Newsletter - October 2020
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Newsletter  October 2020

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A Few Thoughts from Ed:

Welcome back to our monthly newsletter. Peggy and I sincerely hope you find our newsletter format informative and useful.  Seems like just yesterday we were discussing spring and now we are talking about Fall and the holiday season. I believe the older we get the faster time passes.
We continue to struggle on the ammo and firearm supply front. This is a nationwide supply issue that I believe will be with us through the end of this year. We are starting to see some relief on the gun side as more and more guns are becoming available. We continue to leverage every supply source and industry relationship to keep us supplied. We have been blessed with two local industry sources Gunarama Wholesale in Spokane has saved us twice this year when we were just about out of 9mm ammo they were able to supply enough to keep us going. The other supplier is Pro-loading from Montana, they have been able to help with the ammo supply as well. Thank you both for your efforts and support.
We continue to have an issue with 223/556 bullet damage to our target system. Please read the section below on this ongoing problem. We will have to make some hard decisions concerning rifle shooting in our facility as we can not continue to absorb monthly damage in the thousands of dollars.
I am constantly gratified by the quality and efforts of our team. I know we are not perfect but we try hard and customer service is always our top priority. We appreciate your support and patience as we negotiate these supply issues and the increased demand for services. We continue to grow our team to better serve you.  
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.

A reminder that we short the website on class spots. If it says full...feel free to call to confirm.

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.

Also, a thank you to all those that continue to bring in toiletries and old phones for the women's shelter. We truly appreciate it.
Free Clinic -
October 19 6pm

Adjusting Shooting techniques as you age.

None of us are getting any younger. As we age our shooting performance may suffer. This could be the result of diminished eyesight, issues with our skeletal or muscle systems, or many other issues. The good news is that there are things we can do to help us maintain a certain level of shooting performance while lessening the impact on our bodies.

To learn more...don't miss this FREE Clinic.

Please call to sign up so we know how many chairs we need. 208-773-2331

Our Current hours are: 
Monday   CLOSED
Tuesday    11am-5pm
Wednesday 11am-5pm
Thursday   1pm-7pm
Friday      9am-7pm
Saturday   9am-7pm
Sunday     11am-5pm
Shotguns On the Range

We allow shotgun shooting on our range. However, we limit the ammo to Slugs, Double 00 Buck and Triple 000 buck in the 410. We do not allow bird shot, target loads, or any other shot size during open shooting. We do allow bird shot when students are in the shotgun class in an effort to keep ammo costs down. This policy works because the bird shot is being shot under direct instructor supervision.

Please, whether you are shooting a traditional shotgun or a handgun that shoots shot shells, be sure to use only the approved ammo. I have asked our staff to check and monitor all shotgun shooters during open shooting.

More Damage In the Tactical Bay this past week.
We continue to experience damage to our equipment from patrons shooting AR rifles. In most cases the damage is caused by the shooter not being aware of where they are shooting. This past week our staff encountered two seperate shooters attempting to shoot AR rifles without any type of sights or optics on the rifle. Another shooter had the target positioned about 30 feet down range and was using the shooting bench to stabilize the rifle. With a target diatance of 30 feet the trajectory sends the bullets directly into the ceiling and our equipment.

We are getting very close to making some major changes with respect to the shooting of AR type rifles. We do not want to make any changes but we can not absorb damage in the thousands of dollars each month.

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. Thank you for understanding.
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.
New Products:

Viking Chest Holster

The Big Rig Chest Holster from Viking Tactics gives big game hunters or wilderness hikers the ability to comfortably carry big bore revolvers as well as large semi automatic pistols. Keeping backpack hunters in mind the VTAC Big Rig is set up to be used with or without a backpack and can be configured to be carried on your belt as well. Simply detach the release buckle for instant access to the firearm. A limited amount of MOLLE allows for the addition of accessories or magazine pouches.

