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

The Northwest's First Five Star Range and  The Inland NW's ONLY Five Star Range    
Home Of The Lifetime Warranty
The Northwest's only "NO REGRETS" POLICY
Best Shooting Range in USA
Awarded by SHOT Business Magazine
Best Indoor Range in USA 2010 & 2020
Awarded by Glock (GSSF) Inc.
Post Falls Business of the Year
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A Few Words From Ed

Are things starting to slowly get back to normal, or is it just me? In any event, we are so excited to again be able to have our annual Customer Appreciation Day event on August 14th. Read more about this amazing day below.

Training continues to be a major activity here at CTS. I am often asked why we are so grounded in fundamentals that are presented during our classes. It is not hard to tell the difference in a CTS trained shooter and a shooter that has received their training elsewhere. I don't know why, but over the last couple of weeks I have observed shooters at the range performing shooting tasks/techniques that make no sense to me. Or, I have been asked by students my opinion on a particular technique that is so far off base I couldn't imagine how they came up with such a notion or question. What has frightened me is that when I pressed them for further insight I was informed that they were taught this technique at some other training venue.
Instructors/trainers can be found online, in the newspapers, in the phone book, just about anywhere. When looking for an instructor you must look beyond the advertising. We must look at the product, the quality and comprehensiveness of the training.
Training someone for the "Ultimate Test" or to perform skill sets under incomprehensible circumstances which may very well determine if they live or die, should never be taken lightly. I have often said that I do not have all the answers, and I don't. I do believe that I do have unmatched passion and commitment to my student's survivability.
Doing what I do for a living subjects me to a process of constant self evaluation and the self imposed burden for my student's welfare. If a student of mine were ever to be killed, the obvious question in my mind would be how did I fail this student? What could I have done differently? Why didn't I push him or her harder? You get the idea.
I guess the message I am trying to convey here is that you should always seek cutting edge training from committed instructors. I encourage you to experience training at every opportunity, but make sure the training is relevant and provided by instructors that are committed to you and not the dollar.

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:
We will be closed on July 4th. IDPA will be the 2nd and 3rd Sundays in July.

Save the date! Customer appreciation day. August 14th. 9am-2pm.

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 nor does it recognize class credit...please call us.

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

Shotguns On the Range

We allow shotgun shooting on our range. However, we limit the ammo to Slugs, Double 00 Buck and Triple 000 buck in the 410. We do not allow bird shot, target loads, or any other shot size during open shooting. We do allow bird shot when students are in the shotgun class in an effort to keep ammo costs down. This policy works because the bird shot is being shot under direct instructor supervision.

Please, whether you are shooting a traditional shotgun or a handgun that shoots shot shells, be sure to use only the approved ammo. I have asked our staff to check and monitor all shotgun shooters during open shooting.

Understanding Birdshot

Birdshot is the smaller of the two when it comes to pellet size. Made for dropping birds of various sizes at short, medium, and (in some cases) long distances, these shells have become the trusted option for pheasant, quail, duck, goose, and turkey. Because the pellets in these shells are smaller, you can fit more total pellets into the shell, which increases your chances of effectively hitting the target.

When purchasing birdshot, you will find that the larger the number, the smaller the pellets. This also means larger numbers have more pellets per shell. (For example, a Number 10 (No. 10) shot is smaller than No. 5 shot; No. 5 is smaller than No. 2 shot. Generally, manufacturers designate and market these for the appropriate game, which helps you make a decision when shopping for ammunition.

Although the name implies they are only for harvesting feathered game, most birdshot can be used for a variety of small-game animals, including squirrels and rabbits. Also, loads meant for turkey and geese would do significant damage to just about any animal.

Center Target Sports reintroduces the KIDS HOT SHOT FUN SHOOT starting July 14TH & 28TH, 2021, from 5 to 7 pm. Look for the August dates on the August calendar.

This is a friendly competition between kids (7-15 yrs. old) and their parents, grandparents or guardians. It might be (slightly?) weighted in favor of the kids, but based on past experience, the competition is anywhere from slight to fierce! It is an opportunity for the kids to be exposed to learning firearms safety, and the experience of firing a .22 pistol and rifle. All with a Range Safety Officer teaching your child safety, and proper firearms handling in a fun, learning atmosphere.

The cost is $25 each kid, the adult shoots for free. Center Target Sports provides the ammo, firearms and targets, you will need to provide eye and ear protection. Each kid will need to have a youth waiver signed by their parents and sign range rules, and each adult will need to make sure their range rules and waiver are up to date. Once you sign your paperwork it is good for 2 years. You must sign up in advance in person or by calling Center Target Sports. If you need to fill out paperwork, please show up 30 minutes prior to the start of the event so you have time to finish your paperwork before we start.
Grandkids Coming to Visit this summer?

