Newsletter - December 2017
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Welcome To The Target Zone


Center Target Sports Newsletter   

December 2017

The Northwest's First Five Star Range and

         The Inland NW's ONLY Five Star Range      
The Northwest's only "NO REGRETS" POLICY
2010 Best Shooting Range in USA
Awarded by SHOT Business Magazine
2010 Best Indoor Range in USA
Awarded by Glock (GSSF) Inc.
Post Falls 2013 Business of the Year

A Few Thoughts from Ed:

My favorite time of year is upon us.  The Christmas season is an additional reminder to us all that we need to take time for ourself and our families.  I know a number of you just said "Did he just say that?"  I know... I know...  I am trying to slow down.

There are no shortages of distractions in our life and with a mindset towards personal safety we often get wrapped up with distractions to our situational awareness.  Today I want to offer a simple reminder to us all to take a moment and reward ourselves with thoughts of family, friends, and the things we so cherish in life but often overlook.

Our family here at CTS is strong and full of life.  Peggy, Deb, and I are so blessed to have the staff we have here ready to serve you.  I think back over the years and I'm not sure that statement was always the case.  In fact, this staff is not just ready to serve you everyday, they are excited to offer you any assistance possible.

We are not perfect...none of us are.  All we can hope to do is put forward our best effort on a daily basis. I believe the CTS team does that very well.  So as we approach the Christmas holiday take some time to share the shooting experience with those you love.  If you have someone in your circle who has not experienced the pleasure and excitement of the shooting sports, take the time to offer them the experience.

Our entire team send their sincere wishes for a joyous Christmas season and a very prosperous New Year.

Be Safe...ed

Notes from Peggy:

Ed and I wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

We will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day AND Jan 8th for inventory.

No shooting classes between Christmas and New Years so all lanes open to the public every day! Bring your family in for some hometown fun!

If our monthly newsletter is not enough for you....Like us on Facebook and receive more current updates.

Reminder that we short the website spots in every class so we don't overb
ook our classes. Call to make sure the class you want is truly full. Also, you must call the range to sign up to retake a scheduled class...we don't check emails for re-take status, only newly paid customers.  A reminder that if you no-show as a lose that status and will have to pay to take the class again
Be Safe....  

Ed & Peggy Santos
Consignment Corner

Welcome to the consignment corner.  It is a list of some of the consignment guns we have in stock.  We have developed such a great reputation with respect to our consignment firearms that many of you come in and ask about our stock every week.

This list will not be complete as we have too many firearms to list.  The consignment firearms come and go so quickly that you must realize
the firearm may be sold between the time you see it listed here and when you make it in to look at it.
  If you're interested, don't wait!   

 Too Many To List...
Over 55 Consignment Guns in Stock 

New Employee.  Please help us welcome.

Frank Baker

Frank was born and raised in California.  He served in the Navy Reserves for six years after attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.  In California, he had his own business in accounting systems. He moved to Idaho with his wife, Susan, in 1984 to raise their young daughters.  In Idaho, he finished his BA and MA degrees.  

He worked at Hope Realty as an owner and realtor.  The Bakers owned 50 acres near the national forest and enjoyed the years hunting near their home.  His grown daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren still live in the northwest and enjoy all that this area has to offer.  

Frank's recreations are centered on hunting, target shooting, boating, camping and enjoying the outdoors.

Frank has been a member of Center Target Sports for many years.  It is now his privilege to join the team that offers expert training and products for self and family defense.


A message to our advanced students:
If you've taken Def HG 2 or higher here at Center Target Sports and are interested in an open shooting session to practice those skills for a small cost after hours, please email Peggy and let us know.
We're looking at possible opening Sunday night or Monday am specifically for this purpose if enough interest is expressed.

Member FUN Shoot

Dec 20
Moving Targets

Jan 16

9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Dec 16
Jan 20
The Woman Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

No meetings in Dec or Jan
Feb 13

Bullseye League meets every Thursday at 5 and 5:45 pm.  Everyone's welcome no matter what your skill level.  Newcomers always welcome.  $7
IDPA meets the 1st and 2nd Sunday of every month from 7:30-11am.  Everyone's welcome.  Come watch and learn or participate.  Newcomers always welcome. $10

GSSF Glock Matches: Shoot in 2 of 3 matches in a series and be eligible to win a Glock pistol. Yes, Center Target Sports gives away a Glock every 3 months! Call the range for more details.


