Newsletter - June 2018
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Welcome To The Target Zone

 

Center Target Sports Newsletter   

June 2018

The Northwest's First Five Star Range and

         The Inland NW's ONLY Five Star Range      
HOME OF THE LIFETIME WARRANTY
  
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: ed pic
 
I sure love this time of year and I especially enjoy watching Peggy's garden taking shape and our beautiful countryside turning green with new growth. The spring/summer time is also a great opportunity for change and we are excited about the many changes within our facility as we continue to try and be the best we can be.  
 
Deb and the staff are overflowing with ideas and thoughts on improving our products and services and are already implementing ways to improve your experience at CTS. Start looking for "one day only" flash sales that will be announced on Wed on our Facebook page.  In addition to the Flash Sales we are also introducing the Unannounced Sale.  The unannounced sales will occur without any notice.  Typically we will have a container or display positioned prominently in the store with a very aggressively reduced sale price.  The item will be available until the items in the display are sold or the time period of the sale is completed. 

I can't help but get excited by the rapidly approaching Volunteer Day Facility Improvement activities and of course our 7th Annual Community Appreciation Day.   June 11th is the annual cleaning, painting and general improvement day here at CTS.
 
August 11th is the Community Appreciation Day and it also will see some exciting changes. The least of which has to be the fact that my staff has nominated me to be in a Dunk Tank for most of the event. Anyone who brings more than 25 lbs of food gets a chance to dunk me. Read more about this awesome day in this newsletter.
 
During these awesome warm months of summer we also see an increase in the long gun shooting like the AR's and Precision Rifles.  Just a reminder we have an unmatched offering of AR parts and accessories as well as the area's best selection of precision rifle products. Everything from Scopes, Kestrels, Mildot cards and all the related gear can be found in our facility. We are actively seeking your input to guide us in our attempt to complete our product offerings.
 
Don't forget our outdoor classes this summer. Advanced Carbine and Scoped Precision Rifle are filling fast and both classes will be an opportunity to be exposed to the most advanced training in these disciplines available anywhere in the US. The Scoped Rifle class meets WA State Criminal Justice Commission requirements for precision rifle certification.  Also this year for the first time I am teaching a combined course at the Fernan Rod and Gun Club called the 3 Guns Master Class.  Learn to run the Handgun, Rifle and Shotgun as a collective combination of defensive weapons.   See article below.

Enjoy your summer! 
Be Safe...ed
  
Notes from Peggy:
 
Reminder we'll be closed on June 11th for our annual work day.  
We're still 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 elbow grease....thanking you in 
advance!  

Center Target Sports is also closed on July 4th. Enjoy your day!

Happy Father's Day on the 17th.  Fathers shoot free on Sunday the 17th!

Save the date!  August 11th...9am-2pm....Customer Appreciation Day!  Giving away 5 guns!!!  Kids area this year...lots of freebies!  Free shooting all day.

Start looking for one day only flash sales on Wed on our Facebook page.

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 blankets) and used phones.  We and they really appreciate it!

Be Safe....  
Ed & Peggy Santos
208-773-2331
 
          
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.
 
ASK THE STAFF ABOUT EXTRAS  
 
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 June 18, July 2, & 23, 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.    
 
Save the Date!            Save the Date!

Our 7th Annual Customer Appreciation Day
For Our Community...
August 11th,  9-2
 
This year's community event promises to be bigger and better than ever.  This FREE
event is all about our customers and the community.  We will give away at least 5 firearms.  We will collect food for the Post Falls Food Bank, Toys for Tots, and Blood
for the Inland Northwest Blood Bank.
 
With all of the bad press responsible gun owners get these days, it is nice to have a solid showing at an event benefiting worthy causes in our own community unrelated to the industry. Please help us show that OUR gun community is a caring, compassionate, responsible group of citizens!

In preparation we have already exceeded last year's number of vendors, special
activities and entertainers that will be participating to make all of Post Falls and the Shooting Community proud.
 
The pictures included in this article are from last year's event.  This year we're again hosting a live broadcast from K102 with morning DJ Derik Walker on site. 

In our record year you may remember that in 5 hours time we collected (thanks to our shooting community) 14,500 lbs of food for the Post Falls food bank, 4 totes of toys for Toys for Tots and 96 units of blood for the blood bank.

Now is the time to set a NEW RECORD!!!

