Newsletter - August 2019
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Welcome To The Target Zone


Center Target Sports Newsletter   

August 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:
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I am still recovering from what turned out to be an amazing day.  Eight years ago in my wildest dreams I could not have imagined how well our customer appreciation event would be embraced by the community and how it would grow over the years.    

I am very proud of our staff and the work and support they have provided leading up to yesterday.  We had so many vendors who pitched in and donated products and time.  Once again, Ironman Safe Co donated a safe for the Golden Ticket Grand Prize which is always a highlight of the day!

Peggy and I especially want to thank Deb who after a few days to enjoy the results of this year will begin to plan next year's event.  As you read the numbers below read them with a sense of pride because you made all of this happen.  I get so frustrated when so much of what we hear about the firearms community is negative.  The true essence of the firearms enthusiast impacted our local community in a very big way on  Saturday.  We at CTS can never thank you enough for what an amazing blessing you have given us all.  Thank You So Much.

Notes from Peggy:
Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in our Customer Appreciation Event...we couldn't do what we do without you!  A special thank you to our volunteers, Bernie, Bob, Karen, John P, John J, Amber, Missy, Jeremy, Georgie, Luanne, Cathy, Karen, Debi, Helen, Leslie, Erik, Josie, and Brad.

We also want to thank all of our vendors who so generously donated to our event with their time and prizes.

Remember that we have special rates at the Holiday Inn Express-CDA if you are coming in for classes or have visitors this summer...ask for the Center Target rate!

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.

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.

 Center Target Sports        

Wow!  What a Day!
Here's the Wrap Up!
Shattered our records!
Thank you!
Our 8th Annual Customer Appreciation Day 
27,126  lbs of Food Donated this year!
(previous record 16,800 lbs)

125  units of Blood collected
(previous record 98)

 3 totes for Toys for Tots


Winner of IRON MAN Safe and Center Target Sports Lifetime membership! 
Robert Busby

Winner of the "Safe a Life" Blood Donor gun giveaway:

Melissa Lopez

Congrats to all the winners!      

Think Gift Certificates all year round!

Wedding Gifts
Just Because

Don't forget we have a special deal on Machine Gun Gift Certificates!

Don't Miss This Low Price Opportunity For A Glock Pistol

Good Between
Memorial Day and Veterans Day

John Farnam Is Returning to CTS

November 22, 23rd and 24th john farnam
There have been a handful of instructors in the gun culture whom have made a dramatic impact on realistic defensive firearms training.  The greats like Rex Applegate, Col. Cooper,  Ray Chapman, Massad Ayoob, John Farnam, have long left their mark on realistic defensive use of the handgun.  These men have always been focused on the student and the realistic principles of ones defense.  

Many of the instructor who travel the country today offering the latest and greatest are actually teaching techniques and tactics developed by these men 50 years ago in some cases.  The reality is the basic firearm fundamentals and the foundational manipulations associated with the fundamental application of the handgun have not changed much over the years.  

I would highly recommend you take the time to experience the instruction of John Farnam.  He has been a mentor of mine for many years.  I am proud to call him my friend and encourage all students who are serious about quality realistic self defense techniques with a firearm to see for yourself when John is here.  This class will start on Friday evening and then continue all day Saturday and Sunday.

On a side note:  We do not profit from John's class.  You pay him directly all the money stays with him.  This is obviously a class that does not fall under our repeat for free policy.

You can register for John's class on his website: 

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 a great selection of Consignment Long Guns at this time.  Too many to list individually.  Please see the picture below:
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 

Kid's Hot Shot Fun Shoots 
Going Strong!
2 more dates this summer!

Aug 14 & 28
8-15 yrs old (with parent)
$25 per child (parent free)
Safety briefing at 5:30pm
Shooting and fun begin shortly after
.22's...rifles and handguns
We supply everything except eye and ear protection....bring your own
Come join the fun!
Pre-register by calling 208-773-2331

Grandkids coming to visit this summer?
(Bet they would like our Hot Shot Kids Fun Shoots!)

