Newsletter - September Newsletter 2020
Welcome To The Target Zone
Newsletter  September 2020

The Northwest's First Five Star Range and  The Inland NW's ONLY Five Star Range    
Home Of The Lifetime Warranty
The Northwest's only "NO REGRETS" POLICY
Best Shooting Range in USA
Awarded by SHOT Business Magazine
Best Indoor Range in USA
Awarded by Glock (GSSF) Inc.
Post Falls Business of the Year
A Few Thoughts from Ed:

OK ....It is September 1st and the times they are a changing. The demand for firearms, ammo and classes continues to exceed any level we have ever experienced. Deb finding product and Peggy trying to meet the demand for training, has both woman stressed to the max. We are so thankful for your patience and continued support. A very special shout out to our instructors as they are doing double duty with classes and working our retail floor. For the most part our customer base has been amazing...Thank you for understanding and continued support.

Thank you to all of you who have asked about my recovery from rotator cuff surgery. I am doing well and just need to put my time in with the physical therapist. No longer wearing the sling is a blessing but when I forget and move the left arm without thinking, I am soon reminded that I am getting old.
 
I would be less than honest if I told you I was not concerned about the availability of ammo. Especially 9mm FMJ. Fortunately we are able to meet the demand for defensive ammo but we as an industry are all scratching our heads on range ammo. The reasons for the lack of ammo vary from day to day and who you are talking to. The general consensus among the people who work in the supply chain is that it is a combination of reduced workers in the ammo factories, lack of components, two major manufacturers operating at less than 40% production and hoarding by the consumers. I am not sure how accurate all that is but I will tell you of a conversation I had last week with an ammo manufacturer. He told me"I have production capability for 80 hours of production per week but only have components to run at about 20%." That is a serious situation and I frankly don't see the end anytime soon. We are committed to managing our pricing to you as best we can. We will never raise our prices just because there is an increased demand.

A Very Special Welcome: On a much lighter note. Please join me in welcoming our four newest team members. We are excited to introduce you to Sean, John, Elizabeth and Whitney. John has returned to us as some of you may remember him from a few years ago. Please take the time to introduce yourself to them. We certainly appreciate and ask for your patience as they go through a comprehensive training program.

If you are a coffee drinker and appreciate a great tasting coffee and supporting our veterans, don't forget to pick up a bag of Cuppa Joe brand coffee the next time you are in the range.
 
Notes from Peggy:

If you've been trying to call CTS you'll notice that more times than not you're getting our voicemail. As important as phones are, we believe that those customers that come to our facility deserve to be waited on first. We work really hard to get your calls answered as soon as we can. Thank you for understanding that we are busy, busy, busy. Also thanks to all of you for your loyalty and patience.

Thank you to all our loyal and new customers for helping us get through this pandemic. We are still working hard to continue to make our business safe for everyone. We appreciate all of your patience and compliance.
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Our Current hours are: 
Monday   CLOSED
Tuesday    11am-5pm
Wednesday 11am-5pm
Thursday   1pm-7pm
Friday      9am-7pm
Saturday   9am-7pm
Sunday     11am-5pm
$ 600 Damage By Father and Son Shooting an AR Rifle
Before I built this range, I knew that if it is down range it will probably be shot. But I never thought the damage would be so extreme.

Two Saturdays ago two men and a woman came in to shoot. They were on Lanes 6 and 7. The two men, one younger than the other, shot the AR rifle they had brought with them. In reviewing the tape it is obvious that they not only shot the target carrier but also the electronic commutator block that controls the target turning. As they are shooting you can see the steel supports, electronic block and target carrier being repeatedly shot. You can clearly see them discussing the damage when they bring the target back to the home position, yet they did not tell us of the damage.

We are trying hard to keep the cost of shooting to a minimum. In fact, in 15+ years we have only raised our range fee by $1.00. Please be considerate of our equipment. If you damage it, tell us. If you see it being damaged, please say something.
Flip Flops, Sandles and Low-Cut Tops
This is an issue we have discussed many times. However, in light of recent incidents, I feel it's time for another reminder. The act of shooting firearms results in very HOT brass falling to the ground around you and flying through the air. We are very concerned for your safety, and we do not want anyone to get 2nd or 3rd-degree burns on their feet or their chest. Please think about how you dress for shooting and putting yourself in the proximity of HOT flying brass.   We can not allow shooters on the range in open-toed shoes.

Food Bank Cash Donation
Peggy and I were disappointed in the amount of food collected during this year's Customer Appreciation Day as we were forced to downscale the event due to the COVID situation.

It typically costs us approximately $4,000.00 dollars to put on our annual event. This year we obviously did not have that expense so we decided to donate that amount to the Post Falls Food Bank. The photo to the left is Peggy giving the check to Leslie, the Food Bank Director.

