Newsletter - April 2019
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Welcome To The Target Zone


Center Target Sports Newsletter   

April 2019

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:
 Hello everyone.  As I write this article it appears that spring is finally in the air.  With spring we experience so many changes.  Here at CTS we are also preparing for carpet cleaning, inventory adjusting and much more.  One of the changes I am looking forward to is the introduction of some new tools to help enhance our training programs.

We recently invested in some of the most state of the art training devices.  We will soon be introducing this new technology in every level of training we offer.  We have a new laser target system that will allow our basic students to enhance their shooting fundamentals prior to shooting the live fire section of the class.  Our more advanced students will also be able to work on firearm presentation, multiple targets and par times while still in the classroom.

For the Defensive level classes we have purchased a shoot/no shoot simulator with over 160 FBI approved lethal/non-lethal scenarios.  In addition, this system allows us to video our own scenarios to really bring the training home to our North Idaho environment.  Equally as exciting is the new set of programmable shooting glasses that allow me to alter the students vision during shooting scenarios.  I can't wait to expose our students to this new technology and look forward to witnessing the results of all your training efforts.

Last month after teaching in St Louis I came home with the flu bug.  This caused us to postpone our Tactical Pistol Class until May.  I appreciate all the students patience with this postponement.  I felt terrible but also realized that this was only the 2nd time in 14 years I was not able to teach a scheduled class.  It has been rescheduled for May 25 & 26 and we'll be using some of the new technology I talked about above.

Notes from Peggy:

A reminder that we short the website spaces in our classes.  If the website says full, please call the range to see if there's one spot available.

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.  

Thank you to everyone who continues to donate to the Women's Shelter by bringing in toiletries and old cell phones.  Thank you from all of us.

Ed & Peggy Santos
 Perks of Membership

Annual Membership Monthly payments
**Daily range time free
          **Guests shoot for $12
          **CTS hat
          **20% off all logo apparel
          **Members only fun shoot with Ed once a month (check the calendar for dates) 
          **Gun rentals free (except full auto)
          **One hour lane reservations available       (rules apply)
Annual membership paid in advance:
            **all of the above plus: 10% discount on all classes over $50 except CCW Classes

ID Enhanced CCW Going Strong
As we anticipated, the Idaho CCW Enhanced has taken off since the State of Washington came on board. Our entire team is so proud to have our training programs recognized as the best in the Northwest. The proof is in the pudding when so many of you say "I'll wait for an opening". That is the greatest praise any instructor can receive.

RETENTION I guess there are many reasons why we have exceeded 25,000 students in 14 years here at CTS. The number one reason in my mind is all of you.  You the students who demand to get your money's worth in training and seek out the best instruction available.

Thank you, and understand we will continue to schedule as many classes as possible in the upcoming months. We have always required our CCW students to qualify with their firearm. Now that the State requires you to shoot 98 rounds we have again added a standard to the 98 rounds. Idaho does not have a shooting requirement beyond the number of rounds, but we require a standard of performance to be met.

As you know, I come along for the ride if you are ever in any criminal or civil litigation and I want you to be in the best possible position to win both the fight in the street and the one in the courtroom. The curriculum we teach in the CCW classes far exceeds any State standard. We address every aspect of concealed carry from State statutes to ballistics, to practical application of defense, and much more. 

Call today to get signed up for the next class.  208-773-2331

Think Gift Certificates all year round!

Mother's Day
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Wedding Gift
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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.
Below see two excellent consignment firearms. 
S&W MP 45
Sig 220 Elite

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 

It's Never Been Easier
Owning a silencer is easier than ever. Follow the link below and see for yourself how streamlined the process has become.  
No More Paperwork!   
Everything is handled electronically-even fingerprints.  Yes, you will still have to wait for your form 4 approval, but while your silencer is in jail at CTS, you can use it on our range as often as you like.
Don't wait any longer to experience shooting with your very own silencer.

Member FUN Shoot

April 23 (Shoot/no-shoot)
May 21
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

April 20
May 18
June 15
The Woman Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

April 9
May 14

Bullseye League meets every Thursday at 4:45 and 6 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 mailing list please contact Darla at  [email protected]
April Topic:   Science behind Recoil, Grip and Trigger Press
May Topic:  
Newest technology fun practice at home

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Gunsmith Corner

Oh the wonders of Google.   It is a plethora of information that is at the fingertips of those who quest for knowledge. The unfortunate down side when it comes to firearms is that there is as much or more incorrect information as there is useable advice. 

