Newsletter - September 2018
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Center Target Sports Newsletter   

September 2018

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2010 Best Shooting Range in USA
Awarded by SHOT Business Magazine
2010 Best Indoor Range in USA
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Post Falls 2013 Business of the Year

A Few Thoughts from Ed: ed pic
Welcome back to our monthly newsletter.  I hope you continue to realize some benefit in what we have to say in this monthly email.  I am always looking for subjects to write about so if you have any ideas...send them in please.
We are increasing our class offerings this winter and the classes are already filling up.  As always you can repeat any class completed forever for free.  Our Idaho enhanced CCW class continues to sell out and we will increase the number of CCW classes per month as we enter our busy season.  We are  also hoping to offer a few new exciting classes this winter..... 
A quick word on gunsmithing.  We are investing a lot of time, energy and money in building up the gunsmith area of our business.  Clint is putting systems in place and we are adding more equipment to the shop each month.  We are committed to offering the best in gunsmith services to our customers and this region. The next time you have a firearm that needs modification, tuning, repair or a thorough cleaning/ inspection bring it to Clint.
Finally we have a Security 9 in the rental case now. I know it was a requested item for rent and should be a very popular firearm for rent. 
Becoming more and more popular are the pistol caliber (9mm) long guns by Ruger and PWS (both rifle and pistol AR) also a Keltec Sub2k in Glock 9mm. We have them in stock for your inspection.
We have a Ruger PRECISION .22lr as well as a magazine fed shotgun, and Springfield  Saints. Talk about Hot High Demand firearms we just got in a Shield m2 EDC kit... and the Sig 365 is starting to show up in our weekly deliveries.  The Sig 365 will be posted on facebook and they will go first come first served.  AND Holsters Plus is close to beginning production on this holster.

Deb continues to work tirelessly in her efforts to obtain the hard to get high demand firearms.  It is exciting to us to see these firearms on the shelf and to see you take advantage of her efforts.
We also have complete AR Armorer's Kits in stock now.
Hope to see you at the Free Clinic this month!
Enjoy our beautiful fall season!
Be Safe...ed
Notes from Peggy:

Thank you again for all your support on our Customer Appreciation Day for our community....we have the best customers ever!!!!

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

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.
We covered this a few months ago but the main reason I am writing about it again (as we have always talked about and discouraged this practice in our classes) is that it was brought to my attention that a local firearm instructor is also teaching this method of unloading your gun and I witnessed it again in a defensive level class last week.
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.

Consignment Corner

Welcome to the consignment corner.  Remember many of the consignment guns have additional accessories.
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.
Featured Consignment Gun
"Oh What An Opportunity"
Cogan Custom Set
S&W 639 and Colt MK IV Series 80
Includes custom case and original papers sold as a set only 
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 

Become a CTS Team Member

In preparation of our busy season we are again looking for a new team member.  If you have ever wanted to be part of a fun group of dedicated customer service oriented people, now is your chance.

You must have a CCW permit, be flexible in your availability and be willing to work evenings and weekends. Please bring your resume and copy of CCW permit to Peggy or email [email protected] 

Member FUN Shoot

Sept 17
Oct 24

9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Sept 15

New Series
Oct 20
Nov 17
Dec 15
The Woman Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

Sept 11
Oct 9

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.


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.
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]
Sep Topic:   Personal Defense Inside the Home
Oct Topic:   Gun Cleaning Basics

Intro to Carbine - Sept 30
 mkII series
This is a class designed with the new carbine shooter in mind.  It is as advertised an intro class.
Under our old format our basic carbine class often had students that had never even loaded an AR magazine let alone fired a shot.  This required us to spend more time in the class room than was ideal and it also slowed our progress when we began shooting.

The perfect solution is to offer those true beginners an opportunity to get a good understanding of this very popular weapons system.  The fundamentals of the AR are covered in detail and will allow the students to transition into the basic course with ease.