Reminder if you have children under 21 coming to visit you and you wish to bring them to the range we will need permission from a parent or guardian for them to shoot with you.  A signed note with a copy of the parent's drivers license if they are from out of town will do so we can match the signatures.  You will then need to fill out the waiver for the child when you come in.
Member FUN Shoot

Aug 20
Sept 18
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Aug 17
Sept 21
The Woman Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

Aug 13
Sept 10

Bullseye League meets every Thursday at 4:45 and 6 pm.   If anyone is interested in shooting Bullseye, we would be happy to have you join our league. It's costs $7 to shoot for the evening and you need 65 rounds of ammunition. The second and fourth Thursday of each month, we shoot the national match course at 50 feet. The third and fifth Thursday of each month, we shoot at 75 feet. The first Thursday of each month, we have a fun shoot. On even-numbered months, we shoot a Centerfire pistol at 50 feet using the 75 foot Target. Makes for some really interesting competition. On the first Thursday of odd numbered months, we shoot the Jack McElroy Bastard Aggregate. For this competition we shoot 30 rounds of rimfire and 30 rounds of centerfire at 75 ft.  We then add both scores together for a possible 600 point match.  So please come join us for some great competition and camaraderie. We love to have new shooters join our group and hope to see you there.
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]
Aug: Trauma First Aid: The Basics
Sep: Shotguns for Home Defense: All your questions answered

Gunsmith Corner

Thank you to all who have asked about Clint and his recovery.  He continues to improve (although not as fast as he would like) and the doctors are happy with his recovery.

Clint will be back to work as soon as the doctors and his body tell him it is ok to return. We look forward to having him back making his magic in the gunsmith shop ASAP.

Unbeatable Price for Accuracy!

PS:  If you are looking for a very accurate 308 Rifle set up, stop in and ask to see the Savage 308 w/scope that Clint has shot and provided test targets to prove accuracy.
Seldom offered Classes Now Registering!
Wilderness 1st Aid - Aug 19

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.

Intro to Carbine - Aug 25
ar onehand This is a class designed with the new carbine shooter in mind.  It is as advertised an intro class.

Under our old format our basic carbine class often had students that had never even loaded an AR magazine let alone fired a shot.  This required us to spend more time in the class room than was ideal and it also slowed our progress when we began shooting.

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 Sept 15
Basic carbine is the class that teaches the proper manipulation and function of the carbine for defense.  This is a 6 hour course limited to 10 students. This course is designed to introduce students to the rifle and develop safe essential rifle skills. You will learn the short and medium range applications which are encountered by Law Enforcement/Military personnel in an urban/rural environment.  

This course covers: ammunition selection, ballistics, loading, unloading and malfunctions, positions and aiming, marksmanship fundamentals, cover and concealment.

ar class

AR Armorer Course  (2 days) - 
Aug 23 & 24

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.

Product Highlights
Gripmaster is the solution to your dynamic grip problems.  

If you are not satisfied with the handgun control you have because of your grip or your trigger finger gets tired when shooting long strings of fire...Give Gripmaster a try.

Spike's and CMMG Tactical Lower Parts Kit 
We stock two of the best manufactures of AR parts available.  You can't go wrong with after market improved parts from either Spike's or CMMG.
Come in and see how you can upgrade your favorite AR rifle.
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.
Upcoming Class Schedule


ID Enhanced CCW -  Aug 17, 20, Sept 14, 15, 18

Handgun Familiarity -  Aug 18, Sept 29

Youth Firearms  Safety - Aug 18, Sept 29

Basic Pistol - Aug 24, 27, Sept 7, 11, 24, 28

Basic Pistol 2 - Aug 21, Sept 17, 22

Defensive Handgun 1-  Aug 25, Sept 22

Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Aug 18, Sept 1

Intro to Carbine - Aug 25

Basic Carbine - Sept 15

Home Defense Shotgun - Aug 14

AR Armorer Course (2 days) - Aug 23 & 24

Kubotan - Aug 21

Wilderness 1st Aid - Aug 19

Cane Defense - Sept 17

Hot Shot Kids Shoot - Aug 14, 28


We offer HR 218 quals every other week.  Call the range for the next time and 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 - Sept 4

