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Laser Tag Museum Donation

A Little Bit of Battlefield Sports History Donated to the Laser Tag Museum

gunslingerBattlefield Sports donated some original outdoor laser tag gaming guns to the Laser Tag Museum in Indiana, this month.

Nicole Lander and Peter Lander started Battlefield Sports with a few thousand dollars and an idea -- to take a video game and experience it LIVE.

They started running outdoor laser tag games in Cairns, in tropical Australia.

Their dream has since flourished into a multi-million dollar game-inspired brand, with sales into more than 40 countries.

Nicole Lander, co-founder of Battlefield Sports, donated two original Berserkers and THE number 21 Spitfire to the Laser Tag Museum.

These pioneering gaming guns have seen many, many years of hard gaming on the battlefield and now will be on display in Indiana at the Laser Tag Museum.

The History of Outdoor Gaming Gun Production

Inspired by the Colt Revolver famous in the wild-west, Nicole Lander was adamant that each and every gaming gun produced by Battlefield Sports needed to have its own serial number.

Ironically the “Colt 45” was actually a copy of the patented Smith & Wesson Volcanic pistol, according to Wikipedia.

To add to the intrigue many copies or near copies were made of the original “Peacemaker”.

Serial numbers were important, collectors value the lower serial number.

All Battlefield Sports gaming guns to this day still have individual serial numbers.

These serial numbers are a kind of timeline, giving a glimpse into the history of the gaming gun and its owner.

The History of the Berserker

berserker laser tag The gaming gun "berserker" was named after the Norse warriors who are depicted in Old Norse literature to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury.

The gaming guns "Berserkers" were actually designed and made by Peter Lander's father, John Lander. John is a master craftsman specializing in woodwork.

John Lander has designed and built dozens of bespoke homes, several which have been featured in VOGUE magazine.

Peter went to his Dad and asked for design and material recommendations.

Peter wanted a weather resistant, light weight but super-tough case that was highly shock-resistant but easy to maintain.

The Berserker was born.

The Berserker, uniquely, is made of marine-ply which means – theoretically – it can float (although submersion voids the warranty!!)

John built hundreds, sold all over the world.

They were shipped with the Battlefield Sports “Classic” technology.

This model was one of the first commercial outdoor laser tag gaming guns ever built.

Battlefield Sports ceased production of the Berserker model in June 2004.

These two donated Berserkers, in particular, were deployed in the local Battlefield LIVE fields in Australia for many years creating lots of happy memories for gamers. 

The History of the Spitfire

The Spitfire gaming gun got its nom de guerre in honor of the WW2 single-seater aircraft.

This airplane was famous for dogfights defending the Allied Forces.

It was said that "flying the Spitfire was like driving a sports car".

The WW2 Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance aircraft, likewise the Battlefield Sports gaming gun was designed as a machine pistol. But had a nasty bite – its range was around 50 yards in daylight.

Just like a sports-car the very first Spitfire, designed by Jerry Keagan, was light and lean.

It was made of tin / antimony alloy.

In the end it was decided that this alloy, though allowing intricate detailing, was too soft for commercial use and the material was switch to aluminum.

Some refer to it as the “Spitfire Uzi” because of its quintessential uzi-like fins - forward and aft.

Battlefield Sports has donated number 21 of the Spitfire model to the Laser Tag Museum.

This particular Spitfire was originally sold to a paintball field on the Gold Coast.

The battlefield operator brought a set of 10 Spitfires in 2003, just a few weeks ago he returned them to us for a re-fit.

Seven Spitfires were able to be fixed up and returned to the battlefield, not bad for 11 year for hard labor! And number 21, one of the decommissioned ones, has now found its place in the Laser Tag Museum.

In 2014 Adam Natakuapa and the Battlefield Sports’ team redesigned the iconic Spitfire and produced a new model.

The Spitfire model been through several design iterations but is still one of the most popular models in the Battlefield Sports line-up.