Newsletter - February 2021 Newsletter
Welcome To The Target Zone
Newsletter  February 2021

The Northwest's First Five Star Range and  The Inland NW's ONLY Five Star Range    
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Best Shooting Range in USA
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Best Indoor Range in USA 2010 & 2020
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Post Falls Business of the Year
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A Few Words From Ed

February is here and the hectic pace within our industry and this facility continues. The demand for ammunition continues to surpass the supply. Until we see an end to the range ammo shortage we will continue to limit sales of ammunition and protect our ammo supply for classes. Thank you for your understanding on this matter as we must ensure that students in classes always have ammunition to shoot.
You may have noticed the installation of additional cameras in and around the facility. We have 1 color/infrared camera for every two shooting lanes. We have also added additional camera coverage of the parking lot and other critical areas of the facility.
If you have younger shooters in your family remember we have the "Ian" platform available for you to use. The platform was inspired by a young man named Ian who is tall enough for our range but a bit too short to shoot over the shooter's bench. I built the platform so younger shooters will have a safe and stable place to enjoy the experience of shooting. Just ask one of our employees to help you move it into your stall if you have a youngster who needs a little extra height.
A Word About Our Classes
As you know our classes are just about 100% sold out every month .  We understand the wait for a class date can be frustrating and we are working to alleviate this as much as possible. We have added classes to every day the range is available. We have cancelled 90% of our LE range contracts and now offer the range to LE on a daily basis only when available. This will give our members and our training programs priority.
Why are our classes so popular?  I believe the reasons are many. Allow me to share what so many of you have told us. I know there are many places to train in our area. As you know I have always encouraged students to take quality training at every opportunity. I believe we are all the products of our experiences and a diversity of QUALITY training makes us all better.
The selfish benefit to me is that taking these other classes (some local and some hundreds of miles away) confirms in the student's mind just how good our training really is. So often I have heard, " It was a good class, but no better than Center Target Sports and you are a lot cheaper and I don't have to travel!"
I believe the fact that we allow you to repeat any class previously completed forever for free speaks volumes. I know of no better way to prove our commitment to your training, subject understanding, and task performance. Let's not forget the additional benefit of having my services in the courtroom for free, God forbid you ever need them, if you take your CCW class from us.
Do we hold you to a higher training standard? You bet we do. I remember 16 years ago a number of local instructors laughed at the thought of us requiring CCW students to shoot a qualification course and sit in class for 7 hours. Many laughed because we were the first to bring the Utah CCW program to Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Western Montana. We feel more committed to the higher standard of training we offer now more than ever due in no small part to the over 25,000 students that have completed our training. 
Thank you for supporting us and thank you for your patience in waiting for a class date. I can assure you it will be worth the wait. Don't believe me... Compare our programs to anyone else anywhere in the country and see for yourself.

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.

Notes from Peggy:

*****Effective today: Idaho is back to Stage 3, so we've increased the size of our CCW classes and a few others. Check our website for new availabilities!

Notice our Thursday hours are now 9am-7pm

Women of Caliber starts up again this Month. See box below for more info.

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.
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
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 Product Highlights 
Nano Vaults
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Buddy Bars / Door Jammer
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One thing that separates it from all other products in this category is Its's strength! The BuddyBar has been tested to withstand up to 2,560 lbs of force. No other door jammer can claim this and we are proud of the engineering as it leaves no room for this product to ever fail you in time of need.

We think you will agree that the Buddybar is engineered with far-superior quality and addresses common points of failure in cheaper door jammers. Now isn't that peace of mind worth it? Sometimes you really DO get what you pay for!


Ever begin to breakdown your firearm for maintenance or cleaning and wonder how to accomplish your task. Now you can have a specific area designed to keep your work area clean. See the new TekMats we now have in stock.
door jammer
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.
 Member Fun Shoots
What are they?
Who can attend?
How often do they occur?
What do they entail?
Are they really fun?