Before I continue I want you to know that I use google often to search out information on antique and obsolete firearms. I also try to carefully sort out the writers that have expertise in the field of Gunsmithing.
When the average novice decides to build or modify their favorite firearm they often  start by seeing how easy it is on the internet. At this point they are flooded with written and video advice from thousands of sources. Being human, we tend to believe that which supports our desire. Therein lies the bugaboo. I can show you a website with instructions on how to disassemble/assemble most any firearm you desire, but rarely does the person posting go into the specifics of gas systems, recoil systems and the millisecond timing required to get either to work reliably. 
Part of my job here at Center Target Sports is to teach owner orientation classes and the AR Armorers course. The orientation courses are firearm / manufacturer specific and are free if you purchased your firearm here. In the class I include in the explanation all the things that aren't covered in the user's manual. I teach the hands on version of field stripping, cleaning, storage and transport. I also do my best to answer all student questions. The more you understand about how and why a firearm functions the less likely you are to experience reliability issues caused by user error. The common stove pipe jam is a great example. 95% of the time it is related to user error.
I encourage everyone to become as knowledgeable as possible about their chosen weapons and to use the internet with care when seeking that knowledge. Too many times I have heard "It looked so easy on You tube". 
Until next time shoot safe and shoot often. 

****The owner orientation classes are free if you purchase your firearm from us and $40 if you don't.  A good deal either way!

Classes Now Registering!
Home Defense Shotgun - April 6
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

Tactical Pistol (2 days) - May 25-26

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 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.

Defensive Handgun 2 - April 13

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.
RETENTION 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.
Defensive Handgun 2

Into to Carbine - April 12
This is a class designed with the new carbine shooter in mind.  It is as advertised an intro class.

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

In addition, the basic course is now a 6 hour course with very little classroom and much more shooting time on the range. 

Basic Carbine scheduled May 19th!
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.

Less Lethal Practice Session May 13  5:30pm 

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

Please call to sign up.  

April FREE Clinic
April 19   6pm


The Mechanics of Shooting

If you have ever fired your firearm and wondered why didn't the bullets land where you wanted them to, then this is the clinic for you.  The fundamentals of shooting will be presented and many shooting mistakes will be explained.  

Apply the techniques discussed during this FREE Clinic and you will be shooting better than you ever have.

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.

Ever want to shoot a Machine Gun?
We have 4 of them!

Come make some noise!!!
MP 5
CAR 9mm Carbine
Kriss Vector 45

What's the scoop on G-9 ammo?

We Sold Out....

But We've Resupplied!!!

Product Highlights
Back In Stock
Glock 43X and 48 Magazines 
Once Fired and Polished Brass               
We have a large selection of handgun and 223/556 once fired brass at great prices.    We beat all internet prices on once fired polished brass when you consider the shipping charges.
Come in and get started reloading before we run out.
Majestic Arms Ruger 22 Auto Speed Strip Kit Now In Stock  

Never fight the disassembly or reassembly of your Ruger 22 Auto again!
This simple retrofit kit that enables you to readily convert any Ruger® .22 auto pistol in existence to the new system in a matter of minutes.  This patented retrofit kit will work on any Ruger® .22 auto pistol              (Standard,   Mark I,   Mark II,   Mark III, and   22/45).   
This conversion DOES NOT require any special tools or modifications to the pistol, nor does it interfere with any of it's normal functions.  Anyone with basic hand tool skills can perform the conversion in about 15 minutes.  Each kit comes with easy to understand illustrated instructions.  
Kore Gun Belts
The best-fitting, most comfortable, concealed carry gun belt you'll ever own. They feature a hidden, virtually indestructible track and creates over 40+ sizing points, so you can adjust your belt 1/4" at  a time.  
The result = a secure, precise fitting belt that gives you a smooth, fast draw. Top-Grain leather or nylon webbing (1.5" wide) with Reinforced Poly-Core center for added stiffness & stability.  
Gun Belts are One-Size (cut to fit) & fit any waist size from 24" up to 54". 
Come In And See for Yourself ! 
Upcoming Class Schedule