The Food Bank is in desperate need of support. If you are able to help them help those less fortunate in our community please do so. They will put anything you can give them to the greater good within our community. Thank you.
A Note On Classes: 
If you have recently tried to register for a class, you quickly found out that just about every class we are offering between now and the end of October is full. A quick look at the schedule shows that we are also offering more classes per month than we have ever done. We have squeezed into the schedule every class we can. In addition to the available days for classes we must also be concerned about the welfare of our instructors.

Our instructors are teaching many more classes than normal and it is of critical importance that we keep them fresh and well rested. We are so blessed and fortunate to have the in-house grown instructors that we have. Not burning them out is a critical concern for us here at CTS. I want to thank all of you for your patience. I promise you that when you get into a class with one of our instructors you will recognize the experience was worth the wait.
Think Gift Certificates all Year!
Weddings
Showers
Birthdays
Or...Just Because

Don't forget we also have a special deal on Machine Gun Gift Certificates!
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.
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! 
Do You Own A Gun You Just Don't Use, And You'd Like To Sell It?
Firearms are flying out of our consignment case. People are interested in our gently used inventory. So this is a great time to let us help you sell your firearm. Shot guns and handguns both are in high demand.

Please...if you're bringing in more than 2 guns for consignment, please call to make an appointment. 208-773-2331.
Online Shopping With CTS
You have access to thousands of products when you use our online store. Follow the link below to start your at home shopping spree. If the system allows you to purchase, the product it is available. If your product is not listed on the site, it is not currently available to us either. Keep checking back as it will show back up on the website as soon as any of our distributors have it back in stock.
Under normal circumstances we would have your product in the store in two or three days. However, we are experiencing longer delivery times now as distributors are cutting their work forces and are inundated with orders. We will notify you as soon as your purchase arrives.
Member FUN Shoot
5-6:30pm

Sept 16
Oct 20
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Sept 19
New Series
Oct. 17
Nov 21
Dec 19
  The Women Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month
4:45-7pm
$10

Sept - no meeting
Oct 13
Nov 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:The 3rd Saturday of every month. 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.

Sept: No meeting this month
Seldom offered classes:
Low-Light Shooting Techniques - Sept 13

Experience the most comprehensive and innovative Low-Light training. Through our innovative training systems you will learn to dominate your suspect and your environment.
This one day course provides the student with the training to effectively control their environment and suspect with light. Students learn how light affects the eye and are taught to use light to gain and maintain the advantage in low-light encounters.
Classroom instruction and live fire exercises are used to insure the student's understanding of the skills necessary to survive and thrive in a low-light environment.
This seldom offered class is one that you don't want to miss. The content parallels the course Ed teaches to law enforcement across the country. It involves shooting at various levels of light and the use of multiple flashlight techniques.

Church Security - Sept 15th

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 is an 8 hr class limited to 10 students. The primary goal of this class is to develop a knowledge base necessary to establish and operate a church security team or function as a team member. Students will learn 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,will be discussed and reviewed.
 
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.
 

Wilderness 1st Aid - Oct 6

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.  This is especially true during our preparation for hunting season.
 
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.
 

Gunsmith Corner
Answers to some common questions:

Do you offer re-bluing? 

Not in the traditional sense. I do use cold bluing to try and repair blued finishes that have not sustained extensive damage. Full bluing is done with a heated salt solution. Because the vapors from this process are highly corrosive to metals it can't be done in the same building where finished firearm are stored. I can however send parts or guns out to some individuals I trust for this work.

Can you refinish or replace my gun stock?

I use pre-manufactured, semi inletted stocks. I do not hand make stocks as that in its self is a complete skill set and very time and labor intensive. There are several very reputable stock makers providing finished and unfinished stocks to the market. 

On this same line of thinking I do provide bedding services and can install pillars.

Do you thread barrels and install muzzle brakes?

Yes I do. The basic cost is roughly $75 for the machine work plus the cost of the brake. Additional costs can be incurred if the barrel has to be removed from the action and re-headspaced after it is reinstalled. Muzzle brakes for hunting rifles range from fifty dollars on the low end to a few hundred on the high end. The primary difference being effectiveness and aesthetics.

Are red dot or reflex sights better?

Maybe. This question depends on several variables. 

First as my eyes have aged my ability to see my iron sights clearly has decreased so I do use a reflex sight on my sporting rifle. I have changed all my lever rifles to receiver mounted aperture (peep) sights. I use a red dot sight on my 22 Charger because I see it better. If your eyes are like mine red dot or reflex sights may be a solution.

Secondly if your intended use of the weapon includes low light engagements or requires rapid engagement of targets ( like Bianchi cup or three gun competition ) then again these newfangled sights may offer a better level of performance.

