By Marie Gilmore

As a mom with boys, we have certainly been to laser tag, and paint ball, and Nerf wars, but now a new business in Brandon is taking the laser tag world by storm by bringing realistic ballistic weapons, strategy and fun to life with a real life Call of Duty style laser tag facility.

CQ “Close Quarters” Tactical Laser Tag opened in the summer in a large warehouse, a former mattress factory in Brandon, just off of Falkenburg Rd. and S.R. 60. With indoor and outdoor challenge courses and a highly trained staff, families, kids and game enthusiasts will appreciate the realistic challenges, achievements and missions assigned in the CQ Tactical arenas.

In addition to the laser tag business, great corporate and private events and birthday parties are available for reservation. Birthday parties are typically 2.5 hours of exclusive laser tag time for up to 20 guests. The birthday boy or girl receives a special T-shirt and dog tags. In addition, goody bags with dog tags, glow sticks, tattoos and candy are available.

CQ Laser Tag, Tampa Bay’s first and only tactical laser tag complex, offers more than 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor course and 16,000 sq. ft. of outdoor Forward Operating Base making it the first close-quarter, mission-based, laser tag game play in the Tampa Bay area.

The most popular missions include Warheads, Recon & Recovery, Code Breaker, De-Fuse and Delta Force.

In order to complete a mission, players must work as a member of a squad, devising and executing a plan to accomplish the mission within the time constraints, relying on teamwork, leadership and strategic thinking.

CQ’s armory consists of military-grade metal, red-dot scope laser tag equipment for the most realistic experience.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of Tampa Bay’s entertainment community and share the excitement that is Close-Quarter Tactical Laser Tag,” said owner and longtime area resident Jay Baldwin. “We challenge all ages to experience the adrenaline rush of CQ Tactical Laser Tag.”

CQ Tactical is located at 500 S. Falkenburg Rd. in Tampa. (just north of S.R. 60). For more information, contact 689.-6220 or visit

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Marie Gilmore
Marie is the Managing Editor at the Osprey Observer. She covers news, transportation, education and likes to make a positive impact on the community and be 'in the know'!