Newsletter - May 2021 Newsletter
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Newsletter  May 2021

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A Few Words From Ed

Here it is April 28th and I am putting the finishing touches on the May Newsletter. I can't believe how fast the time passes. Why was time so much slower when we were 15 and waiting to turn 16 so we could drive a car?

It has been great being home this past year, but the traveling and teaching has begun again. Getting on the road again is a bit different with all the new protocols. Had to get a COVID test today so I could fly to teach in Alaska on Sunday. But all the changes have not put a damper on the excitement of teaching. I am so blessed to do what I do and even after 45 years of teaching in one capacity or another I still get that little tingle when I am about to start a class.

In addition to the teaching travel, I am also in the middle of 3 new range projects as a consultant. It is so exciting to meet like-minded people who want to build and operate a facility centered on training, safety and family.

Of course all of this would not be possible if it were not for Peggy and Deb who keep watch over the CTS operations. And, they could not do their jobs if it were not for the amazing staff we have at CTS. Please take the time to thank our staff the next time you are in as they are all truly committed to making your CTS experience as good as it can be.

Members Only Specials.... As some of you may have noticed we are trying to provide extra benefits and perks to our members whenever possible. As ammo becomes more available at fair prices we will offer it to our members first. We will occassionally have certain products offered at special member pricing as well.

Quick AMMO Update... We are starting to see ammo become a bit more available. A few months ago wholesale 9mm was not available at any price. Today we can get 9mm but the price is beyond what I am willing to pay. I would rather tell a customer that I do not have ammo for sale out the door than have it and charge a ridiculous price for it. We are able to maintain enough ammo for classes and offer it to our students for a fair price. We will get back to normal sooner than later and when we do I hope our patrons remember we did not take advantage of these inflated prices.

Be Safe .....Ed

Notes from Peggy:
Save the date!
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 need to call to get into the same class when it's scheduled. 208-773-2331.

If you're getting unwanted "interested in" emails from us, please let us know and we'll take you off the list. Just reply to any email from us saying "take me off this list" and we'll do it instantly.

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.
We received another huge shipment of .223 and 5.56 ammo. We limited the sale to members only for the last 2 months and with this new shipment, we can open up the sale to everyone. Limit 5 boxes per caliber per customer per day while supplies last.
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!

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Why should I take the FREE Owner Orientation Class?
Ed's Observation.

Since I have been studying accidental shootings it was obvious to me that we don't have accidents with firearms unless we violate one or more of the primary safety rules. But what surprised me is how often the lack of knowledge about the operation of the firearm contributed to the accident.

That is why we have never sold a firearm at CTS (New, Used, or Consignment) that did not come with a free one hour class with our gunsmith. It is not a "how to shoot" class. It is a class on your specific firearm and covers how to load, unload, clean, lube, take-down, put together, store and transport.

This is a FREE class but I believe less than 5% of the purchasers take advantage of this FREE class. 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. 

Please Be Safe...Ed

 Product Highlights 

Optics, Optics Can You Say Optics?

We currently have the largest selection of optics we have ever had. If you are considering a traditional rifle scope, a red-dot, or prism type sighting system look no further than our optics counter.

Pictured above is just a sample of our in-stock options. We have a selection in every price range. Come in and see for yourself and remember to ask a team member for any suggestions or advice to help you select the best option to fit your needs.
Finally Our Gun Inventory Is Growing

We have the all new S&W M&P 9 Shield Plus, Shield EZ's, Hell Cats, Sig Sauers and many others in stock!

Please don't call us about specific guns as our stock changes every day.
Did You Know?

Did you know the US hit a record high NICs checks in March 2021?

2021 - 4,691,738(WOW!) 2016 - 2,523,265 2011 - 1,449,729

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. We offer this test every other Friday at 9am. To take this test, just call the range to get on the list. This test supports our ultimate goal to balance the student experience and make the classes as comprehensive as possible.

 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

No proficiency test is needed to retake a class you've already attended.
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. Would you take your driver’s license test without taking Driver’s Ed or ever driving a car?

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.

Starting 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.
Do You Own A Gun You Just Don't Use? We can help you 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.
Our Consignment Section has many custom/precision rifles to choose from. We have never had so many precision rifles available at the same time.

We even have a custom carbon fiber barrel new rifle available. There has never been a better time to satisfy your desire for a quality precision rifle.

Member FUN Shoot
May 25
June 29
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

May 15
June 19
  The Women Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

May 11
June 8
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.

May Topic: What we need to know in our own Preparedness and Threat Management
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.

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Advanced Carbine June 5
Don't miss the most comprehensive Carbine class offered in the Northwest. This is a newly modified version of our very popular course. We will offer this advanced program this summer on June 5th at Fernan Rod and Gun Club Outdoor range.  We are blessed to have such an awesome facility available to us here in North Idaho. 
This class is less than 1 hr of classroom and approximately 7 hrs of shooting on the range. We will pick up where we left off at the end of Basic Carbine and move into a comprehensive format covering carbine and also handgun transitions.  
Please make sure you check out the list of required equipment prior to registering for this class.
All students must have completed the CTS Basic Carbine class.

