Newsletter - December Newsletter 2020
Welcome To The Target Zone
Newsletter  December 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
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A Few Words From Ed

My favorite time of year is upon us. The Christmas season is an additional reminder that we need to take time for ourselves and our families. I know a number of you just said, "Did he just say that?" I know... I know... I am trying to slow down.
 
There are no shortages of distractions in our lives. With a mindset towards personal safety, we often get wrapped up with distractions to our situational awareness. Today I want to offer a simple reminder to us all to take a moment and reward ourselves with thoughts of family, friends and the things we so cherish in life but often overlook.
 
Our family here at CTS is healthy and full of life. Peggy, Deb and I are so blessed to have the staff we have here ready to serve you. I think back over the years, and I'm not sure that statement was always the case. This staff is not just willing to help you every day, they are excited to offer you any assistance possible.
 
We are not perfect, none of us are. All we can hope to do is put forward our best effort daily. I believe the CTS team does that very well. So as we approach the Christmas holiday, take some time to share the shooting experience with those you love. If you have someone in your circle who has not experienced the pleasure and excitement of the shooting sports, take the time to offer them the experience.

Our entire team send their sincere wishes for a joyous Holiday season and a very prosperous New Year.

Update on GUNS/AMMO:
At present we have no ammo for rental guns or range use. Unfortunately this includes our Ladies Day special of "Ladies shoot free with the purchase of a box of ammo."
Until ammo becomes available our Ladies Day special will be shoot free with a $12 purchase from our store.
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 are starting to be more available.

Notes from Peggy:

From all of us to all of you, have wonderful holiday season. We will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day. Christmas Eve we will be open 11-5, and New Years Eve we will be open 1-7.

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
Christmas Eve 11am-5pm
Closed Christmas Day & New Years Day
Remember Find Great Savings!

20% off Flash Sales every Wednesday!

Specific Items Posted on Facebook every Wed morning!
Chocolate Ammo Is Back

They are here but going fast. Don't miss the perfect stocking stuffer for the chocolate lovers in your family.

Last year many of you were disappointed
because we sold out early!

No one wants to deprive their loved ones of chocolate ammo...after all it is the only ammo we seem to be able to sell.
 
 Product Highlights and Gift Ideas


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.
Christmas Ornaments...
hand crafted, locally made.
grip

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
Optics

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.
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.

IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL NOTICE
SMITH & WESSON M&P SHIELD® EZ® PISTOLS
MANUFACTURED BETWEEN
MARCH 1ST, 2020 AND OCTOBER 31ST, 2020

We are checking our records to see if we have any customers that purchased one of the S&W EZ pistols that are related to this recall. We will make every effort to contact any CTS customer who purchased their pistol from us.

If you own a Shield EZ please check to see if it is part of this recall. If it is please go to S&W's website and follow their recall proceedures.
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.

Maximum Protection From Foam Earplugs

In order to get the most attenuation from foam ear plugs they must be properly inserted into your ear canals. The foam ear plug when inserted properly offers better sound attenuation than the majority of ear muffs available today. Of course you also have the option of wearing both the foam and ear muffs for maximum protection. 

Before I discuss the proper placement of the foam ear plugs I want to point out the fact that your comfort is the best indication of proper protection. If you are in a noisy environment of any kind and the noise bothers you in any way, LEAVE the area and adjust your hearing protection. Either check and correct the fit of the foam earplugs or change the type or amount of protection before you return to the noisy area.

Proper Technique:

Roll the earplug up into a small, thin "snake" with your fingers. You can use one or both hands.
  1. Pull the top of your ear up and back with your opposite hand to straighten out your ear canal. The rolled-up earplug should slide right in.
  2. Hold the earplug in with your finger until it expands to fill the ear canal.
 
Think Gift Certificates for Christmas!
Special:
 From
Dec 1-Dec 24 


Buy a gift certificate for 
$50 or more and receive a
FREE Day Pass ($18.00 Value)

Keep it for yourself or to give as an additional gift.

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
5-6:30pm

Dec 15
Jan 19
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Dec 19
New series
Jan 16
Feb 20
March 20
  The Women Of Caliber
Shooting Club

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

No meeting in Dec or Jan
Feb 9
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. No Bullseye on Christmas Eve.

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.
Defensive Handgun 2 Jan 31
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.
 
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, a strong side holster and mag pouch.
 
Reminder this is a prerequisite for the 2 day Tactical Pistol class.

