Newsletter - December 2018
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Center Target Sports Newsletter   

December 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:

WOW!    This is it...the last month of the year. December is always a mixed bundle of emotions around here. Obviously we are excited to see the traffic flow of guests pick up but that is countered with the fact that another year is coming to an end. It is also a time of year to reflect on all that we have accomplished or failed to accomplish throughout the year.   I hope this has been a year full of successes, health and joy for you and your family.
For me personally, I have so much to be thankful for. First and foremost God has been very good to us here at CTS. We have our health and I get to come to work every day with a phenomenal group of people on both sides of the counter. This year Peggy and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary and we were able to cross off some travel spots on our bucket list.
I can't help but be so proud of our manager Deb Behary. About 4 years ago she stepped in to a very challenging position and has blown me away with her work ethic and dedication to our staff our business and our patrons. Her energy, passion and commitment to guide us to be the best we can be is unmatched. Deb has developed a team for us all to be proud of. Are we perfect? No we are not. Does she lead her team every day to strive for our mantra "Better Product, Better Service, Better Experience"? You bet your life she does. 
I am also so thankful for the rest of the staff for the way they have supported what we are all trying to do at CTS. Together with Deb, their leadership by example and knowledge will allow us to excel in all we do. Thank you team!

You may have noticed that we have added 3 new employees to our team and we had one departure.  You can read about our new team members below.  We said goodbye to Paul this past month as he now has more time to play golf with his friends.
Ok, I guess I better get back to things that are important to you our guests. I hope you have noticed the increased access to the lanes as a result of the awesome class scheduling from Peggy. I could not do what I do and we would not be where we are today as a business if it were not for Peggy's partnership in every aspect of my life. tree

We had a great turn out for our last free clinic with over 100 guests.  We anticipate another huge turn out this month, so please be sure to call in so we can rent more chairs if necessary.
All in all I can't wait for 2019. We have so much planned for CTS, this community and of course you our guests. Stay Tuned! I hope the New Year brings to you and your families all that you could hope for. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,  God Bless...
Notes from Peggy:
Today is our 14th anniversary at CTS.  How blessed we've been.  I too want to thank our employees and all our customers for a fantastic 14 years.  I especially want to thank all of you for your generosity in giving to our community all year long through donations to OASIS, the food bank, the blood bank and Toys for Tots.  Ed and I have always believed in giving back and you have helped us do that over and over again....thank you.  Our customers are the best!  Happy Holidays to all of you and yours from all of us at CTS.
Our holiday schedule will be as follows.  Closed Christmas Day, New Years Day. Closed at 5pm on Christmas Eve...All other days open on regular schedule!  Come bring your family to the range over the holidays!  
Just a reminder that members can reserve lanes up to 48 hours in advance with 2 hours notice.  
We're always looking for new ideas for products, for free clinics or suggestions for the range.  Just shoot me an email (no pun intended) and we'll see what we can do.
If you know anyone who might like to get our newsletter, just send me their email address and I'll see that they receive it.  [email protected]
If you're coming to Center Target for a class or seminar and need a place to stay we have negotiated special rates at the Holiday Inn Express-Coeur d'Alene.  Just give them our name when you call. 
Holiday Inn   208-667-3100
We also now have a link on our website to our special's called Discounted Rates.   Discounted hotel rates CDA
Ed & Peggy Santos
Think Gift Certificates for Christmas!

From Dec 1-Dec 24

Buy a  gift certificate for 
$50 or more 
and get a free day pass ($18.00 Value) for yourself or to give as an additional gift.

We now have Gift List Cards. 
gift box

If you are having difficulty finding that perfect gift we have created a list of gift ideas based on the firearm type that your recipient may own. 

For example, we have compiled a list of items that would be appropriate to a pistol owner, a rifle owner, etc...

Come today and get a Gift Idea List Card.  You and your special person will be glad you did.

Great ideas for the Holidays.

Looking for some Stocking stuffer ideas? We've got some for you:

Bullet Earrings
Bullet Golf Ball Marker
Brass Necklaces
Grip Master
Pepper Spray
Refrigerator Magnets
Key Chains
Cleaning Supplies
             Up-Lula Easy Loaders

Check Out Our New...

"Shoot and Share" Curtain.  

After you've had a great time on the range...take your picture with your target and share on Facebook!  
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.

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 

Can You Say? Rental Guns or How About Try before You Buy?