DERIK WALKER LIVE
 
     

 
 
   
 
 
 
 

It is our goal to surpass all those totals. We promise to do our part.  We will giveaway at least 5 firearms and hundreds of other prizes.  Watch for more specific information in our special email blast coming next month.
 
Again this year instead of one ticket per food item we're giving one ticket for each pound of food you bring or for each toy.  Each ticket is a chance to win a gun or one of hundreds of other prizes.  No need to be present to win the guns.  

This year we will be giving away prizes every half hour from the tickets in the boxes.

We are also working on printing your tickets with your name and phone number if you bring more than 25 pounds of food.  No more writing your names over and over and over!

We're also looking at a special drawing for those that bring over 100 pounds of food...stay tuned for more info on those prizes.

3 Bloodmobiles again this year.....

Time to Sign Up For Blood Donation
Aug 11th, 8:30am-2pm
 
The Importance of donors calling ahead and making an appointment for Blood Donations can not be overstated!  We are striving for full staffing on each Collection Van.  To guarantee full staffing we need to have those appointment sheets full. 

Please call the range and sign up ASAP.  We want to break the record and prove to everyone how giving the local shooting community can be!  Thank you in advance for your support.  208-773-2331.  
 

FREE SWAP Meet Booths

We are taking signups for the FREE swap meet booths and they will go fast.  Don't wait till the last minute to make your reservations.  

Remember anything can be sold in you booth except firearms and onsite edible food.  This year plans to be bigger and better than ever before. 

Call 208-773-2331 to reserve you space today! 

See you there.
 

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Member FUN Shoot
5-6:30pm

June 19


  
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

June 16

New Series
July 21
Aug 18
Sept 15
  
The Woman Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month
4:45-7pm
$10

June 12
July 10

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.

WOMAN of CALIBER:

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]
 
  
June Topic:  Effective Practice at the Range
July Topic:  Fundamentals of hitting your target

 
 
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.
 
  
Comprehensive Handgun (4 days)
June 12-15

 So many of you have said that 5 days off of work was too much.  So we have consolidated the course to 4 days.  

 We have not cut anything out of the class.  I have just adjusted the presentation.  I have learned a lot about this class since I wrote it many years ago and this new format will allow me to adjust accordingly.  

We will still see improvements like in the pic to the right.  The target on the left is Student A on day one and the target on the right is the same student Day 4.

Register early as this class will fill. 
 
 
 
Home Defense Shotgun - June 30
 
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If you incorporate a shotgun in your home defense plan...this is the class for you.  This new format is appropriate for people of all ages and physical abilities.
Topics of instruction include shotgun safety and responsibility, recoil control, marksmanship skill development, shooting positions, target engagements, threat assessment, and shotgun modifications/accessories.

In addition to learning the shotguns attributes, this course will teach you the shotgun's limitations. The student will be introduced to Close Range Engagement Techniques (CRET), reality based scenarios, and 360 degree coverage.

A combination of lecture, demonstrations, and live fire exercises will be used to teach the proper deployment of the shotgun from point blank to distances out to 25 yards.
All instruction materials, range time, and targets are provided by Center Target Sports.

Students must provide the following:
eye and ear protection
Semi-auto or pump action shotgun
Weapons mounted Flashlight(optional)
25 rounds of birdshot
10 rounds of 00 buckshot (low recoil loads recommended)
       5 Slug rounds
 
 
Refuse to be a Victim - June 13 (daytime) 12-4pm



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

 
3 Guns Master Class - July 28
 
 A new class offered this summer for the first time at Fernan Rod and Gun Club. 
 
 
 
 
If you have ever wanted to master the 3 most popular self defense weapons now is your opportunity to experience the best of what each weapon has to offer.   This class promises to be a fun filled day of learning how to get the most benefit of each weapon.     Special emphasis will be given to speed, accuracy and manipulation efficiency.
 
 
 Required Equipment
  •  Hand Gun
  •  300 Rds Handgun Ammo
  •  Shotgun W/Sling
  •  15 Shotgun Slugs
  •  Carbine W/Sling
  •  25 Rds 00 Buck
  •  3 EA Mags Rifle & Handgun
  •  25 Rds Bird Shot
  •  250 Rds Rifle ammo
  •  Knee & Elbow Pads Optional
  3 Guns Master Class
 

Precision Scoped Rifle  scoped rifle class
Aug 3 & 4  Two Days 
 
 Classroom August 3 at 5:30 pm CTS
Live Fire August 4 at Fernan Outdoor Range
 
 
Our Precision Scoped Rifle course will be offered once again this summer.
  
