Ever wish you were the one pulling the trigger during the famous SEALS raid that rid the world of Osama bin Laden? Well, thanks to Larry Yatch and his realistic re-enactment, now you can. And it only costs you $325.
Retired Navy SEAL Larry Yacht opened Sealed Mindset, a 10,000-square-feet gun-safety and defense instruction center in New Hope, Minnesota, where he hosts a high-end role-playing game that offers people the chance to shoot and kill terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Since its inauguration in April, 137 people have signed up to take out the Al-qaida leader in a re-enactment of the famous Pakistan raid. A man wearing a white robe and fake beard plays the dreaded terrorist and the would-be SEALS led by Yacht himself have to infiltrate his hideout, reach his room and finally take him out with a few paintball rounds before he has a chance to shoot them. According to participants quoted by Minnesota Public Radio, the experience is “awesome” “intense” and gets the adrenaline going.
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The Sealed Mindset role playing game starts off with a briefing from Commander Yacht himself. He greets them with news that the President has authorized them to capture Osama bin Laden. “We’re going to be flying from our base in Afghanistan,” he adds. “Obviously, this is a complete Black Op.” He then proceeds to explain the mission, instructing them to try to take him alive, unless he starts shooting back. He also warns them that if they happen to be picked up in Pakistan, it’s every man for himself and that no one is to admit they are actually SEALS. Once the mission briefing is over, participants are taken to a small gun range to practice taking out Osama with real assault rifles. Here they have to shoot at life-size photos of the terrorist leader dangling from the ceiling to set the mood for the actual raid.
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Once their done practicing shooting, participants get to shoot bin Laden one by one. Yacht accompanies them on the corridors of his Sealed Minds studio, and into a dark room were speakers blast sounds of helicopters and firearms, making participants feel like they really are in a hostile environment where death lurks at every corner. As they approach Osama bin Laden’s door, the tension reaches maximum level and they get an adrenaline rush that often makes them miss their target and Yacht has to deliver the fatal rounds himself. Of course, the screaming terrorist waving a gun at them doesn’t make it any easier either. Once the threat has been neutralized, the SEAL wanna-be is sent to check if they got the right man as Larry takes photos. The man playing the bad guy wears a helmet and rubber padding under his clothes to protect himself from the paint balls fired at close range, especially since he says most participants tend to aim for the groin.
The experience of taking out Osama bin Laden in the re-enactment of the famous SEALS raid costs $325, and according to the testimonies of previous participants, it’s totally worth the price. Sealed Mindset also offers a variety of other defense classes and live scenario trainings including fake kidnappings, fake carjackings, and even a fake shooting by a disgruntled employee. They are all designed to help people deal with actual threats.