I bet you didn't know that we have over 100 rental firearms.  We were the first range in the Western US that offers our rental guns by the caliber.   That's right, you pay $8.00 and you can shoot every gun of the same caliber we have.  
If you are interested in a new firearm but are not sure which one, come in and try one out before you decide to purchase.  If you have heard about a new model and want to experience it, come in...we probably have it in the rental case. Also, if you purchase a gun the same day you rent, your rental fee is waived.

Member FUN Shoot

Dec 11
Jan 8

9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Dec 15
New Series
Jan 19
Feb 16
March 16
The Woman Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

No meeting in
Dec or Jan

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]
No meeting in Dec or Jan 

Classes Now Registering!

Defensive Handgun 2 - Dec 22

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.
CCW gun The course will include both classroom presentations and live fire range exercises. A combination of Dry Practice and Live Fire with Real World Scenarios including multiple threats, low light shooting, hostage rescue, wounded shooter drills, equipment malfunctions, and moving targets. This course will conclude with a Course Review and Examination.
All instruction materials, range time, and targets are provided by Center Target Sports. The student is required to provide a handgun, two magazines or speed loaders, eye and ear protection, flashlight or weapons mounted light, a billed baseball type cap, 250 rounds of ammunition, and a strong side holster.
Reminder this is a prerequisite for the 2 day Tactical Pistol class and the potential special open shooting session discussed above.
***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.

Low-Light Shooting Techniques - Jan 5

low-light Experience the most comprehensive and innovative Low-Light training. Through our innovative training systems you will learn to dominate your suspect and your environment.
This one day course provides the student with the training to effectively control their environment and suspect with light. Students learn how light affects the eye and are taught to use light to gain and maintain the advantage in low-light encounters.
Classroom instruction and live fire exercises are used to insure the student's understanding of the skills necessary to survive and thrive in a low-light environment.
This seldom offered class is one that you don't want to miss.  The content parallels the course Ed teaches to law enforcement across the country.  It involves shooting at various levels of light and the use of multiple flashlight techniques.

AR Armorer Course (2 days) - Jan 11 & 12

Ed and Clint 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.

Wilderness 1st Aid - January 23rd 
It's time again for Wilderness First Aid.  If you cut firewood, ride ATV's, Snowmobiles, hunt, fish or recreate in the wilderness this is the class for you.  In this class we will discuss wilderness survival and critical first aid techniques. 
The class is appropriate for all ages and experience levels.  We will also discuss first aid kits and the differences between first aid in your back yard vs. first aid in remote areas.

Street Survival Skills - Jan 20th
This course was developed to introduce our students to the appropriate response to a surprise attack.
This class teaches students to use the body's natural FLINCH response to their advantage. Natural flinch body posturing will be the initiation position for many of the techniques presented in this course. Even the best prepared or situationally aware person is subject to a surprise attack. This class will teach you to win that fight!
  • Safe Gun Handling
  • Body's Natural Flinch ReactionRETENTION
  • Counter Ambush Techniques 
  • 360 degree Movement/Shooting
  • Threat Interaction
  • Less than Lethal Force options
  • Use of Lethal Force Options
  • Post Incident Actions and Responsibilities
  • Live Fire Exercises
Required Equipment:
  • Handgun with 2 Mags or Speed Loaders
  • 250 Rounds of Ammo
  • STRONG side holster
  • Eye and Eye Protection
  • Billed Baseball Cap (Optional)
  • Cover Garment (Optional)

Welcome our new Employees

Richard Russell

Richard began his shooting career at age 9 when his father gave him a Winchester 22. He has owned, traded, sold, and worked on in excess of 100 firearms since then. 

He has competed in Handgun Metalic Silhouette and NRA High Power matches and currently holds a High Master rating in that venue. Being a person that likes to, Do It Himself, He has assembled several competition rifles and tuned several others. 

Since retiring and relocating to Idaho, He took the enhanced CCW and home defense shotgun courses at CTS and decided to return to the workforce to see If he could help others enjoy the shooting sports as much as he does. 

Richard Gross

Richard and his wife moved to CDA 2 1/2 yrs ago to be near their grandkids. Richard practiced medicine for 33 yrs on the Central Coast of California. While in the Air Force and later with the Dept of Justice he developed an interest in shooting.  He's looking forward to being part of the CTS Team.

Ivan (Vanny) Dye

(Vanny) comes to us with 44 years of experience in teaching at the high school level. His background has been in physical education and coaching. He has also been active in the volunteer fire department, and security work.  Vanny has collected a few guns over the years as a hobby, and has been very involved with target shooting.  After taking a couple of classes at Center Target Sports, he became very interested in joining our team.

 Vanny and his wife Vicki have been married for 46 years, and have 2 grown married sons . He also had four grandkids, and are very active as a family. 

