Newsletter - November 2018
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Center Target Sports Newsletter   

November 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
The holidays are around the corner....Are You Ready?
As we approach this Thanksgiving season I can't help but reflect back on how lucky we have been this year.  Peggy and I along with our entire staff have so much to be thankful for.  A special thanks to all our members and patrons who continue to spread the good word about our facility.  All of our research has clearly shown that most new shooters to CTS are referred to us by your word of mouth.  We can't express enough, our gratitude to all of you for your referrals.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank You!
Since our last newsletter Peggy and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary.  I can't believe how the time flies when you're having fun! "Even with a Red Head" 
The winter months are our busiest.   Occasionally there be a short delay to get on the lanes.  We have worked very hard in our scheduling of our classes and in our overall lane use to limit any delays in accessing our lanes.  We have increased our class offerings this winter and the classes are already filling up.  As always you can repeat any class completed forever for free. 
Dodge PU windshield test
  We just completed another terminal ballistics class and I believe everyone had a great time.  To the left is a windshield we shot testing for penetration and deflection.  If you have any interest in how bullets cause trauma don't miss this class the next time it is offered.
I would like to thank my entire staff of instructors.  Everyone knows what a great job these dedicated instructors do here at CTS.  It is because of their passion, expertise and commitment to providing the best possible training available anywhere in the Northwest that I can travel and teach Nationally and Internationally.  I love teaching here at CTS and cherish my time home and teaching in Post Falls.

Look for us to be using our Simunition guns in our training classes.  The UTM guns we use are awesome.  The training we accomplish with the force on force scenarios offers a huge learning experience for everyone.  It is amazing to see all the things we discuss in class play out under the stress of quality, well planned, force on force scenario training.  Look for many more force on force training opportunities in the future. 
Gearing up for our busy season we have added three new employees.  We are excited to have them as part of our CTS family.  Please take the time to introduce yourself and make them feel welcome the next time you are in the facility.

Last month I asked for any extra gun locks that you could donate to us.  WOW, Thank you to everyone that brought in locks.  This will allow us to sell a used gun without having to add the price of a lock.  As you know it is the law that all firearms leave the building with a lock.  Thanks for stepping up and filling our lock box. 
Enjoy our beautiful fall season!
Be Safe...ed
Notes from Peggy:
We will be open on Veteran's Day our regular hours.  Veterans shoot free on Sunday & Monday Nov 11th &12th

A reminder that we'll be closed on Thanksgiving Day to spend time with our families. We'll be open at 9 on Black Friday.
Keep your eyes peeled for our Black Friday flyer, coming soon to your email address.
We have special rates at the Holiday Inn Express CDA...if your coming to town for classes or a visit, use Center Target Sports to get a better deal...PS It's newly renovated.  
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
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
Smith & Wesson Model 41

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.  Don't miss the coupon below for an even better deal on rentals.
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

Nov 27
Dec 11

9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

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

2nd Tuesday of every month

Nov 13
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]
Nov Topic:  Realworld Scenerios
No meeting in Dec or Jan 


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
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.

In The House on Black Friday!
Live Demonstrations
Bullet Jewelry
Knife Sharpening

Free Clinic - Nov 20  6pm
Real World Survival Skills - 

This promises to be a fun night of information and demonstrations.  We will discuss 20 important tips to urban survival.  We will also discuss and demonstrate  how to defeat zip ties and duct tape, how to escape from a trunk and many other urban survival issues.  Hope to see you there.

Reminder, you need to sign up for this clinic by calling the range to reserve a spot.  208-773-2331

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

firing line

Draw From Holster and Rapid Fire Opportunity

surelockThe next sessions are Nov 19, Dec 3, 17 from 9am to 11am. We are continuing  to commit two Monday mornings a month and bring in a dedicated staff member (RSO) to start.  

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.    

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:
Firearm Cleaning and Inspection
When was the last time your favorite firearm was detail stripped and cleaned?  Just like your car, your firearms need the occasional cleaning too!  Bring your firearm to Center Target Sports, and get your firearm the proper treatment!  Our professional gunsmith will take your firearm completely apart, clean thoroughly, and reassemble.  Parts will be inspected as they go back in, and function tested properly.  If there are any damaged or worn parts, we will let you know so you can get them fixed.  $50 gets you this complete service.  We recommend you have this done every 5000 rounds, or at least once a year.  Don't wait for the gun to fail!  Bring it in to Center Target Sports today!
Machine Work
Did you know that Center Target Sports is your one stop shop for machine work on your firearms?  Need your rifle threaded for a muzzle break?  How about some target sights on your favorite 1911?  Do you need a scope mount on that old Mauser?  Looking for a completely new caliber for your bolt action or AR style rifle?  Center Target Sports is here to help!  Our professional gunsmith has years of machine experience, and stands ready to assist you with completing your next project.  Come in and talk with us at Center Target Sports today!
Trigger Jobs
How do you like the trigger on your favorite firearm?  Is it gritty?  Jumpy?  Sloppy?  Does it have a clean break, or does it seem to take a mile of pressing to make the gun go off?  Most firearms can be tuned to have a smoother, lighter, and more consistent trigger pull.  Let our professional gunsmith go over your trigger, starting at $75 for labor.  Better trigger translates to better accuracy.  If you are a competition shooter, you know that means better scores.  If you are learning, that inconsistent trigger makes it hard to diagnose your errors so you can improve.  Don't let your guns mediocre trigger get you down, make it better at Center Target Sports!
Defensive Semi-Auto Reliability Package
So you've got your brand new semi-auto firearm.  You know its new, you know its sturdy, but is it reliable, accurate, and comfortable to use?  Can the trigger be smoother?  Can the sights be brighter and easier to pick up?  Yes, they can!  Our Reliability Package addresses all these concerns.  Come in to Center Target Sports and see Adam for more specific details on the magic he can perform on your firearm!
Defensive Revolver Package
New or used S&W revolver in hand, you know that defending yourself is serious business.  Being equipped with the best firearm for your needs is a good start.  Getting that firearm running smoothly and cleanly is the next logical step.  Our Defensive Revolver Package is your best choice.  For $150, we will clean and tune up your S&W, Ruger or Colt revolver.  A spring kit from Apex Tactical, made specifically for defensive revolvers, with an action job from our professional gunsmith, will lighten and smooth up your double action trigger pull.  We will also properly install an XS Dot sight to make picking up the front sight fast and easy.  A bright white ring in the day, and a tritium ampule at night make this sight work for you anytime.  Come in to Center Target Sports and see our example gun today!
I look forward to seeing you soon, Clint. 