Concealed Carry Street Survival June 27

Back by popular demand...
This course was developed to introduce our students to the appropriate response to a surprise attack.
This class teaches students to use the body's natural FLINCH response to their advantage. Natural flinch body posturing will be the initiation position for many of the techniques presented in this course.
Even the best prepared or situational aware person is subject to a surprise attack. This class will teach you to win that fight!
  • Safe Gun Handling
  • Body's Natural Flinch Reaction
  • Counter Ambush Techniques
  • 360 degree Movement/Shooting
  • Threat Interaction
  • Less than Lethal Force options
  • Use of Lethal Force Options
  • Post Incident Actions and Responsibilities
  • Live Fire Exercises
Required Equipment:
  • Handgun with 2 Mags or Speed Loaders
  • 150 Rounds of Ammo
  • STRONG side holster
  • Eye and Eye Protection
  • Billed Baseball Cap (Optional)
  • Cover Garment (Optional)


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'm 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
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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.
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Upcoming Class Schedule

ID Enhanced CCW - May 1,12,25,29,30, June 4,18,20,26,29
Handgun Familiarity - May 28
Youth Firearms Safety - May 15, June 23
Basic Pistol - May 2,3,7,8,10,17,22,23,24, June 5,7,12,13,14,16,19,21,28,30
Basic Pistol 2 - May 11,18,26,29, June 8,15,27
Basic Pistol 2 (re-takes only) - May 4, June 1,25
Defensive Handgun 1- June 6
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - May 23, June 20
Concealed Carry Street Survival - June 27
Intro to Carbine - May 1
Basic Carbine - May 16
Advanced Carbine - June 5
Kubotan - May 26, June 22
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 - May 6, June 11
Springfield - May 14, June 22
Shotgun - May 12, June 16
1911 - May 4, June 9
AR - May 19, June 24
Revolver - May 25, 29
S&W semi-auto - May 18, June 23
Sig - May 13, June 18
Glock - May 5, June 10
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
May 7, 20, June 15,25
This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip

Dry Fire... Dry Fire.... Dry Fire 

This is a repeat Tip as some of you long time readers know. A number of you have emailed and called wanting to know about Dry Fire practice. Especially with the ammo availability and prices, many people still can't get to a live fire range, I felt it appropriate to reprint this tip.
Dry Fire practice is not the end all solution. In fact, most firearms instructors don't even know how to do it or explain how to do it properly.  Dry Fire practice is just one small component to a good practice routine. Remember the subconscious will quickly realize the gun is empty and before you know it you will be doing perfect dry fire manipulations. Then you go back to live fire and your back to your bad habits with the trigger.  It is a process and it will take time. Below you will find some tips on how to get the most from your dry fire practice.

As you have heard me say many times, Smooth Trigger Press is critical to accurate consistent shooting. Regardless if you are shooting a bullseye match, IDPA, or just practicing your defensive shooting skills, Trigger Press is a critical component to shooting.
It has been proven that weapon handling skills degrade by 20% in only one week if you are inactive. Dry fire practice is crucial to improving and maintaining live fire skills. In dry-fire, you essentially do everything except experience the bang and the cycling of the action. By not having to deal with recoil management or noise issues, you will be able to concentrate on proper equipment manipulation and trigger control. 

And it is FREE!
The key to effective practice is to perform the fundamentals perfectly. Trigger control, sight alignment, sight picture, grip and posture can all be practiced during dry-fire but it must be done correctly. Aim at a very small target. My DF target is about a 1/4" circle. The small target magnifies any poor follow through, trigger control or other poor techniques.

Call every shot! You must know if you pulled the shot or jerked the trigger. The old adage "Only perfect practice makes perfect" should be followed.
How Often To Practice Dry Fire:
I believe you should dry-fire 5 times as much as you live fire. Keep the sessions to under 15 minutes. Two or three sessions per week will result in noticeable improvement in fairly short order. It's not productive to practice for long periods because people tend to get sloppy which does nothing but build bad habits. It's better to do 15 minutes three times a week than one 45 minute session once per week.
Some Dry Fire Safety Considerations:
  1. Clear your gun - Remove all ammo from training area. Then check it again!
  2. Place target in a safe direction to minimize potential for injury if a negligent discharge occurs.
  3. Visually and manually inspect guns, magazines and training rounds to ensure no live rounds are present.
  4. Repeat Step 3. 
  5. Do not allow yourself to be disturbed. If you are, stop the session and deal with it. Do "condition check" upon your return. 
  6. When you have completed the practice session... NO MORE PRACTICE FOR THE SESSION. REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE PRACTICE AREA BEFORE YOU LOAD YOUR FIREARM. Never make your gun hot in the DF practice area...NEVER!

Remember....Be Safe... Ed
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