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

What a HOT summer, and August is not going to give us any relief. Good thing our range is air conditioned! What an exciting time around CTS. It is great to be home for a while and we have so much to look forward to in the next few weeks. 

I must begin this newsletter with a few words about our 10th Annual August 14th Customer/Community Appreciation Day. We are so excited to offer an event bigger and better than ever and show what the shooting community is able to accomplish. Now the challenge is to be bigger, better, and more giving to this awesome community and our three primary benefactors this year.

Again this year's event will support the Post Falls Food Bank, Vitalant Blood Bank, and the USMC Toys for Tots program. How can we go wrong supporting these agencies?
Here's our dilemma, 2 years ago we overloaded the blood mobiles to the point they turned away donors. This year they are again sending three blood mobiles, but if we have enough pre-registered appointments, they will send 4 blood mobiles! They say it can't be done, I say we can. The shooting community can do it! Please sign up and make an appointment to give on August 14th.

A special shout out and huge Thank You to Jason of the Ironman Safe company. Again they have donated another amazing safe for the Golden Ticket Special drawing. 

Center Target Sports is the newest dealer for the Mantis-X training system. If you are wanting to improve your shooting without breaking the bank on ammo, then please consider this cutting edge technology. We have a sample system setup and please ask our staff for a hands-on demonstration. This system is the best diagnostic system that incorporates both dry and live fire that I have seen.

PS: Can you keep a secret? If you have been looking for a 380 pistol and 380 ammo? Do not miss the Customer Appreciation Day....Just Saying :-)

Be Safe .....Ed
Notes from Peggy:

Congrats to all who shot GSSF at Fernan. It was a great turnout and CTS members won several divisions and guns.

Look for the September calendar of classes to come out Monday, Aug 2nd.
Remember, students receive a 10% discount when you sign up for another class on class day…limited to classes on schedule.

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.
Save The Date!
 August 14th, 9-2

Our 10th Annual Customer Appreciation Day 
For Our Community... 

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 at least 3 firearms and 2 cases of ammo!!!  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!  
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) 25,000 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 give away at least 3 firearms, two cases of ammo and hundreds of other prizes. Watch for more specific information in our special email blast coming soon.
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!!!   
IRONMAN Safe Company has again donated a new safe. 
GOLDEN TICKET DRAWING: We are once again giving away a full size safe from Ironman Safe and a lifetime membership to Center Target Sports. Donate 100lbs or more of food and in addition to your 100+ gun drawing tickets, you will be entered into the Golden Ticket Drawing for a safe and lifetime membership to Center Target Sports... 200lbs = 2 Golden Entries!
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. If we get enough of you to pre-register for appointments, they will send 4 Blood Mobiles!

Please call the range and sign up ASAP or go to the link below. 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. 

Exciting news! Living in Europe during the Mad Cow disease is no longer an obstacle to donating blood!
Find out more:

FREE SWAP Meet Booths- Only a few left!

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]
 Derik Walker-LIVE 
Meet Derik, Who is one half of the very popular K102 Morning Show
In preparation for our Aug 14th Event, we are once again looking to borrow canopies for the day. If you have a canopy that we can use, please contact [email protected]
We appreciate your support as we're sure this will be another HOT day!
Thank you in advance.

We Are Again Renting Some Guns So You Can Try Before You Buy...

We are happy to announce that we are now able to rent 9MM and .40S&W firearms!

Rentals still must only be used with our ammo. Ammo is still in short supply but we have been able to get enough to support our rental program. 380 ammo is not yet available but we continue to try and get enough in.
Each customer who rents a firearm caliber can purchase and shoot one box of ammo. 

Thanks for understanding. We'll continue to rent while supplies last.
Center Target Sports KIDS' HOT SHOT FUN SHOOTS continue in August. August 11 & 25,

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.
Our Current Hours Are: 
Monday   CLOSED
Tuesday    11am-5pm
Wednesday 11am-5pm
Thursday   9am-7pm
Friday      9am-7pm
Saturday   9am-7pm
Sunday     11am-5pm
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New Products:


Please take a moment to investigate the many ways the Mantis-X training system can dramatically impact your shooting ability (pun intended). We are very excited to be the newest Mantis-X dealer. See below just how easy it is to operate and look at all the info you can receive when using the system.

You just need to:

Connect MantisX to the accessory rail of any firearm, just like you would any other firearm attachment. Works with live fire, dry fire, airsoft, and CO2.
Install the smartphone application, turn on MantisX, and pair the device with a phone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE or Bluetooth 4.0).
Evaluate shooting performance, identify areas of improvement, and track progress over time


Track the movement of your handgun’s barrel during the trigger pull. Shots are grouped according to movement pattern similarity.
Track score of each shot individually. Analyze trends.
Blue: hold/sighting. Yellow: trigger pull. Red: Shot breaking and recoil pattern.
Bravo Concealment Holsters

The TORSION Gun Holster. A Breakthrough In IWB

With it’s patented Torsion TechnologyTM the high-quality Torsion is the BEST IWB holster. Its radical design allows the handgun to be twisted inward towards the body for maximum concealment. The inward 5-degree cant or twist of the handgun conceals the grip of the gun achieving the ultimate in concealed carry without the use of any external attachments.

These belt clips allow for adjustable ride heights and for deep concealment whether you run appendix carry or anywhere else along your waistline. This makes the Torsion simple yet highly effective. Adjustable retention is found in our 3.0 line of holsters.
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!

SPECIAL Interest: We ordered it back in February and it finally arrived! A S&W custom Performance Center AR rifle. It will not last long as it will go first come first served.

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

Americans purchased 17 million firearms in spring and summer of 2020

During the spring of 2020, when COVID-19 broke out in the U.S, firearm sales soared, then rose higher during a summer of racial and social unrest. Americans purchased approximately 17 million firearms during the spring and summer, with many citizens buying their first guns.