Plus power eye-pro

Having trouble seeing the front sights? We now have in stock eye protection with built in magnification. We have a selection of powers (+150 & +200) to meet your specific needs. Please ask staff to try one of our sample sets.

Grip Master  Now Back In Stock
 I have seen the results of the Grip Master first hand in many students. If you are having issues with maintaining a firm grip on your firearm or perhaps experience some finger weakness after long shooting sessions, the Grip Master will help.
  • Pocket size gym strengthens fingers, hands, wrists and forearms
  • Individual spring-loaded buttons for each finger
  • Ergonomic palm bar adds to comfort
  • Fits both left and right hand
  • Models are color-coded for tension settings-Blue - 5 pounds per finger, Red - 7 pounds per finger, Black - 9 pounds per finger
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 November 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.

Look for the December schedule to come out around the middle of October.

Speaking of Classes

The prerequisite skills tests are alive and well. If you are considering enrolling in Defensive Handgun 1, Defensive 2 or in our new Church Security class, you must pass the proficiency test. These tests support our ultimate goal to balance the student experience and make the classes as comprehensive as possible.

We have received a number of questions about taking the test without being in a class. Of course it is our intent to offer the test for the next higher level class during the lower level or prerequisite class. It is important for you to know that you can (with prior coordination) take the proficiency skills test outside the class. Please be aware that you can call the range and set up an appointment with an instructor to take the skills test outside of class hours. 208-773-2331.

If you pass the test your records will be noted and you will be clear to enroll in the next level class.

Proficiency tests are now REQUIRED to enroll in Defensive HG 1 and Defensive HG 2 and the new version of Church Security....even if you took your class years ago. No proficiency test is needed to retake a class you've already attended.

NOTE: Please bring the required equipment to the proficiency test which consists of:
  • Firearm and strong side OWB holster
  • 3 magazines with two mag pouches
  • Eye and Ear Protection

Hope this helps everyone understand the process.
Think Gift Certificates all Year!
Or...Just Because

Don't forget we also have a special deal on Machine Gun Gift Certificates!
Guns need to be Clean Knives Need to Be Sharp
As many of you know, I am a stickler for a sharp knife. Have I found the solution? Yes. I wanted to remind you of a new business started by Gio who used to be part of our team and has remained a friend to us here at CTS. In fact, Gio continues to return to help out with Customer Appreciation day every year.

Gio has started a Knife sharpening business called Valiant Sharpening Service 208-817-0368. He sharpened my tactical knife and did an outstanding job. He has invested in a top of the line European sharpening system.

We are excited to offer anyone an opportunity who needs knife sharpening to drop your knives off at CTS and Gio will pick them up once a week on Friday. His business is completely separate from CTS and we are trying to help him by providing a drop off and pick up location for his customers. You will pay Gio directly and all the info is available at our knife counter. Just stop in with your sharpening needs and ask our staff for assistance.
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

Oct 20
Nov 24
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

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

2nd Tuesday of every month

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.

Oct: Choosing a Holster.
Seldom offered classes:

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.

ar class
AR Armorer's Course - Nov 6 & 7
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.

Refuse to be a Victim - Nov 11
Safety experts agree the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the conscious decision to Refuse To Be A Victim®. You stand a much better chance of preventing criminal attack if you develop a safety plan before you need it. That is why Center Target Sports is offering the National Rifle Association's Refuse To Be A Victim® crime prevention seminar.
Refuse To Be A Victim® is a four hour crime prevention seminar, designed to provide common sense information geared toward awareness and avoidance of criminal attack. Seminar participants are presented with a variety of common sense crime prevention strategies they may integrate into their daily lives. Participants will better understand criminal thinking and will be provided tips on maximizing home, travel, automobile, telephone, technological, and personal safety. There are no firearms in this class. There are no prerequisites for this class. 
The cost of this course is $20.00 and all the proceeds go to the Post Falls Women's Shelter (OASIS).
Since this class tuition all goes to charity this is the only class CTS offers that does not offer a free retake. 
Gunsmith Corner
So, if you were planning on getting work done on your firearms before hunting season, you’re late. However right after the season while the memory of what you want done is fresh is a perfect time to drop them by. Maybe just a deep cleaning or a tune up is in order. Or it could be a good time for some major upgrades. New optics and triggers are always popular before the hunting firearms go into storage.

