Newsletter - April 2018
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April 2018

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A Few Thoughts from Ed:

It is April 6th and I am again working on the newsletter that I had hoped would have been out last week.  You know what they say about the road of good an airport.    
Even with this lagging winter we have experienced, many of you are already well into your spring chores.  Of course I am not one of your proactive yard workers.  This time of year always seems to bring with it injuries such as falls, smashed fingers, bumps and bruises etc...  Luckily most of these injuries are minor but this is a great time for me to remind you to be prepared for all types of injuries.  All of you wood cutters should have a first aid kit that includes a tourniquet with you when using those chainsaws and driving in the back country.  

Don't forget to check out all your tools and equipment before you use them after they have been stored all winter.  This goes way beyond the lawnmowers and garden tillers.  How about your ladders, saws, clippers etc?  A little safety inspection may allow that first aid kit to go untouched all year.  Take the time to assess the contents now, long before it is needed.  Look for expired medicines or ointments, the condition and quantities of bandages etc...
Our classes are continuing to sell out so don't wait till the last minute to register so you can be sure to get the date that best works for your schedule.  We will be offering some new programs this year and I believe we will be starting in the next few weeks to create new ways for you to enjoy your memberships.

Our Less lethal practice nights are doing well and we just completed our second session.  In this photo you can see Matt and one of our students.

Deb continues to surprise me with her ability to find helpful, practical and unique products for our retail area and to make your shooting more enjoyable. 


A Reminder to anyone who plans on taking ADVANCED CARBINE this summer. 

On the schedule is the last Basic Carbine class before the Advanced Class 
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that we teach each year at the Fernan Rod and Gun Club.  To take the Advanced class you must have had the Basic Carbine class or have special permission from the instructor (Ed). 



Before ending this comment session, I want to address a practice I believe to be very dangerous.  I am referring to the practice of cupping your support hand over the top of a slide (ejection port) on a semi automatic handgun while racking the slide to the rear with the intent of catching the round as it is extracted from the chamber.

I haven't heard of this being taught in many years but I have recently seen students doing it.  When I asked them about it they told me they were taught the practice at a well known school in another state.  I could not believe it was actually taught there but have since confirmed it.

The main reason I am writing about it now (as we have always talked about and discouraged this practice in our classes) is that it was brought to my attention this week that a local firearm's instructor is also teaching this method of unloading your gun.

PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!!  I have pictures that are much too graphic to print in this newsletter of people who have been severely injured when the primer of the round being removed was driven into the ejector by the retracting slide and resulted in an out of battery discharge.  We have the photos at CTS and any instructor on staff can show you or explain how this can happen.

If you are unloading in this manner PLEASE STOP IMMEDIATELY!  

Save your hand ... bend over and pick up the ejected round.

Be Safe...ed
Notes from Peggy:
We're looking for volunteers for our annual Work Day...see box below.  We'll feed you if you're willing to loan us your time and expertise....thanking you in advance!

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A reminder of our retake policy: 
At Center Target Sports if you've paid for and taken a class, you can retake it again forever for free.
To sign up as a retake you MUST call to get on the list. You will be notified the day before the class if there is a seat for you.
If you are a confirmed retake 24 hours before the class and you no show for the class, you will no longer be able to retake that class for free.
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 add up to the overall value of the sale.  Imagine buying a $500.00 handgun that also has with it six $60.00 mags, that's quite a savings 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 

firing line More about our Prerequisite Tests
The prerequisite skills test are alive and well.  Thank you for your support and assistance in getting this process off the ground.  Our ultimate goal is to balance the student experience and make the classes as comprehensive as possible.

We have received a number of questions about taking the test without being in a class.  Of course it is our intent to offer the test for the next higher level class during the lower level or prerequisite class.  It is important for you to know that you can (with prior coordination) take the prerequisite skills test. Please be aware that you can call the range and set up an appointment with an instructor to take the skills test outside of class hours.  208-773-2331.

If you pass the test your records will be noted and you will be clear to enroll in the next level class.