***You must pass the proficiency test to enroll in this class by taking and testing in Def HG 1 or Def HG 1 retakes only, or by scheduling an appointment at CTS.
Refuse to be a Victim - Dec 30
10am-2pm
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. 
kubaton
Kubotan

Dec 30 at 11am
Jan 25 at 5:30pm


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 grabs...how to execute take downs, wrist locks 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 .
 

toys
We need your help to fill our Toys For Tots donation box.

Please bring new toys to help this Christmas be special for some very deserving local children.
Gunsmith Corner
TOOLS AND TRICKS OF THE TRADE

Every task these days has shortcuts and tricks that make them easier. Gun care is no different. Household items as well as tools from the gun industry can make the task of cleaning or maintenance much easier. Guns are especially frustrating, as many have little spots that are hard to get at that accumulate grime.

Q-Tips or cotton swabs - These are lifesavers when getting into nooks and crannies of the underside of a slide, or inside the frame. They are a must have in any gun cleaning kit. Just buy the biggest, cheapest packs you can find. Using these cotton swabs, you can get into places more thoroughly than you would have been able to.

Pipe cleaners - You can find these in the craft department at Wal-Mart. They are great to slide between close machined surfaces that are hard to get a patch or cloth into. Some meticulous cleaning may seem like overkill, but it is really up to you how clean you want to get your own guns.

Silicone/Rem-Oil cloths - These are fantastic tools to give a wipe down of guns that you've handled. It can clear off any oils from your hands that may cause rust. That's especially true for those older style blued guns.

Bore Snake - The Bore Snake is one of the best tricks of the trade. Having one for all your calibers makes cleaning much easier. Scrub down the bore with a good solvent and then run the snake through. 99% of the time this will give you a gleaming clean bore. For those times it isn't quite enough, just repeat the process.

Brushes - Toothbrushes are pretty good to get the slots and grooves clean inside the slide of an auto, but they tend to not be tough enough. To get some of the more stubborn grime, you need something generally with more tenacity to the bristles than the usual Oral-B. Companies like Otis make all types of gun cleaning brushes in various bristle types. Copper and nylon are good for the specific applications, and they are relatively inexpensive. It never hurts to have a toothbrush on hand though.

Gun Scrubber or other spray solvents - Today, Birchwood Casey has come up with Gun Scrubber, as well as the countless other versions from other manufacturers. These are far less caustic than brake cleaner, but spray into those hard to reach places and clear out grime like it was nothing. Just re-oil and you're in business. These can, however, remove paint, as well as some wood and metal finishes, so be careful. Newer versions are even safe for polymer framed guns as well. This alone will save you countless hours of cleanup when dealing with the underside of the slide, or inside my 1911 frames.

Dental & Electronics Picks/Tools - These give us the best ability to get to little areas to remove caked on or stubborn grit, even rust, that has accumulated. Use picks wrapped in a cleaning patch doused in cleaning solvent to get into the small crevices.

If you are looking for specific recommendations on specific cleaning solvents or supplies, stop in and ask me or see any of the CTS staff for assistance.

Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues & Wed 1pm-5pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 1pm-6pm

Deal of the Month for December
TWO Stocking Stuffer Items
Frog Lube
Now $8.95 Reg $11.95

UpLula Mag Loaders
Now $29.95 Reg $39.95
Upcoming Class Schedule -
ID Enhanced CCW - Dec 6,15,19,27, Jan 3,5,16,19,27
Handgun Familiarity - Dec 12,29, Jan 24,30
Youth Firearms Safety - Dec 12,29, Jan 24,30
Basic Pistol - Dec 5,7,12,14,16,18,20,22,28, Jan 2,4,11,13,15,17,18,20,23,25
Basic Pistol 2 - Dec 8,21, Jan 6,9,26,30
Defensive Handgun 1- Dec 4,13, Jan 9,24
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Dec 20, Jan 17
Defensive Handgun 2 - Jan 31
Range Safety Officer - Jan 10
Kubotan - Dec 30 (daytime), Jan 25
Refuse to be a Victim - 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 - Dec 4, Jan 12
Springfield - Dec 16, Jan 20
Shotgun - Dec 9, Jan 13
1911 - Jan 7
AR - Dec 18, Jan 26
Revolver - Dec 22, Jan 27
S&W semi-auto - Dec 17, Jan 21
Sig - Dec 10, Jan 14
Glock - Dec 3, Jan 6
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
 Dec 11, 15, Jan 19,28
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Coupon

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer

Sale....  $14.95 Now till Dec 24th
Reg $19.95
Ed will be happy to personalize your copy. Just ask the staff for assistance.
Bring in this coupon and get Ed's book for just $14.95
Offer Expires: Dec 24th, 2020   
This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
Keeping Our Children Safe!

