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BLAKELY, GA (WALB) -

American International Marksmanship Academy (AIM) is opening a new shooting and training center in Blakely, Georgia Thursday.

Press Release Below

The grand opening for American International Marksmanship Academy (AIM), a world class shooting and training center, will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011, in Blakely, Georgia.

 AIM, LLC is a free event open to the public to join them for the opening celebration to be held at their facility on US Highway 27 North in Early County.

The opening ceremony at 3:00 PM will feature guest speaker, Mr. Marshall Teague.

The distinguished actor has appeared in the popular and long running television series, Walker Texas Ranger.

During his acting career, Mr. Teague has been cast in movies including Road House and The Rock, among other numerous films.

From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, there will be free guided tours of the 2300 acre operation which includes an archery center, more than 20 ranges (including the only 1000 meter range on the east coast) and a 9 acre stocked pond.

The tours will also include the 15 position 5 stand for clay shooting, 16 competition pistol ranges, several bench rest ranges and the only range that is 2000 meters for ultimate long range shooting.

At 7:00 PM, a concert with "award winning" country music recording artist, Jeff Cook (formerly of the group, Alabama) and the Cold 20 Band, will conclude the celebration that is open to the public.

Admission to the concert is $10.00 per person and children 5 years and under will enter free. Signs will be posted on US Highway 27N to direct guests to the AIM property and concert event.

Proceeds from the concert will go to benefit Early County Bobcat Football.

AIM was founded in 2010 by former US Army Ranger, Marc Masoner, and fellow veterans of the military special operations community. The state of the art shooting center will offer real-world training to the US Military Special Operations, National Guard, Military Reserves, law enforcement/ first responder personnel and security training for civilian corporations.

Breeching, shoot houses, platform shooting ranges and scenario based training are available for law enforcement and military.

With their professional shooters and instructors, AIM has created an outstanding shooting center that will be utilized by the National Rifle Association (NRA) for their competitive events.

The facility resources are also available to civilians by joining their Rod and Gun Club, with professional, corporate and individual membership packages and opportunities for all ages.

Club members will be able to take advantage of classes and competitions, as well as the cabins, RV center, Pro Shop, and lounge/ restaurant that will be on site.

AIM is dedicated to accommodating all needs for civilian memberships and encourages the public to join them in improving their skills and safety through the sport of shooting firearms.

Masoner chose Blakely as the site for the comprehensive security training operation because of its proximity to Ft. Benning and Ft. Rucker, as well as the support that he has received from the community.

When fully operational, AIM will provide many much needed jobs for the Early County area.

For more information on the American International Marksmanship Academy or the grand opening and concert, please visit the AIM website at www.marksmanshipacademy.com <http://www.marksmanshipacademy.com/> or call their office at 229-724-4485 in Blakely, Georgia.

The public is invited and welcome to both the grand opening and the celebration concert by Jeff Cook on Thursday, October 13.