There will be no meetings in Dec or Jan.  Enjoy the holidays

Our "Women of Caliber" group has a new schedule.  Meeting the 2nd Tuesday 4:45-7pm.  Shooting portion will be limited to the first 20 people to sign in with a cost of $10.00. 
Please bring eye and ear protection as well as photo ID.  2-3 magazines are recommended if you have your own firearm.  CTS will loan you a handgun free of charge with purchase of their ammo. 
 Everyone is welcome to attend the educational portion of the meeting from 5-6, however due to the growing number of ladies attending, we do not have enough mentors to work with new shooters. A basic pistol course is required to attend the shooting portion.  Exceptions need to be discussed with Darla.
If you want more information about the meetings or would like to be placed on our our mailing list please contact Darla at  [email protected]

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Think Gift Certificates for Christmas!

From Dec 1-Dec 24

Buy a  gift certificate for 
$50 or more 
and get a free day pass ($18.00 Value) for yourself or to give as an additional gift.

Redman practice session
January 30 - 5:30pm
Don't Miss the opportunity to practice your Less Lethal Skills
This the opportunity for you to practice your Kubotan, OC Spray and Cane Defense tactics.

This session is free for anyone who's paid and taken Kubotan, OC Spray or Cane Defense at Center Target Sports.  Please call to sign up for this session.

mkII series     Basic Carbine - Dec 17
Basic carbine is the class that teaches the proper manipulation and function of the carbine for defense.  This is an 6 hour course limited to 10 students. This course is designed to introduce students to the rifle and develop safe essential rifle skills. You will learn the short and medium range applications which are encountered by Law Enforcement/Military personnel in an urban/rural environment.

This course covers: ammunition selection, ballistics, loading, unloading and malfunctions, positions and aiming, marksmanship fundamentals, cover and concealment.
(If you're not familiar with your Carbine, there's an Intro to Carbine Class scheduled Dec 2nd)

Low-Light Shooting Techniques
January 21

Experience the most comprehensive and innovative Low-Light training. Through our innovative training systems you will learn to dominate your suspect and your environment.
This one day course provides the student with the training to effectively control their environment and suspect with light. Students learn how light affects the eye and are taught to use light to gain and maintain the advantage in low-light encounters.
Classroom instruction and live fire exercises are used to insure the student's understanding of the skills necessary to survive and thrive in a low-light environment.
This seldom offered class is one that you don't want to miss.  The content parallels the course Ed teaches to law enforcement across the country.  It involves shooting at various levels of light and the use of multiple flashlight techniques.

NRA Range Safety Officer
January 14
Have you ever wanted your NRA Range Safety Officer Certification?
Now is your chance! 
The NRA Range Safety Officer program was developed in response to the demand for a nationally recognized range safety officer certification. NRA Range Safety Officers are people who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.
NRA Range Safety Officers should be experienced shooters, involved in many aspects of target shooting, training, and range supervision. The NRA encourages active shooters to learn more and become responsible for the safety of fellow shooters through this program.
    1. Introduction to the NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course
    2. The Role of the NRA Range Safety Officer and Range Standard Operating Procedures
    3. Range Inspection and Range Rules
    4. Range Safety Briefing
    5. Emergency Procedures
    6. Firearm Stoppages and Malfunctions
    7. Test and Review

January 9th - 6PM

The Shooting has Stopped = Now What 
plus a Review of CCW Insurance considerations

A comprehensive discussion of "What to do after the shooting stops" and some thoughts on the various CCW Insurance programs that are available.  If you are a CCW holder or even just considering getting a CCW permit, this is the FREE clinic to attend.

We will discuss in detail the steps and process of a Deadly Force Shooting situation. We will look at the Law Enforcement process, the prosecutors's role, the various legal steps/processes, Defense considerations, Interaction with LE, the Courts, the community, the Media and much much more.

We will also discuss some considerations for consumers who are considering purchasing CCW insurance.

Please call to reserve your seat for this Free clinic.  208-773-2331

Tips from our Gunsmith Daniel 

A special thank you to all who have taken the time to sing the praises of our new gunsmith Daniel Blake.  He has been working tirelessly to get through the extensive backlog of work that we had when we hired him.  

Daniel is very experienced and is dedicated to growing the gunsmith business here in Post Falls to the level of service and quality of work of business he started and operated in Alaska.

It is a real coup to have Daniel and all his experience here at CTS.  Please see below for his "December Gunsmith Thoughts".