Springfield - Aug 28, Sept 20

Shotgun - Aug 23, Sept 25

1911 - Sept 3

AR - Aug 21, Sept 18

Revolver - Aug 20, Sept 19

S&W semi-auto - Aug 22, Sept 24

Sig - Aug 16, Sept 17

Glock -  Aug 14, Sept 6

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

Aug 15, 27, Sept 11, 27


This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip

With Clint our gunsmith still recovering from his motorcycle crash I have been fielding a number of questions about cleaning techniques or tips.  Below I have tried to list a few tips and considerations beyond the actual cleaning procedure that you might find helpful.  Remember to follow the cleaning procedures listed in your operators manual for best results.
Salt water or marine environments are environments where cleaning and maintenance is even more important. Salt water will reek havoc on a gun if left alone. Needless to say, anytime your gun gets dunked, in fresh or salt water, you need to completely disassemble it and make sure the parts are clean and dry. If your gun goes into salt water, make sure to put it in fresh water as soon as possible to stop the corroding power of the salt water. Gun Scrubber will also displace moisture on a temporary basis. Ultrasonic cleaning and the ultrasonic lube solution can be a huge benefit in these situations.
Tips and Tricks
Improvise can often be the word of the day. Household items as well as tools from the gun industry can make the task of cleaning or maintenance much easier. There are many little spots that are hard to get at that accumulate grime.
Q-Tips or Cotton Swabs  
I have found these are lifesavers when getting into nooks and crannies of the underside of a slide, or inside the frame. They are a must have in any gun cleaning kit. I just buy the biggest, cheapest packs I can find. Using these cotton swabs, I can get into places more thoroughly than I would have been able to, unless I'd completely disassembled the gun.
Pipe cleaners  
You can find these in the craft department at Wal-Mart. They are great to slide between close machined surfaces that are hard to get a patch or cloth into. Some meticulous cleaning may seem like overkill, but it is really up to you how clean you want to get your own guns.
Silicone/Rem-Oil cloths
These cloths are fantastic tools to a wipe down guns you've handled. They can clean off any oils from your hands that may cause rust. That's especially true for those older style blued guns. They can mean the difference between a gun that looks like it did when you bought it for the rest of your life, and one that has round rust marks in the design of your fingerprints.
Hoppe's Bore Snake  
The Hoppe's Bore Snake is one of my favorite tricks of the trade. I have one for all my calibers, and they make cleaning much easier. I scrub down the bore with a good solvent and then run the snake through. 99% of the time I have a gleaming clean bore. For those times it isn't quite enough, I just repeat the process. These remove the need for patches, and can be reused for years with or without dipping them in Hoppe's #9 (but I have to admit I'm a dipper).
Tooth Brushes  
Never again let a family member throw away an old toothbrush. Always ask the dentist for a new brush at every dental appointment. Toothbrushes are pretty good to get the slots and grooves clean inside the slide of an auto, but they tend to not be tough enough. Companies like Otis make all types of gun cleaning brushes in various bristle types. Copper and nylon are good for the specific applications and they are relatively inexpensive. It never hurts to have a toothbrush on hand though.
Spray Solvents  
The most important consideration here is to use gun specific products. We have patrons of CTS that use unleaded gas, break cleaner, etc... DO NOT do this. Gun specific cleaners are far less caustic than brake cleaner, but spray into those hard to reach places and clear out grime like it was nothing. Just re-oil and you're in business. These can, however, remove paint, as well as some wood and metal finishes, so be careful. Newer versions are even safe for polymer framed guns as well. This alone has saved me countless hours of cleanup when dealing with the underside of the slide, or inside my 1911 frames.
Side Note: We have transitioned most of our cleaning products to the ProShot line. They are worthy of your consideration.
Dental & Electronics Pics/Tools
Another reason to be friends with your dentist. I have used these tools for years. They give us the best ability to get to little areas to remove caked on or stubborn grit, even rust, that has accumulated. You can find these at Harbor Freight or at Radio Shack. Be careful with any steel tools...they can easily scratch off your finish. I use pics wrapped in a cleaning patch doused in Hoppe's #9 to get into the small crevices.
It is Work!
A firearm is a significant investment, and unlike many of the other big ticket purchases in our life, like cars, stoves, cameras, TVs, they almost never end up going to the dump or junkyard when you decide you want a different one. Guns are the ultimate "durable consumer good." They almost never get thrown away, and they are seldom worth less than 25% less than you paid for them. Often they are worth several times more later in life. If you take care of your guns, they will take care of you, whether it be protecting your life, service in the field, sport, or as your own little retirement account locked in your gun safe. By keeping them clean and making sure that no hidden rust or corrosion is creeping in, you will keep them in service for a lifetime, and possibly several lifetimes.

Shoot Straight and Be Safe...Ed   

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