No cheating. Referees monitor and supervise games to ensure no one is trying to hide their sensor.

Each time you take a hit your gun gives off a grunt and the word "ouch" appears on the screen of your gun to indicate that you have lost a life.

(The number of lives you have depends on which game you are playing). When you run out of ammunition you return to the bunker to re-charge and when all your lives have been used your gun will scream and the words "dead" will appear on your screen. Each time you are hit you stop and acknowledge it to the other team by putting your hand up.

Laser Skirmish is very popular with party groups — children, bucks, hens and corporate. It really is a lot of fun, and you don't get covered with paint!

Apart from Challenge Laser Skirmish in Wallan East, there are two other locations available in Melbourne.


Wallan East, 45 minutes north of Melbourne


Challenge Laser Skirmish costs $30 for 90 minutes of action. It operates every day. Bookings are essential.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

Challenge Laser Skirmish
315 South Mountain Road
Wallen East 3756
>0418 355 621

Qantas: 13 13 13

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