The one responsibility of gun ownership so often ignored is that of cleaning and maintaining your firearm. Approximately 60% of the work that I receive could have been avoided had the owner taken proper care of his/her firearm.
An inadequately maintained firearm will often accumulate fouling and dirt within the barrel and receiver. This can not only clog up the rifling and decrease accuracy and precision, but also interfere with the proper operation of the action and lead to potentially dangerous malfunctions. Some fouling's and dirt are actually corrosive and capable of making your firearm vulnerable to rusting and wear leading to irreversible damage over time.
Firearms produce massive forces at the moment that you pull the trigger. A typical 9mm produces a maximum of 34,084 psi at the instant of firing. In the first milliseconds after a cartridge is fired pressure can be 2,300 times higher than normal. For the proper functioning of the firearm and safety of the shooter proper lubrication is an absolute must.
I have eight basic rules when cleaning my own firearms. They are as follows:
1)      First and foremost, before beginning any cleaning or maintenance on your firearm remove the magazines and insure there is no live ammunition in the firearm. Then remove any live ammunition from the area that you are working in.
2)      Wear rubber gloves and eye protection during all cleaning operations. Some cleaning solvents, fouling and debris inside the firearm can be toxic.
3)      Always clean from breach to muzzle - the natural direction of the bullet travel. (This prevents pushing debris and dirt getting into the chamber and action.)
4)      Center the tip and rod. Be careful not to let either rub the bore.
5)      Use a clean patch surface each time you go down the barrel. I equate this to mopping a floor. Each time you go over the floor with your mop you dip it and wring it out to prevent just pushing the dirt around. Using a clean patch surface prevents just pushing the dirt around.
6)      Never run a brush in a barrel first. This can potentially damage your barrel.
7)      Never reverse directions of a brush while inside the barrel, doing so can damage the inside of your barrel and potentially get the brush stuck inside.
8)      Use only a few drops of solvent/lubricant. Over use can cause gummy triggers and if your firearm has a wood stock, over lubricating can cause excessive lubricant to soak into the stock and may cause the stock to fail prematurely. Always follow your manufacture's recommendations on lubrication.

In short, each time you fire your firearm you should take a few moments to clean and inspect it prior to putting it back into storage. If this is your concealed carry, defensive firearm it's even more important to take proper care of it. You may need it to save your life or the life of a loved one someday. If you have just purchased a new firearm and are unfamiliar with the proper maintenance procedures Center Target Sports offers free orientation classes specific to that firearm. Please see one of our fantastic sales people for a schedule.

The new gunsmith hours will be T-Sat 9am-6pm with a one hour break for lunch.

Refuse to be a Victim

Offered In the Daytime between Christmas and New Years

Wednesday Dec 27th - 12:30-4:30pm

Safety experts agree the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the conscious decision to Refuse To Be A Victim®. You stand a much better chance of preventing criminal attack if you develop a safety plan before you need it. That is why Center Target Sports is offering the National Rifle Association's Refuse To Be A Victim® crime prevention seminar.

Refuse To Be A Victim® is a four hour crime prevention seminar, designed to provide common sense information geared toward awareness and avoidance of criminal attack. Seminar participants are presented with a variety of common sense crime prevention strategies they may integrate into their daily lives. Participants will better understand criminal thinking and will be provided tips on maximizing home, travel, automobile, telephone, technological, and personal safety. There are no firearms in this class. There are no pre-requisites for this class. 

Are you a student home for the holidays?  Now is the time for this class.

The cost of this course is $20.00 and all the proceeds go to the Post Falls Woman's Shelter (OASIS).

Since this class tuition all goes to charity this is the only class CTS offers that does not offer a free retake.

Product Highlights
Once Fired and Polished Brass brass              
We have a large selection of handgun and 223/556 once fired brass at great prices.    We beat all internet prices on once fired polished brass when you consider the shipping charges.
Come in and get started reloading before we run out.

 Chocolate Ammo 
Chocolate ammo in ammo cans.  Only while supplies last. 
Tactical Stockings...The Perfect Gift 
Come In And See for Yourself !   
Recycled BRASS Christmas Ornaments and Extras In Stock 

Christina and Robert continue to impress us with their artistic talent.  They have just delivered some awesome recycled brass ornaments.  Come in and see for yourself.
Look at the pics below for some of their latest designs.   
What an awesome gift choice for that special person.  Think early Christmas shopping!
(Made from CTS recycled brass!!) 