Reminder if you have children under 21 coming to visit you and you wish to bring them to the range we will need permission from a parent or guardian for them to shoot with you. A signed note with a copy of the parent's driver's license if they are from out of town will do so we can match the signatures. You will then need to fill out the waiver for the child when you come in.
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 Thursday should be made after 2:00 on Tuesday but before noon on Thursday.) 
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!

Specific Items Posted on Facebook every Wed. morning!

Save The Date!
Our 10th Annual Customer Appreciation Day 
For Our Community... 
August 14th, 9-2
This year's community event promises to be our best ever. This FREE event is all about our customers and the community.  We are giving away 3 firearms!!!  We will collect food for the Post Falls Food Bank, Toys for Toys for Tots, and Blood for Vitalant.  
We will again be printing your tickets with your name and phone number if you bring more than 25 pounds of food. No more writing your names over and over and over!  
GOLDEN TICKET DRAWING: More info to follow in next newsletter.
This year we're again hosting a live broadcast from K102 with morning DJ Derik Walker on site. And once again this year Joe Strain and kids have put together their best show ever! You have to see it to believe it!
2 years ago, you may remember that in 5 hours time we collected (thanks to our shooting community) 27,126 lbs of food for the Post Falls food bank, 3 totes of toys for Toys for Tots and 125 units of blood for the blood bank. Last year due to COVID, we had to cancel.

It is our goal to surpass all those totals. We promise to do our part. We will giveaway at least 3 firearms and hundreds of other prizes. Watch for more specific information in our special email blast coming in August.
Again this year we're giving one ticket for each pound of food you bring or for each toy. Each ticket is a chance to win a gun or ammo or one of hundreds of other prizes. No need to be present to win the guns. 
Now is the time to set a NEW RECORD!!!  
 Derik Walker LIVE 
Meet Derik Who is one half of the very popular K102 Morning Show

FREE SWAP Meet Booths

We are taking signups for the FREE swap meet booths and they will go fast. Don't wait till the last minute to make your reservations.  Space is limited.

Remember anything can be sold in your booth except firearms and onsite edible food. This year plans to be bigger and better than ever before. 

Call 208-773-2331 and ask Deb to reserve you space today! Or email [email protected]
3 Bloodmobiles again this year.....
Time to Sign Up For Blood Donation
Aug 14th, 8:30am-2pm
Vaccine status does not affect blood donation!
The Importance of donors calling ahead and making an appointment for Blood Donations can not be overstated! We are striving for full staffing on each Collection Van. To guarantee full staffing we need to have those appointment sheets full. 

Please call the range and sign up ASAP. We want to break the record and prove to everyone how giving the local shooting community can be! Thank you in advance for your support. 208-773-2331. 
Product Highlights:

Glock Conversion Kit
We Now Have the MCK Conversions in Stock

Customize your favorite Glock Pistol
The next generation of Micro Roni is here! They improved our past generation models into the ultimate conversion kit. Micro Roni Generation 4, they call it the MCK and it’s 100% made in the USA.
This Micro Conversion Kit is a lightweight and sturdy platform for Glock handguns, turning it into the ultimate Glock Conversion Kit. It has a barrel shroud made of aluminum with a polymer body.
It is greatly improved from previous generations of the Micro Roni Stabilizer. Available for select Gen 3, 4, and 5 Glock models.

New P365X In Stock!

The P365 redefined what a concealed-carry pistol should be. Featuring a 3.1 inch barrel, the XSeries grip module with a 12 round flush fit magazine.
These features, along with the signature XSeries flat trigger, all come standard. The P365X maintains the crisp, clean P365 trigger pull. Never has so much versatility and capability been squeezed into such a perfectly concealable size.
  • XSERIES 365 Grip Module
  • Nitron Slide With XRAY3 Day/Night Front Sight
  • XSERIES Flat Trigger
  • Compatible with SIG SAUER ROMEOZero
  • (2) 12 Round Steel Magazines

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?

   E. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSFF) – The Firearms Industry Trade Association – the firearms industry economic impact has risen 223% since 2008? This means:

         1) The ammunition industry sales increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to 63.5 billion in 2020
         2) the number of full time jobs increased from 166,000 to 342,330 in that same time period.

        The firearm and ammunition industry paid nearly $7 billion yearly in business property, income and sales taxes.

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.
Member FUN Shoot

June 29
July 20
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

June 19
New Series
July 17
Aug 21
Sept 18
  The Women Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

June 8
July 13
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 July 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.

June Topic: Drawing from a holster- hands on.
Emergency Lifesaver Course-2 days
July 17 & 18

EMT's Get 18 CEU's

This course is taught by tactical medical professionals with extensive field experience
from XSA International,

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.