In addition, the basic course is now a 6 hour course with very little classroom and much more shooting time on the range. 
Intro to Carbine
Triple Threat Firearms course - Sept 16
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
  Triple Threat course
AR Armorer course - 2 days
October 5 & 6

Ed will be teaching this seldom offered class.
ar class
If you have 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.

Non-lethal Practice Session.  
Oct. 23 - 5:30-7pm

Free to all students who have completed the Kubotan, Cane or OC class at 
Center Target Sports.

Please call to sign up.  

Free Clinic - Sept 10 6pm

All about Concealed Carry Methods

CCW Clinic
CCW FREE Clinic 2017

If you attended the concealed carry education seminar at our Customer Appreciation Day event you know how impressive this FREE Clinic is going to be.  

 That's right, so many of you continue to tell us how much of a "Hot Topic" carry methods is that we thought this would be the perfect way to start another season of FREE Clinics.

A reminder to call the range to reserve your seat for this clinic....208-773-2331

Next Free Clinic Oct the calendar for the subject.

firing line

Draw From Holster and Rapid Fire Opportunity

surelockThe next sessions are Sept 17, Oct 1, 15 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.    

We now have 4 Full Auto Machine guns to shoot.

Gunsmith Dept Update:
I hear a lot of people telling me they use a tooth brush for cleaning their firearms. A toothbrush  may work for dusting and light cleaning, but it is too soft of a bristle for cleaning the internals of any firearm. When a round is fired, the casing releases carbon which is a light powder at the time of ignition, but as time passes the carbon settles and begins to harden. This hardened carbon requires a more aggressive bristle.

The military issues an A.P. Brush or All Purpose Brush for cleaning and maintaining their firearms. This brush works great and is very affordable. We have included this type of brush in our Gunsmith Recommended cleaning kit.   
I look forward to seeing you soon, Clint. 

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

New Product Highlights
First Aid Headquarters
Not a totally new product but with hunting underway a renewed demand product.   
We have the most comprehensive first aid / tactical care equipment in stock within 100 miles.  Regardless if you are a wood cutter, a hunter 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...   We even have empty medic pouches so you can create your own special purpose customized first aid kit.
PISTOL CALIBER Rifles & AR Pistols 
We finally have a selection of pistol caliber rifles and AR pistols in stock.  Get them while they last.  
It is not too early to be thinking of that Christmas gift as they will be hard to find around the holidays.
Kore Gun Belts
Are back in stock...
The best-fitting, most comfortable, concealed carry gun belt you'll ever own. They feature a hidden, virtually indestructible track that creates over 40+ sizing points, so you can adjust your belt 1/4" at  a time.  
The result equals a secure, precise fitting belt that gives you a smooth, fast draw. Top-Grain leather or nylon webbing (1.5" wide) with Reinforced Poly-Core center for added stiffness & stability.  
Gun Belts are One-Size (cut to fit) & fit any waist size from 24" up to 54".
AR Armorer Kits are back In-Stock
ar tool kit
We now have our very popular AR Specific tool kits in stock.   In an effort to offer the best value we have not included basic tools that most of us already own like common screwdrivers, pliers, etc...
We have included the more armorer specific AR unique tools that you need to safely and efficiently work on your AR firearm.  Combined with the common tools you already own, this kit is all you need to perform any level of work on the AR Rifle.  Purchasing the kit offers a savings over buying the individual tools.  
Coyote Brown Bags
- Our Very popular range bags are now available in Coyote Brown 
Child Specific Earmuffs and Shooting Glasses
No More Worrying about proper protection for your child's hearing!
These children's folding muffs are specifically designed to provide comfortable and effective hearing protection  for children's sensitive hearing. The smaller muff size is ideal youth protection to suppress harmful loud noises without shutting out other ambient sound, such as a parent's voice.
Upcoming Class Schedule


ID Enhanced CCW - Sept 8, 15, 17, Oct 7, 13, 24

Handgun Familiarity - Oct 28

Youth Firearms  Safety - Oct 28

Basic Pistol - Sept 14, 22, 26, Oct 6, 17, 21, 27, 30

Basic Pistol 2 - Sept 11, 23, Oct 9

Defensive Handgun 1- Sept 9, Oct 14

Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Sept 5(5pm), Oct 22 (5pm)

