Newsletter - October 2018
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Center Target Sports Newsletter   

October 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: ed pic
Fall is here for sure.  Everywhere I look I feel and see the signs of one of my favorite times of year.  I want to thank everyone for your patience as we recently went through our annual bullet trap maintenance process.  This year was a unique mining as we had all our fines (pulverized rubber from 14 years of bullet impact) removed and replaced.  They removed 40,000 lbs of lead and replaced 22,000 lbs of bad rubber with new rubber. That should last us at least another 10 years.

Now that the mining is complete, we will be painting the walls and making sure the range bays and equipment are in top condition for our busy winter season.  Thanks again for your understanding as we continually strive to improve our operation and facility.

We were honored this year to help support the Friends of the NRA banquet by taking responsibility for the firearm transfer process.  We processed over 55 firearms for the NRA, and ultimately, you our local sportsman. Congratulations to all the winners.  I would also like to add a special thank you to our manager Deb and the staff for all their hard work in supporting CTS playing a role in the success of the NRA banquet experience.

We now have a youth size 22LR available for rent. This is the perfect firearm to introduce your young shooter to the sport.  This is an easy gun to hold and shoot well.  The perfect combination to allow the young shooter to have a great time and learn some life long lessons.  Come in today and share the experience with your young shooter.

Our class schedule continues to evolve and I am working hard at being creative with my travel to allow us to offer more and more advanced classes each month.  In that regard we are considering trying a force on force type scenario night each month to allow participants an opportunity to practice scenario response using our simunition guns.  Please drop me an email if you have an interest and would attend such a program.  If there is enough interest...we will try it.

RITON OPTICS has helped us put together a few Kit guns.  You need to see the great deals Deb has put together working with the RITON folks to offer you a firearm with the optic already installed.

A Call For Locks gun lock

We are in desperate need of locks.  We are required to provide a lock with every firearm sold.  This is not an issue with new firearms but with used or consignment guns we are running low. If you have any firearm locks that you are not using please drop them off so that we can share them with those who are buying firearms.  We are trying to avoid requiring anyone who wants to consign a firearm from having to buy a lock before we can take it in.  

I am currently shooting a world championship competition in TX.  This morning I saw a Ford F150 drive over a $25,000.00 shotgun that the owner had leaning on the back bumper, got interrupted and then backed over it.  Don't worry, the gun survived with no damage...the case did suffer a bit but still works.  The reason I am sharing this story with you is that the case was an Americase brand.  Which happens to be the type of case all my guns travel in and that we sell.  No doubt I made the right choice keep my guns in them and to offer them for sale at CTS.   And No It was NOT me who drove over my own gun!

yojimbo As many of you know, I am a stickler for a sharp knife.  Have I found the solution?...  Well I wanted to remind you of a new business started by Gio who used to be part of our team and has remained a friend to us here at CTS.  In fact Gio continues to return to help out with Customer Appreciation day every year.  Gio has started a Knife sharpening business called Valiant Sharpening Service 208-817-0368.  He sharpened my tactical knife and did an outstanding job.  He has invested in a top of the line European sharpening system.  

We are excited to offer anyone an opportunity who needs knife sharpening to drop your knives off at CTS and Gio will pick them up once a week on Friday.  His business is completely separate from CTS and we are trying to help him by providing a drop off and pick up location for his customers.  You will pay Gio directly and all the info is available at our knife counter.  Just stop in with your sharpening needs and ask our staff for assistance.

Please see the below poster.  Center Target Sports and the Post Falls Chamber is honored to sponsor the United States Army Field Band and Chorus on Oct 14th at 3pm. This FREE concert will be held at the Post Falls High School Auditorium.

Please let's be sure to have a standing room only crowd for this amazing performance by our men and woman in uniform.  This will be their only Idaho performance and we need to show them our support and patriotism.  We have tickets at the range or you can go online to print your own.  Please follow the email address on the poster and get your FREE tickets soon. Tickets are limited by the size of the Auditorium, so don't delay.

