Newsletter - February 2019
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Center Target Sports Newsletter   

February 2019

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2010 Best Shooting Range in USA
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2010 Best Indoor Range in USA
Awarded by Glock (GSSF) Inc.
Post Falls 2013 Business of the Year

A Few Thoughts from Ed:
February is here, and the recent temperature has reminded us that winter is not over yet.  Sure make me appreciate how nice it is to shoot indoors.   We have experienced our annual increase in range use during the winter months and we appreciate your support.  We continue to schedule our classes to maximize the range access to open shooting.   
We are excited to have received a large quantity of the new Glock 43X and 48 handguns.  Wow, you need to hold the Glock 48 to appreciate how nice it feels in your hand.  Glock has delivered a shape and size handgun that the consumer has been asking for over the last few years.  Both new models are going fast so be sure to come in and see for yourself.  We also have the new Sig 365 handguns in stock.  I like this handgun so much I am now carrying one as my personal defense gun.
On a lighter note, things are happening at CTS.  We have been overwhelmed with the class enrollments.  I appreciate all of you who have been patient with the long waits for open class slots.  Please realize that we are offering classes on every available open day of the month. Peggy continues to offer her bi-monthly RTBAV class and her classes are growing in size as are my less lethal classes such as Kubotan and Cane defense.  We will continue to look at every available opportunity to offer classes and we will never compromise on the quality of instruction.
Look below for information on our Valentines Day special.  Shooting with your sweetie and getting chocolate at the same time ...just can't be beat. 
 Notes from Peggy:

Reminder about our less lethal practice session on Feb 6th at 5:30pm.  If you've take Kubotan, Cane Defense or OC class, this is your FREE time to practice!  Call to sign up.  208-773-2331. 

Happy Valentine's Day!  Remember, we sell jewelry!  

We are open regular hours on President's Day!  11-7.

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.  

Ed & Peggy Santos
Think Gift Certificates all year round!

Valentine's Day
Wedding Gift
All Holidays or Just Because

 Valentine's Day (Weekend) Special

Make your plans now and be sure to ask that special person to come to CTS and shoot with you.  You'll Receive 

2 for 1 Range Fee
A Free Valentine Theme Target
FREE Gun Rental
A little Chocolate Treat

We now have Gift List Cards. 
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.

Open President's Day
Feb 18

Come make some NOISE!!!!

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 

Member FUN Shoot

Feb 11
March 13
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Feb 16
March 16
The Woman Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

Feb 12
March 12

Bullseye League meets every Thursday at 4:45, 5:30 and 6:15 pm if needed.  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 mailing list please contact Darla at  [email protected]
Feb topic:  Protecting Yourself Away From Home
March Topic:   Science behind Recoil, Grip and Trigger Press

Classes Now Registering!

 Basic Carbine - Feb 2
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.
Home Defense Shotgun - March 2
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 bird shot
  • 10 rounds of 00 buckshot (low recoil loads recommended)
  •   5 Slug rounds

Comprehensive Handgun (4 days) - March 25-28
Left Target Day 1     Right Target day 4

4 days of shooting. 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.  You will be a better shooter after this class.

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. 

Tactical Pistol (2 days) - March 30-31

fof This is the most advanced pistol class taught anywhere in the region.  This is a two day class that requires students to conduct live fire exercises as well as Use of Force scenarios held in our tactical bay using our new (shoot house) modular walls and halls system.
This modular system allows us to create hallways and doorways along with corners that must be negotiated by the students.  Each student will participate in scripted exercises that may require any level of response from less lethal to deadly force.
I know this all sounds good but you must have completed 
Defensive Handgun 2 in order to enroll in this class.

February FREE Clinic
February 4   6pm
Reading Body Language
Body language is real and may provide the edge in a physical conflict if you are aware enough to recognize it.   We speak of the many benefits to learning a foreign language but let's not forget the importance of understanding how a person presents themselves to you.
In this FREE clinic we will be discussing a number of pre-fight indicators and how our responses may drastically improve our safety.  We will introduce many of you to the No-Go zone and how to apply this concept to our personal safety.  don't miss this FREE clinic.
Be sure to call to sign up so we have enough seating.  208-773-2331 

Due to Ed's travel schedule, there will be no Clinic in March.

First Time Ever Machine Gun Packages available all year long.
Save with our $50.00 or $60.00 Specials Purchase Your Package 
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MP 5
Car 9mm Carbine
Kriss Vector 45

We now have 4 Full Auto Machine guns to shoot.

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Special Purchase Savings Opportunity

CTS Logo Ear Muffs

Regular $18.95      Now $12.00

Product Highlights
The Two New Glocks Are in Stock!  
  Glock 43X
Based on the same design theory as the popular 19X, the 43X combines the short profile of the 43 slide with the grip length of the ubiquitous Glock 19. The slim, single stack frame maximizes comfort and concealment for virtually any user.

