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Role-playing gun range lets you kill Bin Laden

The New York Times visits a specialized "firearms studio" in New Hope, Minn., where for $325, participants can get two hours of Navy SEAL training and the chance to re-enact the military raid on the terrorist mastermind’s three-story compound last year in Pakistan.
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The New York Times visits a specialized "firearms studio" called Sealed Mindset in New Hope, Minn., where for $325, participants can get two hours of Navy SEAL training and the chance to re-enact the military raid on the terrorist mastermind’s three-story compound last year in Pakistan.

The range has been offering the experience since July, the newspaper says. Participants can shoot paint pellets at an actor wearing a white robe, a head scarf and a fake beard, who gets blasted with paint several times a night.

The bin Laden-raid experience is part of the outgrowth of intense interest in the raid, which is now the subject of a movie, Zero Dark Thirty, to be released after the presidential election, and a controversial new book called "No Easy Day," penned by a Navy SEAL who was a part of the raid.

Here's a preview for the movie:

And here's a Fox News look inside the compound, with images and animation:

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