Newsletter - January 2018
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Center Target Sports Newsletter   

January 2018

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:
Happy New Year....
I can't believe it is 2018 already.  I was looking forward to not traveling for the first few weeks of the new year (especially since I promised Peggy that I would slow my travel down this year) but Jan 1st I found myself on a plane to Ohio for a new case.  Of course as I was investigating the outdoor facility it was only the coldest day on record for the last 115 years.   Welcome to 2018!!
That being said we are so excited for this new year and what it has to offer.  Given the current political climate the retail gun business is very soft.  This is a cyclic business and the current retail situation comes as no surprise.  What we are most proud of is the interest in training continues to grow.  Training is so important and it is what CTS is all about.
There are many in this industry across the country who are hanging a shingle and conducting training.  The consumer is often confused by what is being offered and by who is teaching. I believe facilities such as ours rise to the top in this environment.  When the consumer takes the time to evaluate their training opportunities both parties win.
As you are considering enrollment into any training program or course in any discipline from firearms to cooking you should be looking for the same things.  Is the facility genuinely teaching comprehensive courses full of proven techniques?  Are they committed to the training mission or look at it merely as a revenue source?  Do they participate in the community and regularly give back to the community?  Are they offering the students an opportunity to repeat their training for FREE?  Are the instructors experienced in teaching and coaching?   
I am a strong believer in taking classes from multiple quality instructors.  Again, everyone wins in this environment.  The problem is that all instructors are not created equal and all training programs are not the same.  Many training programs limit their classes and students to basic firearm manipulations yet still call the class an advanced class.   You know they never would think of allowing you to off hand drawing and shooting, shooting from your back or side, drawing from an appendix  or pocket carry.  With these types of limitations, what are they really teaching and are they truly committed to the student?  Please be careful before you jump on a plane  or drive down the street to take a class just because of a slick magazine ad or a great sales pitch.
Another bright spot in the new year is Master Gunsmith Daniel Blake.  Wow did we hit a home run when he joined our family.  If you have not met Daniel, stop in and do so.  He has completely turned our gunsmithing service into something special.
Our entire staff joins Peggy and I in wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New year!
Be Safe...ed
Notes from Peggy:
A reminder we will be closed Jan 8th for inventory.

We will be open regular hours 10-7 on Martin Luther King day!

All students signing up for Def HG 1 or 2 must now complete a qualifications test.  This takes about 3-5 minutes and is done in the Basic Pistol class or Def HG 1 or Def HG 1 retakes only class.  If you wish to skip those classes, or took the class before this requirement was in place, please call the range to set an appt for the qualification.  208-773-2331.

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Reminder that we short the website spots in every class so we don't overbook 
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
Thank you to all of you that continue to support our women's shelter in Post Falls by bringing in toiletries and used phones.  We and they really appreciate it!

Be Safe....  

Ed & Peggy Santos
Consignment Corner

Welcome to the consignment corner.  Rather than list specific guns we have in our consignment section I want to explain the accessories aspect to some consignment guns.
We are unable to display or list many of the accessories that are often included with our consignment guns.   Items such as extra magazine (sometime 7 or 8 extra mags) holsters, tools, storage containers, ammunition, etc.
All of these extras ad up to the overall value of the sale.  Imaging buying a $500.00 handgun that also has with it six $60.00 mags, that's quite a saving all for $500.00.
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.

  If you're interested, don't wait!   
  Too Many To List...
Over 55 Consignment Guns in Stock 

   Buy Any In Stock AR Style Rifle
and receive a 150 Rd. box of
Bulk Ammo

A message to our advanced students:
Note:  Last month we only received responses from 10 people about this new opportunity.  It seemed like more people would be interested.  We will ask one more time for your interest level. 
We will make a decision on this offer this month based on your response/interest level in participation.  If interested, please send Peggy an email.

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

Jan 16
Feb 4
March 7

9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

New Series
Jan 20
Feb 17
March 17
The Woman Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

Feb 13
March 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.


Feb topic: Back To The Basics of Rounds On Target
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]

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.

Low-Light Shooting Techniques
January 21  low-light

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

Basic Carbine - March 18 pws woodland  
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 Feb 24th)

