Newsletter - April 2021 Newsletter
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Newsletter  April 2021

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A Few Words From Ed

Wow April already... I just returned from 8 days of teaching in St Louis at the world's largest law enforcement training conference. It is an awesome experience to teach and take classes from the best of the best.
I had an opportunity to talk with a young man now medically retired from a major Illinois department. He was shot during a foot pursuit at night in a densely populated area. Of course you all know my passion for how we function under stress in the dark. The details of this shooting are too complex to be illustrated in this article, but the impact of what happened that night are clear and unfortunately not all that unique. In summary, we have a former military combat experienced officer involved in a foot pursuit in the dark of night and he begins searching without turning his weapon mounted flashlight on. He is literally cutting the pie, gun at the ready, searching for the suspect without turning his light on. When he saw the muzzle of the suspects gun pointed at him he saw the flash of the first round fired by the suspect that just missed his femoral artery by millimeters. Multiple shots were fired by the suspect and a total of three officers. The suspect died on the scene.

My discussion with this officer confirmed a trend I have seen all to often. I asked the officer why he didn't turn the light on. He said " I never thought about turning it on" , " I was trying to be stealth". The officer also revealed that he had not fired his handgun while using a handheld flashlight or weapon light in over a year. His department does not have a low-light training program.

Most people would never expect a combat seasoned veteran and trained police officer to search in close quarters, cutting the pie, without turning a weapons mounted light on. For me no surprise! Having lead into this discussion with the above example please allow me to take this situation and expand it to a training in general. At CTS we are often asked why we are so grounded in fundamentals especially in our defensive classes. Students say when are we going to do the cool stuff...the fancy techniques. The answer in my opinion is obvious. Fundamentals in weapon manipulations, tactics and operations is all we can rely on when we are in the heightened state of body alarm. Could we teach some of the flashy Youtube techniques, or the systems often taught by traveling Blog or internet instructors, yes, but to what end. If it is not proven or will not work during body alarm we will not teach it.

Bottom line, if we do not develop comprehensive fundamentals we have nothing we can count on if we are in a body alarm response situation. Please train to a standard and constantly try to better the standard and then you will be ready for what ever you encounter

On another note, but in keeping with high quality training, do not miss the Lifesaver Training program we are hosting over the Mothers Day weekend. I could not be more excited about the opportunity to host the best of the best. We at CTS do not have the experience to teach this type of lifesaver class, so that's why we have reached out to XSA International. This will be the best trauma response class we have ever offered. See more below.

Below is a new change to the Glock Blue Label Purchase program.

  1. Active duty Firefighters or volunteer fire fighters with current Active Duty Department Credentials. (FD Department Picture ID front & back The ID must indicate the position held) are eligible to purchase at a local blue label supplier found on the GLOCK dealer locator. These sales are not eligible for direct purchases from GLOCK Inc.
  2. EMT’s or tactical EMT’s & paramedics employed by a fire department, law enforcement agency or ambulance service working in the field and responding to emergency calls. Certifications alone do not qualify. Eligible to purchase at a local blue label supplier found on the GLOCK dealer locator. These sales are not eligible for direct purchases from GLOCK Inc.

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Until ammo becomes available our Ladies Day special will be shoot free with a $12 purchase from our store.

Notes from Peggy:

Reminder we are closed on Easter Sunday.

Save the dates!
Advanced Carbine June 5th at Fernan.
Precision Scoped Rifle July 31st at Fernan.
If you're interested in receiving sign up information, email [email protected] and we'll let you know when the class registration is open.

Just a reminder if you've paid for a class in the past, were unable to attend and gave us the required 48 hour notice, you just need to call to get into the same class if it's scheduled.

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. Also, 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.

A reminder that retakes need to call in to the range to sign up. The website does NOT recognize a retake.