Proficiency tests are now REQUIRED to enroll in Defensive HG 1 and Defensive HG 2....even if you took your class years ago.  No proficiency test is needed to retake a class you've already attended.

Hope this helps everyone understand the process.

Draw From Holster and Rapid Fire Opportunity

surelockThe next sessions are April 16, May 7 & 21 from 9am to 11am. We are going to commit two Monday mornings a month and bring in a dedicated staff member (RSO) to start.  If the demand grows we will extend the opportunities.

So this is how it is going to work.  The time allotted will be between 0900 and 1100.  Because we are bringing in a staff person during non operational hours the doors will open at 0850 and will be locked at 0900.  No one will be admitted after 0900.The shooting will be FREE to members and non-members will be charged $5.00 cash only as the registers will not be open. 

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 this is the perfect opportunity to participate in this fun activity.  Shooters are reminded that CTS will not be providing any instruction during this activity and this is why all participants must be vetted by their completion of Def HG II.    
Member FUN Shoot

April 23
May 30

9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

New series
April 21
May 19
June 16
The Woman Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

April 10
May 8

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
****Please note since we were CLOSED for Easter Sunday, IDPA will be the 2nd and 3rd Sundays in April.

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.


We have a great opportunity next week to learn from one of our group leaders Ginger who works at Krav Maga Spokane.  We will not be shooting at our April meeting, instead we will use the 2 hours to learn about situational awareness.  Ginger and a co-worker will be bringing strike pads and kick pads and demonstrate basic strikes (palm heel strike, punch) basic kicks, options when wrists are grabbed and when hair is grabbed.  We will all the the chance to practice.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  All ages are welcome.  this is a basic instructional time, fitness level is not an issue.  Cost will be $10.00. 
Again, no shooting this month.  

May:  Back to our regular schedule:  

Our "Women of Caliber" group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month 4:45-7pm.  
Please bring eye and ear protection as well as photo ID.  Dummy rounds for your specific caliber is also recommended along with 2-3 magazines if using your own firearm.   If needed, 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.

 f you want more information about the meetings or would like to be placed on our our mailing list please contact Darla at  [email protected]
April Topic:  Personal Protection "Hands On practice"
May Topic:  Target Focus Training
Basic Carbine - May 5  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.
This course is required if you wish to take the Advanced Carbine class offered once a year in the summer at Fernan Outdoor range.

(If you're not familiar with your Carbine, there's an Intro to Carbine Class scheduled April 28th)

 We have also scheduled a Basic Carbine Retakes only on May 20th.  Spaces are limited and you must call in to sign up.

Advanced Carbine - June 23 (Fernan Outdoor Range)
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Don't miss the most comprehensive Carbine class offered in the Northwest.  This is a newly modified version of our very popular course.  We will offer this advanced program this summer on June 23 at 
Fernan Rod and Gun Club Outdoor range.   We are blessed to have such an awesome facility available to us here in North Idaho. 
This class is less than 1 hr of classroom and approximately 7 hrs of shooting on the range. We will pick up where we left off at the end of Basic Carbine and move into a comprehensive format covering carbine and also handgun transitions.  
Please make sure you check out the list of required equipment prior to registering for this class.

All students must have completed the CTS Basic Carbine class.

Cane Defense - April 10 5:30PM 
It is time again for another Cane defense class.  This is a great class for anyone who wants to learn about the many benefits of a cane for personal defense.  This medical device has many feature that can come in handy even in traditional non-permissive environments.
This class is appropriate to all  ages , genders and physical capabilities.  This is not a martial arts class.  This is a class that offers techniques and
skill sets that can be quickly learned and applied.

Defensive Handgun 2 - May 26

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. attack
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.

***You must pass the proficiency test to enroll in this class by taking and testing in Def HG 1 or Def HG 1 retakes only, or by scheduling an appointment at CTS.

Gunsmith Dept update:

New hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues-Sat 1pm-6pm.

Retired LE HR 218 CCW does not bypass NICS

The HR218 CCW ID in the State of Idaho does not meet the ID requirements necessary to eliminate the background check step in a firearm purchase.  As many of you know, the ID Enhanced CCW permit does allow an Idahoan to avoid the NICS check step in firearm purchases when purchasing a firearm in the State of Idaho.   