This class will be taught the evening of August 19th in the classroom at CTS and all day August 20th at the phenomenal outdoor facility at Fernan Rod and Gun Club. 
  
Friday night (5:30-9:30pm) at CTS we will lay the ground work and zero our rifles for the live fire day to follow on Saturday (8am-5pm).  
 
This course is designed for students who want to experience the basics of deploying a scoped precision rifle. This course will benefit sport shooters, hunters, and the defensive minded shooter wishing to develop a long range engagement capability. Many people purchase a precision rifle "sniper rifle" but really do not know how to use it to it's full potential. This class is designed to cover all the basic fundamentals required to make long range precision shots. 
 
This class will cover optics mounting, zeroing, basic range estimation, shooting positions, environmental factors, ballistics, ammunition selection, fundamentals of precision marksmanship and rifle care.
 
Equipment needed:
  • Rifle capable of 1 MOA or better, optic of 4X power or larger, caliber .223/.308 or larger.
  • Precision Optic with Scaled Turrets, 4 power or larger
  • 100 rounds of match grade ammo
  • Spotting scope or high powered binoculars (optional)
  • Cleaning kit with one piece rod
  • Proper range attire
  • Knee and elbow pads (optional but highly suggested)
  • Bipod or shooting bag
  • Rear bag

  AR Armorer course - 2 days
July 13 & 14

If you haar classve ever wanted to learn about the AR weapons system this is the class for you! In two days of comprehensive in depth assembly and disassembly every part will be removed and explained.
 
 
This class will teach you what you need to know about building and or modifying the AR.
 
On day one you will build the rifle from parts provided to you in a ziplock bag. That's right... every rifle component will be placed in ziplock bags and you will assemble and function test the rifle. 
 
Over the two day class we will cover assembly/disassembly, function, fit, operation, and troubleshooting just to mention a few topics. Sign up today as this class is limited in size and will sell out.
AR Armorer Course - July 13 & 14 (2 days)




Martial Blade Concepts
With Vince Luke
Aug 18 & 19,  9am-4pm
 
Vince is coming back to teach this very popular class August 18 & 19...Register early to be sure to get a place in the class. 


 
This class will be taught by Vince Luke from MBC. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the best knife training available anywhere!
 
Vince Luke has been training with Michael Janich since 2002 and has been teaching since 2007.  He has appeared as Michael's on-screen assistant in his DVD's, in season 7 of "The Best Defense" TV show and his online MBC Distance Learning Program.  Vince is also a certified instructor of FAST Defense, specializing in scenario-based adrenal stress training in conflict de-escalation and combat.

"In this intensive two-day seminar, [Vince Luke] will present comprehensive instruction in the critical skills of his Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) system of defensive knife use. Instruction will focus on the logic and core concepts of MBC, the anatomy of knife stopping power, and the core "go-to" tactics of the system. In addition, this course will provide step-by-step instruction in the following skills sets:
  • Recognizing common street attacks and programming effective defensive responses
  • Defensive knife selection
  • Knife carry options
  • High-speed knife deployment
  • Efficient cutting dynamics and quantifying the destructive capacity of the knife
  • Vulnerabilities of human anatomy
  • The myths and realities of knife stopping power
  • MBC's "go-to" tactics and critical skills
  • Reflex training drills to accelerate skill development
This course will also include selected skills from founder Michael Janich's Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC) system of empty-hand defenses against edged-weapon attacks, how to use these skills to survive long enough to "earn"your weapon draw, and how to use CBC skills as a foundation of close-quarters knife tactics."

Check the website for equipment needs.


Time:  9am-4pm both days
Price:  $300

This class does not fall under the CTS re-take policy and no refunds.


Gunsmith Dept update:


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

Our members will often buy a new gun and take it immediately to our gunsmith for modification.  Remember if you just bought a new or used Firearm please shoot it before wanting custom work done to it. If you or a Gunsmith modifies your Firearm and there were defects with the Firearm the factory warranty will be voided.  
 
Be sure the firearm works and is broken in BEFORE making ANY changes.   