The lengthened frame also allows for 10 round magazines, a 4 round increase from the Glock 43's 6 round magazines. Please note that these magazines will only fit the 43X and 48, due to the unique frame sizing.

The slide is coated in a Silver nPVD finish, and includes front serrations for faster and easier manipulation.

Finally, the 43X also includes several of the design innovations seen in  the Gen5 line, including the marksman barrel and smooth, textured grip. 
Glock 48  
Glock 48

Featuring a smooth, Gen5-styled frame with no finger grooves and reduced width, the Glock 48 is purpose-built for concealment and comfort.  The increased frame height also allows the use of a 10 round magazine. Please note that these magazines will only fit the 48 and 43X, due to the unique frame sizing.

The 48 also includes improved slide features such as the nPVD coating in silver, front serrations, and the Marksman Barrel introduced with the Gen5 line.

This culmination of proven design and Glock innovation make the 48 a fine example of Glock Perfection.
The New Remington Magazine Fed Shotgun is now in Stock.

 The Remington 870 DM is a pump-action shotgun which has the quickest loading speed that you will ever experience. This shotgun incorporates a magazine system into its structure which can hold detachable magazines of either a 6-round capacity or 3-round capacity. There has never been a pump-action shotgun that responds so quickly. That is why if you're looking for a home defense shotgun that is fast and reliable, then the Remington 870 DM is the best choice.
For those of you who were waiting for the PMR 30 and Sub 2K 9mm guns, Wait no more.  We have them in stock.
Upcoming Class Schedule


ID Enhanced CCW - Feb 9, 11, March 3,6,13,16

Handgun Familiarity - Feb 16, March 24

Youth Firearms  Safety - Feb 16, March 24

Basic Pistol - Feb 4, 13, 17, 23, 27, March 5,9,10,17,29

Basic Pistol 2 - Feb 6, 24, March 19

Defensive Handgun 1- Feb 10, March 23

Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Feb 24, March 24

Intro to Carbine - Jan 26

Basic Carbine - Feb 2

Home Defense Shtogun - March 2

Comprehensive Handgun (4 days) - March 25-28

Tactical Pistol (2 days) - March 30-31

Kubotan -  March 4

Cane Defense - Feb 5

Refuse to be a Victim - Feb 5

 Less Lethal Practice session - Feb 6

We offer HR 218 by appointment only.  Call the range for the next date.


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 - March 5

Springfield - Feb 26, March 29

Shotgun - Feb 15, March 19

1911 - Feb 5, March 6

AR - Feb 14, March 15

Revolver - Feb 7, March 8

S&W semi-auto - Feb 8, March 13

Sig - Feb 13, March 14

Glock - Feb 19, March 20

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

Feb 6, 20, March 7, 22


This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
I was talking to a young man this week that had a friend who was involved in a medical emergency and felt ill prepared to deal with it.  I immediately thought of our Wilderness First Aid class.  But the more I thought about it the more I realized that many people will not take the time to take a class about first aid.  
Trying to think of a solution for someone who wants to assist but is not sure of what to do reminded me of why we have the Combat Casualty Reference Cards.  Don't let the name of the card scare you.This card is an awesome tool to have for anyone trying to respond to a medical emergency.   
The Combat Casualty Reference Cards are designed to assist the Tactical Healthcare Professional or First Responder by providing a rugged, rapid access resource of critical casualty management information. The Cards contain the current Care Under Fire, Field Care, and a notes section.  They may not be the answer for everyone, but they would have helped this young man if he had one.
In addition to having the knowledge that would help we also need the tools.  Below are some thoughts on choosing or building a first aid kit.
Your activities dictate your needs. There are many excellent first aid kits on the market today. Manufacturers have done their best to take into consideration many factors, from cost to the actual contents. That is why there are so many choices in style and content. For many people, they just want a "good first aid kit in their pack, because they need one."  How do you know what to carry? Besides your experience in the environment in which you're traveling, you are now getting training to help you handle emergency situations. These are by far the most important components.

Now, to put together the "tools" that you will need.  As superb as manufactured kits are, you will probably want to customize one, or build your own kit, using the context of its use as the major criteria. The env
ironment in which you travel will help you choose what is needed for potential problems that may arise, and how to handle an evacuation, if needed.  The activity itself will help you, due to its remoteness, and potential problems in that environment.   