Enjoy our beautiful fall season!
Be Safe...ed
Notes from Peggy:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness for our Wed flash sales for items in pink!  Flash sales are announced on Facebook along with a tip every Sunday and highlighted consignment gun on Sat's.  Follow us on Facebook for all the latest info from CTS!
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
Mossberg 4x4 30/06
24" Fluted Barrel
Synthetic Stock
Only $349.00 
Limited To Supply On Hand


We also have a few Pistol Caliber Carbines left in stock
They Won't Last Long!

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
Ruger SP 101 327FedMAG
M&P Pro 9mm 

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

We're still collecting resumes!

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

Oct 24
Nov 27

9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

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

2nd Tuesday of every month

Oct 9
Nov 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.


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]
Oct Topic:   Gun Cleaning Basics

Basic Carbine - Oct 12
mkII series

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. 


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.

Terminal Ballistics - Nov 3 ammo
If we piqued your interest about gunshot trauma in our CCW or defensive classes, you won't want to miss the "how the trauma is caused" class we call Terminal Ballistics. This is the class that will put to rest all the myths of stopping power, knockdown power and dispel much of what we see on TV and in the movies.
This class is based on fact and science as well as testing by men and woman a lot smarter than me. However, I have studied terminal ballistics for over 30 years and have been fortunate enough to surround myself with people who live this terminal ballistic life as a profession. This is a class you will not want to miss.

Home Defense Shotgun - Nov 12

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.woman shotgun
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

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 - Oct 16th 6pm
Choosing the right firearm for you.
With this clinic we will try to answer your questions about firearm selection.  We will discuss the various type of handguns and their pros and cons.  Bring your questions and we will have a very informative free clinic.



Personal Accuracy

Cost (gun and ammo)

CCW Clinic
CCW FREE Clinic 2017
Ease of Use
Trade off in size / weight / comfort  and capacity
Brand reliability/customer service

Blogs and reviews


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

Nov Free Clinic ...Real World Survival Skills - Nov 20

This promises to be a fun night of information and demonstrations.  I will demonstrate how to defeat zip ties and duct tape and many other urban survival issues.  Hope to see you there.

firing line

Draw From Holster and Rapid Fire Opportunity

surelockThe next sessions are Oct 15, Nov 5, 19 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:
With hunting right around the corner.  Don't miss the big one because your rifle is not up to the task.  Come in now and have Clint do a safety and operational evaluation of your rifle.  

You may even want him to bore sight your scope to save you some ammo at the range by making sure you will be on paper for those first test/verification shots.
I look forward to seeing you soon, Clint. 

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

New Product Highlights
 Springfield Is At It Again
3 Extra Mags and a Range Bag FREE with the purchase of any new XD, XD Mod2, XD-S, XD-S Mod2, XD(M) or XD-E pistol.  
Oct 1- December 31, 2018 
Ruger MKIV Lite 22/45 

You have to shoot this Ruger 22LR to appreciate how much fun it is to shoot.
The accuracy is unbelievable and this is a great handgun for all experience levels.
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.
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.  
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. Great for sporting events too!
Upcoming Class Schedule


ID Enhanced CCW - Oct 7, 13, 24, Nov 5, 17, 24, 27

Handgun Familiarity - Oct 28, Nov 10

Youth Firearms  Safety - Oct 28, Nov 10

Basic Pistol - Oct 6, 17, 21, 27, 30, Nov 4,10, 14, 18, 26

Basic Pistol 2 - Oct 9, Nov 7, 20

Defensive Handgun 1- Nov 11

Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Oct 22 (5pm), Nov 18

Intro to Carbine - Oct 27

Home Defense Shotgun - Nov 12

Basic Carbine - Oct 12

Kubotan - Oct 10

Refuse to be a Victim - Oct 17

Less Lethal Practice - Oct 23

Wilderness 1st Aid - Nov 6

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

Terminal Ballistics - Nov 3


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, Nov 2 

Springfield - Oct 16, Nov 28

Shotgun - Oct 19, Nov 21

1911 - Oct 10, Nov 6

AR - Oct 18, Nov 16

Revolver - Oct 11, Nov 9

S&W semi-auto - Oct 9, Nov 7

Sig - Oct 16, Nov 14

Glock - Oct 25, Nov 27

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

Oct 3, 23, Nov 1, 20


This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
Foreign States and Our Responsibilities

