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A Few Thoughts from Ed:
As we approach the spring of 2020, I can't help but think of the busy pace we are experiencing at CTS. We are so blessed by the support of our community. Deb and the team are working very hard at every aspect of our business.
As hard as we try, we need you to offer suggestions on new products, services and classes. We need your insight to keep us moving forward. Please contact Deb, Peggy or me with any ideas.
There is a lot happening in the political arena with respect to our community. I encourage everyone to research the local candidates and choose wisely. Some candidates are tremendously out spending other candidates like we have never experienced in Kootenai County before. Please remember having the most signage does not mean the most qualified.
We are looking forward to our classes out at Fernan Rod and Gun Club this summer. We are very fortunate to have a facility like FRGC in our community. I encourage all of you not to forget about FRGC and support them at every opportunity. We are able to offer the most Advanced Carbine, and Precision Rifle classes offered anywhere in the country because we have FRGC available to us. Thanks to everyone at FRGC.
Please see below our new class developed specifically for those students interested in Church Security. I have been developing this class for almost a year and we are excited about offering it in April for the first time.
Peggy continues to offer Refuse to Be a Victim and I am so proud of her efforts to promote this very critical information and support the local women's shelter with 100% of the proceeds. Thank you to all of you for promoting her awesome class.
Notes from Peggy:
Happy St. Patrick's Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you!
A reminder that we will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday. Happy Easter!
SAVE THE DATES: You can't sign up yet, BUT you can hold the spot on your personal calendar....Advanced Carbine will be Sun June 28 and Precision Scoped Rifle will be Friday night July 24 and all day July 25th. If you're interested, click the link below and go to the bottom of the page. Click on the "express an interest" and we will send you an email when you can enroll. Advanced Carbine Precision Scoped Rifle
Also, don't forget to mark your calendars for Aug 8th...our customer appreciation day!
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.
New Class starting in April
Church Security Tactics and Considerations
April 11 & April 22
The need for security in any location where people gather to worship continues to increase across the country. Never before have we seen the congregation challenged with respect to safety as we do today. This class will be offered for the first time in April.
On a weekly basis we receive more inquiries about church security training programs than any other. We have been teaching church security here at CTS for over 13 years. Thus far, all the church security training has been in a group team format or individuals attending our defensive classes to gain experience.
I have been working for almost a year on a class that would be comprehensive and focus on the most critical considerations for an individual or group of people that wish to be prepared for the role of a church security participant.
NOTE: Because of the anticipated popularity of this class I am instituting a 6 month Blackout period on our FREE retake policy. Students that complete this course will be able to retake the class forever for free starting in November. Thank you for understanding this policy as this will allow us to immediately accomodate the most students in the shortest amount of time.
This is an 8 hr class limited to 10 students. The primary goal of this class is to develop defensive handgun and personal skills necessary to effectively perform the duties of armed church security. This course will include both classroom presentations and live fire exercises. Real world scenarios including multiple threats, low-light shooting, wounded shooter drills, team tactics, equipment malfunctions, and moving targets.
Topics in this class include:
Security Team Development, Less Lethal Intervention, Pastoral Protection Elements, Post Incident Considerations, Armed Congregation - Crowd Control, Emergency Response Safe Gun Handling, Firearm Wound Proficiency, Firearm Manipulation and Refinement, Defensive Shooting Skills, Multiple Target Engagement, Moving Targets, Shooting While Moving, and Low-Light Shooting.
Our Rental Counter = Latest and Greatest!
No longer just rumors...We have the new Ruger 5.7 X 28. Come in and shoot this very innovative addition to the Ruger collection.
Pictured on the left is the new Springfield Hellcat 9mm. This has generated a ton of interest in the CCW world. Come in and see what all the fuss is about.
Pictured on the right is the new LCP II in 22LR. With the increasing popularity of the smaller semi autos Ruger has delivered their popular LCP series in the 22LR caliber.
Out Shoot the Sheriff
March 6th 5pm
On March 6th at 5pm we are hosting a fund raiser/meet and greet for the most qualified candidate for Kootenai County Sheriff. Please take the time to stop by and meet Rick. He does not have the most election signs and other candidates are way out spending his advertising. But the size of the campaign fund or the number of "Vote For Signs" does not make the best qualified candidate. Come by and support the best candidate, Richard Whitehead!
Think Gift Certificates all Year!
Don't forget we also have a special deal on Machine Gun Gift Certificates!
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.
ASK THE STAFF ABOUT EXTRAS
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
Next Free Clinic March 9th - 6PM
The Elements of Defensive Shooting
From Range Practice to the Street
Shooting in a bullseye match and shooting to defend yourself are completely different. Pretty much every element of shooting is different and these differences will be discussed during this clinic. We will discuss everything from handgun projectile trauma expectations to ammo selection and shooting mechanics as well as the legal aspects you would be expected to encounter.
Please call to reserve your spot. 208-773-2331
April Free Clinic - April 13th
Have you ever had a conversation where you thought the person was lying but you didn't know how to explain it?
Deception Detection (Forensic Statement Analysis) is a tool that is highly effective in the detection of deception.
