Newsletter - January 2021 Newsletter
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Newsletter  January 2021

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A Few Words From Ed

The New Year is in full swing and again where has the time gone? This month I turn 66 and I used to say "I'm getting old" but I guess at 66 I am old! 
But I can't complain, it isn't that bad. I have a wonderful loving wife and partner, a great staff at CTS and Peggy and I have our health. What more can a guy want or need? Thinking of time passing and getting older provides a sense of just how fragile life really is. We need to make the most of our life in so many ways. Here at CTS we are very focused on taking an active role in protecting our families and ourselves. Personal safety and self defense are what we are all about.
Every day we continue to read about the increase in crime and threats to our personal safety. It is critical we take a proactive role in protecting ourselves. Our law enforcement assets are being overwhelmed with calls for service and challenged like never before on both the National and local levels. These men and women need our support like never before. However, as the world around us changes with respect to our everyday safety we need to take more responsibility as well.
This responsibility comes in many forms. Being active politically to ensure the people we elect are stewards of the constitution and stand for a united and strong government of the people and for the people. We need to also take responsibility for our safety and the safety of our families. Let us not forget what Sir Edmond Burke said in 1797: "Good people must stand against evil or else evil wins".
One needs only look at the increase in CCW holders across the country to see that at the grass roots level this is happening. I am so proud of the fact that we are filling every CCW class we offer despite the fact that these classes normally max out at 20 students (currently 10 due to COVID) and we are offering six and eight classes per month. This trend is also reported by colleagues across the country. CCW class participation of this magnitude is phenomenal but we need to be aware that all classes are not created equal. I continue to encounter CCW holders who do not have a realistic understanding of the law and in some cases even basic firearm safety. The responsibility for our own safety I spoke of earlier also includes surviving the aftermath of a lethal encounter. Criminal evaluation and possible litigation criminally and/or civilly are all part of the total survival mind set.
I encourage you to spread the word to your family and friends across the country. Advise them to check out any training course they are considering enrolling in. Look at the facilities, the instructor experience, and the course content. These factors are more critical than we might think. I was recently contacted by an attorney from the Midwest who had a client involved in a shooting. The firearms instructor in that case had to be tracked down by a private investigator and subpoenaed in order to appear in court to assist in the case. 
Obviously this is an extreme example, but they do exist more often than they should. Another thought concerning the CCW training issue. We need to realize a CCW course should be just that...a CCW course.  Even the most comprehensive one or two day CCW courses can't adequately teach you how to fight with your firearm. The weapon skills, situational considerations, weapon manipulations, personal behavior, ballistic capability, trauma, and so much more are beyond the scope of such a class. Defensive skill oriented classes are needed to give you the best possible opportunity to win a lethal encounter if required, or even better yet, these type of classes should help you avoid such a situation.
In summary, I guess I am trying to say that before you undertake any type of serious training, do your due diligence. Be sure your training expectations will be met before you lay down your hard earned money. I'll get off my soap box now....Happy New Year.

Glock Blue Label Guns.
The Glock corporation has updated their eligible list of purchasers who may order a Glock pistol at the Blue label reduced pricing. These pistols can not be purchased direct from Glock, they must be ordered from a Blue Label dealer like us at CTS.
Those eligible include:

  • Firefighters with FD Credentials
  • Honorably discharged vets with a DD214
  • Anyone with GSSF Coupon

Update on AMMO:

We have 9mm G9 defensive ammo in stock...limit 2 boxes per person.

At present we are now able to rent 9mm and 10mm handguns and 9mm machine guns as we have recently received enough 9mm ammo to resume 9mm rentals. There is a 2 box limit on rental guns. Sorry, we still do not have enough back-stock to allow the sale of ammo for range use or sales out the door.

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 become more available.

See more below about the National Ammo shortage.

Notes from Peggy

Starting Jan 7th our Thursday hours will now be 9am-7pm

If the website shows a class is full, sometimes it has 1 or 2 spaces still available. We short the website because there is a lag time in getting those registrations and we do not want to overbook the class. You can call the range and check if the class is indeed full. Another occurrence, especially in the winter when people come down with a cold or flu, we find last minute cancellations happen. So if you see a class date that works for you, put it on your schedule and give us a call 1 or 2 days prior to the class. You may find that there is a last minute opening.

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.
We have exciting news!
Center Target Sports has been awarded the 2020 Indoor Range of the Year from the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation.

Thank you to our GSSF Range Master Larry and all our loyal GSSF shooters!
Our Current Hours Are: 
Monday   CLOSED
Tuesday    11am-5pm
Wednesday 11am-5pm
Thursday   9am-7pm *NEW*
Friday      9am-7pm
Saturday   9am-7pm
Sunday     11am-5pm
National Ammo Shortage.
I am sure many of you have seen the youtube video made by Jason Vanderbrink, President of Federal, CCI, Speer, and Remington. He is frustrated with all the internet mis-information about the ammo situation we are experiencing.