Yes, we are still taking toiletries and phone donations for the women's shelter. Thank you to all of you who give.
Membership Lane Reservations

One of the perks of membership is the ability to make range reservations. Members are encouraged to make reservations for range time to eliminate waiting for an open lane.
We gladly take reservations from 2-48 hours prior to desired time. (2:00 reservation on Weds. should be made after 2:00 on Mon. but before noon on Weds.) 
Reservations are taken on the hour. (2:00 vs 2:30)
Reservations will be held for 10 minutes past the hour. After that the lane will be open for anyone to use.
The reservation is for one hour beginning on the hour of the reservation and ending on the next hour. (2:00 reservation is from 2-3)
One lane reservation per member may be made. And, member must be present to use reservation. (Mr. and Mrs. Jones cannot reserve two lanes for Mr. Jones to bring Mr. Smith.)
Only two lanes total will be held at each hour. (If two lanes are already reserved at the desired time, a different time must be picked.) Reservations are made on the small bay. CTS reserves the right to change that.
(Without a reservation your range time is not limited)

Our Current Hours Are: 
Monday   CLOSED
Tuesday    11am-5pm
Wednesday 11am-5pm
Thursday   9am-7pm
Friday      9am-7pm
Saturday   9am-7pm
Sunday     11am-5pm
Remember Find Great Savings!

20% off Flash Sales every Wednesday!

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We are so excited to announce that Mothers day weekend May 8th and 9th is going to be an amazing weekend here at CTS. We will be hosting the most advanced and comprehensive Lifesaver Course you could ever imagine. This course is taught by tactical medical professionals with extensive field experience. Please save the date as we will be providing more details and registration information in next month's newsletter.

This class is the "Real Deal" and it will include very realistic wound makeup and fake blood etc... Bring extra clothes as in some cases they will be cut in real-life form to access some wounds.

Don't miss this class.

You are not registered in this class until it is paid for. It can be paid by Paypal on our website or you can call in your credit card number or you can come in person to pay. 

Since this is not a CTS class, there will be NO refunds on this class, NO re-takes and NO senior rate.
 Product Highlights 

HP Holsters - Did you know the SureLock III made by HP is the fastest draw retention holster made in the world? It also has a lifetime warranty.

If you don't see what you want in the store, go to the HP website to order. To save on shipping, just check "pick up in store" and it will delivered to Center Target for pick up.
We have the all new S&W M&P 9 Shield Plus in stock!

You have heard about the new S&W M&P 9 Plus, now see below for all the unique features.

Talk About Features:
  • Flat face trigger for consistent trigger finger placement that allows for more accurate and repeatable shooting.
  • Enhanced grip texture allows the user to manage recoil, keep a firm grip and delivers comfort when concealing.
  • Extended magazine offers 13+1 round capacity. For more concealable option, we offer a flush-fit 10 round magazine.
  • 13 round and 10 round magazines included.
  • Tactile and audible trigger reset.
  • Extremely thin and lightweight - can be comfortably carried all day.
  • M&P’s patented take-down lever and sear deactivation systems all for disassembly without pulling the trigger.
  • Optimal 18-degree grip angle for natural point of aim.
  • Armornite® durable corrosion resistant finish.
  • Backed by Smith & Wesson’s Lifetime Service Policy.
Plus power eye-pro

Having trouble seeing the front sights? We now have in stock eye protection with built in magnification. Prescription shooting glasses can be expensive. For many people safety glasses with additional magnification may be a more reasonable solution.

We have a selection of powers (+150 & +200) to meet your specific needs. Please ask staff to try one of our sample sets. Only $5.

Tell Me About the REQUIRED Proficiency Test for Def Handgun 1

To sign up for Def HG 1, you must complete a 10 minute proficiency test. To take this test, just call the range to make an appointment with Larry, Rod or PJ. This test supports our ultimate goal to balance the student experience and make the classes as comprehensive as possible.

 No proficiency test is needed to retake a class you've already attended. To take a required proficiency test please bring the below listed equipment:

  • Firearm and strong side OWB holster
  • 3 magazines with two mag pouches
  • Eye and Ear Protection

Hope this helps everyone understand the process.

Speaking of Classes and Student Abilities.

I wanted to talk about the CCW qualification. Every listing of our CCW class clearly delivers the message that students must know how to shoot and handle their firearm. CCW is not a "how to shoot class". Students must be able to load, handle and shoot their firearm safely. We are constantly experiencing students that do not know how to load their handgun and can not accurately shoot their gun well enough to hit a man sized target out to 30 feet.

During the qualification process we can no longer take the time to work one on one with students that can not shoot safely or accurately on their own. Beginning immediately, if we see a student struggling with their firearm ability we will take them off the firing line and they can return at a later date to qualify. They will not receive the certificate or application paperwork until they qualify.