In the past we have accepted the equivalent HR 218 CCW permit but the ATF has notified us that this is no longer acceptable.  Retired LE personnel who purchase a firearm and do not have an Idaho CCW permit other than the HR 218 permit will have to be checked through NICS before taking possession of the firearm.

Center Target Sports is hosting a Glock Armorer Course at our facility
May 31st.

This course is being taught by the Glock Corporation and is a very comprehensive manufacturer's based experience.  If you own a Glock or are thinking of a Glock in the future, don't miss this class. 

If you're interested please Click this link to sign up. All sign ups are through Glock.

Springfield Mag Promo 
 April 1- June 30

Receive 3 extra magazines FREE with the purchase of select Springfield Armory sub-compact pistols!

This promotion includes the following models:

XD-S 3.3" or 4"
XD Sub-Compact
XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact

April 9th FREE Clinic - 6pm

Situational Awareness is your Best Weapon!
Often misunderstood and often over looked. Situational awareness can be our best defense from attack.  Where do you park your car, where do you sit in restaurants, on public transportation or at the movies?  

Being aware of your surroundings can be so beneficial and it doesn't cost us a dime to improve on what we have or develop new awareness skills.
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Please call to reserve your free seat so we know how many chairs to set up....208-773-2331.

This is the last free clinic until Fall

Product Highlights
kestrelWith the weather changing many of you will be dusting off your long range gear.  Remember we are your local dealer for KESTREL products.  

We stock these awesome tools for accurate assessments of your shooting conditions that are so critical to long range accuracy.

The New Springfield 380 is in stock

When the police are minutes away and the threat is seconds away...9-1-1... When you have to be your own first responder.

Springfield Armory's 911 .380 is the perfect pistol for your EVERY day carry. The lightweight 7075 T6 aluminum frame and black Nitride or stainless 416 steel slide measure 5.5 inches long and less then 4 inches high, with a snag-free profile that's undetectable under clothing. Springfield's Octo-Grip™ front strap texturing ensures a secure grip and is complimented by a G10 Octo-Grip™ textured mainspring housing.

G10 Thin-line grips and a short reset, crisp 5-pound G10 trigger shoe by Hogue® come together to give the feel of shooting a full-sized firearm. Designed for life-saving defensive use at close range, the 911 features an ambidextrous safety and is perfectly matched with an Ameriglo® Pro-Glo™ green tritium front sight inside a yellow luminescent circle, and a tactical rack rear sight with green tritium inside of white luminescent circles.

Approved for the most advanced and modern .380 defensive ammunition, the 911 comes with a flush 6-round and 7-round extended magazine. The Springfield Armory 911 is also offered with integrated green Viridian® grip laser, making target acquisition all but effortless.

gswFirst Aid Headquarters

We have the most comprehensive first aid / tactical care equipment in stock within 100 miles.  Regardless if you are a wood cutter or participate in shooting activities, trauma equipment is an important safety consideration. 

Stop in soon to look at our selection of first aid kits, tourniquets, bandages etc...

Annual CTS Work Day!
Monday - June 11th

CTS will be closed all day this day.


It is that time of year again.  On June 11th we will be painting, cleaning, repairing , welding, landscaping, and anything else that needs to be done to keep our facility in good order to better serve you.  Each year we are overwhelmed at how many of our members and friends volunteer their time and talents to lend a helping hand.

We will again be providing breakfast and lunch.  Please call to let us know you are coming as this will allow us to better plan out our day.