Last week a student called the shop in the presence of a WA State Trooper in the middle of a traffic stop. As I understand it, the student was stopped and during the stop the fact that he was in possession of a concealed firearm came up.  This student was a former Idaho resident but had recently moved to WA.  The trooper was in the process of confiscating his firearm because he had not registered it and she was also questioning his ownership.

The CTS staff was able to speak to the trooper and prove ownership.  But the registering the firearm has us all confused.  I have not been able to find any reference to the requirement of registering a handgun in the state of WA.  Perhaps the trooper was mistaken, or perhaps we have the facts wrong. There is a need for WA residents to have a WA CCW permit and maybe that is what the trooper was talking about.

I am not sure as all this info of the stop came to me second hand.  I am sure however, of our need to know, understand and comply with the laws of the foreign states we visit.  (A foreign state is a state that you are not a resident of.  Below I have listed a few of the more common questions that come up when dealing with WA.

Without a License - If you do not have a permit then it is illegal to carry a loaded firearm in any vehicle. You can still carry a firearm if it is unloaded and in a closed opaque case or secure wrapper. 
With a License -  you can carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle as long as you have your permit with you at all times.
RCW 9.41.050
RCW 9.41.060
Private Sales 
Any private sale of firearms in Washington is required to be completed through a licensed firearms dealer. The dealer must complete a background check on the purchaser and keep a record of the sale. There are some exceptions to the law as follows;
  • Gifts between family members or spouses.
  • Sales of antique guns.
  • Transfers of a firearm to a gunsmith for repairs.
  • Guns acquired by the executors of an estate when the owner dies.
Dealer Sale
A licensed dealer can only sell a handgun if the purchaser has a concealed carry license or undergoes a background check. The dealer is required to not transfer the handgun to the new owner for 10 days or when the results of the background  are obtained, whichever one occurs first. Should the purchaser not have a valid Washington state ID card or drivers license, or has not resided in the state for at least 90 days then the waiting period can be extended to 60 days.

Washington gun laws require you to have your CCW license on you at all times you are carrying a firearm and display the permit to an officer if requested to do so. You do not have to inform law enforcement you are carrying a firearm.
The Law
RCW 9.41.050 - Carrying firearms


It is legal to carry in the following areas;
  • State Parks:       YES - WAC 352.32.120
  • State/National Forests:     YES - WAC 332.52.145
  • State Wildlife Management Areas:     YES- WAC 220.500.140
  • Road Side Rest Areas:     YES
"No Weapons" signs are not mentioned in Washington gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.
Open carry without a permit is legal. However, you will need a CCW license to carry a loaded firearm in any vehicle. Any vehicle means cars, buses, and trains. The minimum age for open carry is 21.
The Law
Can I Carry In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol - YES
You are restricted to areas of the restaurant where persons under the age of 21 are allowed.
"Yes" or "No" states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with "NO GUN" signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a "Yes" then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
The Law
RCW 9.41.300
What is the - Definition, loaded firearm RCW 9.41.010
Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.
(14) "Loaded" means:
  • (a) There is a cartridge in the chamber of the firearm;
  • (b) Cartridges are in a clip that is locked in place in the firearm;
  • (c) There is a cartridge in the cylinder of the firearm, if the firearm is a revolver;
  • (d) There is a cartridge in the tube or magazine that is inserted in the action; or
  • (e) There is a ball in the barrel and the firearm is capped or primed if the firearm is a muzzle loader.
Remember....Be Safe...Ed 


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