Thirdly are you willing to carry the extra gear (batteries, wipes, etc.) that these types of sights require?

If you find that for your purpose or need a red dot or reflex sight fills the bill most firearms are readily adaptable to their use and I can install them.

These are three of the most common questions that I field frequently. I hope I have cleared up some of the confusion in these areas. There are no dumb questions when it comes to firearms. If you don't know, ask. No one knows it all.

Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues & Wed 1pm-5pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 1pm-6pm
Clint will be out of the office from Sept 13- 24
Deal of the Month for September
ENJOY
20% OFF All Soft Gun Cases
Upcoming Class Schedule -
ID Enhanced CCW - Sept 5,16,19,27, 29, Oct 6 11,17,20,25
Handgun Familiarity - Sept 27, Oct 10,25
Youth Firearms Safety - Sept 27, Oct 10,25
Basic Pistol - Sept 5,6,9,11,14,23,26,28, Oct 3,4,7,12,14,18,21,24,26,28
Basic Pistol 2 -Sept 12,15, Oct 9,13
Church Security Tactics - Sept 15
Defensive Handgun 1- Sept 25, Oct 10
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Sept 26, Oct 18
Home Defense Shotgun - Sept 20, Oct 5
Intro to Carbine - Oct 23
Basic Carbine - Oct 31
Low Light Shooting Techniques - Sept 13
Kubotan - Oct 26

We offer HR 218 quals every other Friday at 9am. Call the range for the next time and date and to sign up.

 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 3, Oct 6
Springfield - Sept 29, Oct 22
Shotgun - Sept 11, Oct 14
1911 - Sept 1, Oct 1
AR - Sept 8, Oct 15
Revolver - Sept 24, Oct 7
S&W semi-auto - Sept 25, Oct 21
Sig - Sept 9, Oct 8
Glock - Sept 4, Oct 2
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
 Sept 10, 30, Oct 9, 27
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This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
A Method To The Madness ... And it Works!                                
 
Well maybe not madness but trying to get better at shooting a firearm can be maddening.  After all, everyone you talk to is an expert. Advice is never far away. But what value is the advice as it pertains to your particular shooting challenges. Like troubleshooting a faulty piece of machinery, getting back to basics and the overall process of the operation is often the best starting place.
You must first determine what type of shooting you're trying to improve upon. Is it bullseye? Is it 3 gun competition? How about defensive shooting under duress? Whatever your shooting interest or challenge, directed practice that is organized and accomplished with a measurable purpose is the solution. Before you can establish an appropriate training regimen however, you must identify the weaknesses. Once the weaknesses are identified you must set in motion a plan that is well defined.
 
As I mentioned above, I just finished teaching another 4 Day Comprehensive Handgun Course at the range and this article came to me as I watched the students working through their drills. A defined training program has proven to be very effective in improving one's shooting. One of our students this week improved her day one baseline score by 204 points and another improved hers by 194 points.
 
As you develop your defined training program try to follow some basic principles as listed below. Right from the start don't try to shoot beyond your ability.  I often see students placing targets too far away to get an immediate recognition of their performance. Without an immediate recognition of your efforts, your subconscious mind can't recognize the good behavior to then repeat it and likewise it can't recognize bad behavior to prohibit a repeat. The main thing is to keep your goals measurable and attainable.
 
Figure out what you're doing wrong and correct it. Don't keep making the same mistake until you frustrate yourself and start making more. Pay close attention to the target. The targets can be a great tell-all. Never look at a target and not understand why the bullets are hitting where they are. Your ultimate goal should be to know where your shot went without looking at the target, but this takes time. 

"You must have to recognize what a 'good' shot feels like so that you can repeat the process".
 
Stick to proven drills. Shooting at a hole in paper will only get you so far. Definable practice drills are not only beneficial to your shooting but also provide you with quantifiable feedback and allow you to track your progress. Take a class if you haven't already. A basic handgun course never hurt anybody. It's not about what you do or don't know, it's about having someone give you a proven method rather than collecting information from the guys at the range. It also gives you the opportunity to have someone knowledgeable watch you shoot and provide you with feedback.
 
So how do you develop a definable plan. Start by keeping records of your shooting drills and their outcome. Records such as these benefit your shooting by giving you structure and goals, allowing you to develop programs to regulate and improve the efficiency of your practice and simplify the tracking of rounds, and progress over time.
 
Before practice you should take note of which drills you plan to perform based on the specific goal for that training session.  You will find that this process allows your range session to go more smoothly and will provide a measurable result. By evaluating your results and tweaking your drills you will see improvement much faster that you could have imagined. 
Good Luck.
 
 Remember....Be Safe...

Be Safe Ed
3295 E. Mullan Ave.,
Post Falls, ID 83854
Phone: (208) 773-2331
Fax: (208) 773-8304
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