Thanks for understanding but safety and courtesy to the other students in the class are paramount.

Be Safe...ed

Basic Pistol II vs. repeating Basic Pistol
We created Basic Pistol II at the request of our former Lead Instructor Ken Cramer. Ken accurately saw a need for a venue that provided more trigger time to the basic student that would allow their skills to more rapidly improve.
The result of his thinking was the development of Basic Pistol II which is designed to be almost entirely conducted on the range. That's why the prerequisite of Basic Pistol is important.

If you completed Basic Pistol but want more trigger time to refine your shooting skills with an instructor present, the Basic Pistol II class will allow you to grow leaps and bounds, more than if you merely repeated Basic Pistol. Of course when you complete Basic Pistol II you can repeat that course as often as you like! Now you are really learning and improving your skills.

In May we're offering a Basic Pistol 2 re-takes only class. This class is for those who've taken Basic Pistol 2 already. It's free, but you have to CALL the range to sign up. 208-773-2331.
Think Gift Certificates for any occasion!
Mother's Day
Father's Day
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.
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
April 20
May 25
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

New Series
April 17
May 15
June 19
  The Women Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

April 13
May 11
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
IDPA in April will be the 2nd and 3rd Sunday.

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.
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.

April Topic: Holsters for Everyday Life
Basic Carbine - May 16

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 Rod and Gun Club.
Intro to Carbine - May 1

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.

In addition, the basic course is now a 6 hour course with very little classroom and much more shooting time on the range

NRA Range Safety Officer Course - April 18
Have you ever wanted your NRA Range Safety Officer Certification?
Now is your chance! 
The NRA Range Safety Officer program was developed in response to the demand for a nationally recognized range safety officer certification. NRA Range Safety Officers are people who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.
NRA Range Safety Officers should be experienced shooters, involved in many aspects of target shooting, training, and range supervision. The NRA encourages active shooters to learn more and become responsible for the safety of fellow shooters through this program.
  1. Introduction to the NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course
  2. The Role of the NRA Range Safety Officer and Range Standard Operating Procedures
  3. Range Inspection and Range Rules
  4. Range Safety Briefing
  5. Emergency Procedures
  6. Firearm Stoppages and Malfunctions
  7. Test and Review
Gunsmith Corner
It’s the time of year when I get lots of calls about information on guns. I can rarely if ever give good answers over the phone. I really need to look at the firearm up close to give any kind of an opinion regarding safety, functionality, history or repair ability. 

I will work on most anything that is not a black powder firearm (muzzle loaders) or air gun. Occasionally I will turn down antiques that I am totally unfamiliar with. These antique situations have only happened a couple times in my career.

I try very hard to be a full service smith, but the majority of the service work I accomplish is firearm repair and part fitting. I often find myself repairing broken stocks and he fitting of replacement stocks.

I do bedding. I don’t build stocks but I can recommend some very good ready-made stocks. Change barrels, head space, cut chambers and thread for muzzle devices.
I fit barrels and or bushings into handguns.

If you in need of any of these services, please come in to see me.  
Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues & Wed 1pm-5pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 1pm-6pm
Deal of the Month for April
ALL Concealment Purses
25% OFF
Upcoming Class Schedule
ID Enhanced CCW - April 3,13,17,20,23,25,28, May 1,12,25,29,30
Handgun Familiarity - April 16, May 28
Youth Firearms Safety - April 2,10, May 15
Basic Pistol - April 3,5,6,10,12,14,19,24,25,26,27, May 2,3,7,8,10,17,22,23,24
Basic Pistol 2 - April 7,21,24,30, May 11,18,26,29
Basic Pistol 2 (re-takes only) - May 4
Defensive Handgun 1- April 11
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - ,April 26, May 23
Intro to Carbine - May 1
Basic Carbine - May 16
Home Defense Shotgun - April 9
NRA Range Safety Officer Course - April 18
Kubotan - April 14, May 26
Refuse to be a Victim - May 5
Emergency LIfesaver Course (2 days) - May 8 & 9

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 - April 6, May 6
Springfield - April 15, May 14
Shotgun - April 8, May 12
1911 - April 1, May 4
AR - April 21, May 19
Revolver - April 27, May 25
S&W semi-auto - April 20, May 18
Sig - April 14, May 13
Glock - April 2, May 5
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
April 7, 22, May 7, 20
This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip

Concealed Carry Considerations
I was surprised how many officers attending the St. Louis conference I earlier talked about did not carry when they went out to dinner or were away from the conference hotel. We were in downtown St. Louis, was it complacency or did they want to drink alcohol with dinner? I'm not sure why, but I thought I would offer a few considerations about concealed carry.

