Thanks to Ex-SEAL, You Can Re-enact bin Laden Raid

Veteran Larry Yatch lets you take him out ... with a paintball gun
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2012 2:48 PM CDT
Ex-SEAL Runs Studio for 'Killing bin Laden'
Participants of a "bin Laden raid" at Sealed Mindset Studios.   (Sealed Mindset Studios/Facebook)

Rounding a corner, gun in hand, you face Osama bin Laden and ... panic? Shoot? Participants at the Sealed Mindset Studios in St. Paul, Minn., get to find out. Run by former Navy SEAL Larry Yatch, the studio charges people $325 to practice at a gun range and re-enact the bin Laden raid with a paintball gun. "If he presents a lethal threat, take him out,'' Yatch tells the group. ''I don't want to have to write a letter to any of your parents, OK?''

Simi Patnaik, the wife of a plastic surgeon, was shocked by a screaming "bin Laden" when she ran the course, Minnesota Public Radio reports. "I started screaming back, like aah, just, like, shooting indiscriminately, so I would not be a particularly good SEAL," she said afterward. But Yatch reminded her that "you got him," and spoke of the studio's goal: ''Anyone can learn to be safe," he said. ''Anyone can learn to defend themselves from a lethal threat.'' (More Osama bin Laden stories.)

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