Intro to Carbine - Sept 30, Oct 27

Home Defense Shotgun - Sept 29

Triple Threat Firearms Course- Sept 16

Basic Carbine - Oct 12

Kubotan - Sept 12, Oct 10

Refuse to be a Victim - Oct 17

Less Lethal Practice - Oct 23

AR Armorer course (2 days) - Oct 5 & 6


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 - Oct 4

Springfield - Sept 27, Oct 16

Shotgun - Sept 21, Oct 19

1911 - Sept 6, Oct 10

AR - Aug 21, Sept 19, Oct 18

Revolver - Sept 11, Oct 11

S&W semi-auto - Sept 7, Oct 9

Sig - Sept 13, Oct 16

Glock - Sept 25, Oct 25

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

Sept 20,  Oct 3, 23


This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
Fashionable Doesn't Always = Street Wise.... jogger
A common question in our CCW classes is "What is the best way to carry concealed in public?"   In my last CCW class the question came from a student who was physically fit and into wearing skin tight clothing that showed off their physique.   I completely understand the fashion side of this discussion.  However, the choices we make in selecting our wardrobe also impact the choice in firearm.
With the popularity of our CCW classes, I thought I would share with you some tips related to carrying in the "Public Eye" (in public).  Surviving on the street is much different than what is often taught in the classroom.  Below, are a number of suggestions that have all proven themselves through my own real-world experience and trial-and-error testing.  Don't underestimate the importance of how your lifestyle and dress relate to the tactics and skill sets you decide to implement or put into your defensive toolbox.
Real life is not like movies or television. When you're in a real-life critical incident does someone stop the action and have a stunt man take your place?  I can't tell you how many times I've seen civilians in suits with a belt that's too narrow and thin to support their gear.
And what about the suit jacket? A belt holstered or shoulder holstered weapon requires a cover over your weapon in public, whether it's some type of jacket, sweatshirt, sweater or shirt. What's the problem with the jacket? There's no problem if you're trained, practiced and competent in drawing your weapon from underneath it, but most civilians don't train this way. Do you wear a jacket during firearms training? Why not?  And what do you wear on your feet when you wear a suit?  
What shoes would you choose if you knew you were heading into a gunfight? If you must wear an Oxford shoe (low cut), make sure it laces and does not have all-leather soles. All-leather soles provide no traction. Ditto for Western-style boots. In a fight it's like you're standing on ice. And finally, my observations about shoes apply to women, too. If you wouldn't wear Gucci loafers, why would you wear high heels?   
Ties are my next bone of contention. Would you wear a noose to a fist fight? I learned this lesson back in elementary school.  I know there's no way you would wear a clip-on tie, right? Well, that's your decision and you'll have to live with it.   
Train as you work, work as you train.
To properly draw a pistol from under a jacket, it takes two moves, not just a simple gripping action. The first move sweeps the jacket back and out of the way, past the pistol. Then, as your shooting hand comes forward from the sweep, you grip and draw.  
Always stow your keys in the weapon-side pocket of your jacket. This will add some weight and momentum to the sweeping motion.   
When wearing a pullover, instead of sweeping back, forcefully pull the pullover up and over the pistol, then grip the pistol on the weapon-return motion. In both situations, don't attempt to grip the pistol until the garment clears the weapon or you will wrap it around your pistol grips. Learn how to use both hands in combination or separately to do this. You never know what the real world will throw at you, so practice each method.  Tip: If you wear a shoulder holster, use your non-shooting hand to pull open your jacket to gain access to your pistol.
Test Your Gear
You must test each and every piece of equipment you carry or own to see if it will perform properly under stressful situations. Don't rely on manufacturer advertisements or a sales pitch. In the SSS class I encourage my students to carry as they do on the street.  If their gear fails them and they complain about having to get new equipment, I tell them it's better to discover this in training than on the street.

Reminder that the Sept Free Clinic, described above will go in depth about Concealed Carry Methods.

Remember....Be Safe...Ed 


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