 
With winter just around the corner many of you have asked for some tips on keeping your children safe. I received a couple of requests for a reprint of this info from a few years ago... So here you go! 

This month I thought I would cover some of the more common tips on child safety in general and some specific to the Internet. 
GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
  1. Don't let your child wear clothing with his or her name on it. A child will tend to pay attention to anyone calling him or her by name.
  2. Take photos of your child two or three times per year, including profile shots.
  3. Decide on a CODE word that only you and your child know. This is a word that your child will be waiting for if you ever send someone to pick them up. This is a word that will allow your child to know that the person can be trusted.
  4. Do not leave a child unattended while shopping, visiting with neighbors or friends, or running errands. Under no circumstances should you leave a child alone in a car or truck.
  5. Make sure your child always checks with you before going anywhere with anyone.
  6. Make sure your child learns his or her address and phone number at an early age. A second phone number of a friend or relative is also helpful.
  7. Teach your child how to make a 911 phone call, and to begin with "Operator...I'm in trouble; I need your help."
  8. If your child is a latch-key child, make sure that he or she knows to keep all doors and windows locked, never let anyone know that he or she is alone, and never let anyone in the house, not even someone claiming to be a police officer or from the fire department. Those kinds of professionals know to forcibly enter in case of an emergency.
  9. Have your child fingerprinted. Watch for the ID-A-Kid program advertised in the paper. It is often available during the Kootenai County Fair sponsored by local law enforcement.
  10. Know whether your child is left or right handed.
  11. Keep a photo and written record of all birthmarks, scars and identifying features, like moles or freckles.
  12. Keep a growth chart of your child; know his or her height.
  13. Make sure your child knows to scream and run if approached in an alarming way by anyone. Your child should be taught to ALWAYS tell you immediately if he or she is approached by a stranger who asks for help, offers candy/gifts, or frightens him/her in anyway. Your child should know to make you aware of anytime he or she feels uncomfortable with ANYONE.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD DISAPPEARS
 
Try to remain calm. Call 911. Don't hesitate to call if you know in your heart they are missing. The quicker law enforcement gets involved the better. If your child turns up in the mean time, No harm No Foul.
 Call your child's friends and anyone you think they may be with.
 
WAYS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR CHILD WHILE HE OR SHE IS ON THE INTERNET
 
Personal supervision is the best way to protect your child while he or she is online. For those times when personal supervision is not possible the following rules are suggested:
  1. Make it a condition of use that your child must always ask your permission before using the Internet.
  2. Teach your child to never give out personal information online including pictures of anyone. Other personal information that should never be given out online includes real names, age, race, address, city, telephone number(s), names or location of his or her school (including the name of the school's teams), family income, names of friends, passwords, credit card information. Information you send or receive over the Internet is NOT private.
  3. If possible, position the computer monitor so that it can be seen from the doorway. Or you may consider only allowing Internet access from a computer located in a shared area of the house rather than one in a bedroom. 
  4. Be SURE that your child understands that he or she should NEVER enter chat areas or have private chats without your permission.
  5. Your child should be taught that if someone says or does something that frightens him or her, he or she should not respond to that person, but tell you right away. Your child should know to make you aware of anytime he or she feels uncomfortable with ANYONE.
  6. An absolute must is that your child should NEVER arrange a face to face meeting with anyone he or she meets online.
  7. Be sure that everyone in your household knows not to open e-mail from anyone he or she doesn't know. Parents should always be shown any such e-mail.
  8. Remember that people are not always whom they claim or appear to be...sometimes adults pretend to be children.
Using software programs that filter or block access to certain web-sites are not sufficient. Ultimately it's up to you to supervise your child's Internet use. Be sure to find out about the safety measures that are used anywhere your child has Internet access.
 
A quick word on teenagers. Provide your teenagers with an easy way out. What I mean here is, provide them with a way to do the right thing and save face among their peers. For example, if they are at a party and don't feel comfortable with the situation they are in, they could say "it's 9pm and I HAVE to call my mom to check in". They call and then can say "My MOM wants me home now". They get to do the right thing and remain cool with their peers. You have to do your part here as it needs to be no questions asked. If they want to explain they will.

All the safety tips in the world are not going to keep anyone completely safe. At best they are presented here to inspire thought, action and dialog between you and your family members. It is the constant watchful eye of the parent and those responsible members of our community that will have the biggest impact on our children's safety.
 
  Remember....Be Safe... Ed
3295 E. Mullan Ave.,
Post Falls, ID 83854
Phone: (208) 773-2331
Fax: (208) 773-8304
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