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CQ Tactical launches military-style laser tag

Crouched behind one of the more than 300 used military pelican cases, you hear the briefcase bomb activated.

As you clutch your MP5 Stinger, commanding officer Doug Marriott counts down to the De-Fuse mission. You and your team now have just minutes to avoid enemy fire, locate the explosive device and disable it using a special code prior.

That's just one of the 12 mission-

based games now available for play at Brandon's newest laser tag business: CQ Tactical Laser Tag at 500 S Falkenburg Road. The military-themed adventure is the brain child of partners Mike Wollenhop and Jay Baldwin, a Bloomingdale High School and University of South Florida graduate whose father was in the Air Force.

"This is not your run-of-the-mill laser tag," said Baldwin, who has spent nearly a year scouting the right location, building it out and getting the proper permits to open. "It's Call of Duty in real life."

CQ Tactical's armed-forces motif includes a real 1974 2.5 ton Deuce cargo truck that sits adjacent to the outdoor course. With eight buildings, two bunkers and a stationary .50-caliber M2 machine gun that shoots 60 rounds a minute, the outdoor capture-the-flag course offers players another option while the 10,000-square-foot, 20-room indoor course includes a dozen missions.

Groups of 10 or more are $18 each for 90 minutes (individuals are $24) and membership packages are available if you want to compete in monthly tournaments. Corporate team building during the day starts at $500.

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