ID Enhanced CCW - April 14, 20, 23,  May 1, 11, 12, 21

Handgun Familiarity - April 7, May 18

Youth Firearms  Safety - April 7, May 18

Basic Pistol - April 8, 24, 27, 30, May 4, 5, 13, 22, 29

Basic Pistol 2 - April 9, 28, May 14

Defensive Handgun 1- April 28, May 8

Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - April 10

Intro to Carbine - April 12

Basic Carbine - May 19

Home Defense Shtogun - April 6

Tactical Pistol (2 days) - May 25 & 26

Kubotan -  April 9, May 15

Wilderness 1st Aid - May 8

Less lethal practice session - May 13

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 - April 3, May 2

Springfield - April 25, May 22

Shotgun - April 17, May 10

1911 - April 4, May 3

AR - April 16, May 9

Revolver - April 10, May 1

S&W semi-auto - April 11, May 8

Sig - April 18, May 15

Glock - April 23, May 17

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

April 5, 24, May 7, 21


This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
 What Makes You a Low-Light Winner

I was recently teaching a non-lowlight class at a midwest police conference.  I was taken aback at the number of officers who looked me up to ask lowlight questions.  Since I have returned home many of you have asked about low-light issues.   What follows is a training tip previously published here about 6 years ago.   It addresses the issues many of you have asked about in recent weeks.  I hope it helps.
Recently there seems to be more and more written, discussed, and even advertised about working under low-light conditions.  Maybe I am just more sensitive to these issues as this is a subject that I am passionate about and compelled to learn more.  Through research, experimentation, and clinical study I am constantly looking for answers.
My purpose in this article pertains to how I believe you can immediately impact your low-light survivability. Sadly, many firearms instructors spend most of their time teaching the popular flashlight techniques that have been around forever.  That's OK to a point.   Flashlight techniques are important and they need to be understood.  However, there is more to operating in the night than knowing how to hold a flashlight.  
Develop an Understanding

I believe you need to develop greater understanding of the physiological and psychological aspects you will encounter while under stress in the dark.  A comprehensive understanding of these factors will allow you to select and train in the techniques that work for your particular environment and personal limitations or capabilities.  You need to understand that these are factors that affect everyone who operates in a low-light environment good guys and bad guys alike.  Developing the knowledge, tools, tactics, and techniques to "Rule the Night" and not merely exist in it could save your life. 
A great place to start to improve your low-light survivability is by studying the Human Eye Physiology, Affects of Body Alarm Response (BAR) in the dark, and the low-light skills of Visual Patience, and don't overlook the importance of using  your Light Source as a Control Device.  
At a minimum, learn the function of the eye's Rods and Cones.  Understand how the Cones during day time, provide us with color and detail.  In the dark the Rods take over and allow us to see movement rather than fine detail.  Knowing where the Rods and Cones are located will reinforce why off-center viewing is so critical at night. Did you know that the amount of light we need to see at night doubles every 13 years?   
We need to understand that in reduced light, our mind will try to fill in what our eyes can't see.  This becomes even more difficult to manage under stressful conditions.  We have all heard instructors talk about Fight or Flight Response.  Lately we are hearing the term Body Alarm Response (BAR) in the place of Fight or Flight.  The BAR is the body's response to the high stress of a life threatening attack situation.  Add the psychological & physiological changes that are magnified by the lack of light and the Low-Light BAR can be the most severe you will ever experience. 
"Tunnel Vision" or "Perceptual Narrowing" can be explained by the physiological and psychological changes that accompany the BAR.  As humans we have an innate tendency to narrow attention upon a threat during extreme stress. 
Visual Patience
Visual patience is a term I use to describe the act of leaving your light on long enough to identify what you are looking at.  Emotions of the fight and visual patience are often mixed or confused when we attempt to analyze the high stress environment of a gun fight.   
Control With Light

I believe here is where you can tremendously improve your ability to win at night.  You should learn to use light to control the bad guy.  How do you use light as a force option?  I bet I've got you wondering now.  By placing the hot spot of your light in your opponent's eyes, you reduce his ability to see you clearly and mount any type of attack as you approach.  He is unable to assess your physical conditioning, your size, determine if you are alone, look for an escape route, or look for cover, just to mention a few advantages. 

If you have a quality light source, and you know how to use it, you can gain the advantages as stated above every time you confront a suspect in a diminished light environment.  
I believe the single most important thing you can do to improve your survivability is to improve your understanding of operating in the low-light environment.  Never before, have we had the tools, access to the knowledge and clinical research available to us to truly "Rule the Night". 
 Shoot Straight and Be Safe...Ed  
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