Newsletter - November 2020 newsletter
Welcome To The Target Zone
Newsletter  November 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:

The holidays are around the corner....Are You Ready?
As we approach this Thanksgiving season I can't help but reflect back on how lucky we have been this year. In the midst of all the COVID issues and social unrest, Northern Idaho is and always will be God's country to me. Peggy and I along with our entire staff have so much to be thankful for. A special thanks to all our members and patrons who continue to spread the good word about our facility. Our most recent survey has clearly shown that most new shooters to CTS are referred to us by your word of mouth. We can't express enough, our gratitude to all of you for your referrals. Thank you, Thank you, Thank You!
Since our last newsletter Peggy and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary.  I can't believe how the time flies when you're lucky enough to find the right person to spend it with! 
The winter months are our busiest. You may remember that a number of years ago we cancelled all but one of our yearly Law Enforcement contracts. Of course we will always support local LE with range time but this decision has proven to be very successful in allowing us to have open lanes during these very busy winter months. With our limited LE contracts we have opened many more hours of available lanes for you, our customers. 

 Will there be some delays from time to time? Like every other aspect of life, yes probably, but the frequency should be reduced. Also remember, members can reserve lanes. We have increased our class offerings this winter as well, and the classes are already filling up. As always you can repeat any class completed forever for free. 
I would like to thank my entire staff of instructors. Everyone knows what a great job these dedicated instructors do here at CTS. It is because of their passion, expertise and commitment to providing the best possible training available anywhere in the Northwest, that I can travel and teach Nationally and Internationally. I love teaching here at CTS and cherish my time home and teaching in Post Falls.

Short Note on AMMO:
We continue to maintain enough ammo for our classes. We appreciate it when students who have ammo bring it to classes. This will allow us to continue to have ammo in classes for those who need it. Guns and ammo are starting to be more available. To be honest we have refused a couple of opportunities to buy 9mm because the wholesalers were asking over $22.00 a box (WHOLESALE PRICE)! We regret this but at this time I refuse to be held hostage and pay such a high price for ammo. We are doing everything possible to maintain a fair price for ammo. We are currently selling ammo for much less margin than ever before because we have chosen to absorb the price increases.
Notes from Peggy:

From all of us to all of you, have a Happy Thanksgiving. We will be closed Thanksgiving day and open at 9am on Friday for Black Friday.

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.
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.

"Shoot and Share" Curtain.  

After you've had a great time on the range...take your picture with your target and share on Facebook! 
Don't forget to tag us!
Never dry fire a's why....
Dry-firing most centerfire rifles and handguns is perfectly safe once you have made certain they are unloaded and pointed in a safe direction. However, excessively dry-firing a rimfire gun is a bad idea. The firing pin of a centerfire gun is designed to strike a primer located in the center of a cartridge's base. When no cartridge is present, the firing pin strikes nothing. With a rimfire, though, the firing pin is positioned to strike the soft brass rim of the cartridge. When no cartridge is present, the firing pin strikes the hard steel of the breechface. Repeated dry-firing of a rimfire can eventually peen the firing pin, dulling it and causing misfires.

Dry-firing offers convenient, easy practice, but if you are going to dry-fire a rimfire gun, invest in some snap caps first. These dummy rounds will cushion the firing pin's fall.

Jewelry...hand crafted, locally made.
Some people are just so talented and creative. Next time you are at CTS, please check out the innovative beautiful jewelry created locally.

Purses...hand crafted, locally made.
Looking for a concealed carry purse? Don't miss these top quality locally made purses with all the features you could ask for.

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

Don't miss our amazing selection of optics. We have a great selection of all types of optics to fit your needs and budget.

Don't hesitate to ask for assistance if you need more information to make the correct selection. Our staff is ready help you in any way possible.
What's an Owner Orientation class? 
Gun Owner Orientation classes are the free one hour class you receive when you purchase a gun at Center Target Sports. Not knowing your firearm is one of the leading causes of firearm related accidents. It is our way of assuring that gun owners know how to dissemble,reassemble, clean, lubricate, load, unload, store and transport their newly purchased firearms safely. 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. 

Check the class calendar for the date and time of the class specifically designed for your brand of firearm.

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!
Gift list accessories cards

If you are having difficulty finding that perfect gift we have created a list of gift ideas based on the firearm type that your recipient may own. 

For example, we have compiled a list of items that would be appropriate to a pistol owner, a rifle owner, etc...

Come in today and get a Gift Idea List Card. You and your special person will be glad you did.
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

Nov 24
Dec 15
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Nov 21
Dec 19
  The Women Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

Nov 10
No meeting in Dec or Jan
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. No meeting in Dec or Jan.
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.

Nov: “Defending Against Riots and Mobs”
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 - Dec 30
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. 
Kubotan - Sat of Thanksgiving weekend.
Nov 28th 9am
or Dec 30 at 11am

Become familiar with the use of one of the most street-proven and universally legal self-defense tools, the KUBOTAN. You will also learn the benefits of the fighting pen and flashlight in your defense.

The course includes: escape from headlock, full nelson, and all manner of choke-holds and to execute takedowns, wristlocks etc...strikes using Yawara techniques, key slashes, reinforced fist-techniques, follow escalation of force pattern from deterrence to control holds to stunning strikes, debilitating strikes and lethal strike and follow-ups for situations where lethal force is justifiable in self defense. Student will be issued a Kubotan and student training manual.