Wilderness 1st Aid - March 13th 
It's time again for Wilderness First Aid.  If you cut firewood, ride ATV's, Snowmobiles, hunt, fish or recreate in the wilderness this is the class for you.  In this class we will discuss wilderness survival and critical first aid techniques. 
The class is appropriate for all ages and experience levels.  We will also discuss first aid kits and the differences between first aid in your back yard vs. first aid in remote areas.
Wilderness 1st Aid
Street Survival Skills - March 10th
Back by popular demand...
This course was developed to introduce our students to the appropriate response to a surprise attack.
This class teaches students to use the body's natural FLINCH response to their advantage. Natural flinch body posturing will be the initiation position for many of the techniques presented in this course.
Even the best prepared or situational aware person is subject to a surprise attack. This class will teach you to win that fight!
  • Safe Gun Handling
  • Body's Natural Flinch Reaction
  • Counter Ambush Techniques
  • 360 degree Movement/Shooting
  • Threat Interaction
  • Less than Lethal Force options
  • Use of Lethal Force Options
  • Post Incident Actions and Responsibilities
  • Live Fire Exercises
Required Equipment:
  • Handgun with 2 Mags or Speed Loaders
  • 250 Rounds of Ammo
  • STRONG side holster
  • Eye and Eye Protection
  • Billed Baseball Cap (Optional)
  • Cover Garment (Optional)
Street Survival Skills 
Defensive HG 2 - February 10th
CCW gun This is an 8 hour course limited to 10 students. The primary goal of this course is to develop the defensive handgun and personal skills necessary to not only survive but control a lethal encounter. This course builds on the skills and theories presented in CTS-201. Students will learn and practice the skills, and attitude essential to surviving a lethal threat or confrontation.
  The course will include both classroom presentations and live fire range exercises. A combination of Dry Practice and Live Fire with Real World Scenarios including multiple threats, low light shooting, hostage rescue, wounded shooter drills, equipment malfunctions, and moving targets. This course will conclude with a Course Review and Examination.
All instruction materials, range time, and targets are provided by Center Target Sports. The student is required to provide a handgun, two magazines or speed loaders, eye and ear protection, flashlight or weapons mounted light, a billed baseball type cap, 250 rounds of ammunition, and a strong side holster.
Reminder this is a prerequisite for the 2 day Tactical Pistol class and the potential special open shooting session discussed above.


The first cycle of shooting with the new classifications is completed, and from the sounds of the shooters, it looks like this not only a success but more enjoyable too. In the Pocket Glock classification we had two shooters with 250 point rounds and were awarded the first patches for that achievement. We had people shooting in all three classifications and doing well in all three. This has definitely added more opportunities to show your talents and to have bragging rights among your friends. We hope that you bring more friends with you and introduce more people to the pleasure of GSSF. We had one shooter each in the Ladies and Junior classifications this round. We heard a number of people saying that the lady or junior in their life would benefit from shooting the matches, so please bring them along to share the fun with us each month.

We will be starting a new round on January 20th, and with the first three month series giving us the chance to work out any glitches, we will be hitting the ground running. As we get more shooters we have found ways to make the process smoother and look to make your experience even friendlier. (But, as you know I was looking for entertainment while we were scoring targets, so anyone with singing or dancing talent please let us know and we will use your skills .)

The weather the next few months is not conducive to being outside, at least for us warm weather folks, so come on in and enjoy the warmth on the range as you shoot GSSF and earn your bragging rights.

Larry-GSSF Range Master 

January 9th - 6PM

The Shooting has Stopped - Now What? 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

February 2nd FREE Clinic 
Self Administered Gunshot First Aid
You shoot on a regular basis or you work with powertools.  Are you ever alone when you participate in any dangerous activities?

If so, then don't miss this FREE Clinic.  This clinic will be on Self Administered First Aid.  In other words, techniques to do typical first aid proceedures to yourself.  Special emophasis to gunshot wounds and severe bleeding.

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

March free clinic topic to be determined.  Date March 12th.

Do you have a suggestion for a Free Clinic topic?  email it to [email protected]   
Tips from our Gunsmith Daniel 

Over the years I have been asked about firearm coatings many times. This is particularly true coming down here from Alaska. I lived on a small remote island surrounded by salt water and if that wasn't bad enough, it was also a rain forest. It rained an average close to 99 inches per year. The US average rainfall being only 39 inches. So, needless to say, rust on firearms was a big concern for my customers.
There are many various firearm coatings on the market today. It can really be a daunting task to try and make an intelligent choice of which one is best for your gun with the environment that you live in. As a gunsmith I have spent hours researching and testing various coatings myself. I have found Cerekote to perform head and shoulders above any others I have tested.
What is Cerekote?
Cerekote is NOT a paint. It is a polymer-ceramic coating that when applied correctly and baked on a firearm effectively seals out salt, chemicals and environmental factors that cause rusting. It comes in a variety of colors (including Hot Pink) and can be applied over pretty much anything to include polymer frames, wood stocks, stainless steel, etc. In addition to that, it just plain looks good! Cerekote's web site boasts the following statistics:
1)     Exceeds 9h scratch & gouge hardness factors
2)     Taber abrasion greater than 8,000 wear cycles per mil
3)     Corrosion resistance of more than 3,000 hours
4)     Direct impact resistance of 160 inch lbs.
5)     Coefficient of friction rivaling Teflon at 0.11 (steady state dynamic coefficient of friction under load)
6)     Extremely high chemical resistance
ASTM International conducted head-to-head corrosion tests of eight popular firearm coatings, Cerekote being one of them. They placed the same firearm part (in this case it was an AR bolt), in a salt chamber. Each one had been factory coated with a different firearm coating. The temperature was set to 95 degrees F with a salt concentration of 5%. A time lapse camera was then set up and the test begun. After just 24 hours the blued and stainless steel bolt began showing visible signs of corrosion. After 48 hours the bolts coated with NIBX, Ionbound, Failzero, Phosphate and KG Gun Kote all showed visible signs of corrosion. After 172 hours the Durocoat bolt fell to the corrosion monster.
At 2034 hours the test was finally concluded. The Cerekote bolt still had not displayed any visible signs of corrosion.
In my opinion this test speaks volumes as to which coating is the best! I have applied Cerekote to over 50 different firearms and have yet to have a complaint about its quality or durability. It simply is the best bang for your buck and we offer it here at Center Target Sports. I would be more than happy to speak to anyone considering Cerekote application for your firearm.