Upcoming Class Schedule


ID Enhanced CCW - April 15, 21, 23, May 2, 6,12, 27, 30

Handgun Familiarity - April 14, May 6

Youth Firearms  Safety- April 14, May 6

Basic Pistol - April 8, 17, 25, 29, May 1, 12, 16, 23, 27

Basic Pistol 2 - April 19, 28, May 17, 29

Defensive Handgun 1-  April 22, May 13

Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - April 22, May 20 (11:30am)

Defensive Handgun 2 - May 26

Intro to Carbine - April 28

Basic Carbine - May 5

Basic Carbine (re-takes only) - May 20

Kubotan - May 9

Refuse to be a Victim - April 18

Cane Defense - April 10


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 - April 11, May 3

Springfield - May 25

Shotgun - April 20, May 24

1911 - April 16. May 8

AR - April 18, May 18

Revolver - April 13, May 10

S&W semi-auto -  May 4

Sig - April 6, May 11

Glock - April 26, May 15

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

 April 24, May 2, 22


This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
Diagnostics To Some Common Shooting Errors
This past week I taught a Basic Pistol Class for the first time in quite a while.  I was teaching with our newest Instructor Larry.  It was Larry's final evaluation by me before he will be teaching on his own.  I saw the same common errors by shooters as they began the shooting process.  It is amazing how consistent these issue manifest themselves on the range.  So I thought why not talk about some of them here.

Most of the shooting errors I see at the range are a failure to properly apply the two most important shooting fundamentals: sight alignment and trigger press. However, other factors may also cause a shooter to have problems in properly delivering a shot to the target.  The shooting situations listed below assume that the handgun and ammunition are functioning correctly, that the handgun sights are adjusted properly and that the shooter is right-handed. The shot groups for a left handed shooter will appear on the opposite side from the shot groups as described here.  Here are some possible causes to your misses if you are aiming for the center of the target but, are producing hits in the specific quadrants called out below.
SHOTS in Lower Left Quadrant: This pattern is caused when the shooter jerks the trigger, causing the front-sight to dip low and to the left before the bullet leaves the barrel. To correct this type of error, the trigger must be slowly pressed until the shot fires, being careful while pressing not to disturb the sight alignment and sight-picture.
SHOTS in 9 o'clock position: This pattern is created when the shooter does not properly place the index finger on the trigger. In such cases, the shooter has a tendency to press the trigger at an angle instead of straight to the rear. This improper press causes the muzzle to shift to the left, with the shots striking in the 8:30 to 9:30 zone.
SHOTS in Upper Left Quadrant: This is caused by 'riding the recoil'. This is where the shooter anticipates the recoil and makes the handgun recoil before it really happens. This type of pattern can also be caused by improper follow-through. The shooter releases the trigger finger too soon and may flip the finger forward, causing the front-sight to rise to the left. Errors of this nature will usually produce shots in the 9:30 to 12 o'clock zone.
SHOTS in Upper Right Quadrant:  Here the shooter has 'heeled' the shots high on the target. This error is caused by anticipating the shot and, at the last moment before firing, giving the handgun a slight push with the heel of the hand. The front-sight moves up to the right and the bullets strike the target in the 1 o'clock to 2:30 zone.
SHOTS in the 3 o'clock position: Here the shooter 'thumbs' the handgun. Just as the shot begins, the shooter pushes the right thumb against the side of the frame, causing the aligned sights to move to the right.
SHOTS in the Lower Right Quadrant: This target illustrates what happens when a shooter's grip tightens as the trigger is pressed. This target area is known as the 'lobster' area - just as a lobster's claw clamps together, the shooter's hand clamps or snatches at the last second. This movement causes the front-sight to dip low and to the right, pushing the shots to the 3:30 to 5 o'clock zone. 
SHOTS directly below the point of aim:  The shot string in the 5 o'clock to 6:30 area is caused when the shooter 'breaks' the wrist - another form of anticipation. The shooter expects the handgun to recoil at a known instant and tries to fight or control this anticipated recoil by cocking the wrist downward. The shooter may subconsciously believe that the recoil can be lessened by holding the wrist down. This shot group can also be caused by a shooter who relaxes too soon.
SHOTS everywhere - No distinct pattern:  A peppered target is often produced by a beginning shooter. A new shooter usually does not consistently repeat one particular error, but instead commits many different errors. The result is a target with shots scattered in many places. Such a target may be caused by the shooter's inconsistency, including changing the grip between shots, focusing on the target instead of the front-sight on some shots, failing to align the sights properly and so on. 

Remember....Be Safe...Ed
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