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This page will showcase some of the custom taggers that have been manufactured at CTDYNE using Lazer PRO 9000, Laser Challenge, Laser Challenge PRO and Laser Challenge V2 gear. Some are single systems and others are combinations of multiple systems. This group of custom taggers includes some of the earliest work done at CTDYNE.

The Early Years.

The image to the right is the earliest known remaining image of CTDYNE custom tag gear, built approximately 1991. This was the fourth custom ever produced. Unfortunately, this unit along with the three previous models were disassembled so that the parts could be used for follow-on models.

This tagger was originally built using a Lazer Pro 9000, which can be seen on top at the forward end. After the first Laser Challenge gear was introduced this tagger received a modification to accept a second set of electronics and a second optic barrel assembly. It can be seen on the right side (yellow). The adjustable focus spot light on this unit was quite bright. The heat put out by the high intensity bulb required the manufacture of a custom aluminum receiver to accept the bulb. Even so, the light could only be used intermittantly, as the heat would start to melt the plastic housing after 20 to 30 seconds!

Matt's Menacer

Created in the 1991/1992 time frame, this unit started as a Lazer PRO 9000 custom (visible on the forward right). After the release of the first Laser Challenge gear it was modified to accept an LC electronics set and a second optic barrel assembly (on the forward left). 


A nice feature of this unit is how adaptable it is. There is a AA battery pack in the main housing to power just the two tagger electric sets along with the red tunnel light. This allows the upper assembly containing the 1800 mAh battery pack, strobe light and spot light to be removed along with the stock to provide a light weight small tagger. This can be done without tools in under a minute. The procedure can just as easily be reversed for a full-sized tagger optimized for night time use.

Mike's LC PRO

This unit was the first Laser Challenge PRO based custom built at CTDYNE sometime around 1996. In anticipation of the release of the Firestorm, an add-on module was fabricated so the firestorm could be easily added to an accessory rail on the bottom of the foregrip.


The design for this custom called for an array of accessories that could be added or removed as needed for the type of game and the time of day it was being used. Some of these accessories included a camcorder, night vision scope, two different spotlights and the Firestorm module.


There are four different IR LED's. Two have no lens and are 60 and 20 degree spread. A one-inch lens is used for medium range targets and a two-inch lens is for longer shots. All of these emitters are selected by a thumb wheel selector and are fired by the main trigger.

The original LC PRO keypad was unreliable and was replaced by a set of four higher quality momentary contacts for more consistent input to the CPU of the LC PRO board. The three original sensors from the PRO are mounted in the housing. The forward facing sensor is in front of the ramp sight, along with the right side target. The left side target is located about halfway down the tagger.

Powered by dual 7.2 volt rechargeable battery packs, each with it's own meter to monitor charge levels. The 14.4 volts is routed to a voltage/current regulator board and is then sent to the various components. There is a small cooling fan mounted on the regulator board. This can be activated as needed to keep the board within operating limits. The projection beam spotlight can be swapped for a five inch 100,000 candle power spotlight in less than two minutes. Both of these lights run directly off of 14.4 volt power with no current or voltage regulation.

Matt's LC PRO



This tagger has the three sensors from the PRO built into it. The front sensor is facing forward on the ramp sight along with the right hand sensor facing to the right. The left sensor is located at about the middle of the tagger.


This LC PRO custom also features selectable recoil/hit vibration and silencer button.

Kelly's Ultrawide and V2 Tagger

This pair of V2 customs has seen years of hard use. The Ultrawide has been modified with a silencer button, flashlight, sling and camo paint.


Mike's L.A.C.S.R.



Other features include: silencer, 3X9 variable scope, sling and side fold stock. The package is very well balanced and is easy to use for extended periods of time considering the lens size and weight. The  sling is quite handy for extended use as well. The 12 cell battery pack will last an entire weekend of tagging without recharging.