This is a fun, interesting, and interactive presentation where you will be analyzing real crime statements, to determine Truth or Deception?
Our speaker is: Richard Whitehead whom has over 40-years of Law Enforcement experience and is considered an expert in this topic. Through his training firm he has trained investigators of all types from Texas Rangers, attorneys, to private eyes and consults with agencies across the country on high profile cases.
Please call to reserve your spot. 208-773-2331
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Why take Basic Pistol II ?
For a number of years we have offered Basic Pistol 2 as a much more effective learning experience than retaking Basic Pistol. I wrote Basic Pistol 2 to capitalize on range time and provide the students with comprehensive hands on shooting skill development and analysis with an instructor present.
We accomplish this by limiting the time spent in the class room and spending most of the time on the range with development and diagnostic shooting exercises. Students who want to improve their shooting will get so much more out of taking Basic Pistol II than merely repeating Basic Pistol.
Give Basic Pistol 2 a try and see for yourself.
In order to take Basic Pistol 2 you have to take CTS's Basic Pistol class first.
Member FUN Shoot
9AM - 1PM
Every 3rd Saturday
The Women Of Caliber
2nd Tuesday of every month
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.
WOMEN of CALIBER:
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 are 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]
Mar: staying safer in public places
New Divison for GSSF
As many of you are aware, Glock introduced the G44 their .22lr in January.We have had some questions about whether it will be included in the GSSF matches each month, and we will be starting a division for that model in April. We chose April as that is the start of the next series when we start a new course of fire.
The G44 did not officially become available until after our match in January and we thought it would make it more equitable to give people time to purchase one and compete with a full cycle of three months rather than just two months. We also did not know for sure what the availability of the new model would be. Fortunately, there are ample supplies available and we know that some of you have already purchased one. So, how does this new model fit in with the monthly sessions?
There will be a new division for Rimfire and only one plaque will be provided. Anyone shooting the G44 will be able to compete and earn the 500 patch for a perfect score. Only stock G44's will be allowed to participate in the matches and any modified models will be unable to shoot them in the competition. So you now know that there will be a Stock Rimfire division and it will shoot the same course of fire as the other stock models. Yes, you get to shoot at the 75 foot targets that you all love with your G44, and I know you are all happy about that (he says with a smile on his face, or maybe it is an evil little grin).
We know those of you who have the G44 are practicing and excited to start using them in competition, so it is coming soon. I look forward to seeing who will be the first 500 shooter.
Larry - GSSF Range Master
Non-lethal Practice Session
If you've taken a Center Target Sports Kubotan, Cane or OC class and want some practice time with the instructor, this is for you....it's free, but you need to call and sign up.
Draw From Holster and Rapid Fire Opportunity
The sessions are the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 9am to 11am. We provide a dedicated staff member (RSO) to start. If the demand grows we will extend the opportunities.
So this is how it works. The time allotted will be between 0900 and 1100. Because we bring in a staff person during non operational hours the doors open at 0850 and are locked at 0900. No one is admitted after 0900.The shooting is FREE to members and non-members are 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.
Monthly Promotion: March 2020
Spring Cleaning Time
Our gunsmith recommended cleaning products all together in a plastic case for easy use and storage. All contents selected by Clint our expert gunsmith.
Offer good March 1-31, 2020
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!
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!
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 Clint 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!
Hunting Accuracy Package
You are ready for hunting season. But will your rifle be able to keep up? Modern bolt action hunting rifles are typically fairly accurate right out of the box. But the more accurate your rifle is, the more confident you can be in taking game cleanly. Why not give your rifle every advantage? Before the nights get cold, bring your rifle to us, and we'll get you that advantage!
Our Hunting Accuracy Package takes your scoped bolt action rifle to the next level. We start by stripping everything down, and giving it a thorough cleaning. The action is then bedded into the stock, providing a solid base to keep everything consistent. Then your trigger is adjusted to a standard of 3 lbs., or your preferred trigger weight. The rifle is then reassembled, and the scope mounts lapped into perfect alignment. Your scope will be remounted and bore sighted.
Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues-Sat 1pm-6pm.
Chocolate Ammo Cans
While Stock Last, No Rain Checks
Seldom offered Classes Now Registering!
Home Defense Shotgun - March 22
Have you ever wanted to 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
Tuesday April 28 - 5:30-8:30p
It is time again for another Cane defense class.
This is a great class for anyone who wants to learn about the many benefits of a cane for personal defense. This medical device has many features that can come in handy even in traditional non-permissive environments.
This class is appropriate to all ages, genders and physical capabilities. This is not a martial arts class.
This is a class that offers techniques and skill sets that can be quickly learned and applied.
Concealed Carry Street Survival - March 15
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 Reaction
- 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
- 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)
STUDENTS MUST POSSESS A CURRENT CCW PERMIT TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS and have completed Def HG 1.
Defensive Handgun 2 - April 26
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.
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.
Comprehensive Handgun (4 days)
|TARGET LEFT DAY 1 TARGET RIGHT 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.