Checking ammo…

Tracer Rounds fired in an Indoor range equals FIRE!

We continue to have people show up to the range with military grade Tracer ammunition.

Tracer ammunition (tracers) are projectiles that are built with a small pyrotechnic charge in their base. When fired, the pyrotechnic composition is ignited by the burning powder and burns very brightly, making the projectile trajectory visible to the naked eye during daylight, and very bright during nighttime firing.

This allows the shooter to visually trace the flight path of the projectile and thus make necessary ballistic corrections, without having to confirm projectile impacts and without even using the sights of the weapon. Tracer fire can also be used as a marking tool to signal other shooters to concentrate their fire on a particular target during battle.

All of the above is good in a combat environment...BUT NOT in an indoor shooting range. A number of indoor and outdoor ranges have burnt to the ground as a result of tracer rounds. In many cases the shooters did not know what they had purchased or were shooting. This was the case this week at CTS when a shooter fired tracers into our backstop which started a fire. This very same thing happened at my client's range in St Louis this week as well. Fortunately the staff of both facilities was on the ball and put the fire out before it could grow out of control.

The picture above is a tracer round. Please note the red tip. The tip is painted red and should not be confused with the red polymer tips seen on some non tracer rounds.

Please be patient when you come into the range with any Shotgun or Rifle. I have directed our staff to check Shotgun shooters to confirm only Slugs or 00 Buck is entering the range and they are confirming that all rifle ammo entering the range is appropriate.
We've been finding an unusual amount of cigarette butts on the property lately. Please use our outdoor receptacles to help us keep our property clean, family friendly and fire free.
Member FUN Shoot

Aug 31
Sept 21
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Aug 21
Sept 18
  The Women Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

Aug 10
Sept 14
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.
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.

Aug Topic: What to pack in my range bag?
Emergency Lifesaver Course-2 days
Sept 11 & 12

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.
Gunsmith Corner
 From what I've been seeing lately I think I will revisit a subject from the past. I became a gunsmith because I like to tinker on firearms. Everybody wants their gun to be uniquely theirs. I get it. With the marvels of the internet and slick advertising the appearance is that changing a trigger, handguard, gas block, sights or whichever new shiny part catches your eye, is child’s play. 

What is seldom mentioned is that “drop-in” parts rarely are drop-in. While it is true that sometimes it all falls together just like the directions and video show more times than not the parts may need some fitting to function as advertised.

On the video when a gun owner does the install on the kitchen table without a hitch you don’t know how many times they filmed the video to get it right. It is very likely that the extra trips for parts and tools were left out. Nor, are you likely to hear how little springs, detents, screws and pins have the ability to fly into the nether regions of another dimension. The other thing that comes into play is the dynamic of how parts interact. Changes of a couple thousandths or less can put the entire system out of proper time. Suddenly your favorite rifle or pistol fails to function the way it has since you bought it. Always avoid changing more than one part at a time. It will make it easier to tell your gunsmith what changed before it started failing to eject all of a sudden after you added a new whiz bang part.

The other drawback is the “fits all models” myth. Also the ultra-fine print stating that “some Gunsmithing may be required”. My personal favorite is “can be done with household tools”. I have several hundred dollars of gunsmith screw drivers, thousands of dollars of task specific tools and a veritable library of specific “how to” books covering hundreds of guns. I can tell you that “all models” is not a term used to describe proper fitment. Proper tools are essential for doing work on firearm. 

If you decide you want to do your own work start with simple things, hand guard, bipod, maybe a red dot sight. Work up to things like triggers, barrels and sights. I recommend you take some armorer courses and get a deeper understanding of how firearms function. Remember that I will answer most questions and can nearly always solve the “I don’t know what happened” conundrum.

Shoot safe, shoot often

Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues & Wed 1pm-5pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 1pm-6pm
Think Gift Certificates for any occasion!

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 August
Snap Caps
25% off
Upcoming Class Schedule

ID Enhanced CCW - Aug 7,15,31
Youth Firearms Safety - Aug 24
Youth Hot Shots - Aug 11, 24
Basic Pistol - Aug 1, 4, 7, 9, 17, 22, 23, 28, 30
Basic Pistol 2 - Aug 3, 11, 16
Basic Pistol 2 (re-takes only) - Aug 5, 16
Defensive Handgun 1- Aug 27
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Aug 29
Kubotan - Aug 3
Cane Defense - Aug 24
Emergency LIfesaver Course (2 days) - Sept 11 & 12

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 - Aug 5, Sept 7
Springfield - Aug 17, Sept 21
Shotgun - Aug 12, Sept 29
1911 - Aug 3, Sept 1
AR - Aug 19, Sept 16
Revolver - Aug 24, Sept 28
S&W semi-auto - Aug 18, Sept 15
Sig - Aug 11, Sept 9
Glock - Aug 4, Sept 2
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
Aug 10, 25, Sept 8, 23
This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip

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Do You Carry All The Time?
Do you Leave Your Spare Tire and Your Car Jack In The Garage When You Drive The Car?

Concealed Carry Considerations
I often hear reasons why students go to the trouble to get a CCW permit but don't always carry. I am not a fan of excuses. I certainly understand it is a burden to carry a gun but I also believe it is a burden we should embrace.

We possess the ability to know when we are going to be in a life threatening situation about as much as we can predict when we will have a flat tire.

It is a huge responsibility not only under the law but to you and those you would protect to understand the law, 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 you are carrying in. 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 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 make some comfort, security, accessibility and budget considerations. Accessibility, Security and Comfort is the order of importance in my mind. But, we must also realize 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 Sstates 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 you 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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