The First Aid Kit
The kit needs to fit the environment and group's needs. It needs to be organized and waterproof, accessible in an emergency and user friendly. It is always good to know whom you have with you (medical history), and where their medications are, if necessary.
Let's get to the kit -
Carrying Device -  One that works best for you, and the environment in which you travel. Dry Bag/Box, fanny pack, compartmentalized pouch, zip lock bags, etc.    Personal Protection - it is generally a good idea to have these at easy access. Gloves can be placed in various places in your pack, or on yourself, such as a life jacket in a film canister, etc.
    • Vinyl or Latex Gloves - 2 to 4 pairs per person*
    • CPR Mask - or at the very least, a CPR Shield
    • Airways - dependent on level of training
Wound Care - this is probably the most used portion of the kit:
    • Bandages - 3" and/or 4" roller gauze that stretches and possibly self-adhering such as Kling, Curlex, and Coban. They are usually reusable for the same injury, so 1-2 per person should work.
    • Dressings - it is a personal preference to carry multiple sizes of sterile gauze bandages. But it is always easier to cut a 4" x 4" smaller than it is to make a 2" x 2" bigger.
    • Non-Stick Gauze Pads - is a great dressing to use directly on the wound. Wounds tend to "weep", and in long term care, dressings must be changed.
    • General Purpose Gauze Pads - like the name, they have many uses for wound care, from padding to absorbency.
    • Combine and Trauma Dressing - used where high absorbency and/or padding are necessary.  
    • Occlusive Dressings - an excellent dressing when you want to keep a wound dry in a wet environment.
    • Bandage Strips - better known as Band-Aids, is really a bandage with an attached dressing.
    • Tape - a real necessity. 1" cloth tape is usually all that is needed in a basic first aid kit. From securing bandages to closing wounds, cloth tape can do it all. 1 roll.
    • Duct, packaging and other tapes make great securing tools for bandages, splints, clothing, etc. Be careful to watch for constriction and other circulation problems.
Wound Cleansing
- a must in any remote setting needs to be done well and often. What is needed now is Povidine Iodine (PI) used in a solution with water, to adequately irrigate the wound and surrounding area. In many kits, PI is in the form of pre-soak pads that pack well, but you need quite a few to make the proper solution with water (looks like weak iced tea). Be careful of carrying it in bottles, it will leak. And, in cold environments it will freeze. There are some people who are allergic to iodine, so check your medical history first. Alternatives that have an alcohol base usually have a tendency to "sting" or "burn" if applied directly to a wound. There are some good biodegradable camping soaps, as well as medical "scrubs" that can be used for cleansing around wounds. The most important factor here is copious amounts of water for washing off residue. An irrigation syringe, 12cc to 60cc, works great for washing out wounds, as well as, a corner cut off a zip lock, which is squeezed like a cake decorator. Wound closing is an option when the person needs to be able to walk or paddle with a minor injury. The risk of infection is greater when the wound is close, so prior wound cleansing is vital. Butterfly bandages, Steri-strips, or even cloth tape can be used.     
Splinting -is probably the most improvised skill there is. Ensolite pads, lifejackets, packs, paddles, ski poles, etc. all make great splints. The key here is to make sure you use the injured's equipment first! There is nothing worse then watching the helicopter fly away, after a successful rescue, with your sleeping pad wrapped around a person's unstable leg injury. The two best commercial splints going for extremity splinting, is the 36" Sam Splint (foam covered aluminum), and the aluminum wire splint. You will also need a way of securing the splint to the injured. Ace wraps, Coban, Kling, and triangular bandages all work well. And, don't forget the duct tape. Remember to watch for constriction, comfort, and compatibility.    Blister Care -
the key here is prevention. At the first sign of a hot spot, care should be taken. Personal preferences include, moleskin, molefoam, first aid tape, and duct tape to prevent blisters from forming. Once a blister forms, the care changes to open wound care, with wound cleansing and proper bandaging.   
Hardware - this is the stuff that can make someone a hero for being able to pull out a splinter, or make an emergency shelter.
    • Tweezers - The "Splinter Grabber" is the best for compatibility, followed by splinter (really) tweezers.
    • Pins - both safety and blanket pins have multiple uses. Mostly, they can be used wherever material needs to be secured such as using a sleeve as an improvised sling, or securing a tarp as a shelter.
    • Plastic bags - somewhere in your pack, extra plastic bags is a good idea. Large zip locks make great irrigators, improvised glove, or occlusive layer. Big trash bags are perfect for vapor barriers when wrapping up a patient, emergency shelter, and to put trash in.
    • Thermometer - in a cold environment, a hypothermia thermometer covers most needs, and a normal thermometer makes sense elsewhere.
    • Trauma shears - is a good resource for removing clothing, cutting improvised splints to size, and just about anything else.
    • Heat/Cold Packs - again usually carried in major med kits, these will help in short term context. Water bottles with warm water, cooled wet towels, filled zip locks; can be improvised heat/cold packs.
    • Survival Gear - like an ensolite pad, they are not generally thought of as part of the first aid kit, but are very useful in handling an emergency situation.
    • Mirror/signal device - a compass with a mirror could save you a scary and painful trip out of the woods because of a spruce speck in the eye, or help you locate an adventuresome tick or leech. It can also be used to signal aircraft or other groups, too.
    • Whistle - long after a human voice gives out from yelling, a whistle can still be blown. Some groups even have pre-planned signals, such as river guides.
    • Flashlight/headlamp - the majority of overdue hikers are caused from not having a light, or spare batteries and bulbs. Select a light appropriate to your activity, and that either has a foolproof switch that won't turn on in the pack, or that the batteries can be turned around in.
    • Lighter/ waterproof matches- if you are traveling in wet, cold environments it is also good to carry a fire catalyst, such as fire ribbon, or fire gel.
    • Flagging tape - can be used to give wind direction to helicopters, making out a bushwhack trail, signaling. Blaze orange and neon blue seem to show up best on land.
    • Parachute cord - strong and light, 100' of p-cord could secure an improvised shelter, build a litter, and even mend a broken paddle. 10 to 15' of mechanic's wire make a good addition for stronger repairs.
    • Survival blanket - there are 2 good alternatives here that both accomplish the same job of vapor barrier, heat reflector, emergency shelter. The fiberglass reinforced Sportsman's Space Blanket holds up to high winds and multiple uses. It makes an excellent shelter, and when put behind you is an excellent heat reflector from a fire. The original Space Blanket is a great lightweight alternative that is compact and light, but impossible to ever repack to original size. This blanket is reported to be a good emergency replacement if sunglasses are lost, as you can see through the blanket. The actual UV protection is the only question. The silver reflective surface also makes a space blanket a great signaling device.
Medications - the legalities of using medications should not be taken lightly. Adequate training, written policies and procedures and medical control should all be considered. The big problem is that it is much easier to put the medicine in, than it is to take it out.
    • Topical antibiotic cream - such as Neosporin, has been proven to promote healing in shallow wounds and help maintain a good barrier.
    • Analgesic, Antipyretic and Anti-inflammatory - such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and aspirin. It is personal preference to what has worked best for you.
    • Antihistamine - such as Benadryl and Sudafed
    • Antacid - Mylanta, Gelusil, Pepto Bismol, Maalox
    • Antidiarrheal - Pepto, Keopectate, Imodium, Lomotil
    • Anticonsptipation - Metamucil, glycerin suppositories
    • Antifungal/yeast - Tinactin, Mystatin
    • Dental Problems - pain relief from clove oil, Orabase
    • Temporary dental filing material such as dental wax or Cavit
    • Special Needs and Medications - such as prescription antibiotics, asthma inhalers, altitude meds, epinephrine, etc.
    • Glucose - liquid glucose in a single use tube
    • Oral Electrolyte Replacement Solution - such as Gookinaid, Gatorade, etc.
    • Tincture of Benzoin - helps keep bandages attached
    • Activated Charcoal
    • Syrup of Ipecac
Finally, Putting This All Together.