See below for a reprint from a previous news letter.

A Special Message from a Long Time Member

So you are a CTS member and have never attended a fun shoot? It must be because you don't know what you are missing. I live 1 hour away from Post Falls so coming in for regular practice time doesn't happen very often, which is the primary reason most people purchase a CTS membership. 

For my husband and I, we are members primarily for the value we see in attending the monthly fun shoots. You may be wondering what exactly is "Fun Shoot". It is facilitated by Ed Santos, owner of CTS who although he spends 200+ days annually traveling to provide advanced training to various law enforcement agencies recognized that members of CTS deserved some one-on-one time with him, so member fun shoots began. Instead of Ed deciding what we will do each month, we decide. We as members decide as a group what skills we want to work on for the next month and Ed puts together the instruction and drills to make it happen. 

Any skill set you can think of, we have practiced it during a fun shoot. Speed drills, distance shooting, precision shooting, low light, force-on-force, obstacle course, moving targets, moving to targets. The list is as endless as your imagination. It doesn't matter if you are an advanced shooter or just starting out. Ed spends time with each shooter to ensure everyone learns something and everyone has a fun and safe time doing it. All you need is a holster and some extra magazines. So, you are a CTS member and have never attended a fun shoot? 

Now that you know what you are missing, hope to see you at the next one. Not a member of CTS, what are you waiting for. If you divide 12 months of fun shoot time by the cost of a membership you will see the value in joining.

---D.S. Member
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.

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

Feb 2
March 30
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Feb 20
March 20
  The Women Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

No meeting in Jan
Feb 9
March 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. We were just voted the Best Range in the USA for 2020 by GSSF!!!

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.

Feb Topic: Tips to prevent a carjacking
March Topic: Keeping your skills up during a ammo shortage
Home Defense Shotgun - March 15
If you incorporate a shotgun in your home defense plan...this is the class for you. This new format is appropriate for people of all ages and physical abilities.I 
Topics of instruction include shotgun safety and responsibility, recoil control, marksmanship skill development, shooting positions, target engagements, threat assessment, and shotgun modifications/accessories.

In addition to learning the shotguns attributes, this course will teach you the shotgun's limitations. The student will be introduced to Close Range Engagement Techniques (CRET), reality based scenarios, and 360 degree coverage.

A combination of lecture, demonstrations, and live fire exercises will be used to teach the proper deployment of the shotgun from point blank to distances out to 25 yards.
All instruction materials, range time, and targets are provided by Center Target Sports.

Students must provide the following:
eye and ear protection
Semi-auto or pump action shotgun
Weapons mounted Flashlight(optional)
25 rounds of birdshot
10 rounds of 00 buckshot (low recoil loads recommended), 000 for .410
 5 Slug rounds
ar class
AR Armorer course - 2 days
March 26 & 27

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. 
Basic Carbine - March 28

Basic Carbine is the class that teaches the proper manipulation and function of the carbine for defense. This is an 6 hour course limited to 10 students. This course is designed to introduce students to the rifle and develop safe essential rifle skills. You will learn the short and medium range applications which are encountered by Law Enforcement/Military personnel in an urban/rural environment.

This course covers: ammunition selection, ballistics, loading, unloading and malfunctions, positions and aiming, marksmanship fundamentals, cover and concealment. 
This course is required if you wish to take the Advanced Carbine class offered once a year in the summer at Fernan Outdoor range.

Intro to Carbine - March 6
This is a class designed with the new carbine shooter in mind. It is as advertised an intro class. 
Under our old format our basic carbine class often had students that had never even loaded an AR magazine let alone fired a shot. This required us to spend more time in the class room than was ideal and it also slowed our progress when we began shooting.