One of the highlights of his message was his explanation of the increased demand. He stated this year we have seen an increase of 7 million new shooters to our industry. If those 7 million people just purchased 2 boxes of ammo that is an increase in demand of 700 million rounds. That is 700 million rounds above the normal demand necessary to support all the existing shooters before all these new gun buyers joined our ranks.

Those numbers are mind boggling and certainly beyond our manufacturers' ability to produce in this short time period. The good news is we are seeing more ammo become available, although at a higher price than we have ever seen.

One manufacturer recently told me he used to pay 1.5 cents per primer. He is now paying 12 cents per primer...OMG

We will keep you up to date and we will make every effort to manage our prices on ammo as best we can. We appreciate your underrstanding.

Remember Find Great Savings!

20% off Flash Sales every Wednesday!

Specific Items Posted on Facebook every Wed morning!
 Product Highlights 
Optics, Accessories and More...

Now Back In Stock

We have the largest selection of optics available for your consideration that we have had in months.

If you are looking for quality budget minded optic solutions we have them in stock. Many brands and models to choose from. Come and see for yourself!

First Aid Headquarters
We have the most comprehensive first aid / tactical care equipment in stock within 100 miles. Regardless if you are a wood cutter or participate in shooting activities, trauma equipment is an important safety consideration. 
 The bag pictured here is an example of an open new bag we are stocking to allow you to configure a larger selection of Trauma gear than the individual first aid pouches many of you have.
These new bags have some great features allowing you the greatest configuration options. See below: 
  • Three fold-out compartments with zippered closure
  • One open pocket
  • Adjustable & removable shoulder strap
  • Web carrying handle
  • Modular attachment strap
Stop in soon to look at our selection of first aid kits, tourniquets, bandages etc... 
Condor Shotgun Shell Holders 
The Condor Shotgun Shell holder is an innovative piece of gear which will serve many of you shotgun home defenders well.
We have them In Stock and ready for you to see for yourself how innovative a design this really is. The large capacity holder features: 
  • Innovative foldable quick-access design. Accommodates 25 shotgun shells
  • 6 horizontal rows with 4-loops per row and 1 additional shell loop between the last two rows
  • Adjustable flap with hook-and-loop, 4 UTX snaps and pull tab. Double-layered at the folding point
  • Hardened sides for extra protection. 2x durable PALS with UTX snap fastener. 3x2 back MOLLE straps
  • MOLLE compatible. Dimensions: 8"x4"x1.5" (20.3x10.2x3.8cm). Weight: 1

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 Valentine's Day!
Or any occasion!
or Just Because!

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

Jan 19
Feb 2
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

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

2nd Tuesday of every month

No meeting in 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.

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.

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 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 .

Low-Light Shooting - Feb 28

Experience the most comprehensive and innovative Low-Light training. Through our innovative training systems you will learn to dominate your suspect and your environment.

Def Handgun 1 is a required prerequisite for this class.
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.
Gunsmith Corner

With the holiday season behind us I can honestly say I’m glad it’s done. I hope that the coming year will find us with a greater availability of all things firearms related. My parts suppliers are telling me that things should improve over the next six months. This could significantly reduce the turnaround time on repairs. For the last few months work load coupled with decreasing availability of parts and long shipping times have increased my turn around times by at least a week and sometimes more. No, I’m not complaining, just trying to explain why your firearms are spending longer times in my shop.

I also want to take some time to thank all of you that have patiently waited for the extra week when I was out of work sick. I’m back now and nearing full capacity.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of older firearms that have been coming across my bench. I love working on the old guns that just need a little loving care to come back to useful and beautiful tools. If you have one of those old heirlooms laying around that you might want to shoot, bring it in and I will ensure it is functional and safe. Parts are mostly available and I’m finding new sources every week.

Thank you all for the support I have received over the last few years. I am humbled by your appreciation.


Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues & Wed 1pm-5pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 1pm-6pm
Deal of the Month for January
15% OFF All Hearing Protection
Upcoming Class Schedule -
ID Enhanced CCW - Jan 16,19,27, Feb 2,7,9,12,13,22,27
Handgun Familiarity - Jan 24,30, Feb 13,21
Youth Firearms Safety - Jan 24,30, Feb 13,21
Basic Pistol - Jan 11,13,15,17,18,20,23,25, Feb 1,3,6,8,10,15,17,20,23,24
Basic Pistol 2 - Jan 9,26,30, Feb 2,16,26
Defensive Handgun 1- Jan 9,24, Feb 14
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Jan 17, Feb 21
Defensive Handgun 2 - Jan 31
Low-light Shooting Techniques - Feb 28
Range Safety Officer - Jan 10
Kubotan - Jan 25

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 - Jan 12, Feb 5
Springfield - Jan 20, Feb 17
Shotgun - Jan 13, Feb 10
1911 - Jan 7, Feb 3
AR - Jan 26, Feb 23
Revolver - Jan 27, Feb 25
S&W semi-auto - Jan 21, Feb 18
Sig - Jan 14, Feb 16
Glock - Feb 4
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
Jan 19,28, Feb 11,24
This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
woman shotgun
Monthly Tip...
Home Defense and the SHOTGUN!

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 misinformation. 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... Ed
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