 Vanny's other interests besides shooting are, biking, boating, rock climbing and Harley riding. With snow skin being his number one activity.  He states that working at Center Target Sports is the perfect retirement job, and is enjoying the process of getting acquainted with his new CTS family.

A Special Welcome to our new neighbors - Cutting Edge Customs.

We are proud to announce our partnership with Cutting Edge Customs who just moved into the Quad Park Center just North of our building.  

They are also committed to great customer service and offer the best in parts and installations.

They are running a special promotion and are giving away a FREE Ruger 10/22 to everyone who purchases a complete Lift Kit, wheel and tire package.

Stop by and tell them you heard about them from their friends at CTS.

December FREE Clinic
December 10  6pm

Special Guest - Richard Whitehead

Have you ever walked away from a conversation and felt you had just been lied to?  If so, don't miss the Dec FREE Clinic as we are offering you an opportunity to learn some key points about analyzing someone's behavior or statements.

Richard Whitehead Retired after 33 years in Public Safety where Rick's experience includes: directing high profile units such as: Homicide, SWAT, Communications, Intelligence, etc . His expertise is in Advanced Field Training Officer training and programs, Forensic Statement Analysis, Leadership, and Instructor Development training. 

Rick has been conducting advanced level training since 1995 and now trains and consults for agencies across the country. A Law Enforcement Instructor with years of experience, Richard has a long and varied career in many first responder professions.  He travels the country providing cutting edge training to first responders.

We are very excited to have Richard offer us some insight into Forensic Statement Analysis.  This  presentation will be based a comprehensive course Richard developed and teaches Nationally.  Those who attend this FREE Clinic will gain knowledge in how to identify when and where someone is lying to you in a statement or when someone is trying to be evasive in your discussions.  

This promises to be a very please be sure to call to sign up so we have enough seating.  208-773-2331

First Time Ever Machine Gun Packages
Save with our $50.00 or $60.00 Specials Purchase Your Package 
Gift Certificates Today

We now have 4 Full Auto Machine guns to shoot.

Gunsmith Dept Update:
We continue to invest in our Gunsmith Department.  Clint continues to produce some awesome work,  Some of you may have seen pictures of his most recent custom built rifles.  Stop in and see him next time you are in.  

The end of the year is a great time to have your firearms checked out.  Especially your defensive weapons that the safety of your family may depend on.  
All our gunsmith work is guaranteed and provided as a service to you our guests.  We offer a complete line of gunsmith services.
Please allow us the opportunity to support you the next time you need a firearm cleaned and inspected, sights installed, trigger modified, scope professionally installed, recoil pad installed, stock or metal refinished and much more.
Stop in and talk with our team members and have your firearm serviced by professionals.

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

Product Highlights
Because Christmas shopping is in full swing and pictures do speak a thousand words.... 

Please see the product idea pictures.
Locally made with Center Target Sports' recycled brass
Jewelry, Christmas Ornaments, Games, Fridge magnets, tie tacks
We are so excited to offer some locally crafted jewelry, ornaments, decals and puzzles with a firearm theme.  These beautiful pieces are hand crafted by Christina Carroll.  This talented woman lives in our community and utilizes Center Target Sports' recycled brass and shotgun shells to make the beautiful pieces.  Come in today to see for yourself.

Upcoming Class Schedule


ID Enhanced CCW - Dec 11, 15, 29, Jan 8, 13, 19, 30

Handgun Familiarity -Dec 30, Jan 13

Youth Firearms  Safety -  Dec 30, Jan 13

Basic Pistol - Dec 12, 16, 18, Jan 9, 12, 22, 27

Basic Pistol 2 - Jan 5, 16

Defensive Handgun 1- Dec 8, Jan 26

Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) -Dec 16, Jan 27

Low-Light Shooting Techniques - Jan 5

Concealed Carry Street Survival Skills - Jan 20

Intro to Carbine - Dec 9, Jan 26

Kubotan - Dec 27, Jan 29

Refuse to be a Victim - Dec 28

Wilderness 1st Aid - Jan 23


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 - Jan 3

Springfield -Dec 21, Jan 30

Shotgun -  Dec 14, Jan 23

1911 - Dec 6, Jan 8

AR - Dec 13, Jan 22

Revolver - Dec 11, Jan 10

S&W semi-auto - Dec 7, Jan 15

Sig - Dec 12, Jan 16

Glock - Dec 19, Jan 24

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

Dec 5, 18, Jan 9, 29


This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip

Diagnostic Considerations To Some Common Shooting Errors...
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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