The perfect solution is to offer those true beginners an opportunity to get a good understanding of this very popular weapons system. The fundamentals of the AR are covered in detail and will allow the students to transition into the basic course with ease.
Cane Defense

March 10

It is time again for another Cane defense class. 
This is a great class for anyone who wants to learn about the many benefits of a cane for personal defense. This medical device has many features that can come in handy even in traditional non-permissive environments.
This class is appropriate to all ages, genders and physical capabilities. This is not a martial arts class. 
This is a class that offers techniques and skill sets that can be quickly learned and applied.

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 ensure 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
If you shoot for any length of time you will experience a malfunction or be near someone who does. Firearms are mechanical devices and are prone to breakdowns if not properly maintained. Just like the routine maintenance on your car, you want to have the same approach when it comes to firearms. I am going to highlight some of the most common malfunctions I see on the range and how to prevent them from happening. 

The car analogy helps to illustrate some of the items that need to be paid attention to when it comes to maintenance on firearms. The belts, hoses, and moving parts to a car are like the magazine springs, recoil springs, and gas rings. They are items that are what I call "planned replacement items." At certain intervals these parts need to be replaced. They keep your firearm in good running condition. If one of them wears out, it can throw the entire system off balance. Each firearm is different in the parts that need routine replacement.
With semi-auto handguns, you will want to check the magazine springs more frequently and the recoil spring less frequently (at 3000 to 5000 rounds). You need to keep an eye on the same parts for semi-automatic rifles. One exception is the AR-15 rifle. It also has a set of gas rings that need to be replaced approximately every 3000 rounds. Revolvers are fairly simple machines for the end user. Two parts wear over time. The hammer spring and a part called the "hand." The hand is the mechanism that turns the cylinder when the trigger is pulled. With enough rounds, the engagement surfaces wear and the hand doesn't push the cylinder as far as it used to. This can cause a problem with projectiles being shaved by the forcing cone as they make their way into the barrel.
The other aspect of car maintenance that is important is to make sure all the fluids are in good condition and topped off. For the firearm this means keeping the contact surfaces oiled. More often than not a failure to cycle is caused by a gun that is too dry. I see at least four of these a week.  A few drops of oil in the appropriate places and the gun works again. Notice that I said oil and not grease. Grease is much thicker than oil and can slow the travel down on handgun slides and rifle bolts. This is especially true in cold temperatures. In short, use oil and not grease for all your general lubrication needs.
Here is a troubleshooting list and some possible solutions to common problems:
Slide or bolt fails to cycle properly: Not enough lubrication, weak or under powered ammunition, worn out gas rings (AR-15), worn or broken part inside the gun.
Cartridges fail to extract or eject: Dirty or fouled up breech face, fouling in the chamber, weak extractor spring, worn or damaged ejector, not enough lubrication, improperly sized ammunition (reloads), too much carbon build up (needs professional cleaning).
Cartridges hang up when feeding from the magazine: Weak or worn out magazine spring, not enough lubrication, worn out recoil spring, too much carbon build up (needs professional cleaning).
Light strike or misfires: Weak spring in the firing mechanism, oil or debris in the firing mechanism, broken or damaged firing pin, bad ammunition.
Spent cases get pinched by the slide during ejection (stovepipe): Weak or under powered ammunition, not enough lubrication, improper shooting grip, too much carbon build up (needs professional cleaning).
Action binds when the trigger is pulled (revolvers): Too much carbon build up, bent ejector rod, ejector rod has unscrewed or backed out.
Malfunctions can be lumped into three major categories in order with most common first:
  1. Lubrication/maintenance
  2. Ammunition
  3. Magazines
Most of the above malfunctions can be avoided by routine maintenance and by having your firearm professionally cleaned and inspected every 1000 to 2000 rounds or every 6 months, whichever comes first

Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues & Wed 1pm-5pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 1pm-6pm
Deal of the Month for February
15% OFF All Belts
Upcoming Class Schedule -
ID Enhanced CCW - Feb 6,7,9,12,13,22,24,27, March 6,14,16,19,30
Handgun Familiarity - Feb 13,21, March 5,10
Youth Firearms Safety - Feb 13,21, March 13,31
Basic Pistol - Feb 3,6,8,10,15,17,20,23,24, March 1,7,8,13,20,21,22,24,27,29
Basic Pistol 2 - Feb 16,26, March 2,9,17,21,31
Defensive Handgun 1- Feb 14, March 12
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Feb 21, March 28
Low-light Shooting Techniques - Feb 28
Intro to Carbine - March 6
Basic Carbine - March 28
Home Defense Shotgun - March 15
AR Armorer Course (2 days) - March 26 & 27
Kubotan - March 2
Refuse to be a Victim - March 3
Cane Defense - March 10

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 - Feb 5, March 4
Springfield - Feb 17, March 16
Shotgun - Feb 10, March 10
1911 - Feb 3, March 2
AR - Feb 23, March 18
Revolver - Feb 25, March 24
S&W semi-auto - Feb 18, March 17
Sig - Feb 16, March 12
Glock - Feb 4, March 3
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
Feb 11,24, March 11,23
This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
Monthly Tip...

This month I want to discuss firearm safety with respect to firearm security. Lately the national and local news have run numerous stories of firearms and children. In the hands of trained civilians and law enforcement, firearms are nothing but a tool used for protection. Like any tool in the tool shed it is our responsibility as gun owners and parents to control access to anything that can be dangerous.

If a child gains access to any dangerous tool it can be a disaster waiting to happen. I would like to discuss the concept of firearms security. I look at firearms in the home in two distinct categories. Those firearms that we use for sport or recreation at known or planned specific times and those firearms we have for protection that we may need at any unknown/unexpected time.

Firearms in the first category should be unloaded and secured in a safe or locked locker of some kind. After all the nature of these firearms allows us to collect them as needed without any big emphasis for speed. These firearms should be stored unloaded. The issue that is of most concern and often leads to debate or controversy is how do we secure those firearms in category two. Those defensive firearms that we may need immediate access to for protection without any advanced notice.

I am a firm believer in having a loaded firearm in your home for defense. However, these firearms must be under your control at all times. I must fall short here of stating a specific solution for this purpose. After all, every family every household will have unique issues that must be considered, evaluated and understood before the proper solution can be determined.

The relationship between parents, firearms and children should be an ever evolving one. As children grow in age and maturity and as the parents begin to better understand the personalities and maturity differences in their children the exposure to firearms should change as well. Hiding an unsecured firearm in the home regardless of the age of your children is in my mind unacceptable.

I'd like to discuss some devices that are worth your consideration. About the simplest and cheapest device you can find is a standard cable gun lock. It's basically a steel cable covered in plastic that you snake through the barrel of the gun or through the magazine well in the grip. This cable type lock can be removed in four to five seconds, so it won't slow you down.

If there is room in the budget, try a bio-metric, locking gun box. There are vaults that don't even require a key. You simply swipe your finger across a small pad and the box reads your fingerprint and opens. These are not get what you pay for.

There are many options in the gun storage world but you may also be able to make your own device. Something as simple as a converted ammo can. A lock and hasp on an ammo can and you have a child proof secure location.

Above and beyond the security issues we must also realize that children seem to have endless energy and curiosity. At some point parents should sit their children down and with the gun unloaded, let your kids touch it, hold it, feel it in their hands. But make it clear they can never touch that weapon again at any time without you being there with them. Make them understand that weapon can kill and can never be played with like a toy. This process should be done only after a great deal of consideration and evaluation. As the child begins to display behavior and maturity that warrants an effort to demystify the firearm.

Children should also be taught the NRA's Eddie Eagle Rules. Eddie Eagle says if a child finds a gun they should:
  • STOP
  • Don't Touch
  • Leave the Area
  • Tell an Adult
I hope this info is somewhat helpful. If you would like more information or want to discuss some specifics as they apply to your family please don't hesitate to contact me or any of the CTS staff for assistance.

  Remember....Be Safe... Ed
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