The image to the right shows the aft end of the four inch LED bulkhead. The wiring for each of the six IR LEDs that make up the array is visible. If you look closely, the back side of each LED can be seen in the mounting holes. Each of the six IR LEDs is wired to its own power resistor on the booster board, so each LED is driven at one full amp. We "let the smoke out" of the LEDs a few times until Duncan figured out the proper formula.

Pinky and the Brain


Each features a one inch lens and a second IR LED with no lens. Matt can select between the one inch lens and the 20 degree LED by means of a selector switch. Both LED's are fired by the main trigger. The one inch lens provides decent range for a small tagger and the non lens LED has a great spread for close quarters work in and around the tunnels at the forts.


Both of these taggers have a light attached. Pinky has a red light used at night or in the tunnels when Matt does not want to give his position away. The Brain has a bright white light for use when Matt needs to illuminate his target.

Small Custom Taggers


The unit with the red dot sight and the tactical light mounted under the barrel has a  seven cell sub "C" 1800 mHA rechargable battery pack built into the tagger. It is recharged by removing the cap on the end of the grip and plugging in the charger. With this much capacity you can use this tagger for an entire weekend without recharging. 

Lazer PRO 9000/Laser Challenge combination.

Features include a removable, rechargeable 1800 mHA 12 volt battery pack, voltage/current regulator board, custom built adjustable focus 12 volt spot light, strobe light, red tunnel light, one touch mute function, upgraded speaker, 4X scope and a side fold stock.

Lazer PRO 9000/Laser Challenge combination.

Some of the features include: a removeable, rechargeable 1800 mHA 12 volt sub "C" cell battery pack, red tunnel light, strobe light, custom built adjustable beam high intensity spot light, upgraded speaker and one touch mute function.







Other features include a red tunnel light, 3X9 variable power scope, one touch mute button and a series of red LED's to simulate muzzle blast.

The second Custom LC PRO produced at CTDYNE, this tagger also includes a Firestorm. In this unit it is built into the tagger. The three inch lens assembly holds two IR LED's. One is for the LC PRO and one is for the Firestorm.



This unit has many of the the same features as the above LC PRO custom. Dual 7.2 volt battery packs, dual charge level meters, voltage/current regulator/power distribution board, cooling fan, red tunnel light and projection beam spotlight,


The standard V2 tagger has a second IR LED mounted in front, directly over the main barrel. There is no lens on this second LED so it projects a wide pattern for close work in the tunnels. This option is selected by a switch and fired by the main trigger. There is also a silencer button. The reset button has been relocated so it is not as likely to be activated inadvertantly. This rig also comes with a custom made tactical thigh holster.


This V2 custom has worked well for years. The optics are based on a four inch lens with a six LED array. It is powered by a 12 cell rechargable 1800 mHa battery pack that is removable. The pack slides into the pistol grip and locks intp place. There is a booster board that drives all six IR LED's at one amp. One of the more interesting features of this custom is the adjustable pulse rate option. The knob just behind the carry handle is turned for more or less pulse rate. For the very long shots the pulse rate can be turned up temporarily. Of course the life of the IR LED's is shortened when driven at higher pulse rates so this option is used sparingly.



This pair was built to Matt's specifications for a small light weight set of dual taggers that would enable Matt to be more mobile than was possible with a large tagger. Part of the specs called out for a dual holster set that would also carry his FRS radio and his front and back V2 target set. The bottom of the holsters are fastened to a belt so they are very stable. The dual taggers can be removed simultaneously very quickly without getting bound up in the holsters. 


Both include a rechargable battery pack, silencer button, grip mounted reload and light buttons. 


These images show Pinky and the Brain along with three other small taggers.


The unit in the case and the tiger stripe tagger have no lens in front of the IR LED. They project the infrared light in a wide spread. They are intended for close quarters work as the wide pattern has a range of only 20 to 30 feet. Very usefull for cleaning out the tunnels at the forts.