Redman
Non-lethal practice session:

June 26th 5:30pm

Free to all students who have completed the Kubotan, Cane or OC class at 
Center Target Sports
Please call to sign up.  
208-773-2331

Springfield Mag Promo 
Last Chance...ends June 30th 
FREE MAGAZINES

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-S MOD.2
XD Sub-Compact
XD MOD.2 Sub-Compact
XD-E


Father's Day Gift Ideas...

Don't forget to pick up that unique gift for that special person.  We have bullet themed items for men.
 
   
Bullet Key Chain.
Bullet Golf Ball Marker.

 

So Much to Choose From:

 
  •  Gift Certificates
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Gun Bags
Product Highlights

Condor Shotgun Shell Holders      
 
The Condor Shotgun Shell holder is an innovative piece of gear which will serve many of you shotgun home defenders well.
 
We have them In Stock and ready for you to see for your
self how innovative a design this really is.  The large capacity holder features: 
  • Innovative foldable quick-access design. Accommodates 25 shotgun shells
  • 6 horizontal rows with 4-loops per row and 1 additional shell loop between the last two rows
  • Adjustable flap with hook-and-loop, 4 UTX snaps and pull tab. Double-layered at the folding point
  • Hardened sides for extra protection. 2x durable PALS with UTX snap fastener. 3x2 back MOLLE straps
  • MOLLE compatible. Dimensions: 8"x4"x1.5" (20.3x10.2x3.8cm). Weight: 1
   
Large capacity Pouch 
Alternative Pouch for Smaller Capacity 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
The Shockwave is Here! 
 
Legendary Mossberg pump-action reliability in a compact 14" barreled package.
 
The Shockwave Raptor bird's head pistol grip is uniquely shaped to minimize felt recoil. Includes all the features that have made Mossberg pump-actions the choice for millions worldwide: ambidextrous safety, dual extractors, positive steel-to-steel lockup, twin action bars, and a smooth operating anti-jam elevator.
 
 
First 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. 
 
 The bag pictured here closed and an example open is a new bag we are stocking to allow you to configure a larger selection of Trauma gear than the individual first aid pouches many of you have.
These new bags have some great features allowing you the greatest configuration options.  See below:  
  • Three fold-out compartments with zippered closure
  • One open pocket
  • Adjustable & removable shoulder strap
  • Web carrying handle
  • Modular attachment strap
Stop in soon to look at our selection of first aid kits, tourniquets, bandages etc... 
 
 Pelican Rifle Cases

As an alternative to the metal rifle cases we have always carried, we are proud to introduce the Pelican line of Impact Resistant Composite Cases.  

Pelican™ Gun Cases feature impact-resistant shell exteriors and shock-absorbent foam interiors, meaning your firearms and equipment will stay safe. With military-grade ratings, lifetime guarantees, and watertight, crushproof, and dust-proof constructions, these cases won't let the elements slow you down. 

Outfit the gun case with a foam insert designed to keep firearms snug and secure during transport or custom fit the interior for a specific firearm using Kaizen™, E-Z Cube, or solid foam.
Annual CTS Work Day!
Monday - June 11th

CTS will be closed all day this day.

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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 to keep our range family friendly and clean.

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 - June 9, 17, 19, July 11, 21, 29

Handgun Familiarity - June 28, July 22

Youth Firearms  Safety - June 28, July 22

Basic Pistol - June 20, 23, 26, July 1, 7, 25, 27

Basic Pistol 2 - June 24, July 12
Comprehensive Handgun (4 days) - June 12-15

Defensive Handgun 1- June 10, 27, July 

Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - June 17, July 22 

Intro to Carbine - June 6

Advanced Carbine - June 23 (Fernan)

3 Gun Master Class - July 28

AR Armorer course - July 13 & 14 (2 days)

Precision Scoped Rifle - Aug 3 & 4 (2 days)

Home Defense Shotgun - June 30

Kubotan - July 10

Refuse to be a Victim - June 13 (noon-4pm)

Less Lethal Practice Session (Redman) - June 26

 

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 you 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 - June 5, July 6

Springfield - June 28, July 31

Shotgun - June 26, July 20

1911 - June 7, July 10

AR - June 19, July 25

Revolver - June 8, July 17

S&W semi-auto - June 6, July 12

Sig - May 11, June 13, July 18

Glock - June 14, July 24

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

June 20, July 5, 26

 

This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
 
If I Had To Pick Just One 
 
We are blessed to live in this great country and live under the protection of the 2nd Amendment. But what if for some reason I needed to reduce my gun collection down to one gun? What a troubling question. Troubling for many reasons but that said, not a difficult question for me to answer. Of course I realize that my answer is not universal or even appropriate for every situation. But I'll attempt to provide some insight as to how I came about this conclusion. Keep in mind that at forefront to all my choices is the desire to have a versatile system.