If you have a project in mind, bring your rifle or handgun in and let’s sit down and discuss the finer points of your vision and what the related costs and time frame might be.
My workload continues to be relatively heavy so there is currently some increase in wait times. The sooner you get your firearm in the queue, the sooner it will come to the top. Also, we can use the wait time to order any parts that are needed. Parts are not as easy to find right now and delivery times are slower than normal. I will continue to serve you to the best of my ability in these trying times.
Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues & Wed 1pm-5pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 1pm-6pm

Deal of the Month for October
"Everything ORANGE Sale"
That's Right...all Items in the store that are ORANGE are
20% OFF
Upcoming Class Schedule -
ID Enhanced CCW - Oct 6 11,17,20,25, Nov 8,10,21,24,30
Handgun Familiarity - Oct 10,25, Nov 14,15
Youth Firearms Safety - Oct 10,25, Nov 14, 15
Basic Pistol - Oct 3,4,7,12,14,18,21,24,26,28, Nov 1,2,7,9,16,20,23,25
Basic Pistol 2 - Oct 9,13, Nov 11,15,17,22
Defensive Handgun 1- Oct 10, Nov 14
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) -Oct 18, Nov 22
Home Defense Shotgun - Oct 5
Intro to Carbine - Oct 23
Basic Carbine - Oct 31
Kubotan - Oct 26, Nov 28 (daytime)

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 - Oct 6, Nov 5
Springfield - Oct 22, Nov 19
Shotgun - Oct 14, Nov 13
1911 - Nov 3
AR - Oct 15, Nov 17
Revolver - Oct 7, Nov 24
S&W semi-auto - Oct 21, Nov 18
Sig - Oct 8, Nov 11
Glock - Nov 4
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
 Oct 9, 27, Nov 12, 20
All T-Shirts
Many Styles and Messages

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This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip

