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The following is a press release from ALTAIR Gun Club

ALTAIR Gun Club is teaming up with BAT Defense to present their Junior Shooting Program on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 9 am-1 pm at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida.

The Junior Shooting Program is designed to introduce and educate youth about safe firearm handling, competitive shooting and outdoor shooting activities. This program is an educational and athletic course that involves shooting and team-building exercises led by former U.S. Special Operations professionals who will focus on enhancing decision making, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, problem solving and safety with young shooters.

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The upcoming course will be led by Jeff Cotto of BAT Defense. Cotto is a former U.S. Army Ranger with multiple combat deployments in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has held many positions with proven success as a Special Operations Squad Leader, Sniper Team and Section Leader, and Fire Team Leader. Cotto has planned and conducted over 200 sniper missions including aerial, route, and tactical operations. He is currently a U.S. Government Personnel Protection Specialist responsible for providing clandestine services throughout the world.

“We want area youth to know that a firearm is not a toy,” says Shirley Watral, General Manager of ALTAIR Gun Club. “Our goal is to have our young citizens know what to do in case they are in the presence of a gun, know the proper safety rules and how to stay safe. Too many accidents happen that could be prevented.”

A course registration fee of $125 per child applies. The Junior Shooting Program is open to the public for children ages 7 to 16, however space is limited.

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For detailed qualification information, full course descriptions and registration information, please visit the Training page at or

ALTAIR Gun Club’s privacy and seclusion make the facility the ideal venue for private or corporate events. For more information, visit or call 239-571-3241.


ALTAIR Gun Club offers firearms, self-defense, medical and teambuilding courses for men and women. The facility is equipped with rifle and pistol ranges, private-room housing for up to 30 people, a large training classroom and meal plans for overnight or extended stays. Just 10 minutes from Interstate 75 on State Road 29, ALTAIR Gun Club is situated on 25-acres in the Florida Everglades.

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