For Me...The Shotgun. That's the one firearm I would keep under any circumstances. The versatility of this firearm can't be matched. Think about it in these terms, I can hunt Big Game, Small Game, Game Birds, Varmints, and defend against both Four Legged and Two legged Predators. An additional use that could come in handy is the shotgun's ability to open locked doors and address multiple moving targets. Yes there are limitations such as (range) distance to target, ammunition types, sighting systems, and skill levels.

All things considered, owning and understanding the shotgun is deserving of your consideration. Whenever the shotgun discussion comes up it most often is about the Gauge. 12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge or how long the barrel should be. Occasionally you will hear a heated debate as to pump, semi or break configuration. But don't be so short sighted with regard to understanding the shotgun.

We will save the Gauge discussion for the end of the article. My thoughts on gauge may surprise some of you.
 
Let's first look at the shotgun's functional configuration. Shotguns used in shooting sports like Sporting Clays, Skeet or Trap are most often break guns (hinged style over & under) or semi-auto. Water fowl hunters are moving towards the semi-auto and defensive minded shooters are split between the pump and the semi-auto style.

Each functional configuration has pro's and con's. My choice is the pump shotgun. The mechanical function is simple in design and most dependent on the operator for reliable function. Less moving parts and my level of operational control make this system a winner in my mind. Because I am the power behind the firing cycle I am less concerned about gummy, dirty, dry or frozen actions. Less dependence on powder load variations allows me to be less picky when it comes to ammo selection.

The next area to analyze is barrel length, stock type and sighting system. Here again my choices are based a multi-purpose solution. Barrel length for me would be in the 18.5" range. I like the maneuverability it affords me in the urban and (in house) environment. With the 18.5" barrel I do not lose any significant range and I am still very capable of reaching out with a 1 oz slug to distances beyond 100 yards. The 18.5" barrel allows me to hunt wild game in any capacity I need.

As for the Stock configuration, I see more and more pistol grip versions in my classes. They also are the most difficult for beginner and intermediate shooters to control. In many places they have earned the nickname "nose buster". I am not a big fan of the pistol grip version unless the shooter is very experienced.
 
I do like the ghost ring type sights on my shotguns used for defense. We all know that we point shotguns. We only aim a shotgun when we are using single projectiles (Slugs). The ghost ring sights are a real advantage in this case. As for optics, we see all types of red dots and holographic versions but these tend to hinder any type of shooting other than defensive.

Ok, we have put it off long enough. Let's discuss Gauge. The most common gauge used in defense is by far the 12 Gauge. This does not mean that we all need to be shooting 12 gauge shotguns. If you are comfortable with a 12 gauge then by all means consider the 12 gauge. However, the smaller gauges are very capable. Let me jump right into the 410. Obviously if the 410 is capable then the intermediate gauges are as well. 

One of my favorite gauges is the 410. I am not talking about your grandfathers squirrel gun. When it comes to the 410 I am a huge fan of the Mossberg 410 Home Defense Shotgun. This shotgun was designed from the very beginning to serve as the ultimate home defense weapon. The two features that really stand out are the forend vertical grip and the muzzle compensator. The vertical grip is invaluable when it comes to weapons retention. The shooter has a much more secure grip which makes it much more difficult for someone to take it away. The compensator is designed to spread the pattern for optimum performance in the home defense environment. The size, weight, balance and lack of aggressive recoil also make this shotgun a winner for every member of the household.

The discussion always turns to the small 410 not being effective for defense. This is simply not true! This is a very capable firearm when loaded with defensive ammo. In fact, in our advanced shotgun class we breech doors (blow off door locks and door hinges). Yes, you guessed it; we do this with the 410 as well.

Don't hesitate to consider the Mossberg 410 home defense shotgun. Many of you know their popularity led to back orders in excess of 9 months for these shotguns. We have adjusted our stockage levels so this will not happen again.

Hope this helps clear up some of the controversy about home defense shotguns. If you have any questions, come in and talk to a team member or better yet shoot our rental and see for yourself.
 
Remember....Be Safe...Ed
 
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