We have recently transferred in a number of Del-Ton AR's. Everyone seems to be very pleased about these very moderately priced AR rifles. We now have a couple in stock for you to see for yourself. Please see below one of many online reviews.
Review from their website. Extremely pleased with this gun. I've had it since June of this year and it has performed flawlessly. I've run it for maximum accuracy as well as maximum output and I have not encountered any malfunctions in the 4K rounds put through this rifle. I have never been an advocate for more expensive exclusively equaling better. With the gun including after market modifications: Maxim Defense CQB Stock, Optic, Weapon Light, Rail Attachments, and S.I. FH; I still spent less than $2,000.00 fully upgrading this rifle and I trust GOD that I would be able to confidently defend my life and the life of my family and those around me with this machine.
Reviewer: Clean Calhoun from Fayetteville, NC. Oct 24 2019
Deb has worked very hard at finding new and exciting T-Shirts and we now have in stock a number of current firearm themed T's. Come in and see for yourself.
Locally made CCW purses
We have partnered with a local purse maker who has an impressive collection of handmade concealment purses. Made by a woman for women who carry a concealed weapon. The styles are current, the quality is amazing and the selection will offer a quality concealment purse for a wide variety of women.
ID Enhanced CCW - March 8, 14, 18, 31, April 4, 13, 19, 24
Handgun Familiarity - March 21, April 25
Youth Firearms Safety - March 21, April 25
Basic Pistol - March 3, 7, 14, 16, 28, April 15, 18, 20, 25, 27
Basic Pistol 2 - March 11, 23, April 1, 14
Comprehensive Handgun (4 days) - April 6-9
Concealed Carry Street Survival - March 15
Church Security Tactics - April 11, 22
Defensive Handgun 1- March 27, April 5
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - March 29, April 26
Defensive Handgun 2 - April 26
Intro to Carbine - March 1
Basic Carbine - April 10
Home Defense Shotgun - March 22
Kubotan - March 11
Cane Defense - April 28
Refuse to be a Victim - April 28
Less lethal practice (Cane, Kubotan, OC) - March 17
We offer HR 218 quals every other week. Call the range for the next time and date.
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, April 3
Springfield - March 26, April 22
Shotgun - March 13, April 15
1911 - March 3, April 1
AR - March 17, April 16
Revolver - March 6, April 7
S&W semi-auto - March 18, April 21
Sig - March 12, April 10
Glock - March 4, April 2
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
March 11, 24, April 8, 17
This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
Dealing with Aggressive Drivers
Let's tackle "Road Rage" this month. We need look no further than the media or police reports to confirm that aggressive driver confrontations or what is often referred to as Road Rage is a growing problem. It is highly probable that at some point you will have been subject to some kind of aggression, whether it's justified or not, from another driver.
Why are so many drivers emotionally volatile and willing to use violence against other drivers? Some say it is simple frustration. Life's problems have a way of overwhelming us and aggressive driving is an easy way to release the tension. More than one psychiatrist has said the sense of anonymity offered by the privacy of the vehicle contributes to the driver's willingness to become aggressive. It's the Dr. Jeckle/Mr. Hyde syndrome, in that the normally respectful polite person you enjoy talking to at the office becomes the aggressive violent driver you desperately try to avoid on the highway.
Many of us have witnessed an almost "video game like" driving pattern displayed by aggressive drivers. They swoop back and forth between lanes and anyone who gets in their way will feel their wrath. Lane swoopers and tailgaters seem to be at the beginning of most road rage encounters. If you encounter a swooper, try to safely slow down enough to allow them a safe path. If you hit your breaks or try to accelerate and cut them off, you are likely to escalate the problem. Tailgaters tend to be very competitive and aggressive. They generally don't like anyone in front of them. If possible move out of the way and allow them to pass.
Sometimes it is our driving patterns that create the problem. Perhaps we are in a hurry and wind up tailgating someone and we don't even realize we are doing it. The faster you drive to make up time, the more likely you are to drive dangerously which will increase your anger and frustration while angering other drivers around you. Work on driving consistently ie: keep a consistent speed, always use signals, and don't tailgate.
A genuine mistake or general carelessness may appear to other drivers as irresponsible driving. We all make mistakes. We tend to take driving and the skills necessary for defensive driving for granted. I often see other drivers who are preoccupied with cell phone conversation, their children, eating and even shaving or applying makeup. Understanding that we may be part of the problem can go a long way to tolerance in general. Try to adopt a strategy of believing that most incidents which could result in road rage are simply driver errors that you should be willing to forgive.
If you made the driving error and the other driver becomes hostile, don't react. If the driver becomes aggressive to the point of trying to cause an accident, pull off the road in a safe well-lit area or if necessary call 911. If you witness aggressive driving, stay out of the way and contact authorities when you can.
Last but not least, ask yourself, are you an aggressive driver? Are you part of the problem? I know my driving often reflects my attitude based on the way my day has gone. For me, I often play soothing music as I begin my commute and it really helps induce a feeling of calmness. It is incredible what 30 minutes of El Divo can do for my attitude. So if you pass me on the highway and I am singing in Italian, be glad my windows are shut.
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