Intro to Carbine - July 10

This is the class we added to satisfy the demand for an intro level class to the AR rifle. So many of these rifles are being purchased and in many cases they are misunderstood. This is the class for the person who needs to be exposed to the basics of this weapons system. The class will develop an understanding of this rifle and provide an intro into the fundamentals necessary for a student to take our more advanced basic carbine class.
Basic Carbine July 25

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.

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)


scoped rifle class
Precision Scoped Rifle July 30 & 31
Classroom July 30 at 5:00 pm CTS
Live Fire July 31 at Fernan Outdoor Range
Our Precision Scoped Rifle course will be offered once again this summer.
This class will be taught the evening of July 30th in the classroom at CTS and all day July 31st at the phenomenal outdoor facility at Fernan Rod and Gun Club. 
Friday night (5:00-9:00pm) at CTS we will lay the ground work and zero our rifles for the live fire day to follow on Saturday (8am-5pm).  
This course is designed for students who want to experience the basics of deploying a scoped precision rifle. This course will benefit sport shooters, hunters, and the defensive minded shooter wishing to develop a long range engagement capability. Many people purchase a precision rifle "sniper rifle" but really do not know how to use it to it's full potential. This class is designed to cover all the basic fundamentals required to make long range precision shots. 
This class will cover optics mounting, zeroing, basic range estimation, shooting positions, environmental factors, ballistics, ammunition selection, fundamentals of precision marksmanship and rifle care.
Equipment needed:
  • Rifle capable of 1 MOA or better, optic of 4X power or larger, caliber .223/.308 or larger.
  • Precision Optic with Scaled Turrets, 4 power or larger
  • 100 rounds of match grade ammo
  • Spotting scope or high powered binoculars (optional)
  • Cleaning kit with one piece rod
  • Proper range attire
  • Knee and elbow pads (optional but highly suggested)
  • Bi-pod or shooting bag
  • Rear bag

Gunsmith Corner
For the first time in over a year I am mostly caught up. I’m off on vacation until the 8th of June. I expect to return to a full work load. Even so I think it is a good time to remind all the hunters and other shooters that summer is a perfect time to get your hunting rifle improved or tuned up. Why would you wait until the last minute before bringing it in and risk not having it for opening day. Optics and parts are still taking more looking to find and deliveries are still not what we were used to in years past.
If it seemed like your rifle was a bit off or not functioning quite right last season let me help now before you begin planning that big hunt. A couple or three weeks without your rifle now is going to be much easier to stand than waiting until September to bring it in. A deep cleaning and inspection can head off a problem that could cost a perfect shot in the field.
Recreational and competitive shooters can also benefit from a thorough professional cleaning and inspection of their firearm. Preventative maintenance can keep little things from becoming big things. I have been seeing many more ammunition failures across the board. Minor flaws in ammunition are far less likely to ruin your day if your firearm is in top condition.
Enjoy your summer and while you do drop your firearms by for some tender loving care. Clint
Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues & Wed 1pm-5pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 1pm-6pm
Think Gift Certificates for any occasion!
Father's Day
or Just Because!

Gift and Accessory Idea 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.
Members Only
"Deal of the Month" for June
Free Target For Members
Limit one target per visit
Upcoming Class Schedule

ID Enhanced CCW - June 4,18,20,26,29, July 10,14,20,25
Youth Firearms Safety - June 23, July 23
Basic Pistol - June 5,7,12,13,14,16,19,21,28,30, July 3,7,11,12,26,31
Basic Pistol 2 - June 8,15,27, July 13,16
Basic Pistol 2 (re-takes only) - June 1,25, July 6,21
Defensive Handgun 1- June 6, July 24
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - June 20
Concealed Carry Street Survival - June 27
Intro to Carbine - July 10
Basic Carbine - July 25
Advanced Carbine - June 5
Precision Scoped Rifle (2 days) - July 30 & 31
Kubotan - June 22
Refuse to be a Victim - July 28
Emergency LIfesaver Course (2 days) - July 17& 18

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 - June 11, July 7
Springfield - June 22, July 16
Shotgun - June 16, July 14
1911 - June 9, July 1
AR - June 24, July 21
Revolver - June 29, July 28
S&W semi-auto - June 23, July 20
Sig - June 18, July 15
Glock - June 10, July 6
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
June 15,25, July 8,27
This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip

Given the fact that Street Survival Skills class is on the schedule in a few weeks I thought I would go over the importance of grip when shooting. Our defensive shooting courses here at Center Target Sports have become very popular with armed professionals and serious defensive minded civilians alike. 
Shooting for defense on the street is not shooting on the range. When in these high stress confrontations proper shooting stance may be out of the question. The fact is you may be shooting with one hand while fending off or grappling with the other. The reality is the only thing you may be able to control or that relates to how we shoot on the range could be the GRIP. You have heard us at CTS discuss "Dynamic Grip". Our term for controlling the firearm whenever it is out of the holster.
The four primary fundamentals or components of defensive pistol marksmanship are Stance, Grip, Sights, and Trigger Control. An additional component of defensive pistol craft is follow-through. Because of the life and death stress of a gunfight especially one in contact distance...Grip may be all that you can control.
Let's take a closer look at grip. Please understand that this is a clinical look at grip. As with all the fundamentals they may be performed at some level of compromise while under extreme stress. It is my belief that by understanding the clinical aspects of a dynamic grip and practicing those fundamentals this will allow the shooter to maintain a better dynamic grip while under extreme stress.
  • Grip Alignment of the hand and the lower arm - When establishing the proper grip, the weapon must be fitted to the dominant hand. Ideally, the pistol should be placed in the hand so that a straight line is formed at the front sight and extending to the rear through the wrist and forearm. If raised rapidly up to the line of sight, the shooter should be able to very readily look through the sights with little or no adjustment when fitted properly. 
  • Grip Position- Dominant Hand-the dominant hand middle, ring, and pinky fingers should be as high as possible on the front strap of the pistol grip while the web of the hand should be as high as possible on the rear strap of the pistol.  This provides maximum leverage, mechanical advantage, recoil control, and puts the trigger finger in a high and proper position to reach the trigger.  The index finger is the trigger finger and operates independently of the gripping action. It's only activities will be to either remain in a position high on the outside of the frame or to press the trigger straight to the rear and control movement of the trigger forward after firing. 
  • Non-Dominant Hand-Both hands should completely encircle the pistol, with the heels of both hands connecting.  As much of the pistol grip surface should be covered. This allows for improved recoil control. The index finger of the non-dominant hand should not be placed on the front of the trigger guard. In most cases, this provides only minimal support and does not always maintain contact during recoil. The non-dominant hand is generally straight up and down with the wrist locked and the fingers of this hand together and as high as possible on the front strap. When possible, the index finger of the non-dominant hand should be wedged between the bottom of the trigger guard and the middle finger of the dominant hand. This most often will prevent the unintentional downward pulling of the gun during the trigger stroke. Another variation of non-dominant hand placement is where some shooters will cam or turn the wrist at a slight downward angle. This not only may provide increased control, but may be necessary in order to have the thumbs not interfering with the operation of the slide or other pistol parts.   
Thumb Placement

The thumbs are the largest and strongest digits of the hand. Thumb placement will depend upon location of the safety, slide stop levers, de-cocking levers, and magazine catches. 
Develop a level of consistency with your thumb position as moving the thumbs to various placement combinations can literally result in changes in shot placement, much like moving the sights. (SEE BELOW)

The most advantageous thumb position will need to be determined by each and every shooter in order to achieve the best results.  Three positions that should be experimented based upon the pistol and the shooter's needs are:
  • High Parallel Thumbs-Thumbs are touching, parallel, and the tips are pointed either straight up and down or no lower than a 45 degree angle.
  • Low Parallel Thumbs-Thumbs are touching, parallel, and the tips are pointed either straight forward or no higher than a 45 degree angle. The dominant thumb may be forming pressure on the top of the non-dominant thumb or on the knuckle or meaty portion of it.  The inside of the non-dominant thumb may be pushing inward on the slide. 
  • Locked Down Thumbs-Non-dominant thumb is locked over the top of the dominant thumb.  This is often preferred by those with revolver training. In some cases, the locked down thumbs placement will result in a gap forming where the heels of the hands should have been touching when in a two handed grip.
  • Grip Strength-the proper shooting grip, whether single or two handed, should be able to provide sufficient power to hold the pistol, provide mechanical advantage over the reciprocating slide, stabilize the pistol throughout the trigger stroke and reset, and naturally point the pistol from the lower arm.  Ideally, the strength in the grip consists of the following:
  • Locking the wrist-without a locked wrist, the pistol will not point as an extension of the lower arm, and may move unnecessarily during recoil. Not having a locked wrist can also result in unnecessary movement of the pistol during the trigger stroke, as there will be no resistance to stabilize the pistol.
  • Tension-Sufficient power should be applied with the shooting grip to control the pistol during aiming, trigger manipulation, and recoil.  This could be described as the power needed to squeeze water from a rag, the power needed when sliding down a fireman's pole or gym rope, or when hammering a large tent peg into the ground. For confrontations, the "handshake" grip may not apply. 
  • Two Handed Grip-depending upon the shooter's stance and shooting platform, this may be a "push-pull"/isometric tension or an evenly wrapped grip that "clamshells" the pistol with the heels pressing together. 
As a final note... Practice a strong dynamic grip every time you shoot. The more consistent you are with your grip the more of that base skill you will retain when things get very stressful

Remember....Be Safe... Ed

Crimson Trace Sale

Crimson Trace products are the best in the industry. We have leveraged our position with our wholesaler to be able to offer you this 15% discount.
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Offer Expires: 6/30/21
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