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

New Product Highlights
Bandolier Holster - Perfect for the Outdoor Man or Woman! 
    • Right- or left-handed 
    • Shoulder or belt holster
    • Shell loops
    • Removable retention flap
    • Made of rugged nylon
If you are a fly fisherman or a back country hiker and like to have a handgun for protection that will not be in your way, Try the bandolier style holster.  Right- or left-handed, wear this Bandolier Holster as a shoulder or belt holster. Shell loops are sewn directly into the holster. Removable retention flap included. Made of rugged nylon. Fits scoped handgun. 
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 

Upcoming Class Schedule


ID Enhanced CCW - Nov 17, 24, 27, Dec 11, 15, 29

Handgun Familiarity - Nov 10, Dec 30

Youth Firearms  Safety - Nov 10, Dec 30

Basic Pistol - Nov 10, 14, 18, 26, Dec 2, 12, 16, 18

Basic Pistol 2 - Nov 7, 20, Dec 5

Defensive Handgun 1- Nov 11, Dec 8

Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Nov 18, Dec 16

Intro to Carbine - Dec 9

Home Defense Shotgun - Nov 12

Basic Carbine - Dec 1

Kubotan - Dec 27

Refuse to be a Victim - Dec 28

Cane Defense - Dec 5


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 - Dec 4

Springfield - Nov 28, Dec 21

Shotgun - Nov 21, Dec 14

1911 - Nov 6, Dec 6

AR - Nov 16, Dec 13

Revolver - Nov 9, Dec 11

S&W semi-auto - Nov 7, Dec 7

Sig - Nov 14, Dec 12

Glock - Nov 27, Dec 19

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

Nov 20, Dec 5, 18


This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
Tips for preventing burglars from picking your home!
Today communities across America look for ways to more effectively fight crime. Burglary is on the rise everywhere. Let's focus our attention this month, on residential burglaries. Who are the burglars, how do they pick their targets, how do they plan and execute the crime. Are we helpless? No we are not.
burglar Most residential burglars are young, male and in need of quick cash. They regard the money they steal or the fruits of their labor as an immediate solution to all their problems. To many, burglary is a matter of day-to-day survival.
A small percentage of burglaries are actually "opportunities too good to pass up" the garage door left open or the unattended car left running.   It has been said that over 50% of all burglaries are committed by people who need money for drugs.
Why burglary versus armed robbery or mugging? A well planned and executed burglary has a limited amount of danger but, offers a very high probability of success with very low risk of confrontation or capture. An experienced burglar will never meet his victims during the crime. If caught later by the police, there usually are no eyewitnesses who can make a positive identification.
Contrary to popular belief, potential targets for burglary are becoming fairly limited. As stated earlier, most burglars are driven by the need for fast cash. However they must balance this need for speed with caution. About 90% of the time burglars have selected a residence before setting out to commit the crime.
Most burglars are unwilling to break into a residence without knowing something about the people and the valuables it may contain. Picking a potential target requires reliable information that is most often obtained by; knowing the occupants, by getting a tip from a mutual acquaintance, or by observation.
We must understand our home might be burglarized by someone we know. In fact more than one in five burglaries are committed by known offenders even if they were only casual acquaintances.
Paid tipsters are another source of information to the burglar. They often include repairmen, cable/satellite or telephone installers, and delivery men. Homes are chosen through observation because, judging from the exterior, they appear to have cash, and other valuables worth stealing. Visual cues such as the size of the house, manicured landscape, and expensive cars all give the perception of money.
Understanding who, why and the how elements of the crime, provides us insight into prevention. What can we do? Well, be careful who you let in your home. Accept deliveries at the front door.   Limit the access of any service workers to your home. On trash day, cut up boxes that indicate new purchases of expensive items. Keep circumstances of your travel or vacation plans on a need to know basis. Don't flaunt your wealth. Don't give your home address or phone number to strangers.
Don't make yourself an easy or tempting target. Your home is your castle - protect it.
Remember....Be Safe...Ed 


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