Upcoming Class Schedule


ID Enhanced CCW - Dec 16, 20, Jan 6, 16, 20, 31

Handgun Familiarity - Jan 14

Youth Firearms  Safety-  Jan 14

Basic Pistol -  Dec 19, 23, Jan 3, 7, 13, 17, 23

Basic Pistol 2- Dec 13, Jan 25

Defensive Handgun 1-  Jan 28

Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) -  Dec 17, Jan 28 

Low-light Shooting Techniques - Jan 21

Home Defense Shotgun - Jan 27

NRA Range Safety Officer class - Jan 14

Basic Carbine - Dec 17 

Refuse to be a Victim - Dec 27 (12:30pm)

Kubotan - Dec 19

Cane Defense - Jan 10

Cane, Kubotan & OC less lethal practice - Jan 30


We offer HR 218 by appointment only.  Contact Dennis or Ken.


For the entire calendar go toCenter Target Sports classes  


Owner Orientation Classes:  


Owner Orientation classes are the free one hour class you receive when you purchase a gun at Center Target Sports.  Just bring your receipt and show up.  If yo u want to take the class and didn't buy your gun from us, the class is $40 and everyone's welcome.  All Owner Orientation classes at 3:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Ruger - Jan 10 

Springfield - Dec 14, Jan 5

Shotgun - Jan 19

1911 - Jan 17

AR - Dec 22, Jan 26

Revolver - Dec 20 (2:00), Jan 18

S&W semi-auto - Dec 15, Jan 11

Sig - Dec 21, Jan 12

Glock - Dec 28, Jan 24

"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart - Dec  29, Jan 4, 30


This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
Dry Fire... Dry Fire.... Dry Fire 

This is a repeat Tip as some of you long time readers know.  A number of you have emailed and called wanting to know about Dry Fire practice.   So I felt it appropriate to reprint this tip.
Dry Fire practice is not the end all solution.  In fact, most firearms instructors don't even know how to do it or explain how to do it properly.   Dry Fire practice is just one small component to a good practice routine.  Remember the subconscious will quickly realize the gun is empty and before you know it you will be doing perfect dry fire manipulations.  Then you go back to live fire and your back to your bad habits with the trigger.   It is a process and it will take time.  Below you will find some tips on how to get the most from your dry fire practice.

As you have heard me say many times, Smooth Trigger Press is critical to accurate consistent shooting.  Regardless if you are shooting a bullseye match, IDPA, or just practicing your defensive shooting skills, Trigger Press is a critical component to shooting.
It has been proven that weapon handling skills degrade by 20% in only one week if you are inactive. Dry fire practice is crucial to improving and maintaining live fire skills. In dry-fire, you essentially do everything except experience the bang and the cycling of the action. By not having to deal with recoil management or noise issues, you will be able to concentrate on proper equipment manipulation and trigger control. 

And it is FREE!
The key to effective practice is to perform the fundamentals perfectly. Trigger control, sight alignment, sight picture, grip and posture can all be practiced during dry-fire but it must be done correctly.  Aim at a very small target.  My DF target is about a 1/4" circle.  The small target magnifies any poor follow through, trigger control or other poor techniques.

Call every shot!  You must know if you pulled the shot or jerked the trigger.  The old adage "Only perfect practice makes perfect" should be followed.
How Often To Practice Dry Fire:
I believe you should dry-fire 5 times as much as you live fire.  Keep the sessions to under 15 minutes.  Two or three sessions per week will result in noticeable improvement in fairly short order. It's not productive to practice for long periods because people tend to get sloppy which does nothing but build bad habits. It's better to do 15 minutes three times a week than one 45 minute session once per week.
Some Dry Fire Safety Considerations:
  1. Clear your gun - Remove all ammo from training area. Then check it again!
  2. Place target in a safe direction to minimize potential for injury if a negligent discharge occurs.
  3. Visually and manually inspect guns, magazines and training rounds to ensure no live rounds are present.
  4. Repeat Step 3. 
  5. Do not allow yourself to be disturbed. If you are, stop the session and deal with it. Do "condition check" upon your return. 
  6. When you have completed the practice session...  NO MORE PRACTICE FOR THE SESSION.  REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE PRACTICE AREA BEFORE YOU LOAD YOUR FIREARM.  Never make your gun hot in the DF practice area...NEVER!
Remember....Be Safe...Ed
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