The First aid kit must be well organized, weather proof, accessible in an emergency, and user friendly. There are many good ways to approach this concept. The simplest way to organize is to separate your bandages, dressings, meds, etc. with zip locks, or some sort of waterproof dividers. Writing what's in the bag can help when the adrenaline is pumping, or some people even color code what is what. Having gloves, pocket mask, and other protection readily available is very important. Knowing what you can improvise with can also make an accident situation go more smoothly. Being able to quickly grab the ensolite, duct tape, and shears can greatly reduce the stress of the moment.  
Not only is the first aid kit itself important, it is how easily you can assemble all your resources.
Suggested Personal First Aid Kit List
1 - roll 1" cloth tape
4 - 4" x 4", or 3" x 3" general gauze pads
2 - non-adherent gauze pads
1 - 8" x 7" combine (bulk) dressing
8 - band-aid bandages
2 - 3" or 4" stretch roller gauze
3 - 3" or 4" occlusive dressings
2 - triangular bandages
1 - 4" ace wrap
1 - Sam Splint or wire splint
4pr - vinyl exam gloves
1 - CPR pocket mask w/ 1 way valve or shield
1 - Airways, nasal and/or airway
1 - blister kit (personal preference)
5 - povodine iodine packets
1 - trauma scissors
1 - splinter tweezers
1 - thermometer
1 - med kit (personal preference)
1 - blanket pin
2 - safety pins
1 - 12 to 60cc syringe
1 - 20-30' duct tape
 Shoot Straight and Be Safe...Ed  



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