Home defense is often cited by many of our guests as the reason they are considering a firearm purchase. Often suggested but I fear seldom understood is the shotgun. Like so many aspects in firearms as defensive alternatives, shotguns are shrouded by so many wives tales and miss information. I believe a shotgun offers the shooter significant advantages that I will share with you here.
These advantages include: affordability, ease of use, trauma causing ability, and even the ability to win the fight without a single shot being fired (however don't count on it).
There are no perfect firearms for everyone's needs. Every firearm has its own set of pros and cons that must be considered. Considering that most home defense gun encounters will be very close range situations, the shotgun takes first place on my list of home defense options.
Shotguns come in either single-or double-barrel variants and in pump and semi-automatic actions. Double-barreled shotguns have two triggers, one for each barrel. Side-by-side barrels are the most common, while the "over-and-under" variant has one barrel stacked upon another. If you've heard the term "give it to him with both barrels," now you know where that comes from. Most people don't realize this, but double-barrel shotguns do not run perfectly parallel to one another; they are configured so their shot will converge, typically at a distance of 40 yards.
I often hear people say "You Don't Have to Be a Good Shot when It Comes to Shotguns". That is not necessarily the case especially when Personal Defense Ammo is used. I often see Home Defense shotguns in class shoot under 4 inch groups of 00 Buck at 15 yds. That means you can't just point the gun downrange and press the trigger without consideration of the target.
One 12-gauge shotgun shell can discharge nine .33 caliber pellets with a single trigger pull. Considering that a 9mm handgun fires just a single bullet of nearly the same caliber at slower velocities, you would have to aim and fire nine separate times with your handgun and still not have the same trauma result. Plus you'd be giving your adversary extra time to advance on you and take you down.
Another unique benefit inherent to a shotgun is the wide variety of ammunition it can use. Shotgun ammo comes as shot (multiple projectiles per shell) or slugs (one projectile per shell). A typical self-defense load of buckshot contains 8 to 27 large lead pellets, resulting in either a tight or wide spread pattern based upon the range to the target. Shotgun pellets are less likely to penetrate walls and strike innocent bystanders.
Shotguns offer many advantages to the home defender. Like handguns and rifles, shotguns come in various bore sizes. Shotgun barrel diameters are typically measured in terms of gauge, commonly 12, 20 and .410 gauge. Other gauges like 10, 16, and 28 are still available but are much less popular.
The 12 gauge variant is universally the most popular. The barrel has an inside diameter equal to that of a 1/12th pound sphere of lead. A 20 gauge barrel is smaller, equating to the diameter of 1/20th lb. sphere of lead. An exception to the bore standard of measurement is the very popular .410 caliber shotgun.
One downside of a shotgun is the recoil. A variety of factors weigh into the amount of kick a shotgun unleashes. First there is the bore size, followed by the load. If the recoil is a concern, consider using a 20-gauge instead of a 12-gauge. Additionally, semi-automatic shotguns help reduce the recoil but come with higher price tags. No matter which one you choose, be sure to get plenty of practice so you'll be able to comfortably handle your shotgun when your life may be on the line.
Shotguns versus Handguns - a comparison:
  • One of the major advantages of a shotgun is the spread pattern of the shot itself. A shotgun firing at a target of 25 feet will typically have a spread pattern of 8-10 inches in diameter - a vastly broader impact zone than a single bullet, therefore making it easier to hit a target. In a typical home defensive scenario, your aim with a shotgun is more forgiving.
  • Shotguns generally pack more of a punch than a typical handgun.
  • Shotguns make it easier to engage multiple targets.
  • Shotguns are perceived as more dangerous than a handgun which gives the intruder or criminal cause to turn around and run.
  • Pump action shotguns are generally less expensive than a high-quality handgun. Semi-automatic shotguns are more expensive but save reload time.
  • Shotguns are less regulated than handguns or rifles. 
Let's talk about ammo choices. There are two schools of thought regarding what type of shotgun ammo is best for personal defense. Many shotgun enthusiasts believe 00 buckshot loads are the most effective because of their high impact. The other school of thought is going with a less penetrating load with a wider spread, such as #4 load with 27 buckshot pellets.
I'm not a huge fan of the # 4 shot theory. I'm not blind to the benefit of the bigger spread and also the lack of wall penetration often sighted in the #4 discussions. It is in fact the lack of the penetration of the #4 shot that is my concern. We can only shoot another human being to STOP the threat. I'm not sure we have the best potential for stopping the threat with the #4 shot. That is why I am a believer in the 00 Buck in the 12 and 20 gauge guns and the 000 Buck in the .410.
I am a big fan of the .410 gauge home defense shotgun. I'm not talking about your grandpa's .410 gun that he used for dove hunting. I'm talking about a .410 gauge shotgun that is designed specifically for home defense. Don't under estimate the ease of use and the lack of recoil benefits this weapon's platform offers the user. In our advanced shotgun class we even breech doors with the .410 which is often done at the surprise of the shooter. The .410 is a definite option for home defense. That being said, if the 12 or 20 gauge can be safely and effectively used by everyone in the household then I would always consider those calibers first.
For those with fewer budgetary restraints, the semi-automatic shotgun offers such advantages as high rate of fire, high ammo capacity, ease of use, and tactical configuration possibilities.
We can't have this discussion without talking about the "Shotgun Racking Sound Fear Factor". Simply calling out "I have a gun"; and racking a round into your shotgun may be enough to scare off an intruder. However, much of today's criminal element may not be scared off by idle threats. Never count on the fear factor as a method of defense...If it works, be grateful.

 Remember....Be Safe...

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