It is a huge responsibility not only under the law but to you and those you would protect, to understand the law, and to be prepared and trained. Notice I said prepared not paranoid. Carrying a CCW is a burden, but a burden we should all embrace. At every opportunity we need to guard against any attempt to limit our 2nd amendment rights. Responsible firearm ownership is something we should all strive to achieve, teach, share and promote. This article will not discuss firearm selection since we have covered that subject many times.
Any firearm you carry for defense must be reliable and accurate. You must know what your abilities are to safely and effectively defend yourself with this tool.

When you carry concealed you should try to keep the firearm concealed. In Idaho you are not breaking the law if the firearm is exposed as you go about your activities. This may not be the case in some states. Be sure to know the laws in the state in which you are carrying. That being said, we should develop habits that not only promote concealment, but will allow our gun hand to be free of obstacles to a clean weapon presentation. An example would be learning to reach for items in the grocery store with your support hand so that your cover garment stays over the firearm and your gun hand is empty.
We are not all created equally. Your body type and your size can determine the method of carry. A petite person may have difficulty carrying a large frame gun and clothing choices may have a more dynamic impact on the ultimate concealment of the firearm. A very large person may experience firearm access issues with certain holster types. I believe it was Colonel Cooper who said "It is Concealed Carry not Comfortable Carry."
The type of firearm and size you choose will not only impact your ability to handle the firearm it will also affect your carry methods. Caliber is also a major consideration, and of course this is a perfect opportunity for me to share again my answer to that most asked question. "Carry the largest caliber gun... you can shoot accurately... that you are willing to carry at all times"'
Holster selection will require you to look at some comfort, security, accessibility and budget considerations. Accessibility, Security and Comfort is the order of importance in my mind. But, we must also realize that a quality holster is not going to be inexpensive. After all you have spent hundreds of dollars on a quality firearm, why would you settle on a cheap holster that fails in offering security, comfort or accessibility? With a little planning you will be able to find a suitable firearm and carry method.
Foreign States
A foreign state is a state that you are not a resident of. State gun laws vary considerably. What is acceptable in some states can be very illegal in others. It is our responsibility to know the law. The first consideration we need to make is if our CCW permit is honored by the state we intend to visit. Idaho honors permits from all states that issue permits. If all states mirrored that policy our CCW life would be much simpler.
In addition to the permit being honored, some states have weapons type/style limitations. Some even have an approved list of firearms that may be brought into the state. Travel in those states with a firearm that is not approved, can result in serious penalties. Know before you Go!
Can't Carry Where You Are Going
If you are traveling in a state that does not honor your permit or you find yourself in a non-permissive environment all is not lost. We need to consider our options. Weapons of opportunity, alternative weapons such as Pepper Spray, Kubotan, Cane and tactical flashlights are all good choices. Of course along with the weapon selection comes the need to know how to use these great alternatives and in some cases supplements to the defensive firearm.
The Need to Train  
As coach Bear Bryant once said "It is not your desire to train that matters...It is your desire to train to win that counts"!  Training is my greatest passion, but quality training is an absolute necessity. It is well known that in crisis, we will fight as we train.
There is no substitute to a professional firearms instructor. If you are having difficulty finding a quality instructor where you live, ask your local police department. Most quality instructors who teach law enforcement also teach civilians as well. Take classes from different quality instructors to gain a broader perspective of the shooting arts. You will learn things from every instructor you experience. A quality instructor will not attempt to clone you. You will pick techniques, skills and concepts from each instructor and all those lessons will make you the shooter you need to be.
Choose the appropriate firearm, holster and accessories for your lifestyle. Commit to effective quality training in both firearm skills and the law. Have some serious introspective conversations with yourself and be sure of your moral, ethical, and emotional commitment to carry a concealed weapon. And above all else, when you have done your due diligence and are in compliance with your local laws... Carry Your Firearm at All Times When It is Legal To Do So!

Remember....Be Safe... Ed

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