Product Highlights
 In STOCK Blue Label
Gen 5 Glock 17 and 19's
What a deal if you qualify.  We can sell you a brand new Gen 5 Glock 17 or 19 at an out the door price for less that I can buy a commercial gun wholesale.
The Blue label guns are available to any active or retired Law Enforcement and Military personnel and most first responders.  To determine if you qualify for the Blue Label pricing call us at 208-773-2331 or visit the Glock website and click on Blue Label Program.  
In addition to the Gen 5 models we have many other Gen 4 Blue Labels as well.  
Upcoming Class Schedule


ID Enhanced CCW - Jan 16, 20, 31, Feb 3, 4, 13, March 7, 11, 17, 25

Handgun Familiarity - Jan 14, Feb 18, March 3

Youth Firearms  Safety-  Jan 14, Feb 18, March 3

Basic Pistol - Jan 13, 17, 23, Feb 1, 6, 17, 21, 25, March 4, 14, 20, 24, 27

Basic Pistol 2- Jan 25, Feb 7, 24, March 22

Defensive Handgun 1-  Jan 28, Feb 18, March 3

Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Jan 28, Feb 11

Defensive Handgun 2 - Feb 10

Intro to Carbine - Feb 24

Basic Carbine - March 18

Low-light Shooting Techniques - Jan 21

Street Survival Skills - March 10

Home Defense Shotgun - Jan 27, March 25

NRA Range Safety Officer class - Jan 14

Kubotan - Feb 12, March 15

Cane Defense - Jan 10

Refuse to be a Victim - Feb 7

Wilderness 1st Aid - March 13

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, 7, March 6

Springfield - Feb 6, March 2

Shotgun - Jan 19, Feb 20, March 15

1911 - Jan 17, Feb 14, March 9

AR - Jan 26, Feb 27, March 22

Revolver - Jan 18, Feb 16, March 14

S&W semi-auto - Jan 11, Feb 8, March 7

Sig - Jan 12, Feb 8, March 9

Glock - Jan 24, Feb 22, March 21

"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart - 

Jan 30, Feb 2, 15, 21, March 1, 16, 28


This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
 With so many burglaries happening in our community recently I thought I would discuss some points that may help you stay a bit safer in your home.
Tips for preventing burglars from picking your home! burglar
Today communities across America look for ways to more effectively fight crime. Burglary is on the rise everywhere. Let's focus our attention this month on residential burglaries. Who are the burglars, how do they pick their targets, how do they plan and execute the crime?  Are we helpless? No we are not!
Most residential burglars are young, male and in need of quick cash. They regard the money they steal or the fruits of their labor as an immediate solution to all their problems. To many, burglary is a matter of day-to-day survival.
A small percentage of burglaries are actually "opportunities too good to pass up"... the garage door left open or the unattended car left running.   It has been said that over 50% of all burglaries are committed by people who need money for drugs.
Why burglary versus armed robbery or mugging? A well planned and executed burglary has a limited amount of danger but, offers a very high probability of success with very low risk of confrontation or capture. An experienced burglar will never meet his victims during the crime. If caught later by the police, there usually are no eyewitnesses who can make a positive identification.
Contrary to popular belief, potential targets for burglary are becoming fairly limited. As stated earlier, most burglars are driven by the need for fast cash. However they must balance this need for speed with caution. About 90% of the time burglars have selected a residence before setting out to commit the crime.
Most burglars are unwilling to break into a residence without knowing something about the people and the valuables it may contain. Picking a potential target requires reliable information that is most often obtained by; knowing the occupants, by getting a tip from a mutual acquaintance, or by observation.
We must understand our home might be burglarized by someone we know. In fact more than one in five burglaries are committed by known offenders even if they were only casual acquaintances.
Paid tipsters are another source of information to the burglar. They often include repairmen, cable/satellite or telephone installers, and delivery men. Homes are chosen through observation because, judging from the exterior, they appear to have cash and other valuables worth stealing. Visual cues such as the size of the house, manicured landscape, and expensive cars all give the perception of money.
Understanding the who, why and how elements of the crime, provides us insight into prevention. What can we do? Well, be careful who you let in your home. Accept deliveries at the front door.   Limit the access of any service workers to your home. On trash day, cut up boxes that indicate new purchases of expensive items. Keep circumstances of your travel or vacation plans on a need to know basis. Don't flaunt your wealth. Don't give your home address or phone number to strangers.  Light the outside of your house at night.
Don't make yourself an easy or tempting target. Your home is your castle - protect it.
Remember....Be Safe...Ed
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