This Class Is Appropriate For Any Fitness Level .

Gunsmith Corner
Firearm cleaning can take many forms and require any number of techniques, equipment and solvents to do a thorough job. I would like to provide some explanation regarding the prices for cleaning firearms. The standard fee is $50 for ultrasonic/deep cleaning. There are some firearms that are worst off than others. These firearms may require intensive cleaning taking longer than one or two hours. Firearms that fall into this extended time frame are charged out at an hourly rate. If you believe that your firearm may fall into the extended care category please see me before dropping it off.

Some reasons that a firearm will fall into the extended labor category :

The firearm is an antique and requires special attention to finish and parts.

Another reason is weapons that have been stored for decades with no annual care. I find things like this grease removed from the barrel and chamber of a rifle. Corrosion is also an issue.
These are just a few examples of the unknowns that occur when you begin an intensive cleaning project. They are examples of occurrences that require extra time. They are also the ones that keep my job interesting. I never know what I might find in the “I just got this and my granddad stored it sixty years ago”. It also gives me a glimpse into the history of firearms. The newest rifles, pistols and shotguns are much simpler in design and easier to maintain, but I also deeply appreciate the craftsmanship shown in fitting wood and steel.
Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues & Wed 1pm-5pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 1pm-6pm

Deal of the Month for November
Cleaning Supplies
20% OFF
Upcoming Class Schedule -
ID Enhanced CCW - Nov 8,10,21,24,30, Dec 6,15,19,27
Handgun Familiarity - Nov 14,15, Dec 12,29
Youth Firearms Safety - Nov 14,15, Dec 12,29
Basic Pistol - Nov 7,9,16,20,23,25, Dec 1,5,7,12,14,16,18,20,22,28
Basic Pistol 2 - Nov 11,15,17,22, Dec 2,8,21
Defensive Handgun 1- Nov 14, Dec 4,13
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Nov 22, Dec 20
Kubotan - Nov 28 (daytime), Dec 30 (daytime)
Refuse to be a Victim - Nov 11, Dec 30 (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 - Nov 5, Dec 4
Springfield - Nov 19, Dec 16
Shotgun - Nov 13, Dec 9
1911 - Dec 2
AR - Nov 17, Dec 18
Revolver - Nov 24, Dec 22
S&W semi-auto - Nov 18, Dec 17
Sig - Nov 11, Dec 10
Glock - Nov 4, Dec 3
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
 Nov 12, 20, Dec 11, 15

25% OFF

ALL T-Shirts
(In Stock Only)
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This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
Street Wise....or Not!
With the weather changing so does the manner in which we dress. With the popularity of our CCW classes more people are carrying concealed and trying to decide the best way to conceal a gun in all seasons?

Don't underestimate the importance of how your lifestyle and dress relate to the equipment, tactics and skill sets you decide to implement or put into your defensive toolbox. I thought I would share with you some tips related to carrying in the "Public Eye" (in public). Surviving on the street is much different than what is often taught in the classroom. Below, are a number of suggestions that have all proven themselves through my own real-world experience and trial-and-error testing. 

Real life is not like movies or television. When you're in a real-life critical incident does someone stop the action and have a stunt man take your place? I can't tell you how many times I've seen civilians in suits with a belt that's too narrow and thin to support their gear.

And what about the suit jacket? A belt holstered or shoulder holstered weapon requires a cover over your weapon in public, whether it's some type of jacket, sweatshirt, sweater or shirt. What's the problem with the jacket? There's no problem if you're trained, practiced and competent in drawing your weapon from underneath it, but most civilians don't train this way. Do you wear a jacket during firearms training? Why not?  And what do you wear on your feet when you wear a suit?  

What shoes would you choose if you knew you were heading into a gunfight? If you must wear an Oxford shoe (low cut), make sure it laces and does not have all-leather soles. All-leather soles provide no traction. Ditto for Western-style boots. In a fight it's like you're standing on ice. And finally, my observations about shoes apply to women, too. If you wouldn't wear Gucci loafers, why would you wear high heels?  

Ties are my next bone of contention. Would you wear a noose to a fist fight? I learned this lesson back in elementary school (can you say school uniform)? I know there's no way you would wear a clip-on tie, right? Well, that's your decision and you'll have to live with it.  
Train as you work, work as you train.
To properly draw a pistol from under a jacket, it takes two moves, not just a simple gripping action. The first move sweeps the jacket back and out of the way, past the pistol. Then, as your shooting hand comes forward from the sweep, you grip and draw. Tip: Always stow your keys in the weapon-side pocket of your jacket. This will add some weight and momentum to the sweeping motion.   
When wearing a pullover, instead of sweeping back, forcefully pull the pullover up and over the pistol, then grip the pistol on the weapon-return motion. In both situations, don't attempt to grip the pistol until the garment clears the weapon or you will wrap it around your pistol grips. Learn how to use both hands in combination or separately to do this. You never know what the real world will throw at you, so practice each method.  Tip: If you wear a shoulder holster, use your non-shooting hand to pull open your jacket to gain access to your pistol.

Test Your Gear 
You must test each and every piece of equipment you carry or own to see if it will perform properly under stressful situations. Don't rely on manufacturer advertisements or a sales pitch. In Tactical Pistol class I encourage my students to carry as they do on the street. If their gear fails them it's better to discover this in